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Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake

photo of a Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake
This easy microwave mug cake is inspired by the seasonal salted caramel mocha drink from Starbucks.

I’m not quite sure why Salted Caramel Mocha is a seasonal drink, but I’ve ordered it a few times to change things up from the copious amounts of pumpkin spice lattes I’ve been drinking. This cake is moist, fluffy, with hints of cocoa, coffee and salted caramel. The additional salted caramel drizzle and whipped cream made it even better.

close-up photo of a Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake
close-up photo of a scoop of Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake
Sometimes a new mug cake creation comes together easily on the first try. This was not quite one of those instances. This one took me about five tries before I finally got what I was looking for.

Mr. K came home to find five half eaten mug cakes and I think the crazy days of recipe testing for the book flashed through his mind. The house smelled delicious though!
photo of a Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake with whipped cream

As a reminder, my 5-Minute Mug Cakes* cookbook is out! It’s available at almost all major book retailers online and in-store. It features brand new recipes including a whole section of coffee and tea flavored cakes!

*Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).

Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This easy microwave mug cake is inspired by the seasonal salted caramel mocha drink from Starbucks.


  • 3 tbsp + 1 tsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 3 tbsp fat free milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp salted caramel sauce I used Trader Joe's brand
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • additional salted caramel sauce for drizzling
  • whipped cream for garnish optional


  • Add flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, espresso, milk, 1 1/2 tbsp caramel sauce and vegetable oil into an oversized microwave-safe mug. Mix with a small whisk until batter is smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Add in remaining 1/2 tbsp of caramel sauce and swirl it into the batter, careful not to completely mix it in.
  • Cook in microwave for 1 minute. Top of cake should be dry. Let cake cool before adding whipped cream and drizzling more caramel sauce.

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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10 comments on “Salted Caramel Mocha Mug Cake”

  1. I will be shopping at Trader Joe’s today to get the ingredients for this!

  2. Half eaten? Even my failures get eaten!

  3. I love the Trader Joe’s salted caramel sauce =) This sounds super yummy! I’m excited to try it 😀 

  4. I need to get that salted caramel sauce now!  I can also use the espresso powder that you gave me. : )

  5. I am totally obsessed with mug cakes. They are my favourite quick, easy and indulgent treats to make! Definitely going to be creating the recipe… I have never made a mocha flavoured one before!

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