Single-Serving Coffee[cup]cake

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
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I wish I could claim ownership of this ingenious idea, but – alas – the credit goes to Jaime of Prudent Baby. Her Cup of Coffee Cake caught my attention a few months back, and I finally got around to making my own version.

I used my usual substitutions (applesauce for butter, whole wheat pastry flour for all-purpose, etc.) and was very pleased with the resulting coffee[cup]cake.

Here’s what you do (scroll down for full recipe):

Single-Serving Coffee[cup]cake

1. Grab an oven-safe coffee cup and stir together some applesauce and a bit of unrefined sugar in the bottom.

Single-Serving Coffee[cup]cake

2. Whisk in an egg white, some yogurt, vanilla extract, whole wheat pasty flour, and baking powder.

Single-Serving Coffee[cup]cake

3. Top coffee cake batter with a crumbly mixture of whole wheat pastry flour, canola oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Single-Serving Coffee[cup]cake

4. Bake until puffed and cooked through.

5. Dig in!

Soft vanilla cake topped with a cinnamony crumble portioned out into a single serving… so you can have coffee cake whenever you want!

Single-Serving Coffee[cup]cake
NameSingle-Serving Coffee Cupcake
Prep Time5 minutes
Cooking Time2 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Yield1 single-serving cupcake


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons brewed coffee, cooled


Prepare Your Mug

Choose a microwave-safe coffee mug for this recipe. It should be able to hold at least 10 ounces. Lightly grease the inside of the mug with a touch of oil or cooking spray.

Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Make sure the ingredients are well combined.

Combine the Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, mix the brewed coffee, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until well incorporated.

Mix It All Together

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until you have a smooth batter. Ensure there are no lumps, but be careful not to overmix.

Microwave Magic

Pour the batter into your prepared coffee mug. Microwave on high for about 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage, so keep a close eye on it. The cake should rise and become firm.

Prepare the Coffee Glaze

While the cupcake is cooling, prepare the coffee glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of brewed coffee until you have a smooth, pourable glaze. Adjust the coffee amount to achieve your desired consistency.

Glaze the Cupcake

Once the cupcake has cooled slightly, drizzle the coffee glaze over the top. Be generous if you love that coffee kick! Allow the glaze to set for a minute or two.

Enjoy Your Coffee Cupcake

Grab a fork or spoon and dig into your delightful single-serving coffee cupcake. The combination of the coffee-infused cake and sweet coffee glaze will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

This Single-Serving Coffee Cupcake is perfect for those moments when you want a little indulgence without making a full batch of cupcakes. It’s also great for impressing guests with a unique dessert idea. So, brew that cup of coffee and treat yourself to this heavenly single-serving delight!

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 27g
  • Protein: 1g

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