Snickerdoodle Mug Cake bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth!
How many times have you had a sugar craving, only to discover that there’s nary a cookie nor a cupcake nor a candy bar in the house? Now that’s not always a bad thing, mind you…sometimes the only thing that prevents me from ingesting too much sugar is the fact that I made a point not to buy or make sweets in the first place. 😉 But other times, IneedsomethingsweetandIneeditrightNOW! And in those instances, spending a few minutes throwing together a microwave mug cake seems a bit more refined than scarfing chocolate chips straight out of the bag.
Did y’all happen to catch the One-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake that I posted last spring? Because it is, to put it bluntly, awesome. In fact, I’ve had quite a few comments from people declaring it the best mug cake they’ve ever tried. And while it’s hard — nay, impossible — to top chocolate and peanut butter, sometimes I’m in the mood for something vanilla-based instead. So I decided to take my Chocolate PB Mug Cake and attempt to remove the chocolate…and the peanut butter. And would you believe my efforts were a success?!
I clearly have a thing for cinnamon, seeing as how I’ve already shared cinnamon-y variations of popcorn, candied pecans, quick bread, muffins, and coffee syrup. So what would be more natural than a cinnamon sugar mug cake that ends up tasting like a soft, warm, snickerdoodle cookie?
Snickerdoodle Mug Cake is just that…a moist, tender cake, spiced with cinnamon and layered with cinnamon sugar. And y’all…it can be crossing your lips in under five minutes from start to finish! Just a few basic ingredients are mixed, poured into a mug, and microwaved, and before your very eyes the batter transforms into cake, rising up to the top of the mug and then collapsing a bit once the baking stops.
Most mug cakes end up having a less-than-desirable texture…dense and gummy and just kind of weird. But not this one! I feel like the secret to a light, tender, amazing texture in mug cakes comes from leaving out the eggs. That’s right! No egg in this recipe (or any of my other mug cake recipes). It’s not only easier to make a mug cake without an egg, but it turns out so much tastier!
(Oh, and I realize that y’all are smart enough to figure out how to layer the batter with cinnamon sugar, but I was playing around with baking one of these in a clear mug…so you get a photo. It was actually fun to watch the batter transform into cake, like some nerdy food blogger science experiment.)
A mug cake is perfect for those there’s-nothing-sweet-in-the-house sugar cravings. But since making it does require minimal effort, it’s easy enough to stop at one. And one mug cake can even be shared! I actually make a couple of mug cakes for dessert sometimes and split them between our family of five.
Since all microwaves vary in strength, you may have to experiment a bit the first time you make this cake. My Snickerdoodle Mug Cake was done to my liking in one minute and 15 seconds, which is slightly longer than I bake my Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake, since I prefer that one to have a molten center. I also advise you to place a plate under your mug the first time you make this recipe to catch any potential spillage. Using a straight-sided mug will help your cake cook evenly, and I find that a 14-ounce mug is the perfect size to prevent overflow. But again, experiment with what you’ve got and you’ll quickly figure out the winning formula.
If you like cake…if you enjoy snickerdoodles…if you’re a fan of instant gratification…if you own a mug…this Snickerdoodle Mug Cake recipe was made for you! Please say that you’ll try it and let me know what you think? And then go ahead and try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake and let me know which one you like better. Because for me? Honestly, it’s a toss-up at this point. They’re totally different but equally scrumptious. Guess I’ll keep making them both until I can decide a clear winner. <insert fake sigh> Food blogging is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it… 😉
(And I hope you enjoy the video below that shows just how easy it is to make this Snickerdoodle Mug Cake!)
Adapted from One-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake.
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