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Behind the