Cake Mix Quickie! Microwave Mug Cake – gluten-free, vegan

We really love microwave mug cakes around here. We often make them from scratch (but they’re experimental so we don’t have a tried-and-true recipe to share here yet!), but we really like these Enjoy Life brownie mixes, and it turns out they make amazing mug cakes!

a bowl of cake mix, a box of cake mix, and a jar of coconut oil.

unbaked cake mix in a bowl with a spoon.

a baked cake in a paper bowl.


  • 4 heaping teaspoons of Enjoy Life brownie mix
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Mix in a microwave safe mug or bowl (paper bowls work for this, but they can get soggy, and they’re not our first choice). It should be a thin pudding consistency.
  • Microwave for 90 seconds. We have a 1000-watt microwave and 90 seconds is perfect for us. Other microwaves we’ve used have needed 60 seconds or 2 full minutes, so you’ll have to test your own microwave the first couple times you make this. When your cake looks 80-90% dry on top, it’s ready.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. It will continue to cook as it cools, and it’s very hot!


  • This works with every cake mix we’ve tried, but Enjoy Life is our favorite. I’m sure this works with gluteny mixes, too.
  • Coconut oil is optional, but it makes for a really moist cake.
  • You may need more water. We’ve noticed in really dry climates, we need more.
  • Enjoy Life brownie mix contains mini chocolate chips to make the cake extra chocolatey and delicious, but you can add your own chocolate chips before cooking for extra chocolatey goodness.
  • Top cakes fresh from the microwave with a tablespoon (or more) of nut butter or sunbutter to melt into “frosting.”
  • Top cakes with vegan ice cream, whipped cream, and cherries for a seriously amazing sundae.

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