Red Velvet Mug Cake

On Tuesday, I started a new job and I’m really excited about it. It’s similar to my previous position (won’t bore you with details) but it’s a new opportunity and I’m looking forward to bigger and better things. But…let me tell you the real reason I’m so excited.

My previous building was in The Loop and there were about 50 restaurants inside and tons more within steps outside. Not to mention a Starbucks and a CVS. Almost daily I would find a reason to run down to CVS for a snack, or to Starbucks for a coffee.

Don’t even get me started on McFlurry Mondays. Or…I would pack a healthy lunch and let it sit in the fridge while I went out with friends everyday. Day after day after day! I probably gained 10 pounds in the 2 years I worked there. I have no self control. My new building is in the burbs where the convenience is less at my fingertips. Less temptation = dreams of a toned tummy.

Needless to say, the fact that Mug Cake Week coincides with my attempt to eat healthy and stop snacking is KILLING ME! I just finished a hot yoga class with my BFF Jen and ate a banana. Bleh!! But what I would give for a Red Velvet Mug Cake! Especially with a huge dollop of cream cheese frosting. Oh em gee. I think I’d give my right arm.

How to make Red Velvet Mug Cake

Mix everything up in the mug

1. Stir the ingredients up in a mug then pop in the microwave

Meanwhile cream together vanilla and cream cheese

2. Meanwhile, beat together vanilla and cream cheese

3. Then add the confectioners’ sugar. Cream cheese frosting is ready.

Here's the cake fresh out of the microwave

Here’s the cake fresh out of the…microwave

Cake at the ready :)

Cake at the ready 🙂

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Red Velvet Mug Cake

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 4 tbsp self-rising flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp red food coloring
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar


  • Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug.
  • Whisk well with a fork until smooth.
  • Microwave on high for 1½–3 minutes. (Time depends on microwave; ours took 1½ minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, add cream cheese and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add vanilla and confectioners’ sugar and beat until combined.
  • Top Mug Cake with cream cheese frosting.
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