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Vegan Blueberry Mug Cake

7 min

Dessert

10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

Sometimes you just feel like having a cup of tea with a fluffy, warm, bakery-style blueberry muffin. With this recipe you can make a super quick version at home - it only needs 2 minutes in the microwave!

Servings

Total

7 min

Prep

5 min

Cook

2 min

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp (26 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • 1½ Tbsp (21 g)
    granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp
    baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch
    salt
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp (28 g)
    fresh blueberries

Optional toppings

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Directions

  1. In a microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Next add the milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix. Then gently fold in the blueberries.
  3. Microwave on high (800 - 900 W) for 2 minutes*, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. If the cake isn't cooked through yet, place it back in the microwave at intervals of 15 seconds. Take care when removing it from the microwave, the mug might be hot.
  4. Let the mug cake cool slightly, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

  • * If preferred, use an oven-safe baking dish and bake in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Storage

  • Best if enjoyed immediately.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 day.

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Rach - Aug. 17, 2022, 1:57 a.m.

Holy forking shirtballs this was amazing and just what I was hoping for! I had been craving a huge blueberry muffin but didn’t want to make 12 muffins and end up eating them all 😊

PUL Team - Aug. 17, 2022, 2:50 a.m.

We're glad the mug cake was enjoyed, Rach, and love that you honoured your craving!


Jennifer - Aug. 14, 2022, 11:54 p.m.

Lazy Sunday afternoon with the family, and these were a huge hit! Thank you, Sadia!

PUL Team - Aug. 15, 2022, 9:27 p.m.

So glad to hear, Jennifer, thank you!


Samantha Palomino - July 29, 2022, 4:46 p.m.

Love love love this one! This is the third one I've made of the mug cake recipes, I added a square of dark chocolate just to give it a twist and it turned out sooo yummy! Love these recipes, if you follow them to the T they are perfect every time 💜

PUL Team - July 30, 2022, 8:11 p.m.

Mmm a lovely idea, Samantha, and we're so happy to hear!


Mireia - June 11, 2022, 9:39 p.m.

Absolutely amazing, delicious and perfect for when you have a craving!!

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 5:09 a.m.

Oh, Mireia, you're the best! Thank you for the very kind reviews 🥰


Pardis - June 9, 2022, 9:39 p.m.

Amazing, I often make those


Erica - June 9, 2022, 8:25 p.m.

Mug cakes are the perfect dessert for one! Quick and no clean up!! Anything blueberry is my favorite so this one hit the spot.

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 9:04 p.m.

Yess gotta love mug cakes! So happy to hear, Erica ☺️


Kavitha - June 1, 2022, 1:53 a.m.

I used frozen blackberries, light brown sugar, canola oil, and Costco's coconut "beverage" instead of blueberries, sugar, vegetable oil, and soymilk. It yielded a lightly sweet, very moist mug cake!

I love how versatile this recipe is because it turned out even with all my swapped ingredients.

My cake didn't rise much, probably because of all my swap outs. Not sure which swap caused it boy to rise but I'm still happy.

PUL Team - June 1, 2022, 4:34 a.m.

Love all of the modifications, Kavitha, thanks a bunch for sharing! Sometimes mug cakes can become rubbery rather than light and airy if too much oil is added or if they're overcooked. So glad it was still enjoyed though 😃


Joscelyn - May 27, 2022, 2:03 a.m.

Can you use almond milk or lactose free milk instead of soy milk?

PUL Team - May 27, 2022, 6:45 a.m.

Hey Joscelyn, yes you can use any plant-based milk of choice. We prefer unsweetened varieties 🙂


Sarah - April 29, 2022, 5:37 a.m.

This is seriously incredible. SO DELICIOUS and perfect portion/level of sweetness!! Thank you!

PUL Team - April 30, 2022, 6:59 p.m.

Aww thank YOU, Sarah!


Meggie - March 23, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

Wonderful late night treat to satisfy the craving. Came together easily and quickly. I added 2 teaspoons cocoa powder with my frozen berries to make up for the water they produced. Plus a 1/4 tsp maca powder and now you’ve got a LOVELY cake. Thanks PUL team.

