sliced red velvet mug cake

Creating this red velvet cake for two

Make way for cake! I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. It seems forced and contrived. When you have a S.O. you find yourself in the middle of a crowded restaurant filled with 2-tops, wondering what you’re doing there. When you don’t, you end up eating too much Ben & Jerry’s or getting drunk or wallowing in the fact that you’re single. 

But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like Valentine’s Day desserts. I’m a huge fan. This is a holiday in which you express your love through chocolate. And for a sweets lover like me, that’s pretty… sweet.

What could be a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a cake for two. Or for one, because no judgement here. After the success of last year’s 30-Minute Chocolate Cake For Two, I just had to continue the tradition with this red velvet baby. Still filled with chocolate goodness, but this time with red velvet batter and a delicious vanilla frosting.

Even better? This baby comes together in just 30 minutes. The secret? It’s actually a red velvet mug cake. Crazy, huh?

red velvet mug cake on countertop

How to make a mug cake

If you’ve never made a microwave mug cake, you might be a little doubtful about how good a cake made in the microwave can taste. Let me assure you, this red velvet mug cake is BOMB. Here are the basic steps for making this mini dessert:

Make the red velvet cake batter — In a small bowl, mix together all the cake batter ingredients and whisk until combined. Grease three mugs of the same size and distribute the batter evenly between the mugs. Don’t have three mugs of the same size? No worries, just use the same mug all three times, taking the time to clean and re-grease the mug between uses.

Microwave and chill the cake layers — Microwave each mug on high for 1 minute, then flip the mug over to release the cake layer. Once all the cake layers have been cooked, pop them into the freezer until they cool to room temperature.

Frost the cake — The vanilla buttercream is a simple combination of butter, powdered sugar, and milk. Whip that up while the cake layers cool, and then frost the cake. (Feel free to make this a naked cake like I did!).

Drizzle on the chocolate — The chocolate ganache is totally optional, but worth the extra effort. Drizzle it on top of your gorgeous red velvet mug cake, and dig in!

red velvet mug cake topped with melted chocolate

You have no excuses, people. Put down that Ben & Jerry’s, get out your mug, and get baking.

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30 Minute Red Velvet Cake For Two

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
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Ingredients

For the cake

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring

For the frosting

  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk

For the chocolate ganache

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate
  • 12 teaspoons milk

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all dry cake ingredients with a fork. Add in wet ingredients, stirring until combined. Heavily grease three large mugs* and evenly distribute batter into mugs (~1/2 cup of batter each).
  2. Microwave each mug by itself for 1 minute on high. Remove from microwave and shake slightly to loosen cake from mug. Flip mug over onto parchment paper-lined plate or board. The cake should drop right out. Repeat with remaining mugs, then place into freezer for 5 minutes, or until the cakes cool to room temperature.
  3. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Combine all ingredients in a standing mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Remove cakes from freezer and frost the top of each layer before stacking.
  4. Melt the chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl until melted (about 15 seconds). Drizzle over cake!

Notes

*don’t have 3 uniform mugs? Use one, cleaning thoroughly between cooking each layer!

More red velvet desserts from Broma Bakery:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Red Velvet Brookies

Nutella-Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Macarons with Cream Cheese Frosting

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If I make this cake, I’m definitely not sharing it. 🙂 I can’t believe this is a mug cake, it looks so perfect!

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Love that this is baked in a mug- so yum, I especially love the ganache!

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Beautiful and love that it’s so easy. And I’m with Beth. I’m not sharing 🙂

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I want to eat two of these desserts! They look really delicious

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This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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What a great idea! How has it never occurred to me before to make frosting for a mug cake… I usually just eat them plain. Never again!

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YES! I loved the cake last year. This is perfect. Thank you so much!

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I love this idea. So cute! The photos are so luscious. Red velvet is perfect!

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Hi SARAH. Can I bake this cake also? I have 4in pans.
Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi there! Yes, you can! The bake time you’ll have to look out for– just check after 15 minutes or so, I’d guess

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