Red Velvet Mug Cake*

Red Velvet Mug Cake: super moist with no egg! Recipe from

Remember when we all went crazy over that Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake? It may have taken me over a year, but I finally came up with a new flavor! RED VELVET.

Some people (cough cough — my mom) don’t love red velvet. I think those people are absolutely crazy. Slightly chocolatey cake, with a little tang to it, and in a bright fun color? I’m in, every time.

Red Velvet Mug Cake: super moist with no egg! Recipe from

Just like the version before, this mug cake takes just minutes to make in the microwave. It is just as moist as the cake before and of course still uses zero egg (spongy mug cake is the worst).

Oh and in the directions I say to mix the dry ingredients separately and then add them, because that is what you SHOULD do. But I just dump all the dry ingredients into the milk mixture at once and stir the batter a ton. It still works just fine. 😉


Red Velvet Mug Cake

Yield: 1 mug cake

Total Time: 5 minutes

Add Ins: I like to add white chocolate chips to mine. You could also add milk/dark chocolate chips depending on your mood! And for all you cream cheese addicts, add a tablespoon of cream cheese to the center of the batter.


  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 drops red food coloring, optional
  • powdered sugar for dusting on top, optional


In a large mug, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the milk and vinegar. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). Add to the milk mixture and add the vegetable oil and red food coloring. Whisk until smooth.

Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds. This recipe will rise and then deflate slightly since it's being cooked in the microwave. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately!


Good to the very last bite.

Red Velvet Mug Cake: super moist with no egg! Recipe from

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30 Responses to “Red Velvet Mug Cake”

  1. 1

    Denise @addicted2recipe — June 3, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I am definitely giving this a try ASAP.

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    Shira G — June 3, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    OBSESSED. LITERALLY. I can’t understand people who don’t like red velvet- what’s not to like?!?! It’s so neutral and unoffending! It’s like the middleman between chocolate and vanilla. Can’t wait to make this :)

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    Baby June — June 3, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    Looks delicious! Gotta love cakes that are ready in a minute. :) Will have to try this soon!

  4. 4

    amanda @ fake ginger — June 3, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with mug cakes lately! Definitely trying this one after the kids are in bed tonight!

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    Dena — June 5, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    I tried this last night. Only thing I did different was that I didn’t add the red food coloring. It was Awesome……….especially with some baileys frosting I had leftover all melting on top…. my daughter and I shared :) Thanks… Can’t wait to try the chocolate pb one.

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    Maria — June 5, 2014 @ 11:00 pm

    I tried this tonight and it was perfection!!! Thank you for making a mug cake that doesn’t suck…and that a single girl can make and not feel too guilty about! 😉

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    Dianna — June 6, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m one of the weird ones who is on your mom’s side! It’s not the flavor {I’m all about anything with any amount of chocolate & cream cheese frosting. Yum.} but I just can’t get past all that darn food coloring! I’d be totally into it without the red. I’ve also never actually tried to do the mug cake thing {gasp!!}, so I may give it a spin… minus the food coloring. haha!

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    Joanne — June 7, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Things just got very dangerous around here now that this red velvet mug cake is in my life! I see many a light night microwave adventure in my future.

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    Katie — June 9, 2014 @ 4:26 am

    My husband loves red velvet cake. I can see this making an appearance at our home soon!

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    Stephanie — June 9, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

    OMG!!! This looks like an absolute success, can’t wait to get home and try it!!! I see white stuff mixed in with the cake (not the powdered sugar) are those marshmallows, white chocolate chips or the milk and vinegar mixture?

    • Jessica replied: — July 1st, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

      Those are white chocolate chips! Like I said in the note, there are a few fun mix-ins to try! :-)

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — June 13, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    UGH! If only I wasn’t on a diet… Why can’t all the yummy things be calorie free?!!!! These look AMAZING.

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    jessica lynn — July 17, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    i love you for this. so glad you reposted it, because I’ve been craving red velvet lately.

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    Sitapa — August 16, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    first thing I saw this, I made it. I had to microwave it for 1 min 50 sec because my microwave a bit weaker than yours, but this turned out soooo goooood!

    It was moist and fluffy, and it actually tasted like red velvet! I actually went and made my own cream cheese frosting for this cake and put it on top after I finished it. (I really just did the frosting by eye and basic knowledge).

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m definitely trying it again

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    Salamanda — November 20, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    This turned out really well. We added cinnamon and a smidge vanilla to the cake portion and then topped it with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Valerie | bubbles and gold — December 1, 2014 @ 10:47 pm

    I subbed the vegetable oil with coconut and microwaved for an extra 10 seconds, and this is totally delicious!! And dangerous at 10pm.

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    Mohammad Junaid — January 3, 2015 @ 3:47 am

    Excellent cake base…. Just top it with melted kitkat…. It would be delecious…

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    Sarah M. — January 24, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

    I was craving red velvet and I couldn’t help but try this recipe. And god, is it good. After I microwaved it, I put it straight into a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was fantastic.

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    Jeandele — January 31, 2015 @ 2:22 am

    Literally the best mug cake I have ever made! Texture is perfect and that of red velvet.

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    Kena R — January 31, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

    hi!!! i have being a follower for so long no.. and this me i was looking if you have a great and amazing red velvet cake recipe, but you dont, specificalle for cake, i saw the mug and i will try it, andy ints??


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    It was my first time baking a cake and I thought it will be epic but it turns out good! Thanks for the recipe ^^ Yummmmeh.

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