Red Velvet Mug Cake Recipe

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In today’s fast-paced world, sometimes we crave a sweet treat but don’t have the time or energy to bake an entire cake. That’s where the magic of mug cakes comes in, and what better flavor to indulge in than the classic red velvet? This red velvet mug cake recipe is a delicious treat that can be made quickly at any time! You can enjoy the exquisite cocoa essence reminiscent of a traditional red velvet cake with only a few minutes of preparation and a rich cream cheese icing. Mug cakes are a personal favorite of mine because of their delicious flavor and ease of preparation. They are great for single-serving desserts. This specific red velvet mug cake has a lovely deep red hue, but you can adjust or skip it based on your preferences.  In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a delicious and decadent red velvet mug cake that you can whip up in minutes.

Cooking time of Red Velvet Mug cake

Red Velvet Mug Cake

A red velvet mug cake takes about 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes to cook in a microwave set to high power (about 800-1000 watts). However, the cooking time must be adjusted depending on the wattage of your microwave and the cake’s desired firmness. Begin by microwaving the mug cake for one minute, then insert a toothpick into the center to check for doneness. If the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, it’s done. If not, continue microwaving at 15 to 30-second intervals until finished to avoid overcooking.

Nutritional Facts

An average serving (about one mug cake) of red velvet mug cake comprises approximately

  • Calories: 300-350 kcal.
  • Total fat content: 10-15 grams.
  • Saturated Fat: 3-5 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 50–70 milligrams
  • Sodium: 300–400 milligrams
  • Carbohydrate content: 40-50 grams
  • Fiber: 2-4 g
  • Sugar content: 20-25 grams
  • Protein: 5–8 g

The nutritional values may vary depending on the recipe and ingredients used. To determine the nutritional value of a red velvet mug cake, consider the ingredients and portion size.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional, for extra richness)
  • Cream cheese frosting or whipped cream for topping (optional)

How to Make Red Velvet Mug Cake?

Red Velvet Mug Cake

Instructions

Mixing the batter

In a microwave-safe cup, combine the dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt). Then, combine the wet components (vegetable oil, buttermilk, vanilla essence, and red food coloring). Stir until smooth and well blended.

Microwave Cooking

Cook the mug on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. The cake should rise and set but remain somewhat moist in the center. Take care not to overcook.

Serving Suggestions

Allow the mug cake to cool for a minute before adding cream cheese icing or whipped cream. Sprinkle chocolate chips or red velvet crumbs on top for extra flavor and texture.

How to make a creme cheese frosting?

Ingredients

4 oz (113g) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (56g) of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (120 g) of powdered sugar, and
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Instructions

To create the greatest cream cheese frosting for your red velvet mug cake or cupcake, follow these simple steps:

Red Velvet Mug Cake

In a mixing dish, combine the softened cream cheese and butter. Beat until smooth and creamy.
Gradually add the powdered sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating until thoroughly blended.
Add the vanilla extract, and continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy.
If the frosting is too thick, add a dash of milk to achieve the correct consistency.
After the red velvet mug cake or cupcake has completely cooled, spread or pipe the cream cheese frosting on top.
Garnish with sprinkles or shredded chocolate, if desired.
Enjoy your scrumptious red velvet dessert with the perfect cream cheese frosting!

Variations

Here are some tasty options to try with your red velvet cupcake:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Creme cheese swirl
  • Cocoa powder
  • Red velvet frosting
  • Crunchy nuts (pistachio, almonds, and peanuts)
  • Fresh berries

Tips for Making Red Velvet Mug Cake

To ensure successful microwave cake baking, start with a microwave-safe cup that holds 10–12 ounces. Even though the cake batter will not cover the full mug, allowing enough room prevents spills as the cake rises while cooking. Begin by adding the wet ingredients first, which simplifies mixing and prevents flour clumps from developing. Next, sift the dry ingredients before adding them to the cup to reduce lumps. Adjust the sweetness to your taste, beginning with 2 tablespoons of sugar for a fairly sweet cake. Microwave the cake for approximately 90 seconds in a 12-ounce glass mug. However, because microwave power settings vary, begin tracking the cake’s development at 75 seconds.

Adding restaurant twist

Add a sophisticated restaurant flair to your red velvet mug cake by using premium features such as a rich chocolate ganache drizzle and a sprinkle of finely chopped toasted walnuts or hazelnuts. To improve the look, serve the cupcake with a quenelle of freshly whipped cream flavored with vanilla bean or a dollop of rich mascarpone cheese laced with orange zest. A light sprinkling of edible gold flakes or a sprinkle of edible rose petals adds a luxurious touch. This upgraded version of the classic red velvet mug cake turns it into a gourmet dessert experience, ideal for a special occasion or a rich treat to enjoy at any time.

Shelf Life of Red Velvet Mug Cake

A red velvet mug cake’s shelf life varies based on the ingredients and storage circumstances. A freshly baked red velvet mug cake will typically last 1 to 2 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. However, to keep it fresh, put it in the refrigerator, where it can remain for up to 3 to 4 days. For longer-term storage, freeze the mug cake for up to a month before warming and serving.

The best time to make Red Velvet Mug Cake

The best time to create a red velvet mug cake is when you want a quick and indulgent dessert without having to bake a full-size cake. Whether it’s a comfortable evening at home, a late-night snack craving, or an unexpected dessert need, a Red Velvet Mug Cake is the ultimate pick-me-up. With its simple and rapid preparation method, you can fulfill your sweet desire in minutes, making it an excellent choice at any time of day or night.

Red Velvet Mug Cake

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FAQS

How long will a red velvet cupcake last after baking? 

You can either eat a freshly baked red velvet mug cake immediately or store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. However, for the greatest taste and texture, eat it soon after baking. 

Can I freeze the red velvet cupcake for later use? 

Yes, you can freeze red velvet cupcakes for later use. Allow the cake to cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and storing it in a freezer-safe container. You can freeze it for up to 1-2 months. To serve, thaw the cake in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Can I make a red velvet mug cake with a different icing than cream cheese? 

For red velvet mug cake, you can substitute other frostings, such as chocolate ganache or whipped cream, for the cream cheese icing. Feel free to experiment with different frostings to see.

Final thought

With just a few basic ingredients and a microwave, you can satisfy your cravings for a sumptuous dessert with this simple red velvet mug cake recipe. Whether you’re treating yourself or someone special, this single-serving delicacy will not disappoint.

Red Velvet Mug Cake Recipe

Course: CakeCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

2

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

20

minutes

A single-serving, quick and easy red velvet cake made in a microwave.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional, for extra richness)

  • Cream cheese frosting or whipped cream for topping (optional)

Directions

  • Combine dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, etc.) in a mug.
  • Mix wet ingredients (milk, vinegar, oil, etc.) in a separate bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon.
  • Add red food coloring and mix until evenly incorporated.
  • Microwave on high power for 1-1.5 minutes (check for doneness at 1 minute).
  • Let cool slightly before adding cream cheese frosting (optional).

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Notes

  • Overcook the cake: Watch for a slightly dry edge and a springy center when checking for doneness. Overcooking will make it dry.
  • Use a metal mug: Metal mugs can get very hot in the microwave, potentially burning you. Use a microwave-safe ceramic mug instead.

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