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3-Min Coffee Cake in Mug No Egg

coffee cake in a mug
Cake in a mug? Are you kidding me? This was my reaction a year back! But the world of food and baking is vast. It's like a huge ocean, which is filled with endless treasures.

Here, treasures are the recipes that tantalize taste buds and give you something to relish and remember!

Mug cakes are such a breeze. I never knew this until a year back. But then I never had the confidence to try these quick cakes.

Now the time was ripe enough for me to give this microwave mug cake a try after I tried no oil, no butter cake in a mug, getting inspiration from Sangeeta Sethi's eggless mug cake post.

I experimented with the ingredients and voila! The recipe was a hit.

Do check my almond butter microwave mug cake recipe, which is unique, healthy, and of course flavorful. It does not use oil or butter, nor refined flour. Rather, I have chosen the healthiest of ingredients to come up with a quick cake recipe. It gives me a soft, spongy cake.

Need I say it's such a breeze to make cakes in a mug?

Let's come back to this recipe of coffee cake in a mug.

Frankly I do not like coffee. I got a chance to taste cold coffee once when my former boss invited us for a meeting in Cafe Coffee Day and ended up serving us cold coffee. I cannot tell how difficult it was for me to gulp down that huge cup of coffee. Uuuuufffffff.

I badly wanted to run away from that coffee aroma spread in each nook and cranny of Cafe Coffee Day. Unfortunately, I could not!!!

Let's come back to the recipe. Now you must be wondering why I have added coffee to this cake when it is a big NO in my place. Well, I made the mug cake with coffee at Patiala - my parental home. My bhabhi and brother like the flavor of coffee, and I was guiding my sister in law how to make cake in a mug. But I tell you I did taste the cake and it did not disappoint me. Rather, my mom and dad, too, loved the cake, though they hardly eat cakes!!


Could I be happier?

The best thing about mug cakes is:

  • you can bake them in solo mode (no convection mode required)
  • you can experiment with ingredients of your choice
  • these are quick to make - 2-3 minutes and you are done
  • these are quickest cakes ever and never disappoint
  • you do not need fancy utensils - just a microwave-proof mug and that's it
  • you can even add all the mug cake ingredients together in the baking mug and fold them gently - no greasing required

Now the coffee cake in a mug no egg was such a hit that my bhabhi was on cloud 9, since she has been looking for quick cake recipes.

She tried the cake twice when I was there. But the cake would bake quickly and it would disappear at the same speed. So no clicks were possible.

Today, she tried the microwave mug cake again and sent me the pics. So I could share the same with you all. Happy me!

I am obsessed with these quickie mug cakes. I plan to bake these more often than the usual cakes.


Ingredients
6 tbsp- whole wheat flour
2 tbsp- oil/cream/malai/almond butter
1 small packet- coffee
3 tbsp- sugar
1 tbsp- thick curd (optional)
1/4 tsp- baking soda
1/2 tsp- lime juice/vinegar
4 tbsp- water (more or less required to reach the right batter consistency -- should be like idli batter that flows and does not break)

Coffee Flavored Mug Cake Procedure
mug cake eggless



  1. Mix whole wheat flour, baking soda, coffee powder. Keep aside.
  2. Mix oil, sugar, curd, and lime juice until the mixture gets light & fluffy.
  3. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Do not overdo.
  4. I do this step with hands. Just fold the ingredients in one direction.
  5. You may garnish with nuts of your choice.
  6. Grease a microwave proof mug for cake.
  7. Pour the coffee cake ingredients into the greased mug.
  8. Set your microwave (my bhabhi baked it in solo microwave) at high temperature and bake for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on the cake after 2 minutes. Setting may vary from one microwave to another. It may take you 2 to 3 minutes to bake one.
  9. Let the mug cake cool for half an hour before you take it out from the mug.
  10. Cut into pieces and enjoy the super delicious coffee cake in a mug with no egg when you are craving for something sweet and want it urgently.
  11. Certainly this recipe is a keeper. With all the ingredients handy at all homes, you certainly want to try it now!
  12. You may want to try eggless, no oil mug cake. Click here.


Whole Wheat Crackers With Sesame Seeds

atta crackers
Do you love crackers? What if you get to relish whole wheat crackers that too home made. With the goodness of sesame seeds (til), wheat crackers are an instant hit at my home. I have recently returned from my parental home. Got this idea of using sesame seeds from a bakery - dad brought crackers from a local bakery. I was itching to give them a try. Of course, the bakery crackers use maida, but this recipe is a no maida recipe. You know it all about me now!

