Milk and Oreos go hand in hand as a snack, but they’re tastier when combined into a mug cake — it’s the perfect warm, gooey and decadent treat. And as if you needed another reason to try one, all you need are two ingredients and five minutes to make it. Trust us, you’ll never go back to simply dunking the cookies after trying this “lazy” dessert recipe. Here’s how to make this mug cake and seven ways to customize it to your flavor preferences!
What is an Oreo mug cake?
Mug cakes are single-serve cakes prepared in a cup, then cooked in a microwave. These cakes are known for cooking in about 2 minutes or less, great for when you’re short on time. While there are many flavors of mug cakes worth trying, an Oreo mug cake is a speedy option that’s decadent and requires very little measuring. All you need is a handful of Oreos and milk to transform those crunchy cookies into a mini lava cake!
How to tell when a mug cake is cooked
Similar to an oven-baked cake, inserting a toothpick into the center of your mug cake is an easy way to tell if it’s done. If the pick comes out clean, it’s ready to eat! Also, the cake should have a slightly risen exterior that doesn’t feel overly sticky to the touch.
If your cake is still undercooked after following the recipe, it’s likely due to the microwave having a lower wattage (700 watts) — which cooks food at a slower rate compared to higher wattage (1200 watts) machines. Simply allow the cake to cook for an extra 30 to 45 seconds, checking every 10 seconds to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Then, enjoy that indulgent mug cake right away as a warm dessert.
A yummy Oreo mug cake recipe
This Oreo mug cake recipe posted by Anna Kosti, baker and founder of Baking Secrets by Anna, is the perfect treat for one. In addition to only requiring two ingredients, the texture combo of the fudgy cake and crunchy cookie top makes each bite extra enjoyable.
2-Ingredient Oreo mug cake
- 5 Oreo cookies
- ½ cup milk
- Total time: 5 mins
- Yield: 1 serving
- Place 4 cookies in small mug and crush with fork or end of rolling pin until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and stir until cake batter-like mixture forms.
- Place mug in microwave and cook for 1 minute. Cake should be slightly risen, and a toothpick should come out clean after being inserted. If cake isn’t done, microwave at 10-second intervals until fully cooked.
- Top with remaining cookie and enjoy immediately.
7 ways to customize your Oreo mug cake
Since this is a treat that’s just for you, why not give it an easy upgrade depending on what you’re craving. Try these seven flavor suggestions, which you can mix-and-match:
1. Swap in vanilla-flavored cookies.
Swap regular chocolate cookies for Golden Oreos (Buy from Walmart, $3.98) if you prefer a vanilla-flavored mug cake.
2. Toss in a handful of chocolate chips
Place a small handful of chocolate chips in the middle of the cake before microwaving for added richness and a gooey center.
3. Drizzle it with chocolate or caramel sauce
Pouring warm fudge or caramel over the cooked mug cake provides it with more sweetness to satisfy your dessert cravings.
4. Sprinkle on sea salt
A pinch of coarse sea salt goes a long way for turning the mug cake into a sweet and salty wonder.
5. Top the cake with fresh berries
To balance the mug cake’s sugary flavor, top it with fresh berries as the fruit adds a hint of tartness to the dessert.
6. Place crushed nuts on top
For a nutty flavor and added crunch, sprinkle your favorite crushed nuts on top of the microwaved mug cake.
7. Finish with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream
Place a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream onto the warm mug cake for a touch of creaminess.
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