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Microwave Churro in a Mug

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Hi Bold Bakers!

I wanted to try my hand at taking a traditional Spanish dessert and making it in a microwave. I think you will agree that the journey was fruitful. A Microwave Churro in a Mug has all of the qualities of the famous dessert including cinnamon sugar and chocolate but it’s mixed and cooked in just one mug.

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4.43 from 49 votes
Microwave Churro in a Mug
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Servings: 1 churro
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon flavorless oil (vegetable, canola, sunflower)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoons roughly chopped chocolate
  1. In a microwave safe mug mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and cinnamon
  2. Add in the vegetable oil and milk. Stir until this comes together into smooth batter ( Not to worry if there are a few lumps)
  3. Spoon the chopped chocolate into the center of the batter.
  4. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1minute or until the cake has risen and is firm to the touch (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)
  5. Combine the additional cinnamon and sugar then generously sprinkle on top. Enjoy straight away!
Recipe Notes

Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. The mugs I use are small, roughly 6oz (¾ /1 cup)

Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t over flow or over cook.

⅛ teaspoon is simply a ½ of a ¼ teaspoon
1/16 teaspoon is simply a ¼ of a ¼ teaspoon


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  1. Lara on September 14, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I love your mug recipes especially the vanilla cake.I tried this recipe but it came out dry,very brown and quite bitter.

    I want to know if it is because switched regular milk for buttermilk.


    • Gemma Stafford on September 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      I am not sure about the bitter part. Did you put dark chocolate in an excessive amount? Sometimes it’s also the microwave oven. If it was overcooked in microwave, there is a tendency for the food to harden when it cools down.

  2. Maggie on May 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    It didn’t taste good but I followed the instructions and my microwave is the same wats as your
    It was dry and interesting

    • Gemma Stafford on May 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. Often if mug cakes tend to be dry it is because they stayed a little too long in the microwave. I recommend checking them
      after 45 seconds.

      Hope this helps,

  3. Mikael Bédard on November 20, 2018 at 6:30 am

    This really tasted like a churro but less sweet. I really liked how moist and fluffy it was. I used 70% dark chocolate and it was very good. Another good recipe!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 20, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Mikael,
      GOOD! well done you, I am happy you managed this recipe well. Thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. reyann on July 11, 2018 at 7:21 am

    literally the best mug cake I’ve ever tasted! its so light and fluffy! i did use nutella instead of chocolate and it was so tasty and its definitely my go to mug cake. thank you so much Gemma!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 12, 2018 at 4:01 am

      Hi there,
      Good! I am really happy to hear this. Well done you, you made it your own,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Cry Of Clockwork on April 26, 2018 at 5:56 am

    honestly this is my goto mugcake recipe! It’s as a cake should be and I thank you for sharing it!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that. Thanks so much for your lovely comment.


  6. This_Is_Amazing! on April 10, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Amazing recipe!

  7. Mug_Recipe_Addict on April 10, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Love this recipe. I used brown sugar but it turned out fine 🙂

    • Mug_Recipe_Addict on April 10, 2018 at 2:50 am

      My comment didn’t load 🙂 I put another one but realized…:P

  8. Mug_Recipe_Addict on April 10, 2018 at 2:40 am

    It was amazing! I’m doing another one after dinner 😛

  9. bakingobsession13 on March 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Hey Gemma! This mug cake was super moist and I absolutely loved it!! I was wondering if this cake recipe could be multiplied into a full size cake because I would love that!! And if so, what kind of frosting would you suggest?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 10, 2018 at 3:37 am

      Hi there,
      You get whipped cream, then you keep on whipping until the fat separates from the buttermilk.
      If the cream is right it has to happen. Butter is the fat of the cream, carry on, it will be good.
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Chantese on March 4, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Hey Gemma. I got a bar of chocolate with a little caramel in the center. Can I use that

    • Gemma Stafford on March 5, 2018 at 2:31 am

      Hi Chantese,
      I do not know, but I would try it!
      Gemma 😉

  11. Bakergirl on November 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I love your recipes so much! They are so great and always work! I am going to try this and your mug pizza. I really want to become an awesome baker like you!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 21, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Hi there,
      Good for you! Carry on baking, and you will be an expert in no time at all.
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Aaniyah on September 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    For all of your recipes they say baking soda and powder do we have to use bothe because I don’t have baking powder.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hi there,
      NO! I do not say this for every recipe, it would not work for many, just some!
      Self raising flour has baking powder included in it, so that will work for you.
      Baking soda is the same thing as bicarbonate of soda. It is an alkaline ingredient. As a raising agent it needs to be balanced with an acid ingredient. Yogurt/buttermilk/lemon juice/ vinegar/ cream of tartar are all acid ingredients. That is why you will find buttermilk used in many recipes.
      You can make your own cultured buttermilk too, this will help, and the recipe is here on my website. So! it really depends on the recipe. When you have only bicarbonate of soda, use buttermilk, or yogurt. I hope this is of help to you. Think about it!
      Gemma 🙂

