This Oreo mug cake is ready in a flash. With ground-up Oreos and a few pantry staples, it's easy to make and even easier to eat. Perfect with a scoop of ice cream of course!
You've probably seen the two-ingredient Oreo mug cake TikTok sensation. But does it taste any good? It's super easy I'll grant you that. Usually about six ground-up Oreos with about a quarter of a cup of milk and microwave for about a minute. The idea is the Oreos replace the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder you would get in a normal cake. In reality, you often end up with a flat cake, because there's nothing to make it rise and airy.
So I think we can do better. With a few extra ingredients from the pantry, you can elevate this simple mug cake to something that's still super simple and tastes great!
Tips and Tricks for making mug cakes
What sort of mug should I use?
A microwave-safe mug. Many mugs will say on the bottom if it's microwave safe. Most ceramic mugs are usually safe to use in the microwave but again check the bottom of the mug. Failing that make sure there are no metallic pictures or writing on the mug, metal and microwaves do not mix!
What size mug should I use?
This mug cake works best in a large mug, about 1 and ½ US cups (350mls). This gives the cake enough room to rise up and makes it less likely to spill out over the mug when cooking.
Where about in the microwave should I put the mug?
Believe it or not, the best place to put the mug is on the outer edge of the microwave plate. This helps avoid hot and cold spots on the microwave (because the mug moves around more in the microwave as it cooks) and gives a more evenly cooked mug cake. Don't believe me? You can read more about cooking food evenly in the microwave.
How to avoid a rubbery mug cake:
- Mix your ingredients well. The dry ingredients first, then add the wet and stir until it's all mixed in.
- Don't overcook your mug cake. Microwaves vary Hugely. Start with one minute, then check if there's any wet-looking batter on top and microwave for a bit longer if needed.
- Measure correctly - ideally, use proper measuring cups and spoons. They are cheap and will make a huge difference in your cooking and baking. Scoop and level flat ingredients, don't 'heap' them up on top of the spoon or cups.
- Don't cook two mug cakes at the same time. They won't cook or rise properly. Cook the first one, then the second.
Oreos: obviously for this Oreo mug cake. You could try replacing this with another cream-filled cookie if you like!
Self-raising flour: a little self-raising flour adds body and rising to this easy mug cake. If you don't have self-raising flour you can try replacing it with the same amount of all-purpose flour and ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder.
Cocoa powder: a little cocoa powder, either natural or dutch processed, whatever you have in the cupboard, adds to the chocolate flavor of this mug cake.
White sugar: a dash of white sugar adds some extra sweetness. White or castor sugar is best, but you could try using brown sugar too if that's what you have.
Milk: a little milk helps bind the mug cake. I use full-fat cow's milk because that's what I had, but you could try using reduce fat milk or even try making a dairy-free/vegan version with your favorite plant-based milk.
Oil: a mild-tasting oil is best such as canola or vegetable.
Vanilla extract: sometimes also called vanilla essence, depending on where you live. You can use either, or imitation vanilla essence, depending on your preference and budget.
How to make Oreo mug cake
Crush up the Oreos. I like to crush mine in a mortar and pestle, two or three cookies at a time because its fun to crush it up this way 🙂 You can also break the cookies up into pieces and blitz them in a food processor. Or for a very low-tech version, you can put them in a plastic bag on a chopping board, cover them with a tea towel, and bash (carefully) with a rolling pin or saucepan 🙂 Try and get the cookies into nice reasonably fine crumbs, like bread crumbs if you can.
Add the crushed Oreos to the mug with the rest of the dry ingredients, self-raising flour, cocoa powder, and sugar. Mix well with a spoon until it's all more or less evenly combined.
Add the milk and vanilla, then the oil. Mix well again.
Put the mug in the microwave towards the edge of the plate, not in the middle. Yes I know it sounds strange but trust me on this. Because of the way microwaves work you will get a more evenly cooked mug cake and help avoid hot/cold spots because the mug is moving around more in the microwave as it turns.
Microwave for one to one and a half minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave. I only have a 1000 w microwave so I find mine takes about a minute and a half. I recommend microwaving for one minute, checking to see if there's uncooked batter bubbling at the top of the cake. If there is pop it in for another ten to thirty seconds.
How to serve
Grab a spoon, top with some whipped cream or easy three-ingredient ice cream, and enjoy!
How to store
This mug cake is so quick and easy to whip up that it's best eaten freshly made when you want a quick and easy dessert.
Have you made this recipe? Tell me how it went in the comments below and tag me on Instagram so I can see your delicious creations! @keep_calm_and_eat_icecream
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Oreo Mug Cake
- Large mug (1& ½ US cups/350mls)
- 5 whole Oreos
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 2 & ½ tablespoons self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ¼ cup & 1 tablespoon (80mls) milk
- 1 & ½ teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence
- Crush up the oreos into a powder.
- Add the crushed up Oreos and other dry ingredients to the mug, cocoat powder, self raising flour and white sugar to the mug and mix well.
- Add the milk, vanilla essence and vegetable oil and mix well.
- Microwave on high for one to one and a half minutes, depending on the strenght of your microwave.
- Remove and tuck in!
- Make sure you use a microwave-safe mug!
- Mug size: use a large mug (1 & ½ US cups/350mls)
- Put the mug on the out edge of the microwave plate for evenly cooked mug cake
- Only cook one mug cake at a time. If you are making more than one, cook them one after the other.
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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