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Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.com

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. πŸ˜‰ 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.

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.com

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?!

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.comI 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.

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.com

(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.)

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.comA 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.

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.com

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… πŸ˜‰

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.com

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Yield: 1 mug cake

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    For layering/topping:
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon until thoroughly, completely combined, with no streaks of any ingredients remaining. Blend in milk, butter, and vanilla until batter is smooth. Into a 14-ounce (or larger) microwave-safe mug with straight sides, scoop a big spoonful of batter, then sprinkle with a spoonful of cinnamon sugar. Alternate layers, ending with cinnamon sugar.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until cake is done to your liking. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

Notes

A tall, cylindrical mug with straight (not angled) sides will ensure that the cake bakes evenly. I found a 14-ounce mug to be the perfect size to allow the cake to rise up while baking without overflowing. (I filled my mug to the top with water and then transferred the water to a measuring cup to determine its capacity.) If you use a smaller mug, you may want to bake the cake on top of a plate or paper towel to catch any possible overflow.

The strength of individual microwaves can vary. The first time you make this recipe, be prepared to experiment a bit to make sure that 1 minute is the perfect length of baking time. The nice thing about this cake is that even if it is undercooked, you don't have to worry about raw eggs!

Unsalted butter will work just fine in this recipe, but I find that using salted butter adds a tiny flavor boost.

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Adapted from One-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake.

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  1. Hello! I made this with soy milk and dairy free butter (added a few pinches of salt). Absolutely delicious! Thanks for creating and posting this recipe (-:

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So glad this recipe worked out with your substitutions, Paige, and I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  2. Easily, THE most annoying thing when clicking onto a blog post, is having a surprise video start playing at me from the very bottom of my mobile browser. I’m not trying to be a jerky punk, but I thought I’d let you know that is something that will immediately turn off so many people from reading a blog. Please rethink having the YouTube video?

    Love,
    All nursing mothers, slackers at work, and insomniacs surfing beside their sleeping hubby πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Jen! Thanks for letting me know. There are actually not supposed to be any pop-up videos with volume playing on my site. If I ever see one slip through, I report it to my ad network and they are supposed to immediately block it. Unfortunately, I’m not privy to everything that slips through, so I appreciate it when a reader reports it to me. I do have non-volume ads in my sidebars and at the top and bottom of my site, and the revenue from these ads allows me to work on this blog as a job and continue providing content. However, I find intrusive ads as annoying as you do and I have refused to allow photo-overlay ads, pop-up ads, video ads with volume, etc. on my site (even though they earn more money), because I want my readers to have an enjoyable experience when they visit my blog. Anyway, that’s all a long explanation to say that I’m sorry. The ad that you saw was not supposed to be there, much less wake anybody up. I do what I can to stop them but ultimately, there are some that slip through. I’m not able to personally place each ad on my site — an ad company does that — so sometimes it’s out of my control. Again, I apologize, and thanks for letting me know. πŸ™‚

  3. I would post a pic of my Snickerdoodle Mug Cake , but the cup is empty! It smelled sooooooo good, I had to drive right in! This was my first mug cake. It will not be my last!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed it, DeAnna! It never lasts long when I make it either… πŸ˜‰

  4. just eating eating…perfect! Being honest i was not sure about the taste and mixture as the recipe is egg free,but what comes to savor is completely delightful! I have posted a photo in instagram and tagged you,thanx again,good morning from Greece!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this mug cake all the way from Greece! Thanks for taking the time to let me know that it was a hit. πŸ™‚

  5. This is by far the best microwave mug recipe I’ve tried! Excellent flavor and texture! This is the first I’ve found that doesn’t turn out to be a mug of hot goop.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Megan…glad you enjoyed this mug cake so much! Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know. πŸ™‚ Hope your week is off to a great start!

  6. THANK YOU FOR THIS! πŸ™‚ I’ve been wanting snickerdoodles for weeks, but baking up a few dozen when I’m trying to cut back on sweets seems counterproductive. This was perfect for satisfying my sweet tooth!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so welcome, April! Glad that you enjoyed this mug cake so much…it’s definitely perfect for quickly satisfying a snickerdoodle craving without ending up with a whole batch of cookies. πŸ˜‰

  7. This was a nice sweet treat for a late night me time! I thought it was missing something that would make it taste more like a snickerdoodle and then I realized it needed cream of tartar! Next time I am going to add some and see if that makes it the perfect taste match. Otherwise, I really liked it!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Great idea, Lucinda! I may have to try that the next time I make this recipe as well. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  8. I made the snickerdoodle mug cake with self rising flour and omitted the banking powder. So tasty. I only used about a teaspoon of sugar and did a visual adjustment of the cinnamon for the topping. Loved it.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So happy to hear that you loved this mug cake, Loren! And thanks for sharing the recipe adjustments that you made…and letting us know that they worked! πŸ™‚

