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Cinnamon Mug Cake with VEGAN Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon mug cake shown in a glass bowl topped with vegan cream cheese icing and cinnamon

This cinnamon mug cake recipe is similar to a spice cake! It reminds me of a cinnamon bun, only it is more moist. The VEGAN cream cheese frosting complements this mug cake so well! You guys aren’t going to believe its vegan when you taste this!

One of the best things about this cake being vegan is that it is allergy friendly! This mug cake is made without eggs or dairy! Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like it is missing anything-I promise!

Cinnamon mug cake shown in a glass bowl topped with vegan cream cheese icing and cinnamon

Most prepared cake mixes you can buy at the store are already accidentally vegan! Use a little egg replacer and some plant milk as substitutions and you have a full sized vegan cake ready to bake! There really is no need to buy a prepared cake mix when you are thinking about making a mug cake. The ingredients for this vegan mug cake are so simple! And you will save a ton of money when you make it yourself instead of making a mug cake from a prepared cake mix.

This mug cake is just as easy to prepare as my Chocolate Mug Cake recipe was-actually probably a little easier since you don’t need to press the fresh espresso.

The vegan cream cheese icing is an excellent vegan frosting recipe. It is the perfect alternative to cream cheese frosting. You will have the perfect amount for 1-2 cakes-which means you can keep it on hand for your next creation! This mock cream cheese frosting will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Cinnamon mug cake shown in a glass bowl topped with vegan cream cheese icing and cinnamon

I have fallen in love with how simple, delicious and easy these little cakes are. I am especially a huge fan of the fact that this microwaveable cake doesn’t cost me a sink full of dishes! And lets be honest-if I end up making a regular sized cake, guess what I’m eating for the next week (or few days!!)

Why Make My Vegan Cinnamon Mug Cake Recipe?

You guys don’t want to miss this one! If you are a fan of pound cake, spice cake, cinnamon donuts, cinnamon toast, snickerdoodle cake, or even cinnamon BUNS…then this little cake is for you, my friend!

This Vegan Cinnamon Mug Cake is:

  1. Ready in under 2 minutes
  2. Easy to make
  3. Uses all the ingredients you already have on hand
  4. Super moist and light
  5. The PERFECT little vegan afternoon snack or midnight indulgence!

Let me show you how to put this vegan cake in a mug together!

How to Make my Cinnamon Mug Cake Recipe with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting:

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Cinnamon mug cake shown in a glass bowl topped with vegan cream cheese icing and cinnamon
4.92 from 12 votes

Vegan Cinnamon Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This mug cake reminds me of pound cake, cinnamon buns and spice cake all rolled into one perfect little bowl! It takes under 2 minutes to make, and it makes a delicious vegan afternoon snack or late night indulgence! Enjoy by yourself, or offer a few bites to a special friend! Either way it wont last long!

Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword Cinnamon Mug Cake
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Resting Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 200 kcal
Author Megan Kerry


For the cinnamon mug cake

  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp canola oil or other neutral tasting oil-DO NOT USE OLIVE
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce any flavour works here-you wont taste it
  • 2 tbsp Silk Soy Coffee Creamer or other plant based milk
  • 1/8 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp hot water

For the Vegan Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter we use Becel
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/8 tsp citric acid
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp silk soy coffee creamer or other plant milk


How to Make Vegan Cinnamon Mug Cake:

  1. Stir all of your dry ingredients together in a small bowl or coffee cup

  2. In a separate bowl mix your silk soy coffee cream with the apple cider vinegar and stir. It’s meant to curdle.

  3. Add in your wet ingredients to the dry. Stir to combine.

  4. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Allow to sit for 2 minutes before serving. This will ensure and even cook. 

How to Make Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a small bowl beat your butter until soft using a spatula or a wooden spoon.

  2. Sprinkle the icing sugar, salt, citric acid and nutritional yeast on top.

  3. Mix your butter with the other dry ingredients.

  4. Add in your vanilla and cream and blend until smooth.

  5. Spoon over top of your vegan cinnamon cake-or get really fancy and pipe it out! 

Recipe Notes

This Vegan Mug Cake recipe is so easy guys! The cream cheese frosting comes together so fast as well!! 

Don’t skip out on the citric acid or the nutritional yeast for the cream cheese frosting-these are the ingredients that give it the zing and umami we all know and love from a traditional cream cheese!

This cake looks really beautiful garnished with a touch of cinnamon and some sprinkles!

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Cinnamon mug cake shown in a glass bowl topped with vegan cream cheese icing and cinnamon

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Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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  1. This sounds like the perfect coffee assortment, to indulge in yourself or share with friends. And easy to make! When you come from a coffee culture, that would be in the morning, afternoon or evening.

  2. Looks delicious! I am going to try baking it even though I am not a vegan. I loved how you decorated it.

    1. Thank you Swagata! This cake tastes just the same as a traditional cake would-it will just save your eggs and milk for another meal:)

    1. I honestly haven’t tried it yet in an oven-but you are the second person who has asked me about this so I’m thinking I might test it out and update all my mug cake recipes:)

  3. This is one cake that looks totally doable for someone like me who is not the best at baking eventhough her Dad is a baker lol! I love this post! So ready to try this!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m going to need to try this! I’m dairy-free right now, so this is really up my alley. That and I recently discovered a love for mug cakes! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s a dangerous road indeed my friend!! I’ve made three mug cake recipes so far now and they are all I can think about!!! So many flavours!!

  5. Oh my goodness this looks amazing!! *drool* and your pictures are fabulous! I think I will definitely have to try this recipe out as I’m sure my kiddos would love a tasty treat like this!

  6. It’s always hard to find good mug cakes. I’m an omnivore but still enjoy plant-based recipes. I have all the ingredients except the citric acid, so once I get some on the next grocery trip, I’m going to try it. Sounds delicious! I never would have thought to put nutritional yeast in a frosting.

    1. Right?! It’s pretty amazing what it can be used for! it’s a go to ingredient in my house for sure:)

  7. 5 stars
    Oh, I love cinnamon. This recipe is for me. I can’t eat gluten, but I’m sure I could substitute gluten free flour. I think I’ll be making this later!

    1. I wish I could tell you the proper substitution for the all purpose but I haven’t made it any other way yet. From what I’ve heard from others though the gluten free flour is an excellent substitute for baking.

  8. 5 stars
    And now I’m hungry! AS I sit here drinking my afternoon coffee I’m thinking how delicious this cinnamon mug cake would be along with it. I will need to try this and being that it only takes a few minutes it’s right in my wheelhouse of ease. Thank you!

    1. Awesome Scott! I hope you like it! Its really tasty even if you don’t have time for the frosting!

      1. Looks yummy. I tried some vegan ice cream the other day & it was awesome. Had no idea that there is hardly any difference. No wonder vegans are slowly rising in numbers.

        1. It’s so much easier these days to include more vegan foods in your diet. The companies have really gotten good at creating delicious alternatives! Thanks for checking this one out!!

  9. My kids would absolutely love these. This would disappear in no time at our house! This is my kind of weekend treat.

  10. Ooh. I can’t wait to make this! cinnamon cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts, and I make every recipe I find. This one looks tasty!

  11. 5 stars
    I like mug cakes and cinnamon makes everything better. Very nice dessert idea, I do like it a lot! I am not a big cream fan overall but I think it is a nice idea to make a mug cake more beautiful!

    1. you could definitely reduce the amount of the cream frosting or even leave it out:) Make this recipe your own!

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