PUL Team - March 24, 2022, 12:23 a.m.

Mmm that sounds delicious, Meggie, thank you for the lovely review 😃


Veronika - March 19, 2022, 7:54 p.m.

My favourite mug cake of all time. I've done this one at least ten times since I came across it and it always comes out great, dense and really satisfies any sweet tooth. I just love how it's a true cake, not just oats with banana mashed together. Sometimes I add whole wheat flour when I don't have all-purpose on my hands and it's all the same amazing!

PUL Team - March 19, 2022, 10:35 p.m.

Such a massive compliment, Veronika, thank you! We're so happy the mug cake is being enjoyed 😊


Danielle - March 17, 2022, 3:46 p.m.

Love all of your mug cake recipes! I've tried making this as a gluten-free version with oat flour (similar to the TIkTok blended baked oats). I made a slightly larger portion, using 1/3cup oat flour + 1 tbsp almond flour, 1/2 mashed banana, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and about 1/4 cup plant milk. It should cook similarly in a microwave

PUL Team - March 17, 2022, 5:44 p.m.

Awe sounds delicious, Danielle! Thanks for sharing the modifications 😃


Shannah - March 10, 2022, 4:33 p.m.

This is so delicious! So quick but tastes decadent.


Sabrina - March 7, 2022, 1:01 a.m.

Beautiful and delicious...I'm going to make a few dozen and share them with my friends and family :)

PUL Team - March 7, 2022, 6:28 a.m.

So nice of you to share, Sabrina! Lucky family and friends 🤩


Paola - Feb. 23, 2022, 2:51 p.m.

OMG, I would have never thought having such a treat could be SO easy! I loved it. Thank you for all your great easy recipes

PUL Team - Feb. 24, 2022, 4:16 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Paola, thank you!


Beth - Feb. 19, 2022, 8:04 p.m.

The batter was great but when it got microwaved, it was really gummy. Don't know what I did wrong.

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2022, 10:33 p.m.

Hi Beth, so sorry to hear about the unexpected texture. Were the listed ingredients and portions used? If so, we suspect the gumminess may have come from overmixing the batter or overcooking.

All-purpose flour when overmixed promotes more gluten to develop which creates a tougher and gummy-like texture. It can be suuuper tempting to mix more, but only mixing the ingredients together until just combined is key to avoid this. Baking the cake for too long can also lead to a rubbery texture. If you end up giving the mug cake another try and your microwave tends to be on the powerful side, we'd suggest starting with less than 2 minutes to start and then trying intervals of 15 seconds until done. We hope this helps for now, Beth 😊


Swati - Feb. 13, 2022, 8:50 a.m.

I need one favor :)
please suggest any substitute for cinnamon powder...

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 5:43 a.m.

Hey Swati! You can omit the cinnamon powder, or substitute it for an alternative more accessible spice - perhaps nutmeg, allspice, ginger or cardamom would work nicely. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try 😃

Swati - Feb. 17, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Yes I tried it and the results were wonderful...Thank you so much for the cake recipes. These are wonderful for a dessert lover like me :))))

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2022, 4:15 p.m.

Woohoo! So glad to hear, Swati :)


Swati - Feb. 13, 2022, 8:37 a.m.

Loads of loveeeee :)))))


Cindy Snyder - Feb. 11, 2022, 2:47 p.m.

Loved it! With a London Fog tea ☕️! Perfection!


Marianna - Jan. 27, 2022, 6:58 a.m.

How do you feel about substituting regular flour with almond or other types? Whole wheat?

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 8:05 p.m.

Hi Marianna, that's a lovely question! You can totally substitute the flour if desired. We've heard positive reviews with oat, chickpea, and almond flour. We haven't tested out whole wheat but do let us know if you give it a try 😃


Marianna - Jan. 27, 2022, 5:37 a.m.

Curious why you recommend refined coconut oil? I though unrefined is healthier?

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 8:02 p.m.