  9. ok.. what did I do wrong? I followed the instruction perfectly and ended up with a runny mess even after I put it back for another minute. I’m an experienced mug cake maker so I’m not sure what happened- no egg right?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Judee! I’m not sure what could have happened. I’ve had overwhelmingly positive reviews on this recipe. You are correct that there is no egg…leaving it out prevents the cake texture from becoming gummy. At any rate, I hope you have better luck if you decide to give this mug cake another try! πŸ™‚

  10. Hey there! I’ve made this mug cake numerous times since there’s rarely ever anything sweet in my house, and I love it! But the first time I made this I had no butter, so I substituted vegetable oil for the butter, and it was equally as delicious! I think I actually prefer to use the oil rather than the butter because the sugar melts into the cake and makes it 1000x better! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoy this recipe so much, Nicole! And thanks for sharing your tip about using vegetable oil. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for this recipe. We tried it and it turned out great. I had to tweak it a little bit: it was a little underdone in our microwave at a 1:30 so we increased the time to 2:00 and it was perfect. Also I like to add a tablespoon of mayonnaise to all of my mug cake recipes to replace the egg if it doesn’t call for one. I find it keeps the cake from drying out too much. This cake reminded me of a cobbler. So for one one I added a canned peach cup (the single serving kind) to the bottom and it turned out perfect! Almost like the peach cobbler we make when we go camping.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So glad this was a hit, Jenn, and your peach cobbler version sounds delicious! Thanks for taking the time to share all of your tweaks. πŸ™‚

  12. I just wanted to let you know this was exactly what we needed for my baby girl’s 1st birthday tonight. The party is this weekend, but after dinner, I was craving something quick to celebrate and for the 3 of us to enjoy. It was so quick and easy, she played happily in her high chair after dinner while I whipped it up, stuck a candle in it, and enjoyed with 3 forks. πŸ™‚ Simple ingredients I wasn’t worried about giving her and the perfect little treat. (and her first cake!) Just wanted to share that you made our night for us. So thanks for the perfect treat. πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww, your comment made me smile, Erin! Happy 1st birthday to your little one and I’m so glad she enjoyed this as her first cake! πŸ™‚

  13. Danylle says:

    This was delicious. I substituted coconut oil for butter, and stevia for sugar… And I was actually out of vanilla… But this was still Amazing 😍

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So happy to hear that this recipe worked with your modifications and that you enjoyed it, Danylle! πŸ™‚

  14. May I ask you a question? Since the majority of people in Europe don’t have a microwave in there home, can we do this recipe by putting the mug in the oven? If so, at what temperature?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Sara! I don’t see why this wouldn’t work in the oven. Just make sure the mug you use is oven-safe, and preheat your oven to 350Β°F (about 177Β°C). I’m not positive on the baking time, but I’d probably let it bake for about 10 minutes and then check it. From there, I’d keep an eye on it for a few more minutes until it tests done. Hope this helps and good luck!

  15. My husband and I tried these last night for our midnight snack. They tasted pretty good… I’m going to have to try some more. Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Amy! I’m glad they were a hit…and that’s my kind of midnight snack! πŸ˜‰

  16. Hello! What would you substitute for the milk? Would water work? I’m afraid to try it.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Cassie! I’m not sure that this recipe would turn out very good using water. I’d recommend trying your favorite milk alternative — like almond milk — instead. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  17. Just made this and it’s great! I’ve made a lot of mug cakes and this one by far has the best texture. I haven’t tried your chocolate peanut butter mug cake, but I certainly will. I mixed up the cinnamon sugar topping in the bowl I melted the butter in, and the effect was a lovely buttery filling. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So happy you enjoyed this, Emily, and I’m glad that the texture was to your liking! If you have a chance to try the Chocolate PB version, I hope you love it just as much! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  18. Gabrielle says:

    Tried this and it was awesome! I was so surprised – probably the best texture of a mug cake i’ve ever had. It definitely needs a some kind of cinnamon roll icing though!

  19. This is awesome with a little almond extract. Cinnamon almond!

  20. Stumbled across this recipe and I have made it a few times. Honestly this is the best mug cake I have ever tried! It turns out perfectly every time! Love it!

  21. Just made this doddle-doddle in a mug, and it’s yummilicious… irresistible… thanks a ton for this wonderful recipe! Had tried many others earlier in the microwave, this one wins the race!
    Though had to microwave like one and half minutes, with breaks, (was trying to be cautious) it’s just perfect!
    By the way the recipe has reached to Vadodara-Gujarat-India!

