I am so excited to share this 5 Minute Red Velvet Mug Cake made in a microwave with you guys! We've all been there: it's midnight, we are craving dessert, and we simply don't want to go through the trouble of making a whole batch of something when we just need a quick sweet fix. Well, this is the answer.
This cake takes only 5 minutes (including the microwaving), the texture is ultra moist and velvety quite similar to a red velvet cake, and it tastes really good. And the ultra quick and easy cream cheese frosting is the icing on top of the cake (literally).
I'm not going to lie and tell you this cake is as good as a proper, oven-baked red velvet cake. Because microwaves cannot compete with ovens when it comes to baking. But when you consider the effort to output ratio, this cake IS really good, and does satisfy the sweet cravings.
HOW TO MAKE A RED VELVET MUG CAKE
Here's a quick video walkthrough of how to make this cake:
TIPS TO MAKE RED VELVET MUG CAKE
Before we delve into the recipe, here are some tips to make this Red Velvet mug cake:
- Choose the right kind of mug. It should be microwave safe, and have around 10-12oz of capacity. The cake won't take up the full mug, but can rise quite a bit in the microwave, and using a big enough mug will help ensure the batter does not spill
- Start with the wet ingredients. When you put the wet ingredients into the mug first, it is easier to mix everything together. Starting with dry ingredients sometimes results in clumps of flour in the bottom corners of the mug which are hard to mix in.
- Sift the dry ingredients. Since we are pretty much dumping everything into the mug, I recommend sifting the dry ingredients to minimize any lumps
- Adjust the sweetness to your preference. I find that 2 tablespoon of sugar leads to a mildly sweet cake, but you can add more or less based on how you like things
- "Bake" for the right amount of time. For me, this cake takes 90s in a 12oz glass mug. But with microwave cakes, it is really hard to give a precise amount of time, since different microwaves have different power settings, and the time will also depend on how large or wide your mug is. This cake can take anywhere between 60-90s (maybe even longer), and you have to judge based on how the cake looks. I start pausing and looking at my cake around the ~75s mark - if I see wet batter on it, it needs a few more seconds, but if I don't see any wet batter and the cake pushes back when lightly poked, it is ready. You can also adjust the timing based on the texture you want - cooking for longer will result in a more dry, spongey texture vs shorter will result in a more moist, dense texture.
You can play around with this recipe in many ways! Aside from just adjusting the quantity of sugar to your liking, you can:
- Add chocolate chips (milk, semi or white all work great)
- Add more cocoa powder and omit the red food color to make this cake taste more chocolatey
- Remove the cocoa powder to turn this into a vanilla cake, though you might need to add more vanilla extract
- Play around with different toppings - e.g., chocolate ganache, Nutella, buttercream
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