Kirbie's Cravings

Lemon Mug Cake

overhead photo of a Lemon Mug Cake
I’ve been getting a lot of requests for lemon recipes: lemon bars, lemon cakes, etc. I’m working on trying to get some on the blog but I rarely have fresh lemons in my house and I’m not a very big citrus dessert person.

I recently had a few lemons laying around and decided to try making a lemon mug cake.
photo of a spoonful of lemon cake
It came out light and fluffy and lemony. I do feel like it was a little plain and needed something to make it stand out but I’m not sure what.

I did add a little lemon zest to it as well. Perhaps next time I’ll add a glaze. I do think it’s a good start for a base of a lemon cake though and if you really love lemon cakes this is a quick and easy one.
photo of a Lemon Mug Cake

Update: Please check out this newer lemon cloud mug cake I made that I think is even better than this one (though this one is fine too!). 

Lemon Mug Cake

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This lemon mug cake takes just a few minutes! It's light and fluffy with a bright lemon flavor.
For an even more intense lemony mug cake, check out my new and improved lemon cloud mug cak.
4.65 from 14 votes


  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp fat free milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon zest


  • Using a small whisk, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, oil and lemon juice in a microwave safe mug until batter is smooth. Grate some fresh lemon zest on top of batter and whisk into batter. 
  • Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. Top of cake should be dry. Let cool before eating. Add a lemon glaze if desired.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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75 comments on “Lemon Mug Cake”

  1. i made this but instead of using lemon juice, i used pure lemon extract (i didn’t have lemon juice on hand at the time) and it was so good!!!!

  2. my husband was craving lemon cake, turned out great he really liked it.. only sorry we didnt make 2. thanks great recipe

  3. Added a few raspberries, which made it more moist. Plus a lemon glaze on top. Healthy? No. Delicious? Yes!

  4. Tried two times to make this and both times it was a huge fail I’m a good cook, so I know what I’m doing.  

    • Lots of readers have made this recipe with success, so without knowing more details it’s hard to know what happened with yours unless you let us know. Would love to help if we can!

  5. I’m home alone today and craving cake, I didn’t want to use a whole cake recipe and looked for a mug cake to have the ingredients already set for one portion. I decided to use this recipe and bake it in the oven instead, let’s see what comes out of it ? thank you for the recipe!

  6. Loved it ? heaven in a Mug ?

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