Hey there, Marianna! Thanks for the question. Refined coconut oil is coconut oil that doesn't smell or taste like coconuts. We prefer using refined coconut oil in place of unrefined for a more neutral flavour. If you're interested and haven't already seen it, we have more information in our coconut oil article here: https://www.pickuplimes.com/a…


Svetlana - Jan. 24, 2022, 6:08 a.m.

I really couldn't believe how good this came out. I was worried if my cup (thin and tall) would make it worse somehow, but it still came out great even with my centuries old microwave. This was super delicious, changed blueberries to frozen black currant berries. The sweet and souresk experience was something far beyond of our usual after breakfast delight XD

PUL Team - Jan. 26, 2022, 6:08 a.m.

Awe it means so much to hear, Svetlana, thank you! We're so thrilled it turned out well 😊


Nari - Jan. 22, 2022, 10:58 p.m.

Hi Pick Up Limes Team!

I finally tried it this weekend! it was so easy and delicious! Now I'm inspired to host a small group of friends to make our own mug cakes for breakfast next weekend. Thank you for the recipe and also the pretty website that's easy to use!

PUL Team - Jan. 23, 2022, 8:31 p.m.

Hey there, Nari, we're so thrilled to hear! Love the idea to have a mug cake get together too 😍


Kimber - Oct. 2, 2021, 7:18 p.m.

I just made this, and it was incredible! I was instantly transported back to my childhood eating my grandma’s huckleberry coffee cake while it was still warm from the oven. I will definitely make it again! I didn’t make any changes, and it came out perfectly.

PUL Team - Oct. 2, 2021, 10:59 p.m.

Oh, this means so much, Kimber! So happy the mug cake was enjoyed 🥰


Irene - Sept. 28, 2021, 3:40 a.m.

Just tried this with a few changes, I make my own oatmeal flour and I added organic maple syrup rather than sugar and used raspberries. Super quick and easy, love your quick easy clean foods. note: I added a little more flour since the maple syrup brought in more liquid.
This quick recipe was super delicious - Thank you.

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 6:38 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your experience with this one, Irene 🤗


Cath - Sept. 14, 2021, 6:41 p.m.

It's my new favourite mug cake. Super easy and de-li-cious. Just right for my sweet tooth :3


Judi - Sept. 10, 2021, 11:57 a.m.

Hi Pick Up Limes!

This was a lovely recipe - very quick and easy! I have a couple of questions:
1. Could I substitute the blueberries for any other fruit I have on hand - like apples, bananas or strawberries?
2. Is there a way to make the top more firm? I love the crisp muffin top of cafe style muffins, and I'd love to know if it's possible to recreate :)

Thank you!

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 3:25 a.m.

Hello Judi, thanks for the questions! Feel free to substitute the blueberries with another fruit if desired. Do let us know if you find any good options 😃

For making the top more crispy, brushing a thin layer of sugar in water or oil halfway through microwaving may work. Often the crispy edges in baked goods come from a glaze or paste brushed on while baking 🙂 Another idea may be to bake the cake in an oven-safe baking dish and then let the top broil for a short period of time. Usually, this cake bakes at 350°F (180°C) for 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean for reference. We hope this helps for now!


Susan - Aug. 19, 2021, 12:09 a.m.

Just what I needed for a quick and tasty treat!


Chenny - Aug. 12, 2021, 10:24 p.m.

Just made this, it’s absolutely delish and so easy to make!


Priya - Aug. 10, 2021, 2:14 a.m.

Two words: ✨T O O G O O D.✨

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2021, 4:28 a.m.

Hehe two words back, Priya: ✨T H A N K Y O U✨


Sarah - July 28, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

I tried this with strawberries and it's SO good!! It needed an extra 30 seconds in the microwave but aside from that I didn't change a thing. Will definitely be making this again when I'm craving something sweet!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 5:47 p.m.

Mmm sounds delicious! Thank you, Sarah 🤩


Willeke - July 27, 2021, 6:57 p.m.

This tastes exactly like the blueberrymuffins I ate before I went plantbased. Wow!


Shweta - July 25, 2021, 8:33 a.m.

