Orange and poppy seed mug cake

Ready in five minutes, this light and fluffy orange and poppy seed citrus cake is completely mixed and microwaved in one mug. Enjoy this quick dessert warm with a dollop zesty cream cheese.

  • 5 mins preparation
  • 1 min cooking
  • Serves 1
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Orange and poppy seed mug cake
  • 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus 1 teaspoon extra
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 50 gram cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon icing sugar


Orange and poppy seed mug cake
  • 1
    Whisk flour, caster sugar,oil, zest, juice, poppy seeds and egg in a 1½-cu pmicrowave-safe mug(see tip).
  • 2
    Microwave on medium heat (50%) for 1 ½ minutes or until cake is cooked when a skewer inserted at centre comes out clean. Stand for 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Combine cream cheese and icing sugar in a bowl.Serve cake topped with cream cheese mixture and extra zest.


Ensure you use a microwave-safe mug. We used 1½-cup capacity, straight-sided mugs that were 9cm high and 8cm (top measurement) in diameter. We also used an 800-watt microwave on Medium (50%) power. Cooking times may vary. Don’t be tempted to keep cooking longer than specified, as cakes will continue to cook while standing.

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