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Carrot Mug Cake


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  Prep Time: 5 mins

If you love carrot cake, you are definitely going to want to make this carrot mug cake. The shredded carrots, nutmeg, and cinnamon add a wonderful flavor to this recipe.

One of the best things about this carrot cake recipe is how quick and easy it is to prepare. There is no waiting around for the oven to heat up or long baking time. Instead, this recipe is simply microwaved for 60 to 90 seconds.

Whipped cream pairs beautifully with this easy cake, and then you can decorate it with shredded carrots and pecans. This tasty dessert could be on your table in just 5 minutes!

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Main Ingredients

This simple carrot cake recipe makes a great treat, whether you are in the mood for an after-dinner dessert, you want to rustle up something fast for the kids, or you have some shredded carrots to use up. The main ingredients include:

  • Shredded carrot: You can’t make a carrot cake without the carrots!
  • Nutmeg: To complement the sweet carrot taste.
  • Cinnamon: This adds a warm spice flavor.
  • Baking powder: For achieving a light cake texture.
  • Brown sugar: To add the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Chopped pecans: These crunchy nuts make a tasty garnish.

Instructions Overview

This has to be one of the easiest carrot cake recipes ever. In fact, it has to be one of the simplest cake recipes ever, period! You probably already have most of the ingredients to hand, and the only other things you need are a bowl, a mug, and a microwave oven.

Although some cake recipes can be made in the mug, to save on washing up, this one works best in a bowl. You have more room to maneuver that way and can ensure all the ingredients are well combined, before pouring the batter into a mug. Also, make sure the mug is microwave-safe. Most are but take a peek at the bottom of the mug to check.

Everything looking good? Then you can go ahead and put the ingredients in the bowl and mix them together. It doesn’t matter which order you add them, since everything is going to be stirred anyway. When there are no lumps left, transfer the mixture into your mug and microwave it for a minute.

If it isn’t set, give it another fifteen seconds. Still not quite done? Then another fifteen seconds should do it. Whipped cream, shredded carrots, and pecans make a great topping. Swap the pecans for walnuts if you prefer.

Common Questions

How do you store carrot mug cake?

If you want to make more than one of these at once, you can store them in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Don’t store them uncovered because they will dry out within a day. Don’t add the whipped cream and toppings until just before serving.

Can I make this ahead?

Mug cakes are usually rustled up within minutes of a cake craving, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it ahead. Once the cake is cooked, let it cool to room temperature and then refrigerate it in a covered container until serving.

Can you freeze this recipe?

Yes, this cake can be frozen for up to 4 months.

I’m out of baking powder! Can I still make this?

Mug cake recipes typically call for baking powder or an egg, to get the texture cake-like and make sure it rises. You can switch the baking powder for an egg, but it is very important you beat the egg before adding it to the batter and then mix the ingredients very well. Not doing this might result in bits of cooked egg white in the finished cake.

What size mug should I use?

Don’t fill the mug more than half full, else the batter might rise up too much and overflow. For that reason, use a large mug to make this. If you don’t have a big enough one, use a ramekin instead.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Shred your carrot in a mini food processor or using a cheese grater. You can also buy ready-shredded carrots for convenience. Get the thinly shredded ones; the thicker ones are more for coleslaw.
  • Use any kind of milk to make this mug cake; soy milk, almond milk, or even coconut milk would work. You can also switch the butter for oil if you prefer.
  • Artificial sweetener works just as well as brown sugar in this recipe.

When you’re in the mood for a rich, tasty carrot cake but you don’t want to bake a whole one, this recipe is a real lifesaver! You can make a wonderful carrot mug cake in just a few minutes.

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Recipe

How to Make

Carrot Mug Cake

This easy mug cake takes just minutes to make. Cinnamon and nutmeg add warm spices, and a little whipped cream on top finishes it perfectly.

SCALE THIS RECIPE

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Servings: 1 mug cake

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp carrots, shredded
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

For the topping:

  • whipped cream
  • carrots, shredded
  • pecans, chopped
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Instructions

  • Stir together all the cake ingredients in a bowl until there are no lumps.
  • Pour the mixture into a microwaveable safe mug and microwave until baked through, for 60 to 90 seconds.
  • Top with your desired toppings and serve immediately.
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Notes

  • Shred your carrot in a mini food processor or using a cheese grater. You can also buy ready-shredded carrots for convenience. Get the thinly shredded ones; the thicker ones are more for coleslaw.
  • Use any kind of milk to make this mug cake; soy milk, almond milk, or even coconut milk would work. You can also switch the butter for oil if you prefer.
  • Artificial sweetener works just as well as brown sugar in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 358kcal (18%), Carbohydrates: 54g (18%), Protein: 6g (12%), Fat: 14g (22%), Saturated Fat: 8g (50%), Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg (12%), Sodium: 155mg (7%), Potassium: 349mg (10%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 28g (31%), Vitamin A: 5462IU (109%), Vitamin C: 2mg (2%), Calcium: 156mg (16%), Iron: 2mg (11%)
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