Carrot Mug Cake

carrot mug cake with cream cheese frosting

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This Carrot Mug Cake uses only a few simple ingredients including fresh grated carrots and cooks right in the microwave. Top the moist carrot cake with a dollop of cream cheese frosting for a delicious single serving dessert. 


Carrot Mug Cake

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or other neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix Dry Ingredients - Add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt) to a mug and stir to combine.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients - Add the wet ingredients (oil, milk, vanilla) to the dry and stir to combine. Fold in the grated carrots to combine.
  3. 'Bake' in the Microwave - Cook the mug in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. The cake is done when it is just set and still slightly sticky, but not wet, when you touch the top. Do not over cook it or it will dry out.
  4. Frost - If using, mix up the Cream cheese frosting. You can soften the cream cheese in the microwave so that you can easily mix up with a fork. No mixer needed.
  5. Enjoy - Dollop the cream cheese frosting on top of the cake and enjoy immediately.


Do NOT use the store-bought shredded carrots for this recipe. They are too large and are too dry. Use the fine shred option on your box grater to quickly grate up the carrot.


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