I wanted to start off this post by thanking everyone so far with all of the guest posts that have been circulating around here for the past couple of weeks.  It has helped me out tremendously so that I can put my attention on my family.  The latest on my mom’s condition is unknown.  Right now we have some doctors that are saying the brain tumor is growing and another that is saying its dead cells from her proton radiation treatment.  We are all just holding on for some hope at the moment.

Today I have Kristen, one of my all time favorite bloggers, guest posting for me today.  She has a lovely blog called Dine and Dish.  Kristen is always sharing fun recipes that all families can enjoy.  Shaun and I personally loved her buttery beer bread recipe and check out this cake.  I highly recommend you go check out her site.

Take it away Kristen…..
5 Minute Chocolate Cinnamon Mug Cake

Hi all! I’m Kristen from the blog Dine & Dish. I’m so happy to be over in Meagan’s beautiful space and am happy to meet you all.

If any of you follow Dine & Dish at all, it is fairly evident that I’m a bit of a Starbuck’s addict. You can especially tell from my Instagram account that I have a tendency to run through the Starbucks drive thru for my #ShotofCoffee on a regular basis.

I had never really ventured beyond coffee at Starbucks, but recently they had a menu item I just couldn’t pass up… Chocolate Cinnamon Loaf. There is just something about the combination of chocolate and cinnamon that does me in…I can’t resist it!

However, I knew pretty quickly that my hips and my wallet couldn’t make Chocolate Cinnamon Loaf a habit…spending what I do on lattes in a week was bad enough!

So, what does a food blogger do when they want something bad enough, but don’t want to pay for it? Well, they make a version they can enjoy at home! And what does a blogger do who isn’t interested in having an entire cake sitting around her house, because she knows she’ll eat the entire thing? She figures out a way to turn what she wants into a single serving mug cake. The best part? It takes 5 minutes… in the amount of time I spent in the drive thru, I can have a hot, chocolate cinnamon mug cake all my own!


5 Minute Chocolate Cinnamon Mug Cake

Print Recipe

5 Minute Chocolate Cinnamon Mug Cake

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons high-quality cocoa
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon applesauce or vegetable oil
Powdered Sugar and Ground Cinnamon for topping


Whisk together dry ingredients in a microwave safe coffee cup (one that holds at least 8 ounces is best).
Stir in egg, vanilla and applesauce until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides as you stir so all the ingredients get mixed together.
Place in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.
Remove from microwave and top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and ground cinnamon. Serve warm.

recipe by Kristen at Dine & Dish



  1. Great, tasty and easy recipe, Kristen! Perfect to take the edge off…when you need something special and chocolate-y. Pinning! xo

  2. Keep holding on to hope. I am keeping your mom and your family in my prayers and sending positive thoughts her way.

    As for this mug cake… I don’t own a microwave (I am a weirdo… I know) but I seriously want to buy one just to make a mug cake! I also love Kristen’s blog…. great guest post!

  3. Hang in there! You, your mom and your family are in my prayers!

    This cake is perfect! Ready right when I need it to be. No waiting! That is what I like!

  4. Sending positive thoughts your way Meagan! This cake is dangerous! I love how you can make it a serving at a time.

  5. This is seriously brilliant!!

  6. Great idea, Kristen. I need to get on this whole mug cake thing!

  7. I’m hoping for all the best with your mom hun! *hugs*

    And meanwhile, this mug cake looks like the perfect bit of instant sweet gratification!

  8. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts. I hope they figure it out soon! Also… beautiful mug and cake Kristen!

  9. Sending prayers your way!
    Fabulous idea, perfect for any chocolate fix needed!

  10. Praying this morning for you and your family, Meagan, and hoping alongside you for the best!

    And this cake from Kristen sounds wonderful! Love the single serving!!

  11. Thank you so much for having me… Know that your mom and your family are in our prayers. Hugs to you!

  12. Fabulous idea for a mug cake! Sending love your way!

  13. This is a lovely mug cake. Thanks for sharing. Keeping your family in my thoughts!

  14. I love that it only takes 5 minutes! Sending good thoughts your way!

  15. My issue with mug cakes–they ALWAYS come out too dry. I think you nailed this by adding the applesauce, I’m sure that’ll fix the problem!

  16. We’ll be thinking of your mom and praying for good news 🙂

    Kristin, this mug cake is awesome. Just 5 minutes huh, well that just makes it easier to make and eat more than one! 🙂

  17. Megan so sorry about your Mom! This was delish! I’m so addicted now that I am individually packing ingredient into zip locks, so I have to dump add egg and oil! Down to 3 1/2 min!!!!! Thank you!

  18. Wishing you and your family the best and praying for you today. 🙂 This mug cake looks amazing! Single serving is just perfect for when you need a chocolate fix!

  19. I’m sorry to hear about your Mom.
    This dish looks awesome.

  20. This cake sounds divine… praying for you and your family.

  21. Meagan, I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    This cake is divine. I need more quick dessert recipes like this. Bravo, Kristen!

  22. This is perfect when you get a craving for some cake but dont want to make an entire cake!! Great idea… Thanks for sharing!

  23. Beautiful cake!! And I’m so sorry about your Mom Megan 🙁

  24. Keeping you and your mom in my prayers and thoughts!

    And wow… this cake is brilliant! Chocolate and cinnamon are great together.

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