Do you ever just want a single serving pancake? I do all the time. I’ll be desperately craving a pancake, but too lazy to mix up the batter and make a whole batch on my griddle.

This single serving microwave mug pancake solves my problems. One fluffy pancake ready in less than a minute.

I made it in a mug, but because it doesn’t rise as much as a cake, it would be hard to see in the mug. So I used a spoon and it easily popped out. You can also make it in a ramekin instead of a mug since it is so small.

Of course I had to drizzle it with some syrup and add some strips of bacon. I used the precooked Costco bacon to keep it super easy.

This version uses Bisquick. I’m working on trying to make one with all purpose flour so stay tuned. The mixing goes much faster with Bisquick because you don’t need to get rid of all the lumps, just like when you are mixing traditional pancake batter.

P.S. If you like this recipe, my 5-Minute Mug Cakes cookbook just released with nearly 100 recipes including many mouth-watering breakfast recipes!

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Pancake Mug Cake


1/4 cup Bisquick
1 oz milk (1/8 cup)


In a microwave safe mug or ramekin, whisk Bisquick and milk with a small whisk for a few seconds. It's okay if small lumps remain. Heat in microwave for about 1 minute. Let pancake cool slightly before scooping out of mug and serving with syrup.


36 Responses to “Pancake Mug Cake”

  1. lilkunta — July 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    excellent. do you think this will fork for red velvet cake mix ?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 12:11 am

      No, this is designed for pancake mix

  2. lilkunta — July 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    oops I mean red velvet pancake mix.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      I’ve never had or tried red velvet pancake mix

  3. Erin | The Emerging Foodie — July 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a genius idea! Love this.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

      I dont know why it took me so long to think of it!

  4. lilkunta — July 19, 2013 at 1:22 am

    try it kirbie it is good! i get it when aldi has it on sale, usually around valentine’s day. but i’m sure the name brands(betty crock, duncan hines0 have it year round.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 19th, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

      I’ll have to look for it next time I’m shopping.

  5. Mary — July 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

    It kind of looks like puto!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 19th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

      haha, you’re right!

  6. Eiman — November 1, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Loved this recipe, so simple and made a lovely light pancake!

    • Kirbie replied: — November 1st, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      glad you like it!

  7. Riley — January 27, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Tried this with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix: AMAZING!!! Trying different flavors of mix is a must try!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 27th, 2014 @ 11:12 am

      oooh, what a good idea!

  8. Eva — March 18, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Wow I just tried this out ! What a great idea for single serving pancakes!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 18th, 2014 @ 7:14 am

      I love it! So easy, no eggs, and perfect for just me!

  9. Denise — September 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This is great! I drizzle honey over it. Yummmmmm.

    • Kirbie replied: — September 22nd, 2014 @ 10:44 am

      nice! i love honey

  10. Hillary — September 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Were you ever able to make one with all purpose flour?

    • Kirbie replied: — September 23rd, 2014 @ 12:53 am

      sorry, no.

  11. singleguy — November 21, 2014 at 4:03 am

    I don’t have bisquick but it worked great with the krusteaz mix. I’ve tried microwave pancakes before in plastic food storage container and it turned out horrible. This time I dumped some mix in the bottom of a mug, added water and as usual it was too much so i added more mix and got it thick. By now the mug was half full so I spooned out about half into another mug and did it for 1 minute @ full power and it was good but the bottom half or so was barely doughy from not being cooked long enough. I did the 2nd mug 1:15 and it came out perfect! Put the butter on top with a little syrup and it was grrreat! I think what makes it cook better in a ceramic mug is when the mug heats up it helps cook the pancake like a little oven. This puffed up alot in the mug with 1/4 of the mug being batter to start. I’d suggest start with a quater mug of batter than later when you see how much the batter rises you can add more to make it a full mug when done cooking. The microwave I have in my apt is a large range hood one with a lot of power so you may need to add a little more time if your microwave is smaller.

    Because I have a good appetite I also like making one LARGE pancake in the oven with a round metal cake pan…which worked a lot better when I had a gas stove cause nat gas has water in it so it makes cake super moist in the oven. I haven’t tried a large pancake in this electric oven yet. One trick I heard is to put a small pan of water on the 1st one or two racks so it will be moist in the oven and not dry the cake out. My preference is to just make one large 8″ pancake in the oven in the cake pan, 15 minutes and done. Which means you can also cook a nice omlet and some bacon or sausage without also having to tend to pancake batter & flipping before they get over done. One oven pancake is enough to feed 4-6 people depending on appetite and what else is being served. I’ve ate a whole one with a few eggs in one sitting, but that’s if I’m really hungry and know that it’s gonna be awhile til the next meal.

    I book marked the site so I can come back and check out the other quick meal ideas…well for me probably more of a snack….I’m nowhere near being overweight which is why people are surprised how much I can eat…if it’s cooked right so I won’t get food poisoning I’ll eat pretty much anything

    • Kirbie replied: — November 21st, 2014 @ 11:41 am

      thanks for sharing your experiences! i hope you enjoy my huge selection of mug cakes and other microwave recipes =)

  12. Rose — April 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t have any milk at my home and I’m to lazy to go to the supermarket and buy some. What can I replace the milk with? I also don’t have any soy milk. Please respond

    • Kirbie replied: — April 25th, 2015 @ 5:07 pm

      you can try water, but I’ve never actually tested this before.

  13. Jack K — August 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I tried it with water and Bisquick (for scientific purposes only,of course) and it seemed to work just fine.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 2nd, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

      good to know!

  14. Me — November 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

    If you put some chocolate milk mix in, you get a nice chocolaty flavour. You just need to mix a little long or add a drop more of milk.I believe it also works if you replace the milk with chocolate milk.

    • Kirbie replied: — November 23rd, 2015 @ 2:11 am

      nice idea!

  15. Andrea — January 11, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I added protein powder and mine rose a lot!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 12th, 2016 @ 12:25 am

      oh interesting. hope you enjoyed it!

  16. Etta — March 13, 2016 at 6:54 am

    If you add a heaping scoop of chocolate milk mix, it will turn out delicious and chocolaty. Make sure to mix the bisuik and milk mix first, before adding the milk. Makes mixing much easier. Chocolate chips are created too! Strawberry milk mix/syrup makes it super sweet and a lot like a cake.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 14th, 2016 @ 8:59 am

      what a delicious idea!!

  17. Deanna — July 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I made this with Pamelas Gluten Free pancake mix 1/4 cup and 1 oz almond milk. As directed. It is wonderful and light. Delicious!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 28th, 2016 @ 9:50 am

      so glad to hear it worked with the gluten free mix!

  18. Cassandra Mojica — August 21, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Would this work with other pancake mixes? I only got White King Hotcake Complete Mix with Maple Syrup.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 22nd, 2016 @ 8:40 am

      I have not tried it with that particular pancake mix, but I do know that it works with many pancake mixes.

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