Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake (made in 3 minutes!)

Published March 6, 2012. Updated September 19, 2018

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A cinnamon roll mug cake that’s ready in only 3 minutes! Looking for a delicious, fluffy slice of cake but don’t want to go to the trouble of baking a whole cake? Then this mug cake is for you and it couldn’t be easier, you’ll have cake for one in no time!

A cinnamon roll mug cake in a glass topped with frosting

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

Wow!  Why did I not get into the mug cake phenomenon until now?  When I would see the pictures of mug cakes floating around on I thought, seriously, how could a cake be made in the microwave and actually be good?

Well, I am here to tell you mug cake works! Not only does it work, it is incredible. It’s brilliant.  It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!

I think I may gain 10 pounds this month from adapting this method for making cake.  I created this recipe because I adore cinnamon rolls but I’m not a fan of the prep/wait time.

This can be made, ready to eat in 3 minutes flat.  This cake is surprisingly moist, it has every flavor of a cinnamon roll, it’s easier and last but definitely not least, clean up is a breeze!

An overhead shot of a cinnamon roll mug cake

How can I go back to the tedious method of rolling and rising cinnamon rolls now?  I love the idea of mug cakes because really, what dessert can be made so quickly and taste so decadent as though it took hours to make?

How amazed would unexpected guest be when you have this delicious, fancy cake sitting in front of them in just a number of minutes.  If you are not a baker, fool anyone into believing you are with this simple cake =).  It’s easier than making a box of mac n’ cheese.  So spouses that say they can’t cook, see here.  You’ve just run out of excuses.

A close up of a spoonful of mug cake

What You’ll Need To Make This Mug Cake;

  • all-purpose flour
  • applesauce
  • vegetable oil
  • baking powder
  • vanilla
  • light brown sugar
  • cream cheese
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • homemade cream cheese icing (recipe below)

A mug cake sitting on a wooden surface with a spoon

Thanks so much BuzzFeed for featuring this mug cake!! You can see 17 more awesome mug cake recipes on their site HERE.

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5 from 3 votes

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake (made in 3 minutes!)

A cinnamon roll mug cake that's ready in only 3 minutes! Looking for a delicious, fluffy slice of cake but don't want to go to the trouble of baking a whole cake? Then this mug cake is for you and it couldn't be easier, you'll have cake for one in no time!
Servings: 1 Serving
Prep5 minutes
Cook1 minute
Ready in: 6 minutes


Cream Cheese Icing


  • Prepare Cream Cheese Icing according to directions listed, set aside. Combine all ingredients (minus Cream Cheese Icing) in a mug then whisk together with a fork until combine and nearly smooth.
  • Microwave mixture on high power for 1 minute then check cake for doneness. If it is not fully cooked microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Serve warm topped with Cream Cheese Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake (made in 3 minutes!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 368mg16%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Maggy

    Hi I am a huge fan of mug cakes and I was craving cinnabon when I saw this so I decided to make it although I didn’t have any cream cheese in my fridge. Like any great cheapskate student with a craving I made I substitute. The recipe is as followed I used a teaspoon melted butter, two teaspoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vinegar (yes, vinegar) and a teaspoon flower and put that in the microeave for about twenty seconds. Then it came out almost cooked but I added almost a table milk and stirred it and put it back in the micky. It came out a little sour from the vinegar but a 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and a 1/4 teaspoon sugar in the mix and it was delicious with the mug cake!!

  • Bunny Bun Bun

    Can I ask a simple question? So, can I substitute maple syrup for applesauce? I really wanna make this, I can’t find any applesauce here in my town. Do you think I should leave out the sugar because I’m using maple syrup?

  • Julie Henriksen

    This look so simple. I first thought you made a roll and try to fit it into the glass, but when it is just cream on top it makes it a lot easier! Will try this, but I will give myself some extra minutes.

  • Annabeth

    Im going to make this tonight i am really hoping it works beacuse the last 3 cinnamon rolls i have made in the microwave from other recipes had great reviews but turned out terrible. I hope this is as delicious as it looks. *Drools on keyboard*

  • Emily

    This looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing on the Mug Cake Round-up!