Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

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    A pumpkin spice mug cake recipe! Definitely quite a different flavor compared to my chocolate mug cake that is the most popular mug cake on my site!

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! Literally! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    Isn’t it funny when you get older and start “adulting,” your days off of work are to actually run additional errands that you couldn’t do on the weekend?

    I miss the days where when I took off work, I could actually enjoy the day off and just sit around and watch mindless TV and surf the web.

    Now, my days off are running to Costco because going on the weekend is asking to get into an accident or fight there.

    It is absolutely insane.

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! Literally! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    I usually don’t make anything pumpkin dessert until October but sometimes you just need a different mug cake flavor.

    I have FIVE mug cakes for you to choose from, so whatever mood you’re in, they’ll be sure to satisfy that sweet tooth!

    This pumpkin spice mug cake was one of my favorites because I really do love pumpkin season but I really try not to push pumpkin until October (or very close to October) but honestly, why not use pumpkin  year-round?

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! Literally! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    We topped ours off with a creamy vanilla bean ice cream and oh my goodness, it just sent this pumpkin spice mug cake over the top!!

    The warm center and the cold ice cream were just completely made for each other.

    It’s made to be devoured..it’s kind of like a single-serving pumpkin pie!

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! Literally! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    If you’re looking for more details about mug cakes, my original chocolate mug cake post has a lot of information that you should check out.

    I talk about what exactly a mug cake is and whether or not you can use an oven, and more.

    I also talk about why you shouldn’t use an egg in mug cakes!

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! Literally! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    If you aren’t feeling the pumpkin flavor, give these other mug cakes a try:

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! Literally! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com
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    Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

    Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall perfection...in a mug! 
    Prep Time: 2 mins
    Cook Time: 2 mins
    Total Time: 4 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1
    Calories: 329kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 tablespoon water


    • In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
    • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients. Whisk everything together until combined and no lumps remain.
    • Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug. Mine was a 14-ounce mug. You want enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
    • Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
    • Microwave mug cake for 1 minute and 10 seconds on high (PLEASE READ NOTES CAREFULLY BELOW)
    • Carefully remove from microwave, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and devour! Alternatively, you can use homemade salted caramel sauce too or whatever topping you want!


    Please note that ALL microwaves are different therefore can yield different results and can overcook this mug cake if you aren't careful. My microwave is 950 watts and I cooked mine on 100% power for 1 minute and 50 seconds. Knowing this information, it may help you better judge how long to cook yours for and at what power. If you feel that your batter is still too wet after 1 minute and 10 seconds, feel free to zap it a little longer.
    Yes, no eggs in this either. Eggs is what makes typical mug cakes spongey!
    **This recipe is specifically made for the microwave. I developed it for the microwave. I don't know cook time or temperature for an oven...I'd imagine it'd be a very quick cook time at a low temp., but since I didn't test the recipe for an oven, I cannot give specifics. Sorry!
    If you're looking for other variations of mug cakes, give these three a try:

    Chocolate Mug Cake
    Vanilla Mug CakeSalted Caramel Apple Spice Mug Cake
    Nutrition Facts
    Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 329 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16g25%
    Carbohydrates 43g14%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 20g22%
    Protein 4g8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate


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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    I have decided your new name is Queen of Mug Cakes. Every Single One you make looks perfect, and then you added pumpkin spice = <3. Pinned!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I have never made a mug cake, but I totally want to! I want to kick my family out of the house, watch scandal and eat pumpkin cake out of a mug. Yes. Thanks :)

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Loving Mug Cake Monday!! Pumpkin is a favourite, for sure.

  • Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen says:

    I LOVE mug cakes. And pumpkin. This could get dangerous.

  • Maria says:

    Perfect little dessert for fall!

  • Broma Bakery says:

    I’ve never seen a pumpkin mug cake! And the recipe is so easy, who’s to say you stop after one mug? Not me…

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Mug cakes are the best! Love this version for fall!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I was excited for the last mug cake but now I’m really excited for this one. Seriously. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I am crowning you the mug cake QUEEN. Seriously! In <3. PS. Missed you this weekend, but I know it was meant to be (the Chicago airport stuff was crazy). Rain check please!

