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One Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

You guys know that I’m kinda little bit obsessed with microwave cakes (or mug cakes as some folks call them). I think they are a great, healthy way to have a sweet treat. Because of the high yield, baking can be a dangerous task for people trying to watch what they eat. Even those of us with iron-clad willpower (not me!) will have a hard time turning down those three dozen cookies or that whole cake sitting in the kitchen.

That’s why I LOVE these microwave cakes. You get all the sweetness and treatness of a baked good and inherent portion control. There are no worries about overindulging.

Last week, Tori chimed in on Facebook asking if I had the hookup for a good pumpkin microwave cake recipe. I hadn’t seen a recipe anywhere, but I knew right then it was definitely time for me to get back to slaving over a hot microwave.

After just a few tweaks to my classic peanut butter cake recipe, I had a perfectly Fall and pumpkin-y treat. This one was so crazy good. One of the issues with microwave cakes is that you have to watch so carefully to make sure they don’t dry out, but the pumpkin puree in this cake keeps it moist, gooey and totally delicious.

The perfect Fall evening? Curled up under a cozy throw on the couch with a mug of coffee, a good book and this cake. Happy Autumn, friends!


one minute pumpkin spice cake

  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 30 seconds
  • Cook Time: 50 seconds
  • Total Time: 1.3333333333333 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


One of the issues with microwave cakes is that you have to watch so carefully to make sure they don’t dry out, but the pumpkin puree in this cake keeps it moist, gooey and totally delicious.



  • Cooking spray
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extra
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon plus a pinch of nutmeg and ground cloves)
  • Maple syrup for drizzling, optional


  1. Spray a ramekin, mug or microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, baking powder, flour, pumpkin, vanilla and spices.
  3. Pour batter into prepared ramekin. Microwave at 70% power for 50 seconds or until cake is cooked through. Drizzle with maple syrup.

  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: dessert, mug cake, pumpkin


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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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12 Responses
  1. Lola

    I’m totally on a pumpkin kick lately. Thankfully the tinned pumpkin is available around here year round. I recently went gluten free so I’m going to give this a try with some alternate flour. It’d be so great if it turns out! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. I have been too chicken to try these individual cakes. I tried a recipe that made 4 cookies and blegh, gross. I will have to give this a try though!

    Otherwise I normally will make a batch of cookie dough and only cook a few and freeze the rest of the dough in a log. Then when I want more I just cut of some of the end and bake!

  3. I picked up some pumpkin puree this weekend so I can make some pumpkin muffins. And I think I will have just enough left to enjoy one or two of these this weekend.

    I think I might try a bit of warm caramel drizzled on top.

    1. Shannon

      And then this MORNING I thought I’d have this for breakfast, so I mixed it up with cake flour and looked at the batter and thought : PANCAKES! So I made three nice little pancakes, tossed some Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage links into the microwave, and poured me a big ol’ glass of almond milk.

      I topped the pancakes with some maple syrup, whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. What a great breakfast for a fall day!

  4. It’s treats like this that allllmost makes me regret getting rid of my microwave. So pretty! (Still, not quite pretty enough for me to devote 75% of my available counterspace to a microwave, though!)

  5. Judy

    This looks delicious especially since it’s October and pumpkin is on my mind in the kitchen. Unfortunately due to counter space issues, I don’t have a microwave – I know, I know. Do you have an adaptation that will work in a conventional oven? I’d love to give this a try, as well as some of your other mini cakes. thanks!

    1. Cassie

      Hmm, I’ve never tried it in a conventional oven, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t bake up just fine at 350°. Just keep at eye on it for time. Maybe 5-7 minutes?

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