5-Minute Microwave Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake (egg-free, dairy-free, with low-fat and gluten-free options)

I love baking with apple sauce and mashed banana when I want a treat that is on the healthier side, but I get so excited when I can switch over to pumpkin this time of year, to create some really fun seasonal treats. The fact that this cake comes together in about 5 minutes makes it the perfect go-to dessert. The spice gives the cake a wonderful taste of autumn and the cinnamon glaze drizzle really makes you feel like you are indulging... but without the guilt of a mile high swirl of frosting!

To make this single serving treat, simply stir the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, give it a little stir and pour the batter into a ramekin or mug and microwave on 50% power for 60 seconds at a time until done.

Let cool just slightly. Remove from ramekin (or eat right out of the dish) and drizzle on cinnamon glaze.

Dig in! 

Single Serving Microwave Pumpkin Spice Cake

Yield: 1 ramekin-sized cake (2/3 cup batter)

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, optional
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree (not canned pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon milk or water

*May sub half or all of the oil with equal parts apple sauce, for a low fat alternative.


Spray a microwave safe 7-8oz ramekin with non-stick spray (or skip this step if you want to eat your bread straight form the dish). In a small bowl combine flour spice, baking powder and salt. Add nuts if desired. Stir in pumpkin, sugar, oil and vanilla. Pour batter into prepared ramekin. Microwave on 50% power, 1 minute at a time, for 3-4 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Do not over bake.

To make the glaze, simply stir all ingredients together and drizzle over cake. Enjoy warm.