Sometimes you just want a taste of something – one serving, not a whole cake. This Single-Serve Mug Coffee Cake is a perfect way to get that coffee cake you’re craving in just one serving!
This easy recipe stirs together in just a few minutes and cooks in 45 seconds; it’s the perfect way to satisfy your coffee cake craving without breaking the calorie bank!
What’s your middle name? Mine is Overindulgence. Well, it should be anyway.
Really, it’s Frances. Which was my grandma’s name. Dorothy was my Nana’s name. I love my names…now. Going through childhood as an overweight kid with buck teeth and the name Dorothy Frances was, well, hard. Dorky Blubber was my nickname, a play on my maiden name.
Overindulgence has always been my problem, obvi.
Which is why mug cakes and single-serve desserts and my favorite things everrrrr.
Recently I really, realllllllly wanted coffee cake. I almost made a whole cake, but the realization that I would eat an entire cake (one slice at a time) stopped me. That’s when a mug coffee cake jumped out at me.
I’m pretty good at math (I should be, since I majored in it in college). My love of all things math has made it easy for me to figure out how to cut down my favorite recipes to single size. I’m good at fractions,what can I say?
I started with my Mom’s Coffee Cake Recipe, which I’ve previously made into Carrot Cake Coffee Cake, Coffee Cake Pie and Funfetti Coffee Cake. The base of the cake are the usual suspects: oil, sugar, flour, egg, cinnamon. 99% of these are really easy to cut down to one serving. The only one that is hard to do is the egg. So I left it out, and I didn’t miss it at all!
FYI, when you’re twelfing (is that even a word?) a recipe, you need to know the cup to tablespoon to teaspoon conversions. I’ve made you a handy-dandy chart, in case you’re interested. I have a few that I’ve pulled from magazines and cookbooks over the years taped to my fridge. It makes it an easy way to reference the numbers, when you need it.
I made you a printable. Print it out on cardstock and marry it to your fridge. You’ll be happy!
This single-serve mug coffee cake tastes just like the original, but is enough to satisfy that coffee cake craving without the need to shop for bigger pants.
Unless, of course, you’re me. And make it Every. Single. Day.
What can I say? Overindulgence is my middle name.
A Single Serve Mug Coffee Cake is the best way to indulge in a sweet breakfast without killing your diet!
How to make a Mug Coffee Cake
- You can use a small ramekin, like I did, or a mug. It won’t completely fill up a mug so the pictures look better in a ramekin.
- Be sure to spray it with nonstick cooking spray. I also recommend rinsing the dish before it cools (holy stuck on food, batman).
- Feel free to reduce the sugar (even omit the brown sugar on top) to cut the calories.
- Add nuts for a nice crunch!
- You can use any kind of milk (regular, nonfat, almond, etc.)
Single Serve Mug Coffee Cake
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon nonfat milk or almond milk
- Dash of vanilla
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Spray a mug or a ramekin with nonstick cooking spray. Add sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, oil, milk, and vanilla and stir until combined. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
- Microwave for 45 seconds (my microwave is 1100 watts - if yours is less you may need to microwave it longer, do so in 15 second increments).
- Enjoy warm!
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
If you love coffee cake, be sure to try a few of my other favorite coffee cake recipes. I also love single serve desserts and have quite a few to choose from! My friends do too, like small batch Brownies, Snickerdoodles, and Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Old photo, taken in 2013!
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Published on: January 7, 2018