clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
a glass mug from the side with a deep red red velvet cake inside with cream cheese frosting, spoon is pulling out a bite revealing moist texture inside


  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1-2 servings


A quick and easy Red Velvet Mug Cake made in a microwave topped off with a yummy cream cheese frosting



  • 4 tbsp milk (60g)
  • 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil (20g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Few drops of gel red food color
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour (32g)
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (4g)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (27g)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 tbsp cream cheese, room temperature (15g)
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar, to taste


  • To a ~10-12oz microwave safe mug, add the milk, vinegar, oil and vanilla. Use a whisk or fork to mix together
  • Add red food color and mix. The color should be a strong red (it will get diluted once we add cocoa powder)
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the sugar. Whisk again until a smooth batter is formed (no need to overmix)
  • Microwave on the default setting for 60-90 seconds (my cake takes 90 seconds to cook fully, but cooking time can vary; see notes)
  • Let the cake cool for 15 minutes (you can place it in the fridge after 5 minutes to speed up the cooling process)
  • In the meanwhile, use a fork to mix together the ingredients for the cream cheese frosting until it looks creamy
  • Spread a generous amount of the cream cheese frosting onto the cake
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Cooking time can vary based on the Microwave and your mug. I recommend you start checking for doneness around the 60s mark - see if there is any wet batter, if there is, immediately cook again for 10-20 seconds. If there isn't any wet batter, lightly poke the cake - if it is done, it should spring back. Try not to leave long gaps between Microwaving as this can cause the cake to deflate and become dense in texture
  • Please read the tips above for the best results
  • Prep Time: 3 min
  • Cook Time: 1.5 min
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: American