Cinnamon Swirl Mug Cake Recipe! Easy & Vegan


Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.
Luke 7:47

Cinnamon Swirl Mug Cake Recipe

Good morning, guys!

Today’s post is going to be my chance to share with you guys my absolute favourite mug cake recipe! I have tried making and tweaking this recipe three times in the past two days (and in doing so, I’ve ended up eating 3 mug cakes in the space of about 12 hours.. which is definitely not a down side) and I think that I’ve perfected it! The third time was a charm!

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I really like making mug cakes because 1) they’re super easy to make, 2) they use minimal ingredients 3) there’s not much mess involved and 4) it takes like 5 minutes!! Mug cakes are the perfect movie snack, the perfect breakfast or mid-morning snack, or afternoon snack, or dessert… basically, you can eat mug cakes at any point throughout the day. All that you need is a mug, some basic ingredients, and a microwave, and you’re good to go!!

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You may or may not know this about me (Matt certainly knows this haha), but I love all things cinnamon. I used to get the Cinnamon Swirl from Starbucks whenever I got the chance before I was vegan. Since going vegan, however, I haven’t really been able to find any cinnamon swirls that really live up to that. These ‘jus roll’ puff pastry ones come pretty close, but they’re pastries, which in my opinion, fails to live up the gooey, bread-y consistency of Starbucks’ version.

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HOWEVER, I got the idea to try to make a cinnamon swirl cake from Pinterest, and since I’m lazy and I’m a student, and I don’t have much spare cash (or time), I wanted something that I could make with the ingredients I already had in the house, and with minimal waste and mess. So, I thought a mug cake would be perfect for this, and it was!! If you’d like to try it for yourself, here’s how:


4 tbsp Flour
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
2-4 tbsp Soy Milk (any plant based milks would work)
1 tbsp Golden Syrup
1 tsp Coconut Oil
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Lotus Biscuit Spread (optional topping)

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In a fairly big mug, mix together the flour, baking powder, soy milk, golden syrup, and oil until it’s all combined. Use more or less soy milk to get the batter looking like a cake batter.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon until well combined, and sprinkle it over the top of the cake batter in your mug.

Put your mug in the microwave and heat for around 2 minutes (you might need a little longer or a little less time depending on how powerful your microwave is – I’m pretty sure mine is 800W and I put it in for 2 minutes, which worked perfectly for me!)

Remove from the microwave and, if you’re topping it with biscuit spread (or peanut butter, or chocolate spread, or whatever it is you like topping things with) do that now. Put a good film on, sit back, relax and enjoy your yummy treat!

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And there you have it. A super yummy, super quick snack to be enjoyed at any time, anywhere, as long as you have a mug and a microwave! If you make this mug cake, let me know how you find it. I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for mug cakes (they’re so much easier to make than full cakes, and it’s single serving, so you don’t feel like it’s a huge effort or any of it is going to go to waste) and I’d love to keep making new versions and flavours!

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11



7 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Mug Cake Recipe! Easy & Vegan

  1. Tamar! Do you know if I can substitute golden syrup with vainilla extract and coconut oil with olive oil? 😅 I don’t know if it will taste the same but this are the ingredients I have at home! Also, the first time I tried to make it I burnt the cinnamon hahaha
    Love your blog btw <3 (the faith tag is my favorite!)
    Hugs from Spain!

    1. hey lovey!! yes i’m sure that will work! Maple Syrup or agave or another type of syrup would work better than vanilla extract, but it might still work! It doesn’t matter which type of oil you use though 🙂
      Thank you so much lovely <3 xxx

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