Lemon microwave mug cake

25 Aug

lemon microwave mug cake

I know I am late to the party but how much fun are microwave mug cakes? A handful of ingredients, a few minutes prep, a quick blast in the micro and blam! Dessert is ready.

Microwave mug cakes are so super dooper easy that Misses 8 and 10 can make them in an ad break – and eat them just as quickly.

Mug cakes, like buses, wait for no (wo)man so don’t think you can make this and eat it in half an hour. These cakes are instant gratification in a mug and need to be consumed as soon as they are ready. Leave them sitting around and you’ll be having a lemon-flavoured cloth for dessert. Please, don’t let that happen. Have your cream or ice-cream at the ready, add a dollop the second that microwave dings, grab your spoon and enjoy.

Always under-cook microwave cakes, rather than over-cooking, as they will continue to cook after you have removed them from the micro.

I would love to try this lemon microwave mug cake with orange zest and juice next time, just for a change. But while my mother-in-law’s lemon tree continues its bountiful harvest it is lemon all the way for the Hungry Household.

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And even though this is a microwave mug recipe, I cheated and used a small ceramic bowl. I thought it would look pretty in the photo for this post. This recipe made one bowl size, or it will make two mug size servings.

As a serving suggestion try adding a few of my lovely lemon heart cookies: https://thehungrymum.com/2016/07/12/butter-lemon-heart-cookies/


3 tablespoons self-raising flour

3 tablespoons caster sugar

Grated zest of one small lemon

1 egg

2 tablespoon canola oil

2 teaspoon lemon juice

Lemon microwave cake


Grease a 400 mL big mug or ramekin with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium jug whisk together the flour, sugar and zest, then whisk in the wet ingredients and gently stir until just combined.

Pour into mug and cook for 80 seconds on high.

Remove and check – it may require another 10 seconds depending on how powerful your microwave is.

Eat immediately.

Here’s Popcorn the mini schnauzer seeing what’s going on :

Lemon mug cake

Here’s Popcorn the mini schnauzer coming to check on what’s happening!


22 Responses to “Lemon microwave mug cake”

  1. Jessica August 26, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    Yum! I love lemon! 😀

  2. youthfoodblog August 26, 2016 at 1:21 am #

    Love the doggy image!

    • The Hungry Mum August 26, 2016 at 8:02 am #

      Thanks 🙂 Popcorn loves watching my every move!

  3. Mack August 26, 2016 at 3:10 am #

    I have a bad (good?) feeling that this is going to turn into a nightly treat in my house. Oh my yuummmm.

    • The Hungry Mum August 29, 2016 at 8:24 am #

      Yea, the problem with simple to make sweet recipes is sometimes they are TOO quick and easy to make 😉

      • Mack August 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

        Yes! Haha… oh well! 🙂

  4. Starr @ The Misfit Baker August 26, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Looks wonderful! Seems like Popcorn thinks so too 😉

    • The Hungry Mum August 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      Cheers! I’m sure she was hoping for a little sample 😉

  5. Julie August 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    I miss my lemon tree but I have blossom on the newly planted one “lots of lemons”. Hope it lives up to its name.

    • The Hungry Mum August 31, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

      You can’t beat picking a lemon straight from the tree – they are so fresh and full of flavour.

  6. Diamond Interiors August 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Love the little heart cookie! This sounds delicious, can’t wait to try (no one else at home enjoys lemon treats as much as I do so cake for one seems the way to go!)

    I noticed Cake in a Mug cake mixes at Woollies the other day – sounds interesting?!!!

    • The Hungry Mum August 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks! Really – a mix for mug cakes?! That is grim! Look how short the ingredient list is – why would anyone buy a packet mix?!

      • Diamond Interiors August 31, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

        Lol it was grim, yes!!! I did a lot of pointing and laughing while people looked at me funny!

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    I luuurve mug cakes! They’ve saved me many a night when I’ve needed emergency cake 😉

  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Popcorn is too cute and so well trained. My dogs would have devoured the cake without a doubt. This is something on my to do list 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum August 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

      Hehehe! Like me, Popcorn doesn’t have a sweet tooth. Don’t stand between her and some scrambled eggs though!

  9. ChgoJohn September 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    A few years ago, I found and made a chocolate mug cake. It was far too accessible and I made one about every other night, I had to put an end to it and haven’t made one since. And now I see your lemon cake. I’m doomed. Doomed I tell you! 😀

    • The Hungry Mum September 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

      Yes, the downside to quick and easy dessert is that they are – you guessed it – a bit TOO quick and easy to make 🙂 I think with all the walking you did on your recent sojourn you should be just fine to continue with your mug cake addiction #ImNotADoctor

  10. 9recipes September 8, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    Wow! Delicious and beautyful!

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