MidKnight Snacks: Confetti Mug Cake

Skip the mess of multiple bowls and mixers when baking.


Photo McKayle McGoldrick

This mug cake is a quick and easy way to kick that sweet tooth without the aftermath of all the dishes. 

McKayle McGoldrick, Staff Writer

I know a lot of people enjoy baking but honestly, sometimes the mess afterward isn’t worth it. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you had a go-to easy recipe that is single serve, and can be made in just a mug? Well, I might have found the perfect recipe for you.


  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of sprinkles


  1. First, begin by adding the liquid ingredients to your mug or bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Next, if you want to avoid the extra dishes, you can combine together your dry ingredients in your mug. You could also do the same in a small bowl and then add it to your wet ingredients.
  3. Add sprinkles.
  4. Microwave your batter for 70-80 seconds then let it sit in the microwave for 1 minute.
  5. If you want, which I did, you can add whipped cream or frosting on top of your mini cake and sprinkles if you’re feeling extra.

This is just one way that you can make a mug cake. I’ve seen so many different variations of this quick treat and if confetti cake isn’t your thing, I suggest you try out either the Chocolate mug cake or Chocolate chip mug cake.

Personally, I am not someone who loves overly sweet desserts, so this recipe wasn’t my favorite. I, unfortunately, do not think I’d recommend this recipe to others. Unlike the flavor, the texture was pretty good for the most part, just a little dense for my preference. I really can only be so picky considering this took me only a total of five minutes to make, so I’ll take what I can get. If you’re going to try this recipe, I’d recommend using a small mug since this batter doesn’t expand much. I definitely plan on trying different mug cake recipes in the future to find the perfect one.