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Air Fryer Mug Cake

Make fluffy and moist air fryer mug cake in no time, using minimal ingredients. The single-serving confetti cake dessert is easy and delicious! Plus, it’s super kid-friendly!

Air fryer mug cake with toppings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Air fryer mug cake is a lazy way to enjoy dessert, and who doesn’t love confetti cake?
  • This simple mug cake recipe is easily customizable with your favorite toppings and mix-ins. 
  • Clean-up is fast and effortless. 
  • The single-serving size is perfect for an on-the-go snack or late-night dessert. 

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Butter: Making a cake, even a mug cake, should be balanced. The butter helps the cake be moist but firm enough to maintain its structure without drying out. It also prevents the cake from sticking to the mug.
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour for this recipe, but if you prefer a lighter cake, consider using cake flour.
  • Sugar: Sweeten the single-serving treat with white sugar.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder adds a perfect amount of lift.
  • Sprinkles: What is confetti cake without rainbow sprinkles? If you’re not making a confetti cake, leave them out or use other sprinkles.
  • Milk: Use milk to combine the ingredients.
  • Vanilla Extract: Boost the sweetness with a small amount of vanilla extract.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Chocolate Mug Cake: Stir in unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate chips to make a mug cake with a chocolatey flavor.
  • Vanilla Mug Cake: Replace the rainbow sprinkles in the recipe with another dash of vanilla extract.
  • Banana Mug Cake: Replace some of the milk in the recipe with mashed banana or use banana slices as a topping.

Tools Used to Make this Recipe

No need for fancy equipment. Make this quick and easy dessert with ramekins or two small microwave-safe mugs and an air fryer. I use an Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer.

How to Make an Air Fryer Mug Cake

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 350℉ (176℃). Divide the melted butter between two ramekins.

Step 2: Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and sprinkles to a liquid measuring cup and whisk to combine.

The dry ingredients in souffle cups.

Step 3: Then, add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, careful not to overmix the batter.

Wet ingredients added to the cups.

Step 4: Divide the batter into the prepared ramekins. Wipe down the sides of the ramekins and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the center is set (depending on the strength of your air fryer).

Tip: Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. It should come out clean.

Mug cakes cooking in the air fryer.

Step 5: Let the mug cake cool before adding your frosting, or leave it unfrosted.

Mug cakes resting after baking.

Expert Tips

  • Divide the batter into two ramekins for sharing.
  • Stir the ingredients thoroughly to ensure they are well combined and that the batter is smooth.
  • Use a toothpick or a fork to check if the mug cake is done. If it comes out clean, the mug cake is ready.

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Serving Suggestions

Experiment with the toppings and add-ins to make the air fryer mug cake your own.

Toppings:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Whipped Cream
  • Frosting
  • Nutella
  • Nut or Seed Butter
  • Fresh Fruit

Mix-Ins:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Crushed cookies or candy like Oreos.
  • Shredded Coconut

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate – Air fryer mug cakes are best eaten fresh, but if you have leftovers, cover them with plastic wrap until you’re ready to dig in. Keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put a mug in the air fryer?

Since air fryers are mini convection ovens, any oven-safe dish should be safe, including glass, ceramic, metal, or silicone. 

Can I make this cake without an air fryer?

Yes, microwave mug cakes are even easier. Simply microwave the cake for 60-90 seconds, or until it’s fully cooked.

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Air fryer mug cake with toppings.

Air Fryer Mug Cake

Tressa Jamil
Make fluffy and moist air fryer mug cake in no time, using minimal ingredients. The single-serving dessert is easy and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Mug Cakes
Calories 156 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon rainbow sprinkles
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
 
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350℉ (176℃). Divide the melted butter between two ramekins.
  • Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and sprinkles to a liquid measuring cup and whisk to combine. Then, add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, careful not to overmix the batter.
  • Divide the batter into the prepared ramekins. Wipe down the sides of the ramekins and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the center is set (depending on the strength of your air fryer).
    Tip: Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. It should come out clean.
  • Let the mug cake cool before adding your frosting, or leave it unfrosted.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Divide the batter into two ramekins for sharing.
  • Stir the ingredients thoroughly to ensure they are well combined and that the batter is smooth.
  • Use a toothpick or a fork to check if the mug cake is done. If it comes out clean, the mug cake is ready.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Ramekin | Calories: 156 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0.2 g | Cholesterol: 18 mg | Sodium: 107 mg | Potassium: 53 mg | Fiber: 0.4 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 211 IU | Calcium: 61 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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