    • Julie says:

      Raincheck for sure, lady!!!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Too fun!! I bet this is fantastic! Love!!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    I love your mug cakes!!! This one looks awesome. And I love your Olivia Pope wine glass, ha!

  • Rachel says:

    LOVE this! I have all of your mug cakes bookmarked to try, looks so good!

    Shaun and I watched HTGAWM and really loved it! I’m so excited for another great show from Shonda Rimes and to see where this season takes us – they set up SO much in just the first ep!

    • Julie says:

      Oh, I must watch it before this Thursday then!!

  • Marisa | Marisa Moore Nutrition says:

    Now I’m craving a trio of mug cakes… You are my official Mug Cake Go To Girl! Thanks! This one looks so comforting!

  • Cookin Canuck says:

    It sounds like you had the perfect lazy days! And I am loving your mug cakes. I agree with Erin – you deserve the crown!

  • Marisela | NomNom Kingdom says:

    I have never made a mug cake, and if I can have cake after 4 minutes I should definitely try to make this! It looks delish!

  • SherryB says:

    If this cake is as good as the others, oh my!
    We’re getting hooked on Madam Secretary and Scorpions (this is on tonight!) And Wow–what a cliffhanger on HTGAWM!!

    • Julie says:

      Ahhh I love/hate cliffhangers!! I must watch HTGAWM soon!!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    I always love when you post a quick mug cake recipe.

  • Gaby says:

    Love your mug cakes and this one sounds perfect right now!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    I’m making this tonight JW! Mug cakes are awesome :)

  • francesca says:

    ALL THE CUP-CAKES. they look awesome, always.

  • Matea says:

    Easy mug cakes like this one are very dangerous for me, a person with sweet *teeth*. I could make this and then use the rest of the can of pumpkin puree for pumpkin pie……a very dangerous and delicious idea!

  • Kelly says:

    I completely get what you mean about not rushing the seasonal delights! I want to savor autumn before we dive into the wild rush that is the Christmas season!

  • Kristin says:

    HaHa I started laughing with your “when things are seasonal, they shouldn’t be rushed” comment. Simply because I threw an internal hissy fit over the fact that stores have their full blown Christmas displays and junk out. I’m just breaking out the sweaters and stores are selling garland. I’ve kinda already started with the fall food though. I’ve been making chilis and squash dishes for the past two weeks. And now I will be adding this pumpkin spice mug cake to the list ;)

  • My Linh says:

    So I tried mugcakes once and it tasted horrible. Looking back, it was probably because the recipe wasn’t that good… However, this looks amazing! The cake looks só fluffy <33 Have to watch out tho': homemade delicious cake in just a few minutes? I'll be rolling instead of walking before the holidays have even started! ;)

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Sometimes you need a vacation day just to recharge! What a yummy mug cake for fall!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Bring on the mug cakes! I just might have to make this one to go with my big glass of wine this Thursday night for Scandal. ;)

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says:

    Love your mug cakes! My evening needs to include this cake!

  • Deborah says:

    Oh my – you and your mug cakes!! This is just too dangerous. This may be my favorite!

  • Phillip || SouthernFATTY.com says:

    Loooove a mug cake! I just made a batch of pumpkin spice, so this will be cake to make tonight!

  • Kathy says:

    I was so looking forward to this treat this evening but, sadly, it did not rise and the cake was very heavy. I followed the recipe correctly and it took 1 min. 50 sec. in the microwave to be done. Very disappointed.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Kathy! Sorry that happened! Is your baking powder fresh or has it been sitting for a while? Usually that’s why the cake doesn’t rise if the baking powder is old. Mine actually poofed up and then settled back down after I took it out of the microwave. Hopefully this is just a case of old baking powder!

  • Kathy says:

    I checked my bp and it was not outdated. It remains a mystery to me why the cake didn’t rise at all! Maybe I’ll try it again sometime since it’s such an easy recipe with minimal amounts of ingredients.

  • Kathleen says:

    Just tried pumpkin mug cake. Turned out great, will definitely try other flavors!