Whenever running late, I make these. It is super easy and quick. Absolutely delicious, just like the double chocolate mug cake 😁


Tineke - July 24, 2021, 2:26 p.m.

Thuis recipe is also very good with pine apple. But be careful the pine apple is very hot when it comes out of the microwave.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 9:40 p.m.

A super cool sub, Tineke, thanks for the idea!


LJ - July 10, 2021, 10:08 a.m.

A hug in a mug! Thanks for sharing this lovely, easy piece of safe-heaven for a busy day :)


GV - July 10, 2021, 1:34 a.m.

This recipe + the double choc mug cake is on repeat in my house! It’s delicious and dangerously easy to make.


Meli - July 9, 2021, 8:56 p.m.

I've always been very bad at making microwavable mug cakes, but this was a success and I absolutely loved it!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:17 a.m.

So glad the recipe turned out and you enjoyed the mug cake, Meli!


Aishea - July 9, 2021, 6:03 a.m.

After watching your video I really want to try one of your mug cakes and it turned out great! Instead of using blueberries I used raspberries and it still turned out great. Usually mug cakes don't end up working for me but this recipe was delicious :)

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 4:32 a.m.

Raspberries are such a lovely idea, Aishea! Thank you so much for the incredible review 🤤


Ella - July 2, 2021, 5:49 a.m.

Hi Sadia and the PUL team, this mug cake is absolutely amazing - definitely the best one I’ve had so far! Keep up the great work xoxo


Sorana - June 7, 2021, 9:28 a.m.

Really good if you're looking for something not very sweet; I tried it with frozen blueberries and I don't think I was a very good idea, I'll give it another try with fresh ones

PUL Team - June 7, 2021, 3:33 p.m.

Thank you for the honest review, Sorana, it's very appreciated! Frozen berries are fine, although we recommend having them thaw out a bit and perhaps patted dry if needed to reduce excess moisture in the cake 🙂

We hope you enjoy it more the second time around!

Sorana - Nov. 18, 2021, 7:01 p.m.

Thank you so much for the tip! I'll undoubtedly give it a try next time I make them. I'm genuinely glad I'm not missing out on the deliciousness just because I don't have fresh stuff on hand. You guys are amazing!


Fariha - June 3, 2021, 2:47 a.m.

This is absolutely amazing Sadia and the PUL team! 😍 🧁
I love what u guys are doing, thank you so much for creating PUL Sadia as your biggest 10 yr old fan! I have this when I’m binge watching Netflix!
And this is by far the best mug cake I’ve ever had!
Ty again! XOXO 😘

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 7:55 p.m.

The thanks is to you, Fariha, for helping make our PUL family so special! 🥰 We're so glad you enjoyed the mug cake 😃


Keerthana B - May 22, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

Hi Sadia, I love all your recipes and the way you present them. Also the new website design is beautiful and so useful as well. :) Do you also plan to launch mobile apps someday?

I had a question here if we could substitute white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose? What flours can I substitute in general on your recipes if I'm allergic to all purpose? Would I need to adjust water or milk accordingly?

Thanks again and keep up your amazing/inspiring work! ❤️

PUL Team - May 23, 2021, 12:36 a.m.

Hey there, Keerthana, thank you for the kind words! Perhaps one day in the future an app is something PUL can pursue 🤗

We've had some PUL community members let us know they had success substituting with whole wheat flour. You could add a dash more plant milk since the white whole wheat flour will absorb a bit more liquid than white flour. In general, white whole wheat flour is a good substitute. Other ideas may be oat flour, buckwheat flour, or almond flour. How well they'll work as a substitute will depend on the recipe though 😊


Alekhya - May 21, 2021, 8:27 p.m.

Looks delicious!
I tried it out twice but for some reason I haven't been able to get it right. It looks quite oily and has a rubber-like texture. Could you please help me out with this?
Thanks

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 9:56 p.m.

