This time of year I always have so many things I want to cook and bake, and it feels like I usually end up not having time to make at least one of them! Gingerbread cookies can definitely fall into that category, and although our family usually prioritizes making these, if we ever don't have time I still somehow squeeze some gingerbread in, because to me it really is one of the staple holiday flavors! Warm and perfectly spiced, anything gingerbread screams the most festive holiday flavor.
If that sounds anything like you, and if you end up running out of time to make cookies, or you just need some gingerbread flavor in your life ASAP, then this 5-minute gingerbread mug cake is exactly what you need! I've only tried a couple mug cakes before this one, and with the right combination of ingredients, they are fun, speedy, and extra delicious like this one.
This mug cake really is perfect for this time of year, and after having it, I'm convinced this mug cake might be my new favorite dessert, and here's why-
With the holiday season always flying by, that last reason is probably what makes this mug cake the most perfect to me. There's a good chance you might have all the ingredients for this dessert already in your pantry, so in just 5 minutes you can squeeze in one of the essential holiday flavors. Plus, your kitchen will instantly smell like gingerbread, which is definitely ideal.
You'll want to start off by grabbing a microwave-safe 12-ounce mug that is more wide than it is round, as this will help the cake bake more easily. I found a couple great and reasonably priced ones at Crate & Barrel, so if you're looking for more wide mugs I would definitely suggest checking there. Now in terms of combining the ingredients, you can stir them together in a separate bowl before pouring them into the mug if you like, but I find it easiest to combine them in the mug, which also means less dishes, which is always ideal. You'll start by grabbing the wet ingredients-
Once the wet ingredients are all whisked together, it's time to grab the dry ingredients. The dry ingredients are pretty much pantry staples and the essential gingerbread spices (cinnamon, ginger, and cloves). Here's what you'll need to add in next-
Add the above to the mug, and using the fork, stir until they're combined. I find that continuing to use the fork instead of grabbing a spoon helps really ensure the ingredients are well mixed. Make sure that everything is evenly combined and that it comes together into a unified batter, but try not to overmix as this could make the cake tough.
Mug cakes can sometimes get a bad reputation due to the fact that if they don't have the right combination of ingredients, or if they're microwaved for too long, they can be dense and nothing like a classic cake that we all know and love. In addition to having the right ingredients and microwave time, a great tip to ensure the cake is moist, and the top doesn't become too tough, is to add on 1 tablespoon of water after mixing all the other ingredients and before microwaving. You'll just want to pour it on top, and not mix it in, and although this might seem strange, it makes the cake perfectly spongy and delicious!
Once topped with the water, this cake is ready to be popped in the microwave, for just 1 minute and 45 seconds. Although it might not seem like a big difference, I tried microwaving it for 2 minutes at first, which definitely made it a tad overbaked. To ensure the most delicious and dare I say *moist* bite, you'll want to make sure not to overbake this mug cake.
After your mug cake is perfectly baked, pop it out of the microwave and immediately top with a big old scoop of vanilla ice cream, which pairs perfectly with the spiced flavors of this cake. It will be nice and warm right when you take it out of the microwave, so the ice cream will melt a little and it will truly look beyond heavenly. To ensure it's as stunning as possible, you can sprinkle the ice cream with an extra dash of cinnamon.
Grab a spoon and dig in, enjoying each warm, soft, spiced, holiday bite. Trust me after one bite, this 5-minute dessert will be a staple when you're craving one of your favorite holiday flavors.
If you're looking for another mug cake, make sure to give this Loaded Peanut Butter Banana Mug Cake a try!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute 45 seconds
Total Time: 5 minutes (rounded)
This 5-minute gingerbread mug cake is warm, perfectly spiced, tastes just like your favorite holiday cookie, and is extra delicious topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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