  13. SofiaRosso on September 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Every time I have a sweet craving, I always make this quick recipe. Easily one of my favorites!! And truly a nice homage to all churros from Mexico!!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Delighted my recipes are working well for you Sofia. Hope you like what i have lined up for fall 🙂


  14. Gemma is awesome on September 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Hi i just love this recipe because its so easy and so tasty. instead of using a mug i always use silicone cup-cake wrappers for mug cake recipes. I was wondering of you could do a video on eggless mug-cakes cause i usually dont have eggs. thanks for the recipe!!!

  15. sfa13174 on September 1, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Dear Gemma,
    I know exactly what goes good with this recipe. The thick Spanish hot chocolate ! ☕️🤤🤤🤤

    • Gemma Stafford on September 1, 2017 at 3:55 am

      Haha! yes, and the recipe is here too, with the churro recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Jasmine on August 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I love your mug meals and this has to be my favourite so far! I’ve made it a few times as a midnight snack and they turned out really well. I use cappuccino cups when I make my mug cakes 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on August 30, 2017 at 1:34 am

      Hi Jasmine,
      great, well done you. the shape of a cappuccino cup is pretty perfect for these mug recipes. We have a lot more of these recipes to come, so stay tuned!
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Sadhikaraj on August 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I love this recipe. …it’s so tasty…..just yum….love you Gemma for the recipes. …😘😘😘

    • Gemma Stafford on August 15, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you, that is very kind,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Oriana Heremans on August 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

    It’s really great ! Fixed the suger and cinnamon craving ! Thanks a lot for all your work !

    • Gemma Stafford on August 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thank you Oriana, that is good to hear,
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Molly on July 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

    This was amazing! Loved it!

  20. tsshreya on June 29, 2017 at 5:33 am

    thank you so much for these recipes you have definately made my hostel life better. your recipes are amazing. but what would really be awesome if you could bring recipes that i could make since i don’t have refrigerator and we’re not aloowed eggs inside the hostel. it would be a big help. anyhow thank you for these amazing recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 2, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Hi there Shreya,
      Wow! this is a tough one! Refrigeration is so important for food hygiene, I really do not know how to manage without one now.
      I have heard of Durian fruit being banned from hotels and hostels, but this is the first time I heard of eggs being banned, such a great food for students. Of course if you are vegan you will not use these in any case, we lived on eggs in my student days!
      I will have to think about this one, mostly I use fresh ingredients which require refrigeration,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Mugmaniac123 on July 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      This recipe was amazing! I didn’t have baking soda so I substituted it for 3/16 teaspoon baking powder. I whipped this up for my little brother and I a while ago. It cooked perfectly and was fast and easy. My whole family loves this and find myself making it again and again! I actually submitted a photo of mine. This has to be my favorite one!

      • Gemma Stafford on July 12, 2017 at 2:14 am

        Thank you so much for this appraisal of this recipe, I appreciate you offering your advice to another bold baker. I like to think we are a community here, helping each other where we can,
        Gemma 🙂

  21. Laura on June 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I am an avid baker, but this is the first mug cake I’ve ever made. Tried it on a whim with the kids. We wanted a homemade dessert, but could not turn on the oven with 110 degree weather we are having. We all thought it tasted amazing! I think I may be a little obsessed with your microwave recipes now. Thank you!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 21, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Haha Laura, now we got you!
      You need to get the kids making these for you now, then you can put your feet up.
      Thank you for being with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Chocolatedreamz on June 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Gemma
    Just made this for DH today for father’s day and it was cooling so then kids came downstairs saw it and ate it all up?was so delicious!! No prob I whip up another one in no time!! Yummy !!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 19, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Great, I am really happy to hear this, and I live youe email persona, made me smile!
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Lindsay on June 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I just made this for my younger brother who adores churros, and I could not be happier! Terrific recipe given that it’s only in a mug. Excellent!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 12, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Lindsay, I am happy to hear this. So kind of you to be looking after your little brother too, well done,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. Lollys_are__disgusting on May 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Yo y Gemma

