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Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake

This single serving matcha green tea flavored mug cake has a strong green tea flavor and beautiful natural dark green color. It cooks in the microwave and is ready in minutes!
close-up photo of matcha green tea mug cake

I’ve received a couple of requests for a green tea mug cake, so here it is! I really love the color.
matcha green tea mug cake
This cake is light and fluffy and mildly sweet, letting the matcha flavor really shine through. If you prefer, you can add more sugar, but I prefer my green tea desserts to have a strong tea flavor.
close-up of a spoon with match green tea cake

P.S. If you enjoy this recipe, check out my entire 5-Minute Mug Cakes cookbook which includes nearly 100 mug cake recipes, including this one.

photo of the book 5 Minute Mug Cakes

Recipe now updated with video! You can find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.

Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This single serving matcha green tea flavored mug cake has a strong green tea flavor and beautiful natural dark green color. It cooks in the microwave and is ready in minutes!
4.85 from 19 votes


  • 4 tbsp (30 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp high quality matcha powder (see note)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp (12.5 g) granulated white sugar (see note)
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tbsp (7.5 ml) vegetable oil


  • In a microwave-safe mug, add flour, matcha powder, baking powder and sugar. Whisk until evenly blended and no lumps remain. You want to make sure to break apart any matcha or flour lumps before adding the liquid.
  • Add in milk and oil. Mix with whisk until batter is smooth and uniform in color. Cook in the microwave at full power for about 1 minute. Let cake cool for a few minutes before eating.


  • I prefer my green tea desserts less sweet, but you can add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter dessert.
  • For best results, use premium green tea otherwise your cake won't have the deep green color.

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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168 comments on “Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake”

  1. Hi
    Can you substitute almond flour for this?

    • Sorry, but we haven’t tested it and it probably won’t work well since you can’t use almond flour and AP flour interchangeably in the same amounts.

  2. Can I use granulated brown sugar instead of white sugar? Also, can I use light olive oil if I don’t have vegetable oil?

  3. This cake was so good! It wasn’t too sweet which is exactly what I wanted, and the matcha flavor was definitely strong enough. I really recommend this!

  4. This came out perfect! It was just sweet enough for me and made a great breakfast. I used King Arthur’s All-purpose gluten free flour and the texture was perfect! Since I knew my microwave runs high (and often overcooks things), I cooked it at 50% power for 1:30 min. As I said, it came out great! 

  5. Love this so much! I’ve made it multiple times now and this is by far the best mug cake I’ve tried. It’s not overly sweet like the other mug cake recipes and it’s super simple and easy to make, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! :))

  6. If I double the recipe, should I do double the microwave time?

    • Oh, never mind! I tried 2 minutes with double the recipe and it was DELIGHTFUL! Not as Matcha-y as I’d hoped, but it was still really good! I’m 12 and this was so easy 🙂

    • If you want to double the recipe, we recommend making two separate mug cakes and cook them separately. Making a double-sized mug cake in one mug will change things and it’s hard to say how the cake will turn out. Adding more cooking time could change the texture of the cake.

  7. Can I substitute the AP flour with pastry whole wheat flour – will that drastically change anything? Thanks!

  8. I followed the recipe exactly and yielded a super thick batter. So I added more milk and oil until the consistency resembled that in the video. Needless to say, it turned out overly dense and took 2 minutes to “bake” in the microwave. Total failure. So I tried again, this time weighing out the 30g of flour instead of using the tablespoon measurement and it was almost a full tablespoon less than 3tbsp. Turned out much better this time but needed a bit longer than a minute (1m20s). Nice flavour and will definitely make again since I am a lover of matcha. Thanks for this quick and easy recipe.

    • I’m glad you got it to work when you measured in grams. It sounds like your measuring spoon is off by a lot though. 1 tbsp of flour is 7.5 grams which is why 4 tbsp is 30 grams.

  9. This was a pretty good mug cake. 1 minute in the microwave led to overcooking, so we would microwave it for 50 seconds or less.

  10. I accidentally used 1 tbsp instead of 1 tsp of match and it was intense but delicious for a matcha lover, and I love the lower amount of sugar. I’ll make sure to include some salt and vanilla next time. I also prefer to sprinkle turbinado sugar on top for a crunch and help make up for the lower sweetness in the actual cake. 

  11. I rarely write reviews but this recipe sure deserves one!! I’ve come back to this many many times and it never disappoints. Best mug cake recipe out there.

  12. Looks amazing! Can I use water to replace milk? I just ran out and I’m kinda lazy to make a trip to Target, lol.

  13. Can I use an oven instead of microwave 

  14. So glad I found this recipe! Like all the other commentors, I craved something matcha-y & sweet. This was just amazing, I definitely bookmarked this recipe. THANK YOU!

  15. It’s not overly sweet and super delicious! I also added some azuki beans as topping, I love me some beans. Will make this again! 😀 

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