Red Velvet Mug Cake


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Made in just a couple of minutes, this red velvet mug cake is a quick and easy fix for when you need a sweet after-dinner treat or something to go with your coffee.

red velvet cake in a mug.

If you are craving a red velvet cake but baking a full-on cake is not what you are in the mood for, then this mini red velvet cake is what you should make. It cooks in the microwave in just a few minutes and has the perfect fluffy and moist texture. 

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make a red velvet mug cake
  4. Tips to make the best recipe
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More mug cake recipes to try
  7. Frequently asked questions
  8. Red Velvet Mug Cake (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • Moist and fluffy. This easy mug cake turns out to have the perfect texture just like the real red velvet cake. 
  • Healthy. This mini red velvet cake is actually quite healthy. It doesn’t contain any gluten or refined sugar. It is also dairy-free and can be made vegan very easily. 
  • Works for the microwave and the oven. You know a mug cake is perfect when you can bake it in the microwave and in the oven. Choose the baking method that works for you, depending on how much time you have. 

Ingredients needed

Although the ingredient list may look a little long, most are basic pantry staples you’ll find in any

  • Coconut flour. To give the mug cake a fluffy cake-like texture. 
  • Almond flour. You can use any flour you like, though almond flour is perfect if you want to keep this recipe gluten-free and lower in carbs.
  • Baking powder. To help the mug cake rise. 
  • Sugar of choice. White, brown, coconut, or sugar-free subs all work.  
  • Egg white. To provide structure and stability for the cake and help it rise. Substitute it with a flax egg for the vegan version of the recipe. 
  • Milk. I used almond milk but any milk works.
  • Salt. A pinch of salt to balance all flavors. 
  • Beet powder and red food coloring. To give the red velvet cake its signature color. 
  • Chocolate chips. (optional). If you like some chocolate flavor.

How to make a red velvet mug cake

This red velvet mug cake can be made both in the microwave and in the oven. Here’s how. 

For the microwave version

  1. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. 
  2. In a different bowl, whisk together the egg white and the milk. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. 
  3. Grease a microwave-safe mug or bowl and pour the batter into it. 
  4. Microwave for 50 seconds to 2 minutes until the cake is cooked. 

For the oven version 

  1. Preheat the oven to 360F degrees and grease an oven-safe mug or a large ramekin with oil.
  2. Follow the directions above to make the cake batter. 
  3. Pour the batter into the greased dish and bake the cake for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
red velvet mug cake.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Add a dash of vanilla extract to deepen the flavor of the mug cake. 
  • Swap the beet powder with cocoa powder if you don’t have it. Add a drop of red food coloring to give the cake a bright red color. 
  • Top the cooled red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting to make it taste more like real red velvet cake. 
  • You may be tempted to use a whole egg for this recipe. While you can do it, know that the cake won’t rise well if you add the yolk too. 

Storage instructions

Like all mug cakes, this red velvet mug cake is best enjoyed immediately. 

If you don’t eat the cake immediately, cover it and store it in the fridge for only a day. Reheat the cake in the microwave before eating it. 

mug cake red velvet.

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Frequently asked questions

Which flavor is best for red velvet cake?

Traditionally, red velvet cake is sweet with a hint of cocoa flavor. If you skip the cocoa powder, the cake will turn out to have a simple, sweet flavor. A dash of vanilla extract can be added to red velvet cake to make it taste better. 

red velvet mug cake recipe.

Red Velvet Mug Cake

5 from 12 votes
Made in just a couple of minutes, this red velvet mug cake is a quick and easy fix for when you need a sweet after-dinner treat or something to go with your coffee. And what makes this cake even better is that it’s healthy, and doesn’t contain gluten, and refined sugar. 
Servings: 1 mug cake
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 3 minutes


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon beet powder optional*
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 drop Drop red food coloring optional
  • 1-2 tablespoon chocolate chips optional


For the microwave version

  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the dairy free milk with the egg white (or flax egg) and whisk lightly. Add the mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Grease a large mug or deep bowl (I used a cereal bowl) generously and pour the batter in it. Stir through chocolate chips and microwave for 50 seconds-2 minutes (Depending on brand and wattage).

For the oven version

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease a large ramekin with oil and set aside.
  • Follow directions as above and once ready, bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.


Serving: 1mug cakeCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 7gFat: 16gSodium: 234mgPotassium: 1mgFiber: 7gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 176mgIron: 4mgNET CARBS: 24g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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