Easy Pumpkin Mug Cake

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes
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Make this amazingly easy and delicious Pumpkin Mug Cake recipe in just 5 minutes, with only 5 ingredients! This rich, moist, and tender spiced cake in a cup is the perfect fall dessert.

Pumpkin Mug cake set on a white plate topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

Craving a sweet pumpkin dessert but don’t want an entire pumpkin cake or batch of pumpkin muffins in your house?

I TOTALLY GET IT. I have zero control when it comes to desserts taunting me from the kitchen. 

That’s where this incredibly easy Pumpkin Mug Cake comes in super handy. 

Not only is it delicious, but it takes 5 minutes from start to finish to whip together.

Top it with a dollop of whipped cream or even a drizzle of caramel and prepare to fall in love!

Photo showing ingredients to make homemade pumpkin spice

Pumpkin Mug Cake Ingredients

  • vanilla cake mix (white or spiced cake mix also work!)
  • canned pumpkin puree
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • milk
  • vegetable oil

This mug cake recipe does not need any eggs – making it the perfect easy cake in a cup with a great egg free texture.

The milk can be swapped for water or almond/coconut milk as needed. 

You can also replace the pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon if that’s what you have on hand! It’s just as tasty!

Pumpkin Mug cake set on a white plate topped with whipped cream and cinnamon

With all the pumpkin love in this house, it should be no surprise that I have spent the last 3 weeks trying to create the best pumpkin mug cake, ever.

I have now tried 9 recipe combinations (for purely scientific reasons – of course) and this is by far the best version I keep coming back to.

Once you try this Pumpkin Mug Cake, you are probably going to want to make it every single night…consider this your warning. 😉

Landscape photo of pumpkin mug cake.
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Yield: 1 mug cake

Pumpkin Mug Cake

This spiced pumpkin mug cake recipe is a 5-minute microwave dessert that's just as fluffy and spiced as your favorite fall desserts.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time4 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons vanilla cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Optional Toppings:


  • In a large mug, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the cake mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and vegetable oil. Whisk until smooth.
  • Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Top with whipped cream (and extra cinnamon if you love it like me!) and serve immediately!


Storage Instructions

  • Mug cakes are always best the day they’re made, but you can also store them in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Serving: 1mug cake, Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 289mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g


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Made this last night with spice cake mix and pumpkin pie spice..  delish!

About how many ounces is a large mug? I have never made a mug cake but this sounds !

What if you can’t use a cake mix? The sugar in it bothers me so must make all from scratch with special sugar. Help, it sounds DELICIOUS.

can I use the pumpkin mix with all the spices in it? And can I use a spice cake mix instead of a vanilla one ?

Wow! Wow! Wow! This is the best tasting pumpkin cake I’ve ever tasted. Seriously….thank you for perfecting it. My house smells like Thanksgiving.

Any idea of calorie count?

This pumpkin pie mug cake looks good. Will definitely be making it with my daughter.

I’m trying to avoid vegetable oil, any healthy
substitute/amounts ?

I have used applesauce in cake mixes in place of oil and it makes cakes moist and worked out well.

Olá, my name is Tania and I´m from Brazil. I tried to see your vídeos, but here it´s imposible. Why? A friend ho lives in Usa, send me the vídeo of the Punpkin cream chease by face book. I love it! But now, Wat can a do???????? My best, Tania

You have me drooling every time I stop by! Pumpkin= bliss, and this mug cake might as well be heaven. Obsessed!

This looks so delicious!! Must try!
And your babies are DARLING! I love looking at all the pics of them to see how they’re growing and changing 🙂 My little girl will be 1 this December and I am not ready for it!

My husband and I may or may not have gone through two boxes of cake mix over the past week making this. It’s SO good…we even put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the mug because why not?!

I haven’t made a mug cake yet – this looks delicious! And dangerous 😉 I also love the toasted graham latte from Starbucks!

I’ve never made a pumpkin mug cake before, but I feel like I need to go make one right now! I love how quickly it comes together too, that’s always a win in my book 🙂

I know that I shouldn’t admit this, but I actually haven’t tried mug cake. But this pumpkin recipe makes me want to drop what I am doing and make this now. I love that it is so quick, easy and delicious!

This looks so yummy! Problem is, we got rid of our microwave years ago because of safety concerns. Is it possible to make mug cakes without one? My guess is no 🙁

Your daughters are gorgeous! And this mug cake looks divine! I am loving all the pumpkin-themed treats going on at the moment. Mug cakes are the coolest and perhaps most dangerous invention ever! 😉

Thanks for sharing all the pics of your daughters. Amazing how fast they grow. So much fun. Yummy cake too.

Awwww, you little munchkins are adorable. And I love mug cake. This one indeed looks the best mug cake ever. SUPER YUM!

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