  22. Mhhm,

    I’m not much of a cook, and certainly didn’t follow the recipe to the letter but tastay!!

    Much enjoyed, thank you.

  23. Alana Andrews says:

    It turned out good but, it did not look like it did in the picture. It looked more of a darker vanilla. So please could someone reply and tell me what I may have done wrong.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m not sure, Alana…it could have been the flour that you used? At any rate, if it tasted good, I wouldn’t worry too much about the color. πŸ™‚

  24. I enjoyed this sweet treat with a few substitutions. I used coconut sugar and 1/4 cup w.w. flour +2 Tbs white flour. 1 min 20s was a perfect cooking time for me. Next time I may try coconut oil instead of butter. I like that I don’t have a bunch of cake or a ton of cookies laying around to tempt me. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I look forward to trying the chocolate pb mug cake also!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for sharing that, Laura! I’m glad your substitutions worked out and I hope you enjoy the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake just as much. πŸ™‚

  25. Let me start off by saying I NEVER comment on recipes. I just make the food and move on. But this was SO AMAZING that I had to comment! The cake is the perfect texture, not too dense like some mug cakes tend to be. The flavor is great and the layers of cinnamon sugar are to die for! I added a 1/4 teaspoon extra cinnamon to the batter and it was delicious. I’m so glad I found your recipe on Pinterest, this will definitely be my go-to whenever I’m craving something sweet!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh yay, Aly…thanks for taking the time to share! I’m very happy you enjoyed this mug cake so much. πŸ™‚

  26. Wow! This was awesome! I substituted butter for pumpkin because I am trying to eat healthier and it turned out amazing! Tasted like autumn in a cup. I never comment on recipes but just had to with this one! Thank you for the wonderful recipe! πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I love the idea of using pumpkin, Bree! I’m so happy you enjoyed this mug cake so much. πŸ™‚

  27. 2 years later this recipe is still AH-MAZING! Moist and full of flavor. Thanks!!

  28. TaylorAnn says:

    I woke up really early this morning to make this. And since I am still a teenager getting my mom to buy me a little bit of something sweet is nearly impossible. This was really easy, and I might even make one for my little brother, because he kept threatening to eat mine. Thank you for this sweet and simple treat.

  29. i have never made a mug cake before and itching for something sweet, didn’t want to go
    out in the bad weather, no choco chips. but i always have baking stuff and cinnamon and nuts. i found your recipe through thekitch. cooked it for one minute 10 seconds and the texture was perfect. not dry, not gooey, perfect all the way through. glad to find your site.

  30. Wenderella says:

    I come from a culture free of Snickerdoodles, but I made it anyway. It’s freaking delicious! Profoundly delicious and very, very simple to make. Thanks!

  31. First time I saw a mug cake was in the store. Your snickerdoodle is so much better! I love itπŸ˜†. Thank you for your recipe.

  32. Wow! I have been trying my luck with mug cakes lately and this is beyond PERFECT! I put a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top and it couldn’t have been any better. Thank you and I look forward to trying your other recipes:)

  33. I make this literally every day. I use wheat flour instead of all purpose, and water instead of milk, because I never buy milk or all purpose flour, and it seems to work fine. I’ve never tried the original version so I don’t know how much of a difference it makes. Today I had a cup of coffee from earlier next to me and thought, what if I replaced the water… with coffee? I tried it and let me tell you, i t i s B O M B. It might be a little different if you’re used to the milk, maybe try 1/2 milk, 1/2 coffee? Snickerdoodle turned into coffee cake. Yum.

  34. So at this point , my question is, how do I make a bigger batch?

    Should I just multiply the quantities?

    I’d love to make this so I can just grab a piece/ slice and heat it up!

    Soooo good!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      It would take some experimenting, Sara, but I bet you could multiply this recipe and turn it into muffins that you could bake in the oven? I haven’t tried this so I’m not sure how or if it would turn out, but please report back if you decide to give it a go! πŸ™‚

  35. Phyllis Bassett says:

    Can I use a gluten free flour in this recipe? This looks some good.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I haven’t tried this recipe with gluten-free flour, Phyllis, but I’ve had comments on some of my other (very similar) mug cake recipes that they did work with gluten-free flour. So it might be worth a shot!

  36. This was delicious! I am a vegan so I substituted in unsweetened vanilla almond milk and vegan butter. Turned out great!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for sharing, Ella! Your tip will help someone else who would like to make this recipe vegan. πŸ™‚

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