Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake

Easter Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake

Baking | March 18, 2016 | By

I am so excited about this Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake!  It’s the first one that I’ve created myself and it’s so good.  You get all the flavours of a Hot Cross Bun in a matter of minutes.  Hot Cross Buns are a sweet and spicy yeasted bun traditionally served on Good Friday, but I doubt if many people wait until then, as I know we start eating them as soon as they appear in the shops. 

The Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake has a great texture and, although it took me a few trials, I think I’ve finally cracked it and got the right balance of fruit, spice and sugar, so it tastes recognisably like a Hot Cross Bun.  

A quick Hot Cross Bun made in a Mug!

The Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake is perfect for one

If you want more you can easily double up the recipe and make two mug cakes.  Like all mug cakes, it’s best eaten soon after it has been cooked. Just run your knife around the edge of the mug cake and you can take it out of the mug, split and butter it, just like a proper Hot Cross Bun. This is my favourite way to eat this special treat. 

Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake
All the flavours of a Hot Cross Bun in a super speedy, microwave mug cake
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 15g butter
  2. 1/2 medium egg
  3. 1tbsp milk
  4. 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  6. 2 tbsp mixed dried fruit (kind with mixed peel in it)
  7. 3 tbsp self-raising flour
  8. 1tsp cocoa powder
  1. Put the butter into a large mug and microwave for 20 - 30 seconds
  2. Add the egg, milk and sugar and whisk to combine
  3. Add the mixed spice, flour and salt and mix until the batter is smooth
  4. Add the mixed dried fruit and orange zest and mix into the batter
  5. Microwave the mug cake for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds, depending on the rating of your microwave.
  6. While you leave the cake to cool slightly, make a cross with two strips of foil or paper, lay these over the mug and using a sieve or tea strainer to dust the top of the mug with cocoa. Remove the strips of foil or paper and you will reveal your cross.
  1. Tip: When microwaving your mug cake, start with 1 minute 30 seconds, then if still wet on top cook for a further 20 seconds at a time until it is just firm on top. Try not to overcook or your cake may be dry.
  2. You can make any shape for the top of your Hot Cross Bun, the cross is traditional but if you have other stencils or shapes, you can use those, a heart would be fun, or simply dust all of the bun with cooca.
  3. As an alternative to cocoa you could use cinnamon
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 Here’s how I made the cross on the top of the Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake, note different mug, during the various trials to bring you the ultimate HCB Mug Cake:

 I’m adding this Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake to a couple of Linky Parties:

Simply eggcellent

 Simply Eggcellent – the Linky Party run by Belleau Kitchen where all things eggy are welcome.

We Should Cocoa

We Should Cocoa – okay, I know there is only a dusting of cocoa on top of my Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake, but it is there!  We Should Cocoa is run by Choclette at Tin and Thyme and hosted this month by Lancashire Food who has chosen eggs as the theme. 

A most delicious and super simple Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake #hotcrossbun #Easter #mugcake


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Lancashire Food

Ooh I love mug cakes and so clever of you to get the cross on the top, thanks for linking to We should cocoa.


Sounds absolutely scrummy Janice! Happy Easter X

Lucy @ BakingQueen74

I love the sound of this and will be trying it this weekend!

Helen at Casa Costello

Janice, you are a genius! This is so clever – I may treat my girls.

Chris @thinlyspread

Oh my! I am a new microwave user, I think this will be my first mug cake, how fab!


I love the fact you can still butter it like a ‘real’ hot cross bun! It looks like the texture is good too.

Heidi Roberts
Heidi Roberts

This looks amazing! I must try it over the weekend!

Jo of Jo's Kitchen
Jo of Jo's Kitchen

This looks delicious! The perfect quick treat for Easter weekend


SO CUTE!! Great idea. Can I ask you Janice how you achieve your half an egg, or do you make two? Pinning, etc :_


Absolutely love this idea. So clever and sounds delicious x


This is such a brilliant idea. Shame on me that I’ve not yet made a mug cake. Love this and love hot cross buns so perfect combination. Great post. Sammie X.


oh my word! What a genius idea. I love how it still looks quite bready too. I’ve yet to make a mug cake… well, I made one once but it wasn’t very nice so I need to try again. Thanks so much for linking to Simply Eggcellent xx

Wow… I love this. It is so cool and cute, and it is quick and easy, looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this and share with my family. I am also thinking to use cheese to make the cross on top. 🙂

Glamorous Glutton

What a great idea, very clever. I’ve bought a couple of mug cake books but not actually made any. I love hot cross buns so this would be a great last minute treat. GG

Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

Get in mah belly *insert proper comment here after mouth stops watering*.
Such a clever idea to use the tea bag strainer!


I’m super impressed, your cake really looks like a hot cross bun when you slice into it. Also impressed with your video. As the cocoa features in that so strongly, I’m so glad you shared it with We Should Cocoa.