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This Strawberry Mug Cake is light, moist, and oh-so-easy to make. You only need three ingredients! Enjoy light and fluffy strawberry cake in minutes.

Spoon digging into strawberry mug cake topped with whipped cream
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Yes, this is a three-ingredient mug cake – well, you also need water, but I’m guessing you already have that on hand! While mug cakes are usually all about being rich and decadent (like my original Chocolate Mug Cake or my more intense Dark Chocolate Mug Cake), sometimes you want a sweet dessert that’s a little bit lighter. This Strawberry Mug Cake fits the bill! It’s fresh and light, and instead of oil or butter, it’s made with applesauce. 

I also love that this mug cake is simple. You don’t even have to measure flour, sugar, and baking soda! That’s because it uses a box of strawberry cake mix. Scoop it out of the box, put it in your mug, and you’re good to go. You’ll have cake mix leftover, but that just means you’ll have it on hand in the pantry whenever a strawberry cake craving hits.

Spoonful of strawberry mug cake with diced strawberries


Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy strawberry mug cake:

  • Strawberry cake mix – I use Duncan Hines, but Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, or any other brand is fine.
  • Water
  • Applesauce – Or use ½ tablespoon of oil and 2 tablespoons of water as a substitute.
  • Fresh strawberries

Optional Garnishes

Take your mug cake to the next level by adding one or more of these toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Nutella
  • Strawberry cake filling
  • Sliced bananas
  • Mini chocolate chips


Not in the mood for strawberry? Check out my funfetti mug cake, peanut butter and chocolate mug cake, or plain ole vanilla mug cake!

Recipe Tips

This mug cake is a cinch to make, but here are a few additional tips and tricks:

  • About the applesauce. Use an unsweetened, plain, smooth applesauce—not chunky or flavored.
  • Cooking time. Microwaves can vary, so 1 minute is just a starting point. If the mug cake isn’t done after a minute, continue to cook in 15 second intervals.
  • Knowing when the cake is done. The top of the cake should be dry (I.e., the batter is baked, not liquid), but still moist. When you poke it, it should spring back. 
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Strawberry Mug Cake

This Strawberry Mug Cake is light, moist, and easy to whip up whenever you have a craving for cake!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 serving


  • 6 Tablespoons strawberry cake mix
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 Tablespoons apple sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon finely diced strawberries, patted dry
  • Optional garnishes: whipped cream, frosting, sprinkles, chocolate syrup
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  • Spray the inside of a microwave safe mug with non-stick spray (you want to use a mug that holds at least 8 ounces).
  • Add the cake mix, water, applesauce and diced strawberry to your mug.
    applesauce on top of strawberry cake mix in a white mug
  • Stir the ingredients together until smooth.
    a metal spoon mixes together strawberry cake mix and applesauce in a white mug
  • Cook in the microwave at full power for 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
    cooked strawberry mug cake in a white mug
  • Garnish with whip cream and more fresh strawberries (and whatever topping you want).


Serving: 1mug cake, Calories: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 77g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 600mg, Potassium: 45mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 47g

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