10 Minute Microwave Cheesecake Mug Cake

Microwave cheesecake

Ten minutes is all the time you’ll need to prep and cook this individual serving of cheesecake.

Look how pretty it is!
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I don’t usually ever have an entire cheesecake in the house and I rarely make it. My brothers and Mr. K used to always ask for it and then it was like pulling teeth to get them to finish it once I did. And I can never eat more than one slice.

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That is why this one serving treat is so perfect.

The texture isn’t exact. It’s close, but the microwave version doesn’t come out as creamy as the baked version. I tried a few attempts but haven’t gotten it to be exactly like the baked version yet. I’ll keep trying. But it tastes like cheesecake and it was delicious.

The one thing is, just like a regular baked cheesecake, you need to let this cool. I’m so used to eating a mug cake right after it comes out of the microwave, but this is cheese and when cheese is warm, well, it doesn’t really taste like cheesecake. It tastes like warm, sweetened cheese, and it’s a little oily. So definitely give this time to cool in the fridge. I let mine cool for an hour.

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Microwave Cheesecake Mug Cake


for the cheesecake:
4 tbsp light cream cheese (you can also use cream cheese spread which actually is much easier to mix, though the final cake has looser layers)
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar (less if you are using a sweetened flavored cheese spread)
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla

for the crust:
4 tbsp graham cracker crumbs (place through food processor to get fine crumbs. 4 tbsp is about 1 sheet of graham cracker)
1 tbsp melted butter


1. Grease the inside of a microwave-safe mug (both interior sides and bottom). Add graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and mix until butter is incorporated. Press down with your hands so the graham cracker crumbs form a crust at bottom of mug.
2. In a small bowl, whisk egg. Then add cream cheese, yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Using a small whisk, mix until batter is smooth. If you are using cream cheese and not spread, there may remain lumps of cream cheese. If that is the case, use a bigger whisk, which should help you break up all the lumps. Pour batter into mug.
3. Cover top of mug with a paper towel or napkin and microwave for 1 minute. Mug cake should be mostly cooked except center. Pause to check on it, then microwave for another 20 seconds. Stop again, and microwave for another 20 seconds. Then microwave for one final round of 20 seconds. Cake should be completely cooked. You don't want to microwave the entire amount at once because the batter may overheat and start popping and exploding in the microwave.
4. If you have greased your mug, the cheesecake should have pulled away from the sides of the mug. Gently slide cheesecake out of the mug. I let it come out upside down onto a big spatula and then flipped it back over onto a plate. Let cool cake at room temperature for a few minutes. When cake is no longer too hot to touch, place in fridge to cool and set for at least 1 hour.

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60 comments on “10 Minute Microwave Cheesecake Mug Cake”

  1. It looks delicious!

  2. What if you put the crust on top so that you could easily flip it out?

    • I agree that would make it easier to flip out. I’m not sure how well it will cook though with the crust on top and also the crust might not become firm enough if it’s not weighted during the cooking process. It’s actually pretty easy to flip over if you bake it with the crust on the bottom because the cake slides out really easily.

  3. Single serving cheesecake (that doesn’t take hours to bake) sounds perfect!

  4. Maybe try ricotta instead of cream cheese – I use it in my baked cheesecake and it gives a different texture.

  5. Amazing! It worked out perfectly for me. I just did it a little differently: I only baked the filling and crumbled a few graham cracker pieces in top after baking. Then I just ate it out with a spoon, it was really good!

  6. Um, what? Blog twin, you are a genius – I need to try this ASAP.

  7. hi there! this is the best cheesecake ive ever made. i used strawberry yogurt bcs i cant find any sour cream. the taste was amazing! but im facing a problem which when i substitute the sour cream to a plain yogurt, the texture is too wet even after refrigerate it for a night. why?

