Apr 04

Single-Serve Mug Coffee Cake

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!


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 PieΒ and Raspberry Snack 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. Source: BHG and my BHG Cookbook. Print it out on cardstock and marry it to your fridge. You’ll be happy!

measure equivalents

{Click here for the printable version.}

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.


Aren’t you glad it is? It’s why ya’ll love me so much. πŸ˜‰


Single-Serve Mug Coffee Cake

A single-serve version of your favorite breakfast cake!
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour (2 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I used oil)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk or nonfat milk
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Stir sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Add oil, milk, and vanilla and stir until combined. Pour into a coffee mug that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
  2. 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).
  3. Enjoy warm!

These sweets may also make you happy:

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake



Almond Cake {for one}


Almond Cake for One {in a jar} Great gift idea! www.crazyforcrust.com

Sweets from friends:
Thin Mint Diet Coke Cake from Something Swanky
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake by Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
Nutella Cookie in a Cup by No. 2 Pencil



This post may be linked to:Β Chef in Training,Β Lil’ Luna,Β Buns In My Oven,Β Chic-and-Crafty,Β I’m Lovin’ it Fridays,Β Strut your Stuff Saturday, Weekend Potluck,Β Weekend Wrap Up Party,Β Sundae Scoop Link Party,Β and all of these too!