Cinnamon Bun Cake in a Mug **Great Recipe for Food Allergies**

Delicious cinnamon bun cake in a mug takes under five minutes to make and tastes amazing! Better yet, this recipe can easily be adapted as a gluten free, paleo, vegan or FODMAP friendly dessert recipe!

You know those days that you just want to get home from work, slide off your shoes and park yourself on the couch for five minutes of uninterrupted time with no one bothering you?

allergy friendly cinnamon bun cake

Yeah, that soooo doesn’t happen when I walk in the door.

No, when I walked in the door on this particular day I was greeted to every single mug that our family owns piling up in the sink, on the counters and even one in the microwave with batter spilling over.

My teen was sitting in the kitchen with the last remaining mug in her hand, beaming.

cinnamon bun cake in a mug

“What did you do today?” (Seriously shouldn’t ask that, I kind of figured it out just by looking around).

“I made YOU a dessert!”

That little bit of anger boiling inside of me when I walked in and found every square inch of counter space consumed by flour, cinnamon, chocolate chips and other various baking ingredients just melted. The kids really know how to butter me up.

I expected the wrose but was really pleasantly surprised that the dessert tasted amazing. I love making it those afternoons I am starving. The kids can easily make their version, and I can make mine. And I love that my craving for something sweet can be fed in under five minutes. Score!

Cinnamon Bun Cake in a Mug **Great Recipe for Food Allergies**


  • 2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp gluten free baking mix, unbleached all purpose flour, almond flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, melted coconut oil or greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk or non dairy milk substitute
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Drops of water or milk
  • Optional toppings: In place of the frosting, you can place a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top of the cake.


  1. In a mug or small mason jar, combine all ingredients, stirring until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Place the mug or mason jar in the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Continue to cook at 15 second intervals if needed until thoroughly cooked.
  3. In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar and water or milk until a glaze forms. Drizzle over the top of the cinnamon bun cake. You can also serve with a scoop of whipped cream or ice cream in place of the glaze.

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