    • are you using greek yogurt? it has to be greek and not regular because the regular yogurt’s consistency is too thin. also some brands of greek yogurt are also watery. sour cream is the best option but a thick greek yogurt should work too

  8. I tried this recipe and loved it. I’ve made it 2 times in the last 3 days for my family, because they begged for it again after making it the first time. I followed the recipe perfectly the first time and it tasted great. The second time I decided to play around a bit by adding just a pinch of salt and putting the ingredients in a food processor which added a pleasant texture. I would have never thought making it would be so easy! I’m so happy I stumbled onto your blog 🙂

  9. I’ve tried out this recipe but the eggy taste is really too strong, other thatn that, the taste is really good, is it ok if I change one egg to 1/2 egg?

  10. I was hoping to make this in my Life Skills to teach my students a little about cooking. Could putting the mugs in an ice bath and refrigerating them for 20 minutes give it enough time to firm? We only have a 45 minute class so we don’t really have an hour to let it cool…

    • if you only have a limited amount of time, I’d recommend sticking them directly in the freezer. the texture wont be as ideal as if you let it sit in the fridge for an hour, but it should still be pretty good.

  11. Hi Kirby, this recipe looks REALLY good, but I don’t have Greek yogurt or sour cream! Is there anything I can substitute for that?

  12. Hi, how many watts was the microwave you used? Thanks.

  13. My brother makes his cheese cakes in the oven with a pan of water on the bottom rack to create a steam oven effect, to get it more creamier moist, so I’m a try this today and before I add the cheesecake will get a mug of water boiling in the microwave first then add the cheesecake mug in the microwave to cook with the boiling hot water, to see if can get that better texture your talking about

  14. Is it possible to double the ingridients and make it in a bigger wider mug? 

    • hmm, i’m not sure. normally for my mug cakes, you can def double it, but the cheesecake one is a little different, so I’m not sure what will happen if you try to double it.

  15. Just made this! I used only the egg white and 2 tbsp sugar, and added 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp flour in the filling, inspired by a cheesecake recipe I’ve been making during the years. I used a digestive biscuit crust and topped with fresh cherry jam. Absolutely delicious! The texture wasn’t like a classic cheesecake, but as far as taste’s concerned I’m more than satisfied ;D Thanks for sharing!

  16. I think it might be creamier with half an egg. I am excited to try this recipe. Thanks!

  17. Can you make this without the crust? I have all the ingredients minus the crackers. Thanks!

  18. Wow! Amazing!!! For a more creamier consistency, use even parts of yoghurt and cream cheese (3 tbsp yoghurt & 3 tbsp cream cheese).  

  19. I don’t know what’s wrong with mine…. 🙁 I tried microwaving it for several extra 20 second intervals, but all it did was bubble and it never cooked…

    • did you use greek yogurt or sour cream? it sounds like your batter is too liquidy which can happen if you tried to use regular yogurt, or if you used reduced fat cream cheese, or if you may have not been extremely precise with your measurements

  20. i used sour cream and cream cheese, and mine, too, was a bubbling, eggy mess. i’m not sure what happened, but it looks and tastes gross. there was a lot of clear liquid around it even after i cooked it as directed. 

    • it’s hard for me to figure out what went wrong without being there to watch you make it. I can tell you I’ve made this dozens of times and had friends make it without any issue. My only thought is that you may be measuring the ingredients wrong? You do need to be as exact as possible. For instance, you need to level off your tbsp so you don’t have too much cheese or cream. This is very similar to a regular cheesecake in terms of ingredients–it’s just smaller. So just like a full cheesecake, it should cook and solidify.

  21. Hi! Can I use flavored cream cheese . I have honey and pecan cream spreadable cream cheese 😀

  22. when do u add the cheese mix ? Before or after baking?

  23. I am a 10 year old who made this and it is amazing at first when I took it out of the mug it was watery but I let it sit and that was all it, needed

  24. Hey, Kirbie, thanks for posting so much info in the blog and being so responsive in the comments. I’ve been making homemade cheesecakes from scratch for years (something of a specialty of mine), so the ingredients part wasn’t where I needed help. i was going to try out some mini-cheesecakes (in muffin tins, not mugs but I like that indivual serving idea–a lot!) I got the batter all mixed up and THAT was when I discovered I had no way to cook them.

