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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!
4.93 from 14 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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148 comments on “Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake”

  1. This is a miracle in a cup! Whoa! Gives me a nice matcha desert fix in one minute! You’re a true genius! When mine comes out a little too dry (if I overcook) I just add a little Yogurt on top! Thanks for an amazing recipe! So glad I found this! 

  2. Did these people steal your recipe and photos? They look the same, and it doesn’t look like they credited you.

  3. Made this for St. Patty’s Day. It turned out great. Thanks so much!

  4. This was amazing! I also added a tiny pinch of salt and about a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

  5. Why didn’t mine rise 🙁

    • Is your baking powder still fresh? Also make sure you measure the ingredients out precisely, too much liquid or sugar will make the cake dense and not rise. There is also a video you can watch right above the recipe card

  6. This was delicious!! I subbed almond milk because I didn’t have dairy. Not too sweet, perfect amount of matcha flavor. Will definitely make this one again!

  7. It doesn’t look quite right. Not sure what I did wrong. Will provide a pic. 

    • I wasn’t sure at first because this recipe didn’t call for any eggs.. but it turned out amazing that we had to make another one soon after!
      Will definitely make it again!! ?

  8. This was absolutely heavenly! I was especially surprised by the texture – it was nicely dense and fluffy. This is one of the best mug cake recipes I’ve tried, thank you!

  9. Very mildly sweet dessert. I did add a hair more sugar, but followed the recipe exactly for everything else. If you really love a true matcha flavor, this will be perfect. I’ll definitely make this again.

  10. Just made this and it turned out perfect. I doubled the sugar because I have a sweet tooth and was craving something sweet. Also used almond milk and cooked it for about 1:07. I’ve been making a lot of mug cakes during this quarantine period and this recipe is definitely a keeper!!

  11. 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! 😀 

  12. 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!

  13. Can I use an oven instead of microwave 

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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. 

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