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Pancake in a Mug

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Our delicious pancake in a mug is an easy breakfast idea that is ready in a matter of minutes and comes out of the microwave moist and fluffy.
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  1. Pancake in a Mug Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pancake in a Mug Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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If you find yourself craving pancakes but don’t have time to make a whole batch, this pancake in a mug recipe is for you! You’ll mix the ingredients right in a mug, zap it in the microwave, and you have the perfect treat that you can top with maple syrup, berries, or anything your heart (and stomach) desires; brilliant, right?

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Pancake in a Mug Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Garnish

  • maple syrup 
  • fresh berries

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

TOPPING: You can swap out the fresh berries and maple syrup and top your pancake in a mug with a squirt of whipped cream and mini chocolate chips. Add other fresh fruit, a dash of cinnamon, or anything else you enjoy on your pancakes.

BUTTER: You can substitute the melted butter for a mild/neutral oil such as grapeseed, canola, or vegetable oil. I do not suggest olive or coconut oil as they have a stronger flavor profile that I find does not work well in this recipe. The butter yields the best overall flavor, in my opinion.

MILK: You can also make this easy breakfast recipe with 2% milk. The texture of non-fat milk, however, does not do well in baked goods, as we find that baked goods do best with a higher amount of fat.

SUGAR: I like to make my own vanilla sugar to use in quick recipes like this. You can also use maple sugar as well for a great flavor. I have not tested this recipe with a sugar substitute. If you use vanilla or maple sugar, you can omit the addition of vanilla extract.

How to Make This Pancake in a Mug Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are serving more than one person, you can assemble all your ingredients in each mug and then microwave them one at a time. Because this is such a quick and easy recipe, you can make a pancake in a mug for the whole family.

STEP ONE: You will need a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug.

PRO TIP:

We found that a shorter and wider, cappuccino-style mug worked well for this fluffy pancake recipe. 

STEP TWO: Add the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt to the mug. Stir using a dinner fork or mini whisk.

flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt whisked in a cup

STEP THREE: Add the whole milk, melted unsalted butter, and vanilla extract to the mug of dry ingredients. 

milk, melted butter, and vanilla added to the dry ingredients in a mug

STEP FOUR: Whisk all the ingredients together until you do not have any big pockets of dry ingredients. You may need to use a small rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the mug to ensure that all the flour has been absorbed by the liquids.

PRO TIP:

Do not overmix this batter. A few tiny little lumps are okay, just like a standard pancake batter, and will not alter your final pancake. If you overmix the batter, it will yield a tough and dense pancake in a mug.

pancake ingredients whisked in a mug

STEP FIVE: Microwave your pancake in a mug for 1 minute and 30 seconds. 

PRO TIP:

This recipe’s cook time is based on using a 1000-watt microwave oven. The cook time may vary if your microwave is a different wattage.

pancake microwaved in the mug

STEP SIX: When your pancake is warm, top it with maple syrup and fresh berries.

maple syrup poured over the berries and the pancake

How To Serve

This pancake mug cake is the ideal recipe to whip up for a quick breakfast on busy mornings. The kids would love this as a fun option before heading off to school, along with a warm mug of homemade hot chocolate or mint hot chocolate.

If you love the idea of these single-serving cakes, our vanilla mug cake, and chocolate mug cake are decadent desserts that you can keep all for yourself.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE/FREEZER: This easy chocolate dessert does not reheat well, so we don’t recommend trying to store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.

overhead shot of Pancake in a Mug topped with strawberries and blueberries

This unique and delicious breakfast idea only needs a few minutes of prep time. Top with the classics like maple syrup or go crazy and add chocolate chips, whipped cream, and anything else that will satisfy your sweet tooth. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this easy pancake mug cake recipe?

This mug pancake does not reheat well, and we don’t recommend trying to store it in the fridge or freezer for any length of time.

What size of coffee mug should I use for this mug pancake recipe?

A 12-ounce microwavable mug is just the right size for this breakfast mug cake.

How long should I cook this microwave pancake recipe?

The cooking time will depend on the wattage of your microwave, but we find a cooking time of somewhere around 90 seconds is about right for your single-serving cake. Keep an eye on your pancake near the end of cooking, and watch for the center to be just set. Don’t overcook it, or you will end up with a dry pancake.

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Our delicious pancake in a mug is an easy breakfast idea that is ready in a matter of minutes and comes out of the microwave moist and fluffy.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish

  • maple syrup
  • fresh berries

Instructions
 

  • You will need a microwave-safe, 12-ounce coffee mug.
  • Add the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt to the mug. Stir using a dinner fork or mini whisk.
  • Add the whole milk, melted unsalted butter, and vanilla extract to the mug of dry ingredients.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until you do not have any big pockets of dry ingredients. You may need to use a small rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the mug to ensure that all the flour has been absorbed by the liquids.
  • Microwave your pancake in a mug for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • When your pancake is warm, top it with maple syrup and fresh berries.

Notes

  • If you are serving more than one person, you can assemble all your ingredients in each mug and then microwave them one at a time. Because this is such a quick and easy recipe, you can make a pancake in a mug for the whole family.
  • We found that a shorter and wider, cappuccino-style mug worked well for this fluffy pancake recipe.
  • Do not overmix this batter. A few tiny little lumps are okay, just like a standard pancake batter, and will not alter your final pancake. If you overmix the batter, it will yield a tough and dense pancake in a mug.
  • This recipe’s cook time is based on using a 1000-watt microwave oven. The cook time may vary if your microwave is a different wattage. 

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 2mg
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