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Seasonal Mug Cakes (Egg Free)

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Seasonal Mug Cakes could not have come at a better time. Pies steal the show this time of year but I’m here to say they are not the only dessert out there. Mug Cakes are the perfect single-serving treat and they take as long to cook as they do to mix up from scratch.


While Fall is here I like to make the most of seasonal flavors, like spices, apples and pumpkin. We have such a short period that we can enjoy these flavors so it’s a make hay while the sun shines kinda dealy.

If you are thinking if Mug Meals are for you, then the answer is YES! Mug Meals are for everyone! Whether you are short on time, want portion control, or just want to make homemade meals with little fuss and waste then yes, mug meals are for you. A perfect example of this is my husband Kevin makes the Burrito in a Mug  almost every day for breakfast. Not because we don’t have an oven but because he can make it in less than 5 minutes in the one mug.

I love mug cakes because they are just a speedier way to enjoy cake with little prep time and practically no cleaning up. I have over 50+ Mug Recipes  from breakfast to dessert and everything in between so make sure you check them out.

Gingerbread Mug Cake (Egg Free)

Every mouthful tastes like Fall. The only regret you’ll have is that you didn’t make two! Get the Gingerbread Mug Cake recipe.

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Pumpkin Mug Cake (Egg Free)

Pies are not the only way to enjoy Pumpkins. Get the Pumpkin Mug Cake recipe!

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Hot Chocolate Mug Cake (Egg Free)

Who says we can’t take one of the most popular winter drinks and turn it into a cake? It makes perfect sense to me, and it will to you when you make the Hot Chocolate Mug Cake recipe.

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  1. Wanda on November 1, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Yeah!! More mug cakes! Thank you so very much Gemma for sharing your talent with us and always coming up with new and exciting recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      I’m really delighted to hear that!!! Thanks for trying it out 🙂


  2. Sheila on October 29, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I just found you on YouTube and love your mug meals, desserts and also your basic cookie recipe. Could you bring some low carb keto receipies?

  3. Thasneem on July 22, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I love all your recipes and Ive tried a lot of them..
    Ive a doubt though can we bake these mug meals in conveyor oven?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much. Yes you can bake these at 350oF (180oC) for roughly 8-10 minutes.


  4. Rabab on May 25, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Hey Gemma,
    I came across your video by accident but I have fallen in love with your recipe… Hot chocolate mug cake is really nice… I love to bake & try different things… Your hot chocolate mig cake has definitely prompted me to try other recipes as well.
    love from Pakistan ????????????

    • Gemma Stafford on May 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Hi there,
      It is good to have you with us in Pakistan.
      happy that you like the recipes too, happy baking,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Jerie Liza Coronel on January 30, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Hi Gemma! Was wondering if I can use a hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa? Thanks!

    P.S. I made the hot chocolate mug cake filled the top with marshmallows, and it was great! Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 30, 2018 at 9:10 pm


      Really glad you like my recipes. So hot chocolate mix has sugar and other ingredients in it so it is not suitable for baking with. You need unsweetened cocoa powder.

      Gemma 🙂

  6. poop on January 12, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Gemma! Would a microwave oven work for this?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      Yes it sure would. Bake at 350oF (180oC) for roughly 8-10 minutes or until firm in the middle 🙂

  7. Ann on December 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Hi Gemma, I love your recipes!!!! I made your single serving cookies recently and they were yummy. I want to make the chocolate mug cake (I’m glad it’s eggless) but my microwave is broken. Can I bake it? How long would it take in the oven? Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 4, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Hi Ann,
      Good to have you with us.
      Yes, you can bake the mug recipes, though I would choose a different container, perhaps a muffin pan. Make more than one too if you are using your big oven.
      180C/350F, for about 10 – 15 mins. All will be well,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Ankita on July 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Hey Gemma!

    I love your YouTube channel it is one of the best channels out there. I tries your two ingredient ice cream it was superb I also tried your hot chocolate mug cake recipe it was simply delicious. Your recipes are an instant hit in my home. After coming from work watching your recipes is my ultimate relaxing time.

