Mug Cakes & Meals

Red Velvet Mug Cake

4.42 from 51 votes
Enjoy a rich, chocolatey Red Velvet Cake in minutes with my Red Velvet Microwave Mug Cake.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Red Velvet Cake is a magical chocolate cake that is synonymous with Valentine’s Day. This Red Velvet Mug Cake recipe was part of my first Microwave Mug Cake YouTube video which has now been viewed almost 7 million times! Now, with more than 100 Mug recipes including savory Mug Meals, I’ve gotten kind of good at this microwave recipe thing.

As a professionally-trained chef originally from Ireland, I never thought I’d be making cakes in the microwave. But here’s the thing, microwave mug cakes are what I call the gateway to baking. You may not think baking is for you but do you love single-serving cakes made from good ingredients in minutes? Well, then welcome to the Bold Baking Community!

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Bold Baking Tips for Mug Cakes & Meals

The cook time is based on my microwave which is 1200 Watts so your cook time may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. When in doubt check your mug meal after 45 seconds just to make sure it is cooking ok. You can always cook it for 30 second intervals if you wish. Also the mugs I use are small, roughly 6oz (¾ /1 cup) but feel free to use bigger. 

I have many more Bold Baking Tips on how to make the perfect mug cake every time. If you like my Mug Cakes & Meals, you can get more recipes like a Mug Churro, Mug Donut and even a Mug Pizza! Get almost 100 Mug Recipes on my Gemma’s Mug Meals Collection page.

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Red Velvet Microwave Mug Cake

4.42 from 51 votes
Enjoy a rich, chocolatey Red Velvet Cake in minutes with my Red Velvet Microwave Mug Cake.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Enjoy a rich, chocolatey Red Velvet Cake in minutes with my Red Velvet Microwave Mug Cake.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk (substitute sour cream or yogurt if not available)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring

Instructions

  • Mix all the wet ingredients together into an oversized mug using a fork until batter is smooth.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined
  • Cook in microwave for 50 seconds. (every microwave is different so cooking may vary)
  • Be careful not to overcook as batter will become dense and rubbery.
  • Let cake cool slightly before piping on cream cheese frosting.

 

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Lisa80
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Lisa80
7 months ago

Gamma, do you have a recipe to make just enough cream cheese frosting for this mug cake instead of making a big batch of frosting? Red velvet cake is one of my favorite cakes and I cannot wait to try this.

Aamir Iqbal
Guest
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,

Today i tried this mug cake and it was delicious. I doubled the amount of ingredients and divided it into Three normal mugs. Then I tried what time it would need.
Do you have any ideas how to change the time in the Microwave if i put more than one mug in it?
Greetings from Newyork

Pvssoumya
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Pvssoumya
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
Can we use salted butter in ur mug receipes where ever you use butter?

Esther
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Esther
1 year ago

As always your microwave recipes never fails to hit the spot! Craving chocolate this evening, decided to make this instead of a whole cake and regret it. My nine year old niece helped me make a second one for her and her brother. She and I loved it# I skipped the red dye only because I just didn’t have any. Any how it was definitely delicious and satisfying! Added whipped cream and had a memorable moment with the little ones. Thanks again! ☺

Skye
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Skye
1 year ago

Do you think I could use un bleached sugar? It’s more healthy, but I was wondering if it may affect the flavor.

Member
1 year ago

My 7 year old says “Best Mug cake EVER!!!!” We posted a picture, it’s the one with the bite already taken out cause he couldn’t wait to eat it. Thanks Gemma.

Maryam Nour
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Maryam Nour
1 year ago

I made your red velvet mug cake today and it turned out AMAZING! now its my go to recipes for functions and I’m only 16 🙂 I really love your videos and they are always a success whenever I make them. SO THANK YOU!
I also used your cream cheese frosting recipe and I just couldn’t stop licking the bowl and the spatula, IT WAS THAT GOOD!
THANKS ALOT
Maryam

Rebecca
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Rebecca
1 year ago

I just made this with my 11 year old son. He really enjoyed being able to just mix up a cake for himself so quickly and I really enjoyed the lack of mess! He just came back with his mug empty!

kate
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kate
1 year ago

HI! i was wondering, i don’t have red food coloring and i’m in college so i can’t afford to buy it. basicaly, without the red food coloring, is it just a chocolate cake? just wondering! thanks (:

DeJewel
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DeJewel
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,

Thank you so much for this recipe – it was perfect! The portion was exactly the amount needed to satisfy my craving without having an entire cake leftover. It came together quickly – no need to pull out a mixing machine – and was finished before I’d had time to put away all the supplies. Even better, this cake was light and fluffy – just the way it should be! The flavor was rich and delicious.
Thank you also for the free cookbook; I’ll definitely try out more recipes.
All the best from Austria!
Jewel

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