One Minute Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

If you have a mug, a microwave & a spoon you can make this single serving One minute Cinnamon Roll in a Mug. It's so easy & perfect for when those sweet cravings hit & you NEED dessert, like now!

This single serving, oil-free Cinnamon Roll in a Mug is like magic. It’s so easy & perfect for when those sweet cravings hit & you NEED dessert, like now!

I’m not a big microwave fan. I have one but very rarely use it. I am however fascinated by super quick vegan desserts like vegan mug cakes. I have a sweet tooth and the thought of being able to go from zero to dessert in sixty seconds is extremely appealing! I had a taste of this with my Easy Maple Ginger Steamed Pudding and my Strawberry Sweet Roll in a Mug. Vegan mug recipes for the win!

Back in October I started experimenting with a Cinnamon Roll in a Mug recipe, or Cinnamon Bun in a Mug as some might think of it as. A whole batch is lovely, but sometimes that’s not what you want. A Cinnamon Roll for one is just plenty,

It went well and I was about to publish it, until I came to edit my photographs. Someone (who shall remain nameless), looked at the photos and immediately fell about laughing. Apparently my cinnamon roll looked a little x-rated 😱.

Now dirty mind or not, once this was mentioned to me, try as I might, I could not un-see it. I really wanted to get the recipe out to you guys so posted the photos in a food bloggers Facebook group and asked their opinion. They all agreed with the afore mentioned dirty minded person 😂.

So that was that. I couldn’t use the photos and had to go out and buy a new mug, reshoot, then Christmas was nearly here, so the recipe has taken a back seat until now. Those of you who saw it on Instagram and wanted the recipe have had a long wait!

(If you want to see the photos that caused all the fuss I have included two of them at the very end of this post under the recipe….see if you can see it….🤣).

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: oil-free, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Mel | A Virtual Vegan


  • For the cinnamon roll
  • 9 level tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • Around 3-4½ tablespoons water
  • A tiny dab of oil for greasing the mug coconut or mild olive oil/vegetable oil
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut sugar you can sub any fine sugar - don't use one with large chunky grains unless you don't mind the grainy texture when it's cooked
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • For the frosting
  • 3 tablespoons natural powdered sugar
  • A drop of plant-based milk or water around ¾ teaspoon


  1. Grease a normal sized drinking mug (just a standard medium sized one) with a tiny dab of oil. Be sure to reach into the bottom and the edges well.
  2. First make the frosting. In a small bowl mix the powdered sugar with either plant-based milk or water. Add the liquid a tiny bit at a time. It doesn't take much at all and the most you will need is ¾ teaspoon of water, perhaps a tiny drop more if you are using milk. Stir well until smooth then set aside.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to another small bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Gradually add the water (from the 3-4½ tablespoons, stirring until it starts to form a dough then use your hand to bring it together, kneading a few times until its a smooth, flexible ball of dough. If you do accidentally add a drop too much water and it's a bit sticky, add a little tiny bit more flour. If it's very dry and won't come together, add a drop more water. Only handle it as much as you need to.
  5. Dust your work surface with a little flour, then roll your dough out into a long strip about 4 inches wide and a couple of millimetres thick
  6. Sprinkle the coconut sugar and cinnamon evenly over the dough then fold the edges inwards to seal it in and stop it all falling out when you lift it into the mug.(see my video above).
  7. You will be left with a long narrow strip which you can roll up.
  8. Roll it up and gently lift it and place it in the greased mug.
  9. Pour over ½ teaspoon water then place in the microwave.
  10. Microwave uncovered on full power for around 45 - 50 seconds. My microwave is 1200 watts. You may need to adjust the time a bit up or down. All microwaves are different so be careful not to overcook it. If you overcook it it will become tough so be sure to check how powerful your microwave is first and adjust accordingly. The very maximum time it will need is about 1 min 10 seconds and that is only if you have a really low powered microwave. Remember that it will continue to cook a little bit after you remove so a tiny bit under done is better than overdone as then it will go tough. If it needs longer cook in 5 second increments to avoid over cooking it.
  11. It should have swollen up nicely when you check it and if you insert a toothpick or skewer into the dough it should come out clean. It is normal for the top and sides to be a little soft & damp & look a bit doughy when you first take it out because it has basically steamed in the mug.
  12. Turn out onto a plate and spoon over the frosting. Eat immediately. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Calcium: 3%

Recipe adapted from:

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