Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake

by Erin

Want cake but don’t want the whole thing? Try this red velvet mug cake that’s dressed up for Christmas!

Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”. Check out all the special treats today:

The amount of baking that occurs during the month of December can become quite ridiculous. With all the cookies, bars, and candy being made, sometimes it’s nice to whip something up that serves just one or two people. And that doesn’t mean that is has to be something boring or plain either. Go ahead and make yourself a red velvet mug cake with green cream cheese frosting! Don’t forget the sprinkles.

This recipe can serve one in an over-sized mug or two by using smaller mugs or ramekins. I decided to ration my red velvet into two portions – one now and one later. And by later I mean a few hours later. That still counts as portion control, right? Therefore I can still rationalize eating a couple of those extra cookies lying around ;-).

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Serves 1-2



4 Tbsp all-purpose flour

4-1/2 Tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1-1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

3 Tbsp oil

3 Tbsp buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 tsp red food coloring


2 Tbsp (1 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Green food coloring

Festive sprinkles, for topping


  1. Mix all the ingredients together into an over-sized mug using a fork or small whisk until batter is smooth (OR divide into two ramekins). Cook in microwave for about 1 min 30 seconds. It might need an additional 30 seconds but be careful not to overcook. Cool.
  2. For frosting, combine all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cake and top with sprinkles.

Source: Adapted slightly from My Happy Place.

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danelle December 27, 2012 - 8:32 am

This is a great way to use up all those mismatched Christmas mugs you get as a gift…you know the ones that come with hot chocolate or Christmas candy in them :)

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 6, 2012 - 6:45 pm

I love this idea! Never heard of a mug cake before :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 6, 2012 - 11:52 am

I need anything with portion control in December. Love these festive cakes!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 6, 2012 - 12:34 am

I need to get on the mug cake bandwagon!

Tracey December 5, 2012 - 7:31 pm

I *still* haven’t tried a mug cake despite the fact that they’ve been on my to-do list for ages. Maybe because I know once I try and see how easy it is I won’t be able to stop :) These are so festive and fun for the holidays!

spiffycookie December 6, 2012 - 10:14 am

Get on it! You won’t be able to stop :-)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 5, 2012 - 5:49 pm

I love it and the sprinkles are top are so festive!! Perfect for after dinner!

Becca from It's Yummilicious December 5, 2012 - 5:49 pm

There’s only one teensy tiny problem with your portion control idea, Erin. This dessert is too simple to make and WAY too easy to make, so I’ll end up making it like 20 times a day. 20 minutes of pure bliss, but 20 fatten my thigh moments to be sure :)

spiffycookie December 6, 2012 - 10:13 am

Haha they are dangerous!

carrian December 5, 2012 - 3:12 pm

These cakes are so cute and festive! I’m all about a mug cake.

Liz December 5, 2012 - 1:01 pm

These look so festive and delish!

Kim Bee December 5, 2012 - 9:47 am

This is so cute. I love the idea of making just what you’re going to need. I find we end up with too much stuff in the house during the holidays. I need to make a note to try this one night when I’m home alone watching a flick and am in need of a great snack.

Ramona December 5, 2012 - 9:35 am

I just started having fun with mug cakes and now I’m obsessed with them. I definitely trying this one out. :) Happy Day #3!!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 5, 2012 - 8:38 am

I love that fork!!

spiffycookie December 5, 2012 - 8:39 am

World Market ;-)

Heather @girlichef December 5, 2012 - 8:03 am

mmmmm….love red velvet!

Kristen December 5, 2012 - 7:35 am

I love easy mug cakes like this. The frosting and sprinkles are a great touch.

Villy @ For the love of Feeding December 5, 2012 - 7:31 am

Ohhh looks so festive!!

Cathy W December 5, 2012 - 6:57 am

I’m going to try this tonight, since I’ve given away all of my Christmas treats already. ;-) Very festive and easy!

baker street December 5, 2012 - 5:47 am

Mug cakes are the best and this one looks unbelievably yum!!

Emily @ Life on Food December 5, 2012 - 5:40 am

Oh yes please! What fun mug cakes are, and I have never see red velvet.


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