Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake


Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! Literally! Recipe on

Last week, I was deciding whether or not to take Thursday and Friday off work just for ‘me’ time since Jason was out of town. How could I say no to the temptation of not having to go to work? It was pure bliss and I’m so glad I did it. Although, the ‘me’ time I had wanted meant knocking out a bunch of recipes and doing blog work but since it was a rainy day on Thursday, I did everything but recipes. Darn weather completely foiled my plans of a productive day! I was just so lazy and I sat on the couch most of the day watching mindless TV and surfing the web on my laptop. Le sigh – some days, you just need that though! So I guess it wasn’t too much of a fail that I got to relax. :)

Oh, and then SCANDAL on Thursday night and my big Olivia Pope wine glass that I finally put to good use! I’m SO happy it’s back on!! I think it’s been a good 7 months since the last season (which, thinking about it – has 7 months really gone by that fast?!). What are tv shows are you excited about? I have The Voice and How To Get Away with Murder on DVR right now. I’m hoping HTGAWM is as good as Scandal because I’d love another show to get hooked on this Fall!

Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! Literally! Recipe on


Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! Literally! Recipe on


Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! Literally! Recipe on

Apparently it’s mug cake Monday’s around here! Last week, I gave you a salted caramel apple spice mug cake and today, in celebration that October is literally right around the corner, I’m giving you a pumpkin spice mug cake!! So now you have FOUR mug cakes 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) because I feel that when things are seasonal, they shouldn’t be rushed! I’m already so mad that I’m seeing Christmas items in stores. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy this mug cake. 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…so what are you waiting for? :)

Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! Literally! Recipe on


Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
4 mins

Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! 

Servings: 1
  • 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
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients. Whisk everything together until combined and no lumps remain.
  3. 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.
  4. Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
  5. Microwave mug cake for 1 minute and 10 seconds on high (PLEASE READ NOTES CAREFULLY BELOW)
  6. 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!
Recipe Notes

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



Posted on September 29, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 09/29/2014 at 7:40 am

    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!

  2. 09/29/2014 at 8:33 am

    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 :)

  3. 09/29/2014 at 8:46 am

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

  4. 09/29/2014 at 9:19 am

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

  5. 09/29/2014 at 9:33 am

    Perfect little dessert for fall!

  6. 09/29/2014 at 9:39 am

    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…

  7. 09/29/2014 at 9:42 am

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

  8. 09/29/2014 at 10:20 am

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

  9. 09/29/2014 at 10:22 am

    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
      09/29/2014 at 10:41 am

      Raincheck for sure, lady!!!

  10. 09/29/2014 at 10:31 am

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

  11. 09/29/2014 at 10:33 am

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

  12. 09/29/2014 at 10:41 am

    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
      09/29/2014 at 11:41 am

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

  13. 09/29/2014 at 11:08 am

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

  14. 09/29/2014 at 11:41 am

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

  15. 09/29/2014 at 12:00 pm

    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!

  16. SherryB
    09/29/2014 at 12:58 pm

    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
      09/29/2014 at 2:45 pm

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

  17. 09/29/2014 at 2:01 pm

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

  18. 09/29/2014 at 8:56 pm

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

  19. 09/29/2014 at 9:38 pm

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

  20. 09/30/2014 at 3:05 am

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

  21. 09/30/2014 at 8:38 am

    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!

  22. 09/30/2014 at 8:48 am

    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!

  23. 09/30/2014 at 12:35 pm

    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 ;)

  24. 09/30/2014 at 3:43 pm

    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! ;)

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

  26. 10/01/2014 at 8:48 am

    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. ;)

  27. 10/01/2014 at 9:41 am

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

  28. 10/01/2014 at 9:55 am

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

  29. 10/01/2014 at 2:47 pm

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

  30. Kathy
    10/08/2014 at 7:03 pm

    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
      10/09/2014 at 8:06 am

      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!

  31. Kathy
    10/09/2014 at 8:42 pm

    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.

  32. Kathleen
    10/10/2014 at 4:20 pm

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

  33. Emily
    10/10/2014 at 6:28 pm

    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
      10/11/2014 at 1:30 pm

      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 :\

  34. Constance
    10/26/2014 at 9:21 am

    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!

  35. 10/28/2014 at 10:04 pm

    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
      10/29/2014 at 9:53 am

      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!

  36. Linda
    11/12/2015 at 8:02 pm

    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!

  37. Tonya
    09/18/2018 at 2:44 pm

    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! ❤🍊

  38. Lily
    10/09/2018 at 12:15 pm

    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!

    • Julie
      10/10/2018 at 1:50 pm


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