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Pancake in a Mug Recipe – 2 Easy Methods

Are you in a hurry and don’t have time for making pancakes from scratch? No problem! This easy and delicious pancake in a mug recipe is the perfect solution for a quick breakfast on the go. Just mix a few simple ingredients, microwave for one minute, and you’re ready to enjoy a delicious pancake all to yourself. Plus, this recipe is perfect for those times when you can’t seem to get the ideal batter for your pancake.

A pancake in a mug is just that, a pancake that is baked in a mug/cup.(Source) Honestly, it’s just a super easy breakfast on the go. I love making this recipe because it’s quick and easy. You can make a mug of pancake in about two to three minutes, assuming you have the mixture ready. But do not worry, I will show you each step in-depth, starting from making the pancake batter to baking them in the oven. If you do not have pancake batter handy, you can buy a pancake mix.

Pancake in a mug recipe

You can use any mug for this recipe. But make sure to use a microwave-safe mug in case you are microwaving the pancake in a mug from scratch. I like to use a glass mug for dunking the batter in because it’s easier to get into the mug, but you can use any porcelain mug such as a coffee mug. Glass mug is used because the wet mixture does not stick to the glass while baking pancakes in a mug.

The ingredients required for making mug pancakes are processed flour, sugar, whole milk, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder. The ingredients used in this recipe are commonly available in all local supermarkets and hence are easy to source.

If you are a health-conscious person, the alternative ingredients for a healthy mug pancake recipe are wheat/almond flour, brown sugar, fat-free milk, egg whites. Search for these ingredients as per your preference.

If you are a pancake lover, then you must definitely try the Corner bakery pancake recipe.

Pancake in a mug Ingredients and Ingredients Instructions notes:

  • One tablespoon oil (vegetable or canola)
  • Two eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used 2% fat milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract if you want to keep it vegan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • One tablespoon baking powder (you can use one teaspoon if you are not sure about the amount of baking powder)
  • 1 cup refined flour.
  • 2 blocks of butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
Mug Pancake Ingredients

Step by Step Instructions on making mug pancakes from scratch:

1. Before starting with the recipe, the first step is to make the pancake batter. In a mixing bowl, combine one tablespoon of oil (vegetable or canola) and gently brush the sides of the bowl with oil to avoid any sticking of the flour mixture to the bowl.

2. Now add 1 cup of flour to the bowl. You can use all-purpose flour or any other type of flour. Before adding the flour, make sure you sift the flour using a flour filter to remove any lumps or any foreign object present in the flour.

3. Now, gently whisk the flour using a hand or an electric whisker to ensure the flour gets evenly mixed and does not contain any lump.

4. Now add 1/2 cup water to the bowl and stir the flour mixture gently. I would suggest you add lukewarm water to the flour to ensure the consistency of the batter. Keep the water in the oven under heat mode for 45 seconds to get lukewarm water. Keep on stirring until you do not see any flour powder in the mixture.

5. Now add some salt and sugar to the mixture. I suggest you add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the mixture. You may adjust the amount by tasting the mixture by placing a drop of the mixture on the hand and tasting it.

6. Now add vanilla extract and mix the mixture well. The vanilla extract helps to provide flavour to the pancake.

7. Now, break the eggshell and pour the egg white and the yolk into the flour batter. You can also add only the egg whites based on your health preference. Eggs help to provide a fluffy and shiny texture to the pancake.

8. By now, you should be seeing a yellowish-brown-coloured mixture. As a final step, whisk the flour mixture containing all the ingredients with an electric whisk for even consistency of the mixture.

9. Now cover the batter with plastic wrap and place them side for 2 hours. If you make the batter the late night before, place the batter inside a refrigerator for the best experience. This also ensures you get a fluffy pancake.

10. Now, gently pour the mixture into a small mug. A coffee mug can be used instead if you do not have small porcelain mugs handy. Now take a small spoon and gently mix the mixture inside the mug.

11. The main difference between a pancake recipe and a mug pancake is that the regular pancakes are cooked in a pan, whereas mug pancakes are baked inside an oven. Mug pancakes have a similar texture to cakes since they are baked in the oven.

12. Now place the mug in the oven, which is preheated to 400F. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes or until you can see that the top of your pancake is golden brown and crisp.

13. To check whether the pancake is appropriately baked or not, you can touch the top of your pancake. If it is very soft and mushy, then it means that the pancake is not baked properly. If you can feel slight resistance when you touch the top of your mug pancake, then it means that the pancake is baked perfectly. Another method is to insert a toothpick at the centre of the mug. If the toothpick is not coming out clean, then it means that the cake is still raw inside.

14. Remove the mug from the oven and keep the mug aside for 5 to 10 minutes to let the mug cool down. Now add two teaspoons of maple syrup or honey on top of each mug cake. You can also add toppings like chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or fruit or berries such as blueberries. I added a slice of strawberry on top of each mug cake in my case. I personally like using chocolate chips as a topping. The results were fantastic.

The prep time using this method is 5 to 10 minutes assuming that you have the pancake mixture ready the previous night. The cook time is 3 to 4 minutes.

Step by Step Instructions on how to make microwave Pancake In a Mug Recipe from mix:

You can get your own pancake recipe mix from Walmart or any supermarket. Pancake mix is ready to mix powder that contains all the necessary dry ingredients to make a pancake including sugar and salt mixed with all-purpose flour. Some of the best pancake mixes I would suggest for making mug pancakes are pancake in a mug aunt jemima mix and Jiffy Buttermilk Fluffy Cup pancake mix. The first step is to add 1/3 of the pancake mix to a mug and add water, allow it to sit for 5 minutes, and then stir. Stir until you get a pasty consistency.

The second step is to leave the mixture for 5-8 minutes until bubbles start appearing on top of the mix. It should have a sand colour on inspection. The consistency of the pancake mixture should be thick. This helps to provide a fluffy pancake. Now pour the mixture into each mug place the mug on a flat tray surface.

In order to make microwave mug pancake recipe, you will have to use a special mug that can hold the mixture. Start by placing the pancake mug on the microwave tray. Make sure you use a microwave-safe mug while baking pancakes in a mug.

Place the microwaved tray in a microwave, set the timer to cook for 1 minute at 900 watts, and wait for one minute. The temperature of the pancake should be between 210 degrees Celsius and 220 degrees Celsius. Now, after 2 minutes, place the mugs away to cool the pancakes.

Once the pancakes are cooled, place a fork or a knife on the side of the mug and enjoy.

You can use maple syrup or honey or chocolate chips or fruit or blueberries as a topping. Making 1 minute mug pancakes using pancake mix is very easy and faster than your traditional pancake recipe which requires you to start from scratch.

The prep time for the microwave pancake method using pancake mix is 3 to 5 minutes.

The serving size is 1 to 2 mugs for a single person. The amount per serving for a single mug is 100 grams.

This is how you can make pancake in a mug from mix.

Here is the kodiak pancake in a mug recipe version.

Health and nutrition Information for Pancake in a mug recipe:

Here is the complete health and nutrition information for mug pancakes. The nutrition information provided here is for a 100-gram mug pancake. The calories are 227. The total fat is 9.7 g. Total trans fat or monounsaturated fat is 2.47g. Total polyunsaturated fat is 4.45g. The total carbohydrate is 28.3 g. The total protein is 6.4 gm. Total sodium is 439 mg. (Source)

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What is the secret to a fluffy pancake?

The secret to a fluffy pancake is to add condensed milk spoon by spoon while gently mixing the batter. This provides the pancake batter a smooth texture and consistency, which makes the pancakes fluffy when baked.

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