  • Emily says:

    I love this recipe, haven’t tried it but really want to. I’m limited by a dorm, however, and as I don’t do much cooking, I don’t want to buy pumpkin puree just for this mug cake. Can I substitute more pumpkin pie spice for the pumpkin puree? (by the way, if you haven’t seen How to Get Away With Murder already, it’s amazing)

    • Julie says:

      Hi Emily, unfortunately, you can’t substitute pumpkin pie spice for the pumpkin puree – it’s part of what will bind the batter together. I have a bunch of other recipes that use pumpkin puree that you could use your leftover for, but I’m not sure if a dorm has an oven or stove :\

  • Constance says:

    I’m squealing on the other side of this computer because I FINALLY FOUND A MUG CAKE THAT WORKS WITH GLUTEN FREE FLOUR! I haven’t had a cake that tastes this cake-like since- well, since I found out I was gluten intolerant. So happy! This is definitely a keeper, so thank you!

  • Lea Andersen says:

    Perfect for the coming halloween. I will prepare this, for sure. I like that it can be prepared any time of the day, especially to those moms out there that are dying to make their kids eat this healthy pumpkin. It’s very healthy, it’s rich in vital antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants, and it’s also low in calories.

    • Julie says:

      Definitely perfect for Halloween! Although, I wouldn’t exactly call this mug cake ‘healthy’ – it only has a teaspoon of pumpkin in it. It’s still considered a dessert, but I agree, I guess it’s one way to get pumpkin in their systems! I do have more pumpkin recipes that aren’t desserts and are savory – those are probably more healthy than this!

  • Linda says:

    I just made this mug cake and it turned out perfect! While it was “baking”, I whipped up a small cream cheese icing to put on top- I used 1/2 tsp butter, 1/2 T cream cheese, about 3 T powdered sugar, a few drops of vanilla and 1 tsp milk for the icing. It melted nicely on the cake and really made it into a decadent treat! Will definitely try your other mug cakes!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Tonya says:

    Just enjoyed my pumpkin spice mug cake. I think I’ll mix up and keep an extra batch of dry ingredients in the fridge along with the left over pumpkin, etc. for a quick fall sweet.
    Yummy and satisfied my sweet tooth. Autumn is the best part of the year! ❤?

  • Lily says:

    It’s a little hard to get pumpkin puree where I’m at. So, I just made this with yogurt as a substitute for the pumpkin and it was absolutely delicious!!! By not adding egg you get a much better texture in these mug cakes!

  • Wendy Parker says:

    I have an awful time NOT making the chocolate mug cake every night! I love, love the gooey, melty-chocolate landslide from the the chocolate chips when I spoon into the middle of this delicious treat! You, my dear, are a genius! Thank you

  • Yvonne says:

    Hello love, I’m in assisted living and have a small kitchenette so your ideas for mug desserts is right up my alley. The food here isn’t like home the freshness of my Veggies and seasonings are very limited so I thank for yourmug recipes and look forward to trying them.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      i’m so glad it’s helping you!

  • Melani Ricks says:

    Not really a comment, more a question…Can you use a milk alternative for the 2 tbsp milk? My sister is vegan and she would love this (pumpkin is life for her!)! Really hope you can answer this for me. Thank you in advance.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, absolutely! And comments section are for questions and the best place to ask so thank you for asking!

  • Simone Ramel-McKay says:

    I trust you tried this with more pumpkin puree. 1 tsp puree seems so little. I want to make a dozen of them, but am wondering if more puree would be more flavorful? Do you think I could add another tsp puree and leave out a tsp of milk? In other words, use 1 Tbsp and 2 tsps milk if I add more puree? I love a strong pumpkin flavor so would appreciate your assistance, thanks!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes, definitely feel free to doctor this up!

    • Tari says:

      I made this last night and it was delicious. I gave it 4 stars, only because of the tiny amount of pumpkin in the recipe. Like some other commenters, I didn’t want to open up a can of pumpkin purée for only 1 t, so I used applesuce instead (which was already opened.) I really want more pumpkin flavor, so I may try again with a little more pumpkin. I was going to sub out the same amount of the milk for additional pumpkin. I make all my baked goods with whole wheat pastry flour and it worked fine here. Simone, did you try adding more pumpkin? How much and did it turn out? I’ll check for Julie’s other pumpkin recipes to use up the can. I will definitely freeze some tiny amounts of the purée for future mug cakes.

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