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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. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Pancake In A Mug Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. When To Serve
  6. Storage
  7. Why We Love This Recipe
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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 is for you! You’ll mix the ingredients right in a mug, zap it in the microwave, and you have the perfect treat.

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Pancake In A Mug Ingredients

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The best part of this recipe is that you can make it in less than five minutes. And let’s not forget about how delicious it tastes.

Imagine a fluffy pancake, warm and fresh out of the microwave, with a hint of vanilla and the perfect amount of sweetness.

The wonderful part is you can customize it with your favorite toppings. Whether you prefer berries or chocolate chips, the choice is yours.

You’ll need:

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

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.

If you’re lactose intolerant or prefer a non-dairy option, feel free to swap the regular milk with almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.

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.

FLOUR: If you’re out of all-purpose flour or looking for a gluten-free option, try using almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour instead.

These alternatives can give your pancake a slightly nuttier flavor or cater to gluten sensitivity while maintaining a fluffy texture.

VANILLA EXTRACT: While vanilla extract adds a wonderful aroma, you can experiment with different extracts to change the flavor profile.

Try almond extract for a hint of nuttiness or coconut extract for a tropical twist.

Just remember that these extracts can be quite potent, so start with a small amount and adjust to your liking.

FRUIT: Feel free to fold in some diced fruit like bananas, berries, or even diced apples for a fruity burst of flavor.

These additions can make your pancake in a mug taste fresh and delightful.

Just be cautious with fruits that release a lot of juice, as it may affect the texture—dusting them with a little extra flour can help.

SPICES: Experiment with different spices to enhance the pancake’s flavor.

A pinch of nutmeg or cardamom can add warmth, while a dash of ginger or pumpkin spice can make it feel cozier.

Be mindful of the quantity, as spices can be strong, so start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

How To Make This Pancake In A Mug Recipe

It couldn’t get easier to whip up this easy breakfast treat. Everything gets mixed up in a coffee mug and microwaved for a couple of minutes. Give it a try below!

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.

For something more savory on top of your pancake, add some crumbled bacon or chunks of sausage.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of granola can make for a filling and nutritious breakfast.

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.

When To Serve

BREAKFAST: It’s perfect for those busy mornings when you want a homemade meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.

BRUNCH: If you’re hosting a brunch gathering with friends or family, consider serving these individual pancake mugs as a fun and customizable brunch item.

SNACK: Craving a sweet snack in the afternoon or evening? This pancake in a mug is a great choice.

LATE-NIGHT CRAVING: When you’re hit with a late-night craving for something sweet, whip up this pancake in a mug for a satisfying and quick fix.

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.

Why We Love This Recipe

QUICK AND EASY: It takes just a few minutes to prepare and cook, making it perfect for busy mornings or when you’re short on time.

SINGLE SERVE: It’s designed for one serving, so you don’t have to make a whole batch of pancakes.

MINIMAL CLEANUP: With just one mug and a few utensils, cleanup is a breeze.

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This unique and delicious breakfast idea only needs a few minutes of prep time. Top your pancake in a mug 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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  1. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says

    I’ve never even heard of this! Thank you for sharing it on Farmhouse Friday. I can hardly wait to try this out. Love it so much I’m featuring it tomorrow. Hope y’all link up again soon. pinned

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