Pumpkin Mug Cake

2 Feb 2015

Pumpkin Mug Cake

Pumpkin Mug Cake

My goal in this blog was to post 3 sweet recipes and one savory one. That was going to be the order of things.

But somehow I felt it becoming more and more ridiculous to be making pumpkin recipes at this time of year. Especially since even the signs of Christmas is starting to disappear.

Pumpkin Mug Cake

But FYI, mug cakes never go out of fashion. A tried and true test in my kitchen lab. Sample size: 1 very willing participant (me). Result: 100% success rate in every season. Let me elaborate:

Spring: It is so gorgeous out, you don't want to spend time in the kitchen. So make a mug cake!
Summer: You are all about the no-bake treats that won't make your place so hot it's unbearable to be wearing a strand of clothing. Making a mug cake will keep your kitchen at a reasonable temperature!
Fall: You are all crazed by the back to school madness joy, what with making all the lunches, all the weekday dinners, you can't find the time to make some treats. But you can make a mug cake!
Winter: You are all about the comfort food. Make a mug cake!

Pumpkin Mug Cake

So I wanting a lot of cake. To be fair, this could have been a recipe for two mug cakes. You can split this into 2 mugs so that you can share it with a friend/partner/loved one/random stranger.

But if you want an overflowing selfish rewarding mug cake, put it all in the one mug. You deserve it.

Pumpkin Mug Cake

But do you want to know what else you deserve? The frosting as well!

This is my all-time favorite frosting. I use it for my carrot cake and carrot cake mug cake.

Okay, granted it is my go-to carrot cake frosting, but it goes really well with pumpkin too! You will see. Give it a try. Whatever season you are currently in.

Pumpkin Mug Cake

Pumpkin Mug Cake
printable recipe

What you'll need:


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 oz butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 tablespoon vanilla


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, pumpkin and egg until fully combined. Add in the sugar, flour, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated.
  2. Pour the batter into one (or two) microwave-safe mugs, and microwave for 2 minutes. Let stand for a minute before serving.
  3. Top with frosting or whipping cream if you desire.

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  1. Cathleen, you sure have all the excuses to make a mug cake! Look at this one, spilling all over the place. Super!

  2. Hahah, loving the seasonal list of very good "excuses" for mug cake - I'm sold!
    Plus, this looks fantastic, why wouldn't you want it all year around? Highly approve of the frosting too - yum!
    Have an awesome Took Tuesday! x

  3. I'm up for year-round mug cakes! And more pumpkin. YUM.

  4. I've never actually made a mug cake before but it looks so simple that I am thinking the next time I am in the mood for cake (which has been happening too much as of late). . .I should give this a try.

  5. I would eat pumpkin every day if I could find them here. Your mug cake looks scrumptious.

  6. Mug cakes are perfect and that frosting looks to die for!

  7. I love pumpkin anything, this really looks delicious!

  8. Comfort in a mug. I am so loving this

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  9. I love mug cakes. You get to have a quick treat and then not have leftovers to tempt you later-This pumpkin one looks yummy!

  10. Hurray for mug cakes! They always satisfy. Plus since there is none leftover the temptation is gone. Well, at least until you make another!

  11. Wow! This is fanastic Cathleen. It doesn't matter what season you are doing it... this is too good for all year round.

  12. I am sooooo into mug cakes right now. My husbands has night shifts sometimes, and mug cakes make the perfect snack when I'm home alone. This one looks yummy! :)

  13. This look incredible. I love how it oozes over the side.

  14. I don't think it's possible to have too many pumpkin recipes. ;-) I love all of your mug cakes, and this one is particular nice. Winner! Thanks.

  15. That frosting! Forget the mug cake - I'll eat an entire mug of that frosting instead! :)

  16. Autumn in a cup, delicious idea :D

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  17. I yet have to try to make mug cakes...your sure looks awesome...I must give this a try in the near future...
    Hope you are having a great week Cathleen :)


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