Saturday, April 16, 2022

MAKE IT: Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake in a Mug

cinnamon roll mug cake

If you are craving something sweet and do not want to wait, this cinnamon roll coffee cake in a mug is for you! I use an 18-ounce mug to make these and will often use whole wheat flour instead of the all-purpose flour. If you do not want the cream cheese frosting, feel free to drizzle maple syrup, add berries, or even ice cream on top. Enjoy!


  • 2 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp (scant) salt
  • 1 Recipe Cream Cheese Icing (optional) :
    1. 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese , softened
    2. 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
    3. 1 tsp milk


  • If wanted, prepare cream cheese icing according to directions and set aside. Combine additional ingredients in a mug and whisk together with a fork.
  • Microwave mixture on high power for 1 minute, then check cake for doneness. If not fully cooked, microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Serve warm, topped with icing or perhaps yogurt!


*Photo courtesy of, and recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

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MB Mitcham

MB (Marybeth) holds graduate and doctoral degrees in public health nutrition and public health education. Her work for Cornell University Extension allows her to provide nutrition and healthy living education to members of the Warren County community. When not working, this ADK 46-R can be found climbing all over the mountains of the Northeastern United States, munching on eggplant bacon, or doing zoomies with her shollie, Sig.

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2 Responses

  1. Worth Gretter says:

    Is “18-ounce mug” a typo? The ingredients only add up to about 8 ounces.

    • MB Mitcham MB says:

      Great question! It isn’t a typo. You can use a smaller mug, but I prefer the larger size, because the batter will expand as it cooks and because I like to dump fruit/yogurt/ice cream on top (and don’t want to make a mess!).

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