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Easy Pancake in a Mug (90-second Microwave recipe)

Do you rush through busy mornings, struggling for a decent breakfast? Well, fret no more because I have the perfect solution: Easy Pancake in a Mug! This 90-second microwave recipe is here to rescue you with a fluffy pancake that’s ready in a flash for your quick breakfast fix.

Easy Pancake in a Mug Recipe

Say goodbye to morning chaos and hello to a delicious start to your day!

Ingredients you’ll need for this Pancake Mug Recipe

Here’s how these basic ingredients come together to make this Easy Pancake in a Mug:

1. All-purpose flour. Provides the base for our pancake batter, giving it structure and texture. 

2. Baking powder. Helps the pancake to rise and become fluffy when microwaved, making it light and airy.

3. Granulated sugar. Adds a touch of sweetness to the batter, making the pancake delicious without being overpowering.

4. Milk. Adds moisture to the batter, ensuring the pancake turns out tender and not dry.

5. Unsalted butter. Melts into the batter, adding richness and flavor to our pancake while also helping to prevent it from sticking to the mug.

Take a look at the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full instructions and recipe.

Add-ins and Substitutions for this Pancake Mug Cake

You can customize your Easy Pancake in a Mug recipe with simple ingredients as add-ins or substitutions to suit your taste preferences. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it:

  • Dairy-free Pancake: Replace regular milk with your favorite dairy-free alternative such as almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Also, substitute the melted butter with dairy-free margarine or coconut oil. Make sure it’s melted before adding it to the batter.
  • Lemon pancake: Add  a teaspoon of lemon juice and a bit of lemon zest for a lemon pancake
  • Protein Pancake: Add 1 teaspoon of protein powder for extra protein.
  • Chocolate chips: Stir in a handful of chocolate chips for chocolate chip pancakes.
  • Fresh fruit: Add fresh berries, or fresh fruit to the batter for a fruity twist.
  • Vanilla extract: Enhance the flavor with a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg: Sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm and cozy flavor.
  • Maple syrup: Drizzle maple syrup over the finished pancake for extra sweetness.
  • Nut butter: Swirl in a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter for a protein boost and nutty flavor.
Easy Pancake in a Mug (90-second Microwave recipe)

How to make this Easy pancake in a mug recipe (with how-to images)

To prepare this simple recipe, combine the dry ingredients in your coffee mug and set them aside.

Next, in a small bowl, microwave butter with milk for a few seconds until butter is fully melted. Make sure the mixture doesn’t boil or overheat.

Combine the liquid ingredients with the dry ones in the coffee cup, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix and make sure there are no dry spots left at the bottom of the mug. Let the batter rest for 2 minutes.

Microwave the mixture at full power for 1.5 minutes, checking for doneness. If needed, microwave for additional time.

Once cooked, enjoy your warm pancake in a mug with your favorite toppings!

Expert Tips for this Mug Pancake Recipe

Here are some expert tips to help you perfect your Easy Pancake in a Mug recipe. Follow them all for a better result.

  1. Use a microwave-safe mug: Ensure that the mug you use is microwave-safe to prevent any accidents or damage.
  2. Don’t overmix: Avoid overmixing the batter as it can make the pancake gummy. Instead, gently mix the ingredients until just combined for a fluffy texture.
  3. Let it rest: Allow the pancake batter to rest for about 2 minutes before microwaving. Allowing the batter to rest helps the ingredients hydrate and blend together, resulting in a smoother texture and better overall consistency in your pancake.
  4. Adjust microwave time: Microwave ovens vary in power, so adjust the cook time accordingly based on the wattage of your microwave. If your pancake is not fully cooked, microwave it for more time.
Easy Pancake in a Mug (90-second Microwave recipe)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but note that it may result in a denser texture.

Can I make this recipe without baking powder?

Baking powder helps the pancake to rise and become fluffy, so omitting it may result in a denser pancake. However, you can try using a combination of baking soda and an acidic ingredient like lemon juice or vinegar as a substitute.

Can I use a different sweetener instead of granulated sugar?

Yes, you can use alternative sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup, but keep in mind that they may alter the flavor slightly.

Can I cook multiple pancakes in mugs at the same time?

It’s best to cook one pancake in a mug at a time to ensure even cooking and optimal results.

Can I use a large mug and double the recipe?

Absolutely! Doubling the recipe in a bigger mug is doable. Just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Microwave for 2 minutes with an additional 15 seconds at full power, -instead of 1.5 minutes- or until the pancake is fully cooked.

Can I refrigerate the batter and cook it later?

It’s best to cook the pancake batter immediately after preparing it for the best results. Refrigerating the batter may affect the texture and consistency of the pancake.

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Easy Pancake in a Mug (90-second Microwave recipe)

Do you rush through busy mornings, struggling for a decent breakfast? Well, fret no more because I have the perfect solution: Easy Pancake in a Mug! This 90-second microwave recipe is here to rescue you with a fluffy pancake that's ready in a flash for your quick breakfast fix. Say goodbye to morning chaos and hello to a delicious start to your day!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Pancake in a Mug (90-second Microwave recipe), mug pancake recipe, pancake in a mug recipe, pancake mug cake, sweet fix baker
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Maria Corcuera

Equipment

  • 1 microwave
  • 1 microwave-safe mug

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons full-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Combine the dry ingredients in your coffee mug and set them aside.
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • In a small bowl, microwave butter with milk for a few seconds until butter is fully melted. Make sure the mixture doesn't boil or overheat.
    3 tablespoons full-fat milk, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Combine the liquid ingredients with the dry ones in the coffee cup, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix and make sure there are no dry spots left at the bottom of the mug. Let the batter rest for 2 minutes.
  • Microwave the mixture at full power for 1.5 minutes, checking for doneness. If needed, microwave for additional time.
    Once cooked, enjoy your warm pancake in a mug with your favorite toppings!

Notes

Expert Tips:

  1. Use a microwave-safe mug: Ensure that the mug you use is microwave-safe to prevent any accidents or damage.
  2. Don’t overmix: Avoid overmixing the batter as it can make the pancake gummy. Instead, gently mix the ingredients until just combined for a fluffy texture.
  3. Let it rest: Allow the pancake batter to rest for about 2 minutes before microwaving. Allowing the batter to rest helps the ingredients hydrate and blend together, resulting in a smoother texture and better overall consistency in your pancake.
  4. Adjust microwave time: Microwave ovens vary in power, so adjust the cook time accordingly based on the wattage of your microwave. If your pancake is not fully cooked, microwave it for more time.

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