Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake and a cookbook Giveaway

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake / Patty's FoodYesterday we came home from 2 amazing weeks exploring Andalusia, Spain and I know I’ve been neglecting my blog but soon I will have some wonderful photos and recipes to share from our road trip adventure in the south of Spain.  What seems like months ago -before we left for vacation,  I prepared these fun pumpkin spice mug cakes from a cook book called Mug Cakes-100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy your sweet tooth by Leslie Bilderback.  I was given a copy of this cook book to review and another one to give away to one of my lucky readers that lives in the USA.

Being that we in the Northern Hemisphere are officially in ‘pumpkin baking season’ I selected the pumpkin spice cake as the recipe I wanted to share for my review of this creative fun cook book.  I like having my copy of Mug Cakes on hand as a resource for those moments when my sweet tooth requires quick satisfaction and I don’t want to have an entire cake on my kitchen counter for days -that’s just asking for trouble!  I also think this book would make a thoughtful gift or hostess gift for the holiday season.

I was curious to bake a cake in my microwave, mostly curious about the texture of the cake.  Would it come out tender or be more on the tougher side?  The recipes make 2 small mug cakes or 1 more generous mug cake, just the right amount for an individual or a small family, very small -like 2 people, which in my case is just perfect!

I left my mug cakes, except for a sprinkling of chopped toasted walnuts, for the most part unadorned.  In addition to some really good looking small cakes -Mug Cakes shares all kinds of ideas for toppings and garnishes, in fact that is the name of the last chapter in the book.  Next time I bake a mug cake I would add a small scoop of ice cream on top, maybe one of those special holiday flavors, like pumpkin spice or even a good vanilla bean vanilla.

Anyway, getting back to the texture of the cake, even a very small one, baked in a microwave -how was it?  I have to admit that when I beat together all the ingredients, divided the batter up between the 2 mugs, placed them into the microwave, turned it on for approximately 1 1/2 minutes and observed my cakes rising out of their mugs I became almost giddy with excitement at the gratification of creating such an instant home baked mug cake experiment/ experience that again I forgot all about my worries about the cake’s texture from baking in a microwave.  This is chemistry in action right in front of your nose through the glass window of your microwave.

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake / Patty's FoodThe verdict -pumpkin spice mug cakes baked in a microwave should be eaten warm as soon as possible as the texture does become slightly rubbery as they cool, but not to worry -the leftover cake is wonderful smeared with almond butter for breakfast and very good with a cup of strong coffee.  I have the red velvet, caramel-fleur de sel, and root beer float mug cake on my ‘mug cakes to make list’ and there are so many more in the book that sound good.  If you are interested in a chance to win a copy of Mug Cakes-100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy your sweet tooth just leave a comment on this post and one lucky person will be selected and sent a book.Pumpkin Spice Mug Cakes / Patty's Food

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Yield: 2 mug cakes

Recipe from Mug Cakes, 100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy your sweet tooth by Leslie Bilderback.


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons (1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons) self-rising flour
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/8 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and a very tiny pinch of clove)
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped, plus extra if you want to sprinkle on tops


  1. In a large mug or small bowl, whisk together the egg and pumpkin puree with a fork.
  2. Stir in the milk,vanilla and sugar.
  3. Add the flour, salt and spices.
  4. Beat the batter until smooth.
  5. Stir in the nuts.
  6. Microwave the cakes separately for about 1&1/2 minutes, until risen and firm to the touch.
  7. Topping ideas: Whipped cream, caramel sauce, candied walnuts or dried cranberries.

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  1. There is no better season than pumpkin season! I would love to try out all of these mug cake recipes!!

  2. Darcey Fitrakis says:

    I have not tried this one but I like the chocolate lava cake in a cup!

  3. What a great idea. And they look delicious!

  4. What a fun dessert concept! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I admit I haven’t had good luck making cake in the microwave before. However, I love pumpkin so I think I’ll give these a try.

  6. I would love to have this! I’m always looking for recipes that aren’t too time consuming

  7. Can’t wait to read and see photos of your trip. What a great way to have just a little dessert when you want instead of the whole pan. This cookbook would be perfect for my daughter in college. She is liking to cook which is amazing because I was so bummed when she lived at home she never wanted to cook or help but now she is trying out all kinds of things and it makes me so happy :) Fingers crossed this book for her :)

  8. I love mug cakes. They’re so fast and easy to make when you’re feeling lazy. And this one looks wonderful. I’ll definitely have to try it soon.

  9. Looks good. This cookbook would be a great surprise for my daughters; they particularly love making mug-cakes!

  10. What a fun sounding book! I love the simple mug cakes, so this would really expand the treat horizon. With two girls in college, this book would be loved by all.

  11. This is a perfect dessert for the season., Patty. The book looks very interesting.

  12. What a great idea. I love mug cakes and it’s fun to have individual servings and not a whole cake to worry about.

  13. I’ve already started a “mug me” board on pinterest! lol. Nothing like a little warm self indulgence! Love it.

  14. Welcome back, Patty! My daughter is the mug cake baker at our house. She has found some pretty good recipes online lately. She prefers chocolate flavored ones, but I would like your pumpkin mug cake with my coffee for breakfast!

  15. I haven’t tried making a mug cake and wondered about the possibility of sweet cups of delight for an afternoon treat! One of my thoughts was to take the filled but unbaked mugs to my mom’s when I visit (she lives nearby). Then I could quickly make a cake while visiting to share while we enjoy a pot of tea!