    For my 75 birthday I got a pack of bread and and a spoon I was just wondering what I could do with this and can you make a lolly pop in a mug and chocolate concerete in a mug my sister was wondering if you could shout out her name in a video as she and I are great fans xx
    My friends all bully me because my name is Paula and I’m a boy and I love cooking and baking and I am gay do you have any advice xx
    Lots of love Paula

    • Gemma Stafford on May 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Sure, It is clear that you are ready for a new phase in your life, I suggest an open mic night at your local comedy club. I bet they would have great advice about what to do with the bread and spoon! If it were an egg and spoon, you could have a race with your sister, never know where that would finish up, scramble to the finish, probably!
      Gemma 🙂

      • Gina on May 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        Awesome reply Gemma! ???

        • Gemma Stafford on May 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

          Hi Gina,

          I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed them :). I hope you get to try out more of my recipes.


  25. Angell Gray on April 20, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This one is my favorite, aside from the pizza mug recipe in the Mug Meals book. They are both super yummy! I’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes type II, it’s a learning experience so far about alcohol sugars, as well as a alternatives for sweeteners but with that being said… might I challenge you to make a sugar free set of deserts? ? I’d love to see that as a YouTube video.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Diabetes is such a pain, but it is worthwhile doing some research. I was fascinated by Stevia ( and there is a wealth of information online about it. There is a suggestion in the research that is is a curative too, really worth looking into. A sugar free range of desserts is a great idea, thank you 🙂

      • Noelle Rumsey on June 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        Hi Gemma,
        I totally agree on the sugar free idea. My family is Paleo and so we only use natural sweeteners. Perhaps you could do recipes with maple syrup as a sweetener? Thanks!

        • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 9:19 am

          yeah sure, and if you see honey or agave in any of my recipes you can use maple syrup 🙂

  26. Peachybbuba on April 17, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Ooh, this is so yummy!!! I really like it and its something I haven’t tried before because I usually eat the strips of long churros (btw your baked not fried churros are awesome, i baked it with my mum)?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 18, 2017 at 2:51 am

      Hi Naoimi,
      That is great, it is so good to hear from you, I am happy that you are using my recipes,
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Lisa on April 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Hello Gemma! Firstly, I want to say thank u sooo much for the microwavable recipes!! Just a question: is it okay to replace cinnamon powder with cocoa powder? Thanks! – Lisa

    • Gemma Stafford on April 17, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Hi Lisa,
      cocoa powder will not add the flavor here, you would need to add too much of it, which would unbalance the recipe. Best to leave out the cinnamon!
      Gemma 🙂

    • Peachybbuba on April 18, 2017 at 12:27 am

      you can, but add more.

      • Lisa on April 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm

        thanks Gemma and Naomi!!!

  28. Lian Arguin-Laverdière on April 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Hi, thank you for the recipe. It is absolutely delicious. Is it possible to make a bigger bolder one? Soon, my friend has a special event with her family and i want to offer her this churro since it’s her favorite pastry. Thank you very much for this recipe, it’s awesome !!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 4, 2017 at 2:01 am

      for a crowd it will be better to use the baked churro recipe here on my page. Microwaves are not ideal for large quantities of ingredients,
      Gemma 🙂

  29. A fan of Gemma on March 29, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Hi Gemma! I love this recipe, but what is the recipe of the chocolate frosting?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Hi there,
      This is a ganache! There is a recipe on the website for this. You just melt a dark chocolate, gently, in a little cream, until melted and thick. allow it to get cold, then you can pipe it!
      Gemma 🙂

  30. Sofia on March 13, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Love you and love this recipe! 😀 <3
    I would like to know how many calories this recipe have 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on March 13, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Hi Sofia,
      I did not calculate this! You can presume that all of these recipes are quite calorific, if I do not tell you otherwise. On a quick calculation this will come in at about 400 calories.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  31. TCtheshe on February 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    This is excellent! I halved the recipe, decreased the sugar and increased the cinnamon. I also used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose. It definitely fixed my craving for cinnamon and chocolate. Thank you!

    TC the she

    • Gemma Stafford on February 28, 2017 at 6:21 am

      So, you basically invented your own recipe, well done you. I am all about you guys making these recipes your own. Well done 🙂

  32. poshumato on February 26, 2017 at 12:52 am

    This recipe was amazing! I loved the sugar and cinnamon on top. It is the first mug cake I have had that was cooked so evenly (I used a teacup so that may have added to the difference as well). It reminded me of a coffee cake or a snickerdoodle cookie in cake form! I loved that it didn’t have egg also. Made this twice, loved it both times.

