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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!
4.88 from 16 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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154 comments on “Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake”

  1. This is amazing! So quick to do! I’m on a diet low on allergens and really needed a healthy treat. I substituted the milk for vanilla rice milk (had to add a bit more) and used gluten free flour and it worked! Thank you SO MUCH! I love matcha and I will keep coming back to this recipe!

  2. I want to try this recipe out but woud it be possible to use stevia? I’m diabetic so I always try and sub. Sugar whenever posssible.

  3. This was good but came out with a bit too bitter for me, and I added extra sugar. What would have perfected it was if I had some chocolate sauce to drizzle on.

    Thanks for making a matcha mug cake recipe that doesn’t need an egg, by the way!

    • I really enjoy the bitterness of matcha but definitely you should tweak it to your personal taste preference and adding a chocolate syrup sounds like a great idea!

  4. Hi Kirbie, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I love matcha and the idea of a quick mug cake, so I tried it right away! I used coconut/almond milk because of dairy allergy and added a little bit of water because the batter was slightly thick. The cake cooked, but didn’t rise. 🙁 It’s possible that my baking powder is old. Should I try with a bit more baking powder? or self-raising flour? I soo want this to work!

    • it might be the baking powder. you shouldnt need to use self rising flour if you add baking powder (but make sure your baking powder isn’t old!)

  5. OMG, This is one of the best recipes I have found on mug cakes, and the matcha cake tasted delicious, I also tried making a chocolate cake today too with the same recipe, substituting cocoa instead of matcha and it came out a success!

  6. Hi Kirbie, I just came upon your site on a lazy Sunday afternoon looking for ideas on how to bake with the big can of matcha green tea powder that my hubby bought at Costco (ladies, you should never let your man shop alone at Costco!). The large quantities really brings out their stock up for winter instinct. LOL. Upon reading this recipe, i really thought this was too good to be true. But it is actually true!!! It actually worked and my 7 y,o daughter liked it! I did use whole wheat flour, it’s was a bit “wheaty” but the texture of the cake turned out great. It was like a cupcake in a mug. I’ll be following your blog now!!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! And Lol on husbands shopping alone at Costco. I’m pretty sure my husband would just bring home boxes of sodas and haggen dazs bars!

  7. Hi there the recipe sounds amazing! but I am not sure if the measurement is correct. it said we need 4 table spoon of flour which is 30 gram (30 ml) but 3 table spoon of milk is 45 ml…

    • The recipe measurements are correct. Please keep in mind that dry ingredients like flour is measured in weight whereas liquid ingredients like the milk is measured in volume. Please make sure you measure correctly.

  8. Made this but used almond flour (doubled to 8tbsp) and coconut milk. I had to cook it for twice as long and it came out dense and moist. Not really a cake but I’ll keep fiddling with the recipe. Still tasty!

  9. Thank you so much for the recipe! I actually used a premium matcha latte instant drink sachet (from the brand Harada) instead of matcha powder so I didn’t put in any extra sugar. I also added a tiny bit more milk and vegetable oil to correct the consistency of the batter. The cake turned out amazingly fluffy, had a wonderful matcha and vanilla flavour and a beautiful green colour. This recipe is definitely a keeper, kids loved it too 🙂

  10. Hey ! Really want to make this but I don’t have vegetable oil. Can I use butter instead or canola oil ? Thanks!

  11. 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! 

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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!! ?

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!

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