    Lots of love n thanks,
    Ankita (from India)

    • Gemma Stafford on July 29, 2017 at 2:58 am

      Hi there Ankita,
      Thank you for your very kind comments, i am delighted to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Mary on May 4, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Gemma how long does the mug cake keep once it has been made would it keep for a day or two thanks from Ireland

    • Gemma Stafford on May 5, 2017 at 3:38 am

      Hi Mary,
      It is great to have you with us in Ireland.
      Microwaved food does not keep! it is best made and eaten. You can premix ahead of time, but once baked it shoiuld be eaten, a bit like scones really, same day.
      Gemma 🙂

  10. jto_05 on May 1, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Hi, Mrs. Stafford. ! I am a young girl who loves to bake. I binge watch all of your Youtube videos and love your mug meals! The only trouble is, my little sister has anaphylactic food allergies to gluten, dairy, eggs, all seeds, peanuts, flax, and barley. She has never eaten lots of pastries or barely anything made with dough because the texture always cracks and never becomes soft and airy. I’m planning to attend culinary arts school when I’m 16, but for now love to experiment in my own home. I tried making donuts (using your no-knead recipe and substituting the flour, eggs, and dairy for things she can eat), but they turned out more like flat cookies shaped like a donut! I’m writing this email because I would like to suggest you make videos on how to make dough that leaves a clean bowl that is gluten free, nut free, seed free, dairy free and egg free and also how to make other treats that you couldn’t buy free from allergens at a cafe. My little sister could die from her allergies if she isn’t given epinephrine and lots of Benadryl and I don’t want her to miss out on great foods. I know you get lots of requests because you are so great at baking, but could you please take my suggestion into consideration? Feel free to email me back once you get a chance. I’ll be watching every Thursday at 9:30 MT! Thank you.
    P.S. A great egg replacer for culinary purposes is Ener-G Egg Replacer. It is a powder you mix with water and seems to work the best for me whenever I make batter.

    Allergen-Free Baker:)

    • Gemma Stafford on May 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi there,
      I think I responded to this, If it did not go through, please let me know,
      Gemma 🙂

      • jto_05 on May 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        Thank you so much! I didn’t check my email today. Ill take a look at the websites you suggested. Can’t wait for more of your videos! 🙂

  11. Sarah on January 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    You are such an amazing baker and have inspired me to bake more. I was wondering about the hot chocolate mug cake. When I baked it it was very soggy. I continued to bake it for longer and it was still soggy. But when i baked it even longer, it burned. Any tips?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Hi there,
      I use a wide mug/cup. This allows the heat to distribute evenly. A deep narrow mug will be more difficult to manage.
      You also need to allow a few mins sitting time at the end of the baking time, to llow the heat to distribute, and the food to finish out.
      So, when it feels firm to the touch on top, it is baked, remove it from the oven and allow to stand for a minute or so.
      Try this,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. sukriti on December 27, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Gemma i can’t resist writing a comment. I love talking to you.I open the website again and again to see what you wrote me.I wish i could get one of your ebooks for christmas this year but unfortunately i have already got a christmas present.
    I really hoped i could win an ebook for free for the best comment but i was asleep by that time when your video came as it was night in india.Your ebook seems superb and i wish you great success for that.Love you Gemma…………

  13. sukriti on December 27, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Sorry Gemma for taking your precious time but can you make christmas fruit cake or just fruit cake as i need a recipe for it . love you……

  14. sukriti on December 27, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Thanks Gemma! Thanks for replying. I saw on your website that you reply on every comment which i loved.Many youtubers don’t reply to comments and we feel they are not read.But you do and that’s the reason we love you..I just wanted to know what recipes you cook at home?Have a merry merry christmas and a very happy new year.

  15. sukriti on December 26, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Gemma my mother and I love your recipes.They are awesome. These mugcakes are awesome. I made one on Christmas ? this year. We are looking for some of your Indian recipes. Indian food is awesome,you must give it a try

    • Gemma Stafford on December 27, 2016 at 2:56 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, I do know that Indian food is awesome, and I really love it myself. We have some great ethnic restaurants here in Los Angeles, and I do make some recipes at home too. I am happy to have you with us, thank you for your kind comments and Happy New Year to you and your family,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. matt on December 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I can’t find the written recipes for the cookies in a mug


  17. Nihla on December 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Hey Gemma,
    I just started watching ur videos just a couple of days before. I really like ur videos.I ‘m from India.
    And I love to cook. I made ur hot chocolate mix and the result was surprising. Thank you.
    P.S I hope u would reply 🙂

  18. Ellie on December 4, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I was loving to bake cakes in mugs, but i never found a great recipe..
    And then i saw your videos and found out you had an own channel with recipes
    in mugs, and i couldn´t resist trying some out.. Thank you so much!

    Hug, Ellie

    • Gemma Stafford on December 4, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Ellie! I’m so glad you’re enjoying Mug Cake recipes. I have 50+ recipes on my website so I hope you find some favorites. And I just released my first e-book for sale: I hope you check it out, and thank you for being part of the Bold Baking Community!

