Warming Christmas-Inspired Mug Cake

Warming Christmas-Inspired Mug Cake

Since moving back to Spain, I have tried my best to curb my sweet tooth. As a result, most days there’s not even a crumb of biscuits remaining.

However, there are times, when I am craving – no, dying – for something sweet and I just have to cave in. But with nothing in the house, how do you satisfy that sweet tooth craving?

My answer? Mug Cakes.


What are Mug Cakes?

Surprisingly, my partner had never even heard of mug cakes before so when I first mentioned it to him he wasn’t completely sold on the idea. If you, too, haven’t heard of Mug Cakes before then I highly recommend you take a look at some recipes. I will be listing a few of my favourites that I’ve tried as I explore the world of mug cakes myself.

One of my favourite cakes is, of course, a chocolate cake! Who doesn’t like a bit of chocolate cake?!  And since we had a tiny bit of (our favourite) Nutella leftover a few days back, I really wanted to see if I could incorporate this delicious hazelnut spread into a mug cake (having tried the traditional mug cake the week before!).

And then I thought, it’s nearly Christmas. Why not make a Christmas-inspired mug cake? So here it goes… my Warming Christmas-Inspired Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake…


The Recipe:

*TIP: Make sure you have a large mug on standby – and make sure it’s microwaveable!*


Cake Batter

1 egg

1 tbsp flour

2 tbsp (although it’s really up to you how big!) of Nutella

Dash of milk (for a more creamy mixture)


Baileys Icing

2 tbsp icing sugar

2 tsp Baileys Irish Liqueur

1 tsp butter


The Method:

The best thing about a mug cake is that you can do all your mixing in the mug that you’re going to eat out of. That means less washing up which is always a bonus!

Let’s start with the cake batter first…

  1. Crack in the egg and the flour into your favourite mug and whisk together using a fork.
  2. Add in the Nutella and fold in gently
  3. If you want to a more creamier mixture I’d recommend adding a dash of milk.
  4. Once fully mixed together and most of the lumps have been whisked away, place your mug and mixture into the microwave.
  5. Set the timer for one minute (for 800-900W microwaves. If you’re microwave 1200W then only set for 45 seconds.

*TIP: Keep an eye on your mixture as you’re cooking to watch out for overflow. To be honest, I do this anyway because I’m always impatient!*


Baileys Icing to Finish

Unfortunately, for this, you will need an extra bowl but it’s totally worth the effort!

  1. Add the two spoonfuls of icing sugar
  2. Add in a tiny square (teaspoon) of butter
  3. Pour in the two teaspoons of Baileys
  4. Mix all the ingredients together until you make the fluffy cake icing. It’s up to you whether you want to be fancy and pipe it on top or to just slab it on as I do!


Why not create your own Baileys ice cream? This is best served when your cake is still warm! I like to add plain vanilla on top and drizzle some Baileys on top for some boozy goodness.

Add your favourite toppings- my recommendations would be little squares of caramel or,if you want to feel at least a tiny bit healthier, add some strawberries or raspberries.

There you have. A nice little winter warmer for Christmas and when your sweet tooth is calling!