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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 a mug! Literally! Recipe on

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 a mug! Literally! Recipe on

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 a mug! Literally! Recipe on

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’s kind of like a single-serving pumpkin pie!

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

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 a mug! Literally! Recipe on

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 a mug! Literally! Recipe on

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Pumpkin spice mug cake topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream is Fall a mug! 
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 mug cake
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon water

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  • 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!

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


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 329 kcal | Carbohydrates: 43 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 16 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 20 g

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake in a mug, mug cake


Recipe Rating

Simone Ramel-McKay

Sunday 10th of November 2019

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!


Friday 18th of November 2022

@Simone Ramel-McKay, If you're doing this for 12 do you mix the ingredients in a bowl and then measure measure individual portions into mugs before nuking? If so how much per mug and how long in microwave?


Monday 14th of September 2020

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.

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

yes, definitely feel free to doctor this up!

Melani Ricks

Thursday 8th of August 2019

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

Saturday 10th of August 2019

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


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

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

Sunday 14th of July 2019

i'm so glad it's helping you!

Wendy Parker

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

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


Tuesday 9th of October 2018

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!


Wednesday 10th of October 2018