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Meyer Lemon Mug Cake Recipe

Made my first mug cake tonight.

Made my first mug cake tonight. Yummy meyer lemon mug cake. Is it cheating that I made it in a soup bowl?

Since Gerry is gluten and wheat-free these days, and we don’t eat a lot of homebaked goods these days.  I’ve been checking these single-serving, craving-fixing mug cakes for a while now. But never really craved cake enough to bother.

Last night was a little different. I had some meyer lemons left over from the weekend and I realized that perhaps these mug cakes didn’t have to be chocolate or peanut butter or nutella, but could be bright and zippy lemon!  That turned things around and after a little internet research I whipped up this:

Meyer Lemon Mug Cake

This recipe produces a very zingy lemon cake perfect for lemon-lovers who like bright lemon flavours that are not too sweet.  It can be eaten without any glaze or icing of any kind.


  • 3 T butter
  • 3 T sugar
  • zest & juice of 1 Meyer Lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T flour
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • pinch of salt


  • in your mug, cream butter, sugar and lemon zest
  • add lemon juice and egg, mix thoroughly
  • add flour, baking powder and salt
  • mix until mostly smooth
  • Microwave for 2-3 minutes on high


  • you can eat it right out of the mug as is, though give it a minute or two to cool down.
  • OR plop it out of the mug and dust with icing sugar
  • OR for those of you who want even MORE lemon zing, drizzle on a glaze of lemon juice and icing sugar.

But is it cheating that I made it in a soup bowl?

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grrrr moderator

BTW, thanks for making this when I was out of the house... anything you do with lemon is irresistable.

I'm sure i would have enjoyed it, but not felt so well afterward.

Alexa Clark
Alexa Clark

Jennifer Daly you can find the recipe in this post here! Sorry about that instagram tease.

AlexaClark moderator

@grrrr It was, as you say, irresitable.  SOOOO good. But I tried my magic on a black forest mug cake a couple of days later and was very disappointed.  Guess I have better lemon-magic than chocolate-magic. That's fine by me.

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