    I’m staying with a friend (a guy) who bought a house and its furnishings from an estate sale and the oven has recently decided not to work correctly – without warning. We have to flip the circuit breaker to cut power or else it seems to go on and just stay on. Baking in self-clean mode (or broiling) isn’t really feasible so I was trying to figure out how to use his circa-1972 microwave to cook these mini-cheesecakes and Googled a bit and came to your blog. Fantastic.

    I used a silicone muffin pan so it could go from microwave to (broiling) oven and your directions as a guide for how to nuke ’em. Worked great to zap the 6-cup pan for about 3:30 rotating half way then jiggling to see if the batter was set. It was not so I used your tip to keep zapping another 20-30 seconds (covered in anticipation of explosions *grin*) and then after I was fairly sure they were set, I slid the pan onto a cookie sheet and ran it  through this whacko oven for about 2 minutes to brown the edges golden tan and melt the mini-chocolate chips I’d topped them off with for fun. The silicone pans have a tendency to cool quickly so I only had to wait a few minutes before covering with a bit of plastic wrap and slipping them into the fridge.

    Next time, when I’m back in my own home with functioning 21st century equipment, I look forward to trying out your mug idea. Gonna have to rummage your blog for an apple crisp mug cake now. Apple pies and crisps are my other favorite (and specialty) but like you, I cannot eat a whole one alone and there are only so many occasions in one’s life where one can “bring a dessert” and get a slice for oneself 🙂

    • I’m glad you were able to make some mini ones in the silicone. And yes, I hope you give the mug cake version a try. Unfortunately, I don’t have an apple crisp mug cake yet. I really should…But I do have a bazillion other mug cakes for you to try.

  25. I don’t have much time on workdays, so this is a perfect dessert for me. Definitely going to try this out soon. 🙂 The pictures are so good!

  26. It was easy and simple 
    Tasted delicious 
    And I should say the this was the first microwave recipe that worked for me
    So thanks allot

  27. Made it with ricotta and yogurt. Makes more than a mugful. Texture is rubbery, edges and surface break. Weeps out a lot of liquid. Use half the vanilla, and don’t make it with crust. I suggest making it in a shallow bowl and transferring it after it’s cooled a few minutes to help it cool down and stop cooking, and so you can drain it. Then make crust and slide drained custard into the crust pan.

  28. this turned out amazing!!!! ahhh im so so happy. usually i’m super skeptic with these mug cake recipes because they always come out dry and slightly rubbery and just not like how they look in pictures. but with this one i was pleasantly satisfied :))) i added a wedge of lime juice since i prefer a slightly tart cheesecake and i only used half a large egg b/c i wasn’t sure if it’d be too much. definitely could have used the whole egg for a more firm consistency but nonetheless it was nice and creamy. i bit looser than a regular cheesecake but it didn’t have neither a uncooked or rubbery texture/taste. five stars im in love!!! thanks so much for sharing 🙂 

  29. Made this tonight for my family of 4. Quadrupled the ingredients, but only used 3 eggs. Used 1/2 cup mixture per mug. Placed all 4 mugs in the microwave and it took 5 minutes. Didn’t bother unmolding them. Chilled in the freezer while we ate dinner. It was the perfect amount to enjoy after dinner. Delicious! For the crust I used the recipe in the back of the container of graham cracker crumbs.

  30. This was pretty good, but a bit bland. The blandness my be partially my own fault – I cooked the cheesecake for an extra ten seconds in the microwave, which caused it to crack and may have affected it in other ways. I heated it for a longer time because I wasn’t totally convinced at 2 minutes that it was done, and when it came out after 2 minutes and after 2 minutes 10 seconds, it had a very strong eggy smell. It looked very cute, though, and flipped out pretty well – only a bit of the crust stuck on to the greased mug. Adding some strawberry and Fat Free ReddiWip helped a lot with adding sweetness, but I think the crust could also have used some extra sweetness. The texture was fine. It did not taste too eggy, despite smelly very eggy when it first came out of the microwave. 

    • I’m glad you got it work out. There are definitely limitations with a microwave recipe. It can’t really have all the complex flavors of a traditional cheesecake because you’d have to use more ingredients, mixing with a mixer, etc. But I think it works as a quick fix and, yes, adding some toppings and sauces helps make it better too!

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