Hey there Alekhya, thank you for your patience with making the recipe and letting us know. How disappointing! We can totally try to help. We have two general ideas on where the oiliness and rubber-like texture may be coming from:
1) Overmixing - When adding the milk, oil, and vanilla extract aim to mix until just combined rather than stirring extra. It can be tempting to get rid of all the clumps but overdoing it can lead to a rubbery texture!
2) Overcooking or heating - Do you know what temperature your microwave is? We'd also suggest cooking the cake in shorter intervals until done so you can keep a closer eye on it.
Do let us know if these help with the mug cake! Hopefully, it will be worth the wait 😃


Rita - May 19, 2021, 8:16 p.m.

Hi, can oat milk be used for this tecipe? Looks so delicious and cant wait to try.

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 7:48 p.m.

Lovely question, Rita! Oat milk can be used in place of unsweetened soy milk. We opted for soy milk for the added protein but feel free to use your milk of choice 🙂


Yuri - May 17, 2021, 3:58 a.m.

Hello,
I really want to try this recipe! Just wondering if I can replace the sugar with Maple syrup? Thanks!

PUL Team - May 17, 2021, 6:51 a.m.

Hi Yuri! Feel free to use maple syrup instead 🙂


Giselle - May 15, 2021, 3:53 a.m.

I tried this recipe out with chickpea flour instead because I wanted some protein in my dessert. It turned out delicious!! I also added some walnuts (highly recommend). I'm now obsessed with mug cakes. Thank you for this recipe :)

The frozen bluberries worked well too. No issues with them.

PUL Team - May 15, 2021, 10:36 p.m.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Giselle! Walnuts are a delicious idea 🤗


Mia - May 10, 2021, 4:13 p.m.

Yes Yes Yes!!!!!!!!!!


Maddie - April 20, 2021, 8:08 p.m.

I was kind of skeptical about how well this would work and taste, but I was very pleasantly surprised! Definitely recommend this recipe :)

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 2:47 a.m.

Thank you for leaving the review, Maddie! Glad you were pleasantly surprised 🙂


Marta - April 20, 2021, 2:19 p.m.

I have just tried it and it's really good, so easy and tasty. Thank you for sharing😊and congratulations, the website is really cool and user friendly.

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 1:25 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Marta! Thanks for sharing your kind words 🙂


Anindita - April 20, 2021, 1:06 p.m.

Hi Sadia and the team at PickUpLimes!

I tried this recipe and absolutely LOVED it. I made this as a treat for myself post my classes and paired with with my coffee and it was wonderful.
Also, I’m so impressed with the website! It looks great and I enjoyed following through the recipe with the new strike-out feature! :D

Thank you for your hard work and I hope you all stay safe 🌻

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 1:24 a.m.

This is so wonderful to hear, Anindita! We're so happy you're enjoying the new website 😁 We hope you're staying safe as well 💝


Dagmar - April 18, 2021, 11:44 a.m.

I love this mug cake, it's the perfect balance between sweet and sour. Also I learnt that frozen blueberries work just as well! Thanks for uploading some easy snack ideas. It's what I struggle most with after becoming vegan.

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:12 a.m.

Ooo good tip, Dagmar! Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback with us 🙂


Charlie - April 18, 2021, 8:22 a.m.

Looks simple & yummy.

How to bake the mug cake if you don't have microwave but regular oven? How long and at which temperature (pre-heated?)?

Thanks!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:10 a.m.

That's a great question, Charlie! If you don't have a microwave, you can bake it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Just be sure to use an oven-safe baking dish 😁

Charlie - April 22, 2021, 3:31 a.m.

Thanks very much, indeed after about 20mins it was just fine and they turned out really well!


S. Caff - April 17, 2021, 10:01 a.m.

Can't wait to bake! Yum...
When printing be sure to chose serving amount after pressing print for the first time. It may default back to one, so check. It's only been hours since this was uploaded -- so that may be fixed by the time you try printing.

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:53 a.m.

Hey there, S. Caff! Indeed we need to choose the serving amount after clicking the initial printer icon on teh website, but before clicking the "print" button. It appears to be working on our end, but if you're having any issues please do let us know! You can also email us at [email protected] for further support if needed 🙂