Whole wheat flour is a healthier alternative to plain/refined flour, which takes longer to digest, has no nutritional value, and contributes to blood sugar spike. Contrarily, whole wheat flour has more nutritional value. You will not find any recipe that uses maida in this blog. Yes, I did use maida once for a cake rusk recipe.

Let's get back to the wheat crackers recipe. Now you must be wondering why I have added sesame seeds? Well, sesame seeds are a widely popular condiment in India. Their nutty taste and crunch makes them distinct. An excellent source of copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, and molybdenum, sesame seeds are great for joints.


Since they are a rich source of copper, sesame seeds are known to help rheumatoid arthritis patients manage their symptoms. Calcium in sesame seeds helps protect colon cells, preventing colon cancer, osteoarthritis, PMS, and even migraine. Zinc in sesame improves bone mineral density and boosts bone health.

wheat crackers with sesame seeds

What is the best time to bake a fresh batch of wheat crackers with the nutty flavor of sesame seeds?

When unexpected guests come calling and you are wondering what to serve them… when you wish to munch on crunchy something at snack time… when you’re planning a short trip and wondering what to carry along - something that won't spoil !

Nothing better than this batch of freshly baked atta crackers!

Coming back to the recipe, you will be surprised to know it does not use baking soda or powder. This is the reason we call them crackers - not as soft as cookies, but not too hard not to be broken with teeth.

Yes, this recipe is a keeper - easy to churn out with ingredients on the shelf.
Doesn't that sound easy?

Ingredients
1 cup- atta (whole wheat flour)
4 tsp- olive oil (you may use any other vegetable oil or even ghee/clarified butter) - you may even use oil from pickles for a tangy twist
1/2 cup- roasted sesame seeds
1/2 tsp- sugar powder
1/2 tsp- salt (less or more)
2 tbsp- thick curd
2-3 tbsp- water (more or less to knead soft dough, though not too soft)

Procedure
sesame crackers


  1. Roast sesame seeds without oil.
  2. Mix atta, sesame seeds, salt,and sugar powder.
  3. Add olive oil. 
  4. Rub oil, curd, and atta together with hands.
  5. Add water 1 tbsp at a time. We need to knead soft, pliable dough. It should not be too soft.
  6. Keep the dough aside for 30 mts.
  7. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  8. Roll out the dough like a chapati and cut into pieces of desired shapes.
  9. Use a fork to pierce the dough pieces. This will ensure the pieces bake well from inside.
  10. Bake the atta crackers at 170 degrees for 20 mts. 
  11. Enjoy with a hot cup of tea.

Palak Dal (Spinach Lentils Gravy)

dal palak
Call it palak dal or dal palak, or even spinach dal, this healthy, flavorful, and rich gravy is going to be a hit in your family. This is my mom's recipe, though I have never tried it. Since these days I am with mom, I have learned the dal palak recipe from her.

Simple, sumptuous, yet filling, palak dal Punjabi style is a bowl full of health. I have enjoyed this blend of spinach and lentils during childhood, but never had the curiosity to learn. But those days are long gone; now I am eager to learn and unlearn things that add value to my life and profile.

Yes, I want to learn healthiest ways of cooking food, for I am a health freak.

This dal palak recipe was made on demand - mom made it one day and then next time, I was curious enough to learn how to make this simple yet scrumptious blend of lentils and spinach.

Let's see how mom makes it:

Palak Chana Dal Ingredients
1/4 cup- chana dal
1/4 moong dal (yellow lentils)
1 bunch of palak (spinach)
1 tbsp or more - ginger
8-10 garlic cloves
2 onions
1 tbsp ghee
1 green chilly or more
salt, turmeric

Palak Moong Dal Procedure
palak dal


  1. Wash spinach thoroughly and keep it aside.
  2. Next wash both dals and soak them for half an hour.
  3. Mix spinach, dals, salt, haldi, garlic, ginger and add enough water to soak everything. We do not want dal palak to be too runny. It will be a thick gravy.
  4. Pressure cook for 5-6 whistles. Let the mixture cool down.
  5. Blend everything in a processor.
  6. Take oil/ghee in a pan.
  7. Add green chilly and chopped onions and keep stirring until they turn little brownish.
  8. Add dal palak and mix.
  9. Check for salt. Let it cook on low flame for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Enjoy with fulka/roti/Indian flat bread.

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