  19. Sufyan Majeed on December 4, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Can you make microwave
    egg fried rice in a mug?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 4, 2016 at 3:13 am

      Hi there, I will add this to my list, thank you 🙂

  20. Rhea on December 1, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Hi Gemma!!!

    I love all your recipes and i have recommended your channel to two of my friends and they are baking 24×7 now.
    Can you please make a lemon cake??? A lot of people have been requesting this..

    Thanks in advance,

    • Gemma Stafford on December 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Rhea, yes, this is true, many requests for lemon cake/bars etc. I have these on my list. Thank you for supporting me, and for sharing with your friends, this is important to me, I appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Elizabeth on November 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Can you please make Sierra turkey sandwich or strawberry poppyseed chicken salad thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on December 1, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Thank you for these suggestions. i tend to focus on baking, but these are great basic suggestions, thank you, Gemma 🙂

  22. Elizabeth on November 30, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Gemma can you make Sierra turkey sandwich from panera bread strawberry poppyseed chicken salad it is so declious

  23. Rmhamm on November 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Hi! I just made the hit chocolate mug cake and oh my! It is so moist and decadent. Topped mines with confectioners sugar as I had no marshmallows. This would be great with no churn vanilla ice cream as well! Thank you Gemma??

    • Gemma Stafford on November 29, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, that is the idea, well done you,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. RUBY on November 28, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Thank you for reply. Really appreciate your precious time to read everyone comments .I will upload the pictures 2hen its all done. …

    • Gemma Stafford on November 29, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi Ruby,
      Thank you for your kind comments, I am happy to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  25. Rose J on November 28, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I was wondering if it is possible to make your red velvet cheesecake in a toaster oven? As I don’t have the traditional oven or a microwave.
    I love every video of yours and specially the BOLD BASICS as it is very much needed in the place where I stay.

    Love Rose J

    • Gemma Stafford on November 28, 2016 at 2:25 am

      I am never sure about this question as the ovens vary. however it should be possible in an oven where you can select the correct temperature.
      The mug recipes will be best baked in large muffin pans, and more than one at a time for efficiency too.
      I think you may need to experiment with your oven, if you have the instruction book it will be a great help,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Sushovna Roy on November 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Heyyy Gemma. This is sushovna,from India. And lemme tell you I am a biiiggg fan of yours. I have learned so much from you ??
    I try my best recreating your recipes ? i baked the hot chocolate mug cake todaayy and loaded it up with cream cheese. My family loved it. ? thankyou so mucchhh.. Keep educating us with your videos ???
    I had a request,it would be great if you could make a macaroons tutorial,I so wannah learn.
    Lots of love from India ??

  27. Ruby on November 25, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Hi gemma…I have a question how can u make these mug cakes to give as a christmas gifts???I was planning to give Christmas mug to my friends this year and just saw ur receipe…now I don’t want to gift empty mugs to them any more… any suggestions….thank y very much .love love ur receipes..

    • Gemma Stafford on November 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Ruby,
      I would give the mug, a printed recipe, and the dry ingredients for a cake. wrap it nicely in cellophane and it will be a perfect gift, Gemma 🙂

  28. Karito on November 25, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I really love all your videos and recipes. I’ve tried a few and they’ve been a hit… Specially the No-machine ice cream ones ^_^

    However, I wonder if these mug recipes can be cooked in a conventional oven as I don’t own a microwave.

    Thanks in advance.
    and Happy bigger bolder baking!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Hi there, many of these can indeed be baked in an oven. you can use a muffin pan, and bake more than one at a time. Temperature 180 degrees, for about 15 minutes, keep an eye on them, Gemma 🙂

      • Sudha Murali on November 25, 2016 at 11:05 pm

        That’s lovely! I always wondered if baked cakes taste better than microwaved one. Now I can test it myself.

        • Gemma Stafford on November 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

          Yes, do try this. Microwave cakes have their place, for speed, portion control, and single servings. Baked cakes will keep better, and will be better for a crowd,
          Gemma 🙂

      • Greta on November 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        180 degrees; is that C or F? Thanks in advance.

        • Gemma Stafford on November 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

          That is 180 celsius (360F), Gemma 🙂

      • Karito Glam on November 29, 2016 at 2:10 am


        I will give these babies a try.

        Thanks a lot for the cooking details 🙂

        • Gemma Stafford on November 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

          You are welcome, Gemma 🙂

  29. Wanda on November 24, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I just love your mug recipes. I am disabled and live by myself, so they are perfect for me to make. Are you planning on making more dinner mug recipes? I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and God Bless you !

    • Gemma Stafford on November 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Wanda,
      Thank you, I am happy that you find these recipes useful. Today I launched an e-book, with lots of mug recipes, including savory ones. It is available to download here on the website SHOP tag.
      Gemma 🙂

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