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip to Spain!

  16. These all look SO delicious!

  17. Welcome back from your trip, Patty! These are just the cutest cakes, I love the instant gratification of using the microwave for whenever a craving strikes! :)

  18. So glad you are back. I bet it was amazing from what I saw on IG. I haven’t tried a cake in the micro yet, but I just had pumpkin today and am ready for more. Hope you are all rested up, I had a busy last couple of weeks but am trying to get back on schedule.

  19. What a fun giveaway! And what a fun way to make a quick and easy dessert! This looks so good Patty! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see photos of Spain!

  20. Having a pumpkin mug cake in such a short time is definitely worth it, especially if you have to eat it warm! Who can say no to that? Wow Andalucía! Love it

  21. How sweet is this sweet pumpkin treat. can’t wait to try it!!! No fuss, no muss and no crumbs when serving an individual serving!! Thanks Patty.

  22. Welcome home!!! I’m so eager to hear and see your trip to Spain, one of my favorite countries, though I haven’t been there in some 20 years.
    And now the mug cake… I have a certain 14 year old girls who would be giddy with excitement at the scene you described!!! She’s really making headway at learning to bake and cook this year, but we have yet to incorporate the microwave. Mugs, though?? She’s all over that! Amazing how she does presentation. I haven’t heard of this book, but it looks to be a fabulous Christmas gift for her!!

  23. Welcome home Patti!
    Love the idea of mug cakes, it’s always great to have something good to make on a whim! The pumpkin sounds so good, I’ve been on a pumpkin kick lately I keep using part of a can and then have to come up with an idea to use the rest of it. Then I start all over again ……….

  24. You have been a world traveler lately – love seeing your adventures on Instagram! Looking forward to the new posts. Cleaver idea to make a cake in a mug. I love me some pumpkin – so you made one heck of a great choice! :-)

  25. Yay! Patty’s back.
    It’s been fun watching all your travel pictures, though :-)
    I don’t know if I have ever made a cake in the microwave – although I remember it being kind of a big thing when I was growing up and microwaves were just starting to become popular.

  26. Welcome back, Patty! I’ve really enjoyed your travel pics on IG, especially southern Spain. We had considered traveling there this year again before deciding to go back to the same place. Hope to be able to experience that part of Spain one day; it was very nice to see it through your pictures.

    I’ve never made a mug cake before but I love the idea of a quick sweet fix and the personal size serving. Your pictures are beautiful!

  27. What lovely little treats! Looking forward to seeing your pictures from Spain.

  28. Delicious! I have never made a mug cake but I really should try.

  29. Christina M says:

    I LOVE mug cakes! I make a quick smores mug cake that is to die for!!!

  30. Who can resist cake in a pretty mug. Just looking at the cover of the cookbook brings a smile to my face. I have already printed off the recipe for the pumpkin cake and will be making it tonight. What a better way to finish off a long day but with a warm pumpkin cake and hot tea. :) I do hope to win the cookbook.

  31. Welcome home, Patty! Boy, you’ve been on the go all fall! Your pumpkin mug cakes sound delish! I’d love to bake my way through this cookbook :)

  32. These look so fun to make and would be ideal to prepare with your kids or grandchildren. Also, great to have a pumpkin cake you can make just for yourself! I’ve always been intrigued by mug cakes and would love to have the cookbook!

    Looking forward to your posts on your trip to Andalusia Spain…sounds exciting.

  33. What a perfect little surprise in a mug!

  34. Ive made a brownie in a mug…had no idea there were so many different options. My girls and I would have a blast trying these recipes. Pick me!

  35. Wow, how exciting that you were in Spain! Would love to hear more about that. This mug cake looks devine – who knew there was a whole book on mug cakes? Great idea.

  36. Debbie Jackson says:

    The recipes look fabulous
    roddjackson at hotmail dot com

  37. I’ve never baked a cake in my microwave! Sounds interesting. Beautiful photo Patty and welcome back from your travels.

  38. Great idea, and just enough to satisfy the sweet tooth. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve ended up throwing away cake because it was sadly ignored.

  39. How fun. I’ve never baked anything in a mug. What a great idea and your spice cakes with the ginger and nutmeg sound fantastic. Gosh, we would love to visit Spain. We keep threatening when we go to Provence, but so far it hasn’t happened.

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

  40. Mug cakes are my weakness!! Love this cute little book and that pumpkin spice mug cake is so drool-worthy :D

  41. I can’t wait to hear about your trip to Spain, it is such a gorgeous place! These little cakes look wonderful. I love single serving desserts!

  42. Patty, Sorry I missed these! Sometimes the days go by way too fast! They look like a perfect treat when you are craving something sweet! Welcome home! You certainly are a world traveler! Looking forward to the pictures!

  43. Could not wait to try this Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake. I love anything pumpkin. It’s the first time I tried making a cake in a mug in the microwave. Tried it and loved it!!!!! I like to bake and try new recipes but they are too much for two people. I like the idea of making individual desserts so I can bake something different every couple of days so we’re not eating the same thing for a week. I’d like to purchase one so I can start making other “Mug Cakes” for family and friends. I think I might even have several ingredients available for different Mug Cakes and let my friends make whichever cake they feel like eating!!!


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