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Tropical Banana Bread Mug Cake

Tropical Banana Bread Mug Cake

When I was about nine years old, I first discovered my love for baking. Growing up, my mom had always been the baker in the family. For my ski races, she would bake hundreds of cupcakes for all the athletes to celebrate a job well done. For bake sales, she would bake cookies and for parties she would even bake Apfelstrudel, following her mother’s recipe. In our house, baking was her domain, inspiring me to try my own hand at the art.

A few years later, I stumbled upon Sweetapolita, whom I still follow to this day. I was mesmerized by her layer cakes, filled with delicious frostings and topped with beautiful and skillful decorations. I knew I was jumping into something headfirst, but I decided quickly that I wanted to be able to bake a show stopping cake. For every party my family hosted afterwards, I would find a new recipe on the site, especially falling for her Raspberry Meringue Buttercream frosted Dark Chocolate Cake. I mean… c’mon. I am drooling just typing that!

While I loved baking these cakes, I had to admit that they were time consuming. And while I baked my heart out all through high school, once I got to college, my determination faded away. I didn’t have the kitchen I had at home, stocked with all of the tools and gadgets necessary for baking such a glorious masterpiece. Plus, who in college has six hours to spend on a layer cake? Or the budget to do so?

While I may have stopped baking these masterpieces, I fell in love with a new form of baking: simple, budgeted, and speedy. What could I whip up this week in an hour or less? The past few years I have experimented with various breads, bars, cookies, you name it. But for some reason, I never got around to making what started it all: cake.

Now, today you can find hundreds of recipes across the internet for microwave mug cakes. And what could possibly be more convenient for a college student than something that takes five minutes to assemble, three minutes to cook, and one minute to clean?

While I still love the taste of Raspberry Meringue Buttercream, especially when paired with dark chocolate, I also love the taste of anything banana, especially when paired with nuts. And, given the fact that it is summer, what is more seasonal than macadamia nuts and coconut flakes? The combo basically transports you to Hawaii.

This Tropical Banana Bread Mug Cake is soft, crunchy, sweet, and a delicious breakfast or dessert option for any day of the week! Plus, the fact that it is made in a mug makes it perfectly transportable to any and all study sessions. Maybe this could be an incentive to get those books open?

What kind of mug cake would you like to see next?


  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes

Extra Optional toppings:

  • Extra sliced banana, cooked on the stove in coconut oil
  • Dark chocolate
  • Grilled pineapple bits


 In a microwave safe mug, mix together the dry ingredients. Next, add in the mashed banana and egg, mixing thoroughly together. Add in the almond milk, stirring as you pour it into the mug, and finally add in most of the nuts and flakes, leaving a bit for topping at the very end.

Place the mug into the microwave and cook on high for three minutes, or until the cake has risen. Once done, either enjoy straight out of the mug with additional toppings, or wait to cool slightly before removing and placing the cake onto an alternative dish. Enjoy!  

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