Sugar- and Dairy-Free Snickerdoodle Mug Cake Recipe

Monday, March 27, 2017

I mentioned on Instagram the other night that I had perfected my Snickerdoodle Mug Cake recipe, and got a few requests to share my concoction! (I mean, you don't have to ask me twice.)

I love mug cakes. Like hardcore love them, because it means I can have a very swaddle-able dessert, perfect for cosying in bed with, while you watch an episode of your favorite TV show (betcha can't guess mine? ;) or read a nice, thick book. I love that they're easy and require basically no cleanup at all. (Make sure you soak your mug immediately after you finish, dried cake-bits is a real pain in the backside, not gonna lie.)

But what I don't love about most mug-cake recipes is that they have both sugar and dairy involved, two things I routinely avoid. Does that stop me? Nah.

Introducing the Snickerdoodle Mug Cake, made with love and without sugar or dairy. Don't believe me? Try it.

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-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
-1/4 cup of flour
-1.5 tablespoons [preferably local] honey
-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon*
-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-3 tablespoons of water**

1. The first time I attempted this, I whisked in the flour at the end. Mistake! I had lumps of flour in the final batter. Not yummy!
Instead, melt the coconut oil in your mug of choice (something medium-sized and more wide is the best, in my opinion), and then whisk in the flour. It should create a thick, creamy texture.
2. Add your honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. At this point, your batter should be pretty stiff/thick/paste-y.
3. Add the water, whisk until smooth. Be careful, because it's pretty easy to go overboard here! The final consistency should be like pancake batter: not too thick, but not watery either.
4. Microwave for approximately 2 minutes.
5. Cool for at least 5 minutes (These things are piping hot. Be careful.)

*I like a lot of cinnamon, as a warning. You may wish to adjust accordingly. ;)

**You can use unsweetened almond milk too; it definitely gives the cake a fuller flavor, but I know some people dislike the almondy-taste. I use water, simply because don't always have almond milk on hand, and have found it's perfectly good as an alternative. :)

***It should be noted that, though I've tried to make Brownie Mug Cake too, it's a little harder to accomplish that true chocolate gooeyness without sugar or dairy. I can go without one or the other, but as of yet have not succeeded sans both. Any tips? Share your knowledge, please!

And you're all set for a cosy night in! This mug cake has become such a staple, I probably make at least one a week...oops. And how can you not, when it's so tasty, and relatively healthy?

Let me know if you try it, and what your thoughts are! 
Happy Monday!


  1. That looks delicious! I know what I'll have for dessert tonight :) (Hopefully it will work with GF flour...).

    - Dottie

    1. Oo, you'll have to let me know how that turns out, Dottie! :)

  2. I wish I was home so I could whip this up!

    1. I wish I could send you one through the mail somehow! ^.^

  3. What can I say but THANK YOU! I made snickerdoodles freshman year, but the butter and sugar really caught up with us.

    I cannot wait to try this out! Cinnamon is my favorite flavor in the universe, so I'll definitely put the full amount. I mean, what's snickerdoodle without cinnamon?

    As for chocolate cake in a mug, here is my go-to recipe. Delish!

    2 TBS almond butter
    2 TBS maple syrup or honey
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 TBS cocoa powder
    Dash of salt

    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Madeline! And thanks in return for the brownie mug cake recipe - I'll have to give it a whirl this week! :)

    2. Oh yeah, and I forgot to put the cooking time. 45-60 seconds in the microwave on high.

    3. Also, it makes a lot, so I usually make it in a bowl with tall sides.

  4. I have a realllllly good chocolate cake/brownie in a mug! I wrote it down inside my writing book as an editing treat years ago and still periodically make it. That one is gluten free too. ^.^ Thanks for this recipe! Saving it!

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Rachel! And if you feel like dropping that bomb chocolate/brownie mug cake recipe anywhere, you know where to find me... ;D


  5. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Carmel! I'm currently giving up sugar for lent, and the other day I was just dying for something hot and sweet. I quickly whipped this up, and it perfectly hit the spot! My day was made x) And as I write this, I may possibly by indulging in another one...


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