30 Minute Red Velvet Cake For Two

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For the cake

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 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


    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!


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