    Side note: I didn’t have baking powder, so I substituted with one fourth as much baking soda, and it worked beautifully!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

      hi there,
      Great, I am really delighted that you are using the recipes and getting on well with this one. Well done you!
      Thank you for your kind comments, and for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  33. Tarynn on February 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’m Mexican and I love a churro. Me and my nephew made this together and we absolutely loved it!! Thank you so much!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 26, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Hi there,
      I am delighted to hear that, especially from a Mexican! Kudos, I think, for me so 🙂
      I am happy that you tried this, and that you both enjoyed it too,
      Gemma 🙂

  34. Izabella25 on February 20, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Can you keep on making more mug cake snack recipes , cause when i get home from school i am always hungry but my parents won’t let me eat a lot before dinner (to make sure i eat the dinner). So, can you suggest some recipes for me?

    P.S. I love your baking channel
    P.P.S. I am subscribed !

    • Gemma Stafford on February 20, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Hi Izabella, you have sensible parents! It is important to eat properly, and they may prefer you to have fruit or yogurt for your snack. I have some lovely frozen yogurt recipes here and even a recipe for making your own yogurt! this would be a great project for you 🙂

      • Izabella25 on February 21, 2017 at 8:36 am

        Thank you Gemma!

  35. Chamantha on February 11, 2017 at 4:35 am

    It came out great! I used brown sugar though.
    I absolutely enjoyed it. Thank you xx
    Would love it if you could make an Indian cuisine.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Hi there,
      That is great, well done you, I am happy that this worked for you.
      I ma trying to gen up on Indian cuisine, It is taking time!
      Gemma 🙂

  36. Laiju on February 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Yummmmm Gemma i just made it i just cant stop eating it ??

    • Gemma Stafford on February 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

      That is the idea! tuck in,
      Gemma 🙂

      • _lollipops are tasty_ on February 11, 2017 at 2:57 am

        Yo yo yo Gemma
        I go Spain ever year and forever eat churros. I don’t see in market super often so eating this wes like in holidays yuumee. I like the choklate sourced because I like it on my toast so I use the leftover on toast because I like it on my toast because i dooo byyyyeeee
        Remember lollipops are TASTY ??????

        • Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

          Hi there,
          Yes, lollypops are tasty, this is true, lol!
          What a great name you have!
          I am happy that you like this recipe, and yes, chocolate sauce is wonderful, and I am happy that you have found it,
          Gemma 🙂

  37. Taylor on February 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Is it possible to substitute the milk with anything?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 6, 2017 at 1:01 am

      Hi Taylor,
      Do you use nut milks? if so any of these will work for you. It will be difficult to get this right with just water,
      Gemma 🙂

  38. Warda Naeem on February 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hi gemma i am confused. You have given two different measurements of cinnamon in this recipe why need another tsp of cinnamon when given 1/4 tsp first? How much do we need

    • Gemma Stafford on February 5, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Hi there,
      I can see your confusion, I will go back to edit this recipe.
      1/4 tsp cinnamon goes into the cake.
      The remainder is to make the cinnamon sugar for the top.
      Thank you for pointing this out to me,
      Gemma 🙂

  39. Kashish on February 4, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Hi gemma,
    I’m a huge fan of your mug meals . i tried this recipe today and i used granulated sugar but the sugar did not melt. Should i use powdered sugar instead?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 4, 2017 at 2:03 am

      Hi there,
      You would not use a heavy granulated sugar in anything which cooks this quickly. Caster sugar is a very fine granulated sugar, and in the US all granulated sugar is really fine, so it depends on where you live. If you cannot get caster sugar you may use powdered/icing sugar, but you may need a little more of that. I am glad you tried this recipe, you have learned something,
      Gemma 🙂

  40. Claire on February 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I substituted nutella for the chocolate. Delicious!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 4, 2017 at 2:17 am

      Hi Claire,
      That is the idea, you are a genius! It really is about using what you have, and inventing your recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  41. Happinessismine on February 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Gemma just want you to know that I love your recipes and I have tried many of them ! Can you make another video for the worldwide recipes?❤❤

    • Gemma Stafford on February 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, I get lots of requests for this, I will certainly be adding more recipes from around the world as time goes on,
      Gemma 🙂

  42. Lexi on February 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you very much for this recipe!!! I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time..

    • Gemma Stafford on February 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Hi there,
      that is great, thank you, I am happy to hear that,
      Gemma 🙂

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