Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Coffee Cake in a Mug

I love coffee cake!  I make it every time Dave doesn't have school as his special breakfast, but there are some mornings where I just want it and don't want to make a huge pan.  I came up with this brilliant idea to make a coffee cake, in a coffee mug, in the microwave!  Yay!  So here is the recipe, and now you can have your coffee and eat your cake too!

Well, first you'll need a cup. If you want it to puff up over the top of the cup, use a small one. Or if you want to dig into the cup, use a big one. It matters not.

Add a tablespoon of butter.

Soften it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Don't melt, just soften.

Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar until it's fluffy and creamy, maybe 30 seconds.

Now you can add some egg. you don't have to, but without egg it's more crumbly and less cake-y. You can do a whole egg, but I like to break the egg into a ramekin and stir it up, then split it between two cups of coffee cake, or just use half for one coffee cake. But really, play it by ear. Try it out and see what tastes best to you.

Then stir in 2 tablespoons of sour cream and a few drops of vanilla. We're talking droplets here, don't add too much.

Stir in 1/4 cup of flour and 1/8 teaspoon baking poweder.

If you want some crumb topping (you know you do), in a separate ramekin or bowl add 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Smoosh it together with your fingers for a few.

Now back to your cup. Your ingredients are all mixed up, so...

Add the crumb topping mixture to the cup...

Then microwave it. Start with 1 minute, then do 10 seconds more until it's done to your liking. For my microwave, a minute 20 seconds does it perfectly.

It will be REALLY HOT when you take it out of the microwave.

Let it cool down for a few seconds, then dig in.

This is basically a start for a quick microwave coffee cake in a cup recipe, you can adjust to your own tastes and liking, since this is a serving for one after all. I like it just like this, but my husband doesn't mind it without the egg. You may want more of this or less of that to suit your tastes. I look forward to hearing any adjustments you make and finding out if cake in a cup seems worth it to you. Enjoy!


  1. Oh. My. Gosh. Jill, this is going to change my life. Seriously. :) Can't wait to try it tomorrow morning!!

  2. Brilliant!! I love it! What a great idea for an individual treat! :)

  3. Great idea and I think your blog looks awesome. Take care

  4. Thank you so much ladies! Chrissy, it changed mine! I absolutely love this with such a passion. Once you try it I want to know how all of you like it!!

    Thank you so much Foodness Gracious! I appreciate it so much! It's just so much fun for me to have my recipes all in one place!

  5. That post was actually from my sister Beth. We tend to look a lot alike :)
    But i am also super excited to try this!! What a great idea!

  6. Beth I'm so sorry! Your picture reminds me of one that Chrissy and Brock have. I didn't even look at the name. I'm such a spaz! Well I'm glad you both like it!

  7. Woww! really easy to do it. I read your blog is very easy to make.

    I love to eat cupcake with coffee. Your method I can do it by myself.

    Thank you Jill. I love your blog so much.

  8. Very nice looking mugs there are. There are many ways that we can use to the mugs. We can add some attractive crafts at them for making them so cool and attractive. They also could be used for as gifts.

  9. Thanks kcup drawer and Photo Mugs! I'm so glad you like the blog. I love it because I have somewhere to store my recipes instead of making a million recipe cards. :) Hope you all have a great day!

  10. I may or may not try this...I feel like I'd be setting myself up for failure. Not to say that the recipes are bad, it's just that I (and my microwave) are not skilled in making mug foods. Breville Smart Oven