Meyer Lemon Mug Cake Recipe

Made my first mug cake tonight.

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?

Alexa Clark

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5 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon Mug Cake Recipe

  • November 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

  • November 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    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.

  • November 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    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.

  • November 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    @Jennifer Daly Tell me what you think when you make it (if you make it)


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