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Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake

Janice Pattie
All the flavours of a Hot Cross Bun in a super speedy, microwave mug cake
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Baking
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 411 kcal


  • 15 g butter
  • 1/2 medium egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbsp mixed dried fruit the kind with mixed peel in it
  • 3 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder


  • Put the butter into a large mug and microwave for 20 - 30 seconds
  • Add the egg, milk and sugar and whisk to combine
  • Add the mixed spice, flour and salt and mix until the batter is smooth
  • Add the mixed dried fruit and orange zest and mix into the batter
  • Microwave the mug cake for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds, depending on the rating of your microwave.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 cocoa or as an alternative to cocoa you could use cinnamon


Calories: 411kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 3gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 375IUCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg