Six-Minute Mince Pie Mug Cake

If you love the flavours of a mince pie and want to create a homemade twist on this classic Christmas bake, you'll love Sarah Rainey's quick microwaveable cake version, ready in just six minutes.

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Mince pies aren't just for Christmas...okay so usually they are, but I came up with this recipe after finding a packet of them in my freezer one July. A fairy-light sponge, spiced with festive flavours and filled with gooey mincemeat - all it's missing is the stodgy pastry. And there's even enough for two.

Makes 2
Cook time: 6 min


60g unsalted butter, softened
30g soft light brown sugar
60g self-raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice
10ml semi-skimmed milk
1 egg
100g shop-bought mincemeat
icing sugar, for dusting

Essential kit

You will need: a microwave and two chunky, microwave-proof mugs (approx. 300ml each).


Prep: Grease the insides of two chunky, microwave-proof mugs (approx. 300ml each), with a little butter.

Cream together the butter and sugar, before adding the flour and mixed spice.

Mix in the milk and the egg, stirring until you have a smooth, pale-coloured batter.

Put a quarter of the batter into each mug. Top with half the mincemeat and then the remainder of the batter. 

Microwave them together on high for 3 minutes You'll know the cakes are ready when the sponges rise to the top of the mugs and your kitchen is filled with the lovely smell of hot mince pies.

Dust the cakes with icing sugar before tucking in. Be careful - just like in a regular mince pie, the mincemeat in the middle gets veeeeeery hot!

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