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Cosy Winter Mug Cakes To Warm Your Hands and Stomach

Add some sweet to the bitter winter nights.


As the winter nights are drawing in, we need something to keep ourselves warm. You could easily grab a hot chocolate, top it with marshmallows and you’d be on your way to a cosy night. But this year it’s time for something different. Think the warm hands that a hot chocolate provides but a sweet treat not in the form of watered down powder. It’s time for simple, easy to make and delicious mug cakes.

Chocolate Orange Mug Cake


  • 90g milk chocolate spread
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 – 4 drops Orange extract
  • 1 drop Vanilla
  • 4 tbsp self-rising flour
  • Pinch of salt

To top

  • Ice cream (optional)


  • In a mug, whisk together the chocolate spread and eggs until it is a consistent texture.
  • Add 3 – 4 drops of orange extract, more if you would like a more orange flavour, along with your drop of vanilla extract.
  • Next, add a pinch of salt and begin to stir in your self-rising flour until the batter is a smooth consistency. To avoid mess, add your flour in bit by bit.
  • If your mixture is too runny, add a bit more flour until it thickens.
  • If it is too dry, add a bit more of your chocolate spread.
  • Microwave on a high heat for 1 minute. Once the top of your mug cake has set, it is ready.
  • Top with your choice of ice cream and enjoy, but be careful as the middle will be piping hot.

Victoria Sponge Mug Cake  


  • 1 medium egg
  • A few drops Vanilla
  • 4 tbsp Self-rising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp Strawberry jam
  • 3 tbsp milk

To top

  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Icing sugar (optional)
  • Chopped strawberries (optional)


  • In a mug, combine your medium egg, milk and vanilla.
  • Next, whisk in your caster sugar before adding your self-rising flour. Mix this until your batter has a thick smooth consistency.
  • If your mixture is too dry, add a milk a few drops at a time until you are happy with it.
  • If you mixture is too wet, slowly add flour until it thickens.
  • Microwave on a high heat for 1 minute. This will leave it half-cooked.
  • Remove from the microwave, create a small hole in the centre of the mug and fill with your strawberry jam before covering again.
  • Place the mug back into the microwave for another two minutes at 30 second intervals, checking the consistency with a clean knife each time. Once the knife comes out clean, the cake is ready to eat.
  • Decorate with your choice of whipped cream, icing or caster sugar and chopped strawberries.
  • Enjoy, but be careful as the jam on the inside will be piping hot.

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