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, an ADK 46-R, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Online MPH Program at George Mason University. In her free time, she can usually be found scampering up and over mountains whilst munching on eggplant bacon, writing odd things, or doing zoomies with Sig and Bella, the shollie and entledoodle dynamic duo who own me. She can also be found at:

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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 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!).