I know I previously wrote that I was done making pumpkin recipes until next Fall season. But pumpkin is so yummy. And I keep coming across more recipes I want to try. And I have a few more cans of pumpkin lying around.

So this weekend, I set about making a microwave pumpkin mug cake. My first few attempts weren’t very good. One bubbled over like a volcano. Another tasted like cooked sweet eggs. After a few failed attempts I decided to give it up and check out if there were any recipes out there. Sure enough, I found a few pumpkin mug cake recipes.

I randomly chose one, and success! Out came a nice mug cake.

The texture is a tiny bit on the chewy/rubbery side which sometimes happens with microwave mug cakes, but it was still good. The light cinnamon was addicting. Perhaps I’ll fiddle with this recipe before to see if I can improve on the texture.

It’s not my favorite mug cake recipe, but it was still enjoyable and I had no problem finishing mine.

Here are the other mug cakes I’ve made:

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Pumpkin Mug Cake

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 2 mins

Total Time: 7 mins


1 egg
2 tablespoons skim milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
7 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Place all ingredients into an oversized mug. Mix together with a small whisk or fork.

2. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. If there is any spillage at this point, wipe off side of mug. Check doneness. Microwave for 30 second intervals until done. Mine was complete at 2 minutes. Careful not to overcook cake or it will be rubbery.

Slightly adapted from Babble


21 Responses to “Pumpkin Mug Cake”

  1. Ann P. — January 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

    haha, the best part about baking is eating all the experiments!! :) I’m glad this one turned out great after all your trials!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      I felt bad for all those wasted eggs. Hehe. But yeah, luckily the third one was good!

  2. Meg — January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Looks amazing girl! Gonna try it out :) which mug cake IS your fav?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

      The brownie mug cake with nutella is my absolute fav. =)

  3. Kay — January 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I love pumpkin year-round too haha!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 17th, 2012 @ 10:57 am


  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Love this!

  5. Cassie — January 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

    SO excited to find this! Nice to have something small to do with leftover pumpkin.

    Do you think one could substitute brown sugar, or would the extra moisture mess up the texture?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 20th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      I think the original recipe used brown sugar so it should be fine.

  6. tiff — February 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    can i use regular milk instead of skim milk ? or will that mess it up

    • Kirbie replied: — February 5th, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

      Yes, regular milk should work.

  7. Elizabeth — February 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe! I eat low carb so I used a splash of heavy cream instead of milk, truvia instead of sugar, and almond flour instead of reg flour. It’s so good! Thanks for this recipe!!!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 7th, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing your modifications! Almond flour sounds good. I might have to try that next time.

  8. Nani — April 7, 2013 at 5:44 am

    You’re still getting blog hits with this recipe! I was in the mood for a breakfast cake today and made this with organic pumpkin puree (one of those organic things that really does make a taste difference) and used heaping 1/4 teaspoons of the cinnamon and added a quarter or pumpkin pie spice. SO GOOD! And 8 WW points too; not a bad count with an orange and coffee for breakfast.

    Thank you!!!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 8th, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      Nice! I don’t usually have pumpkin on hand except in the fall, but happy to see people enjoying this one year round.

  9. Laura — October 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    This was delightful! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    • Kirbie replied: — October 15th, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

      yay! glad you like it!

  10. charlene — October 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    This is delicious  but there is no nutritional value on this recipe.
    Being diabetic, next time I’ll put splenda instead of the sugar

    • Kirbie replied: — October 4th, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

      i dont usually provide nutritional information on my recipes, but there are plenty of sites you can input the recipe into to get that information if you need it

  11. mia — May 31, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I have been reading all of your different mug cakes.. ALL sound SO good. I cant decide which to make when I get home tonight! But really, how does anyone pick between pumpkin or PB??

    • Kirbie replied: — May 31st, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

      haha! it’s hard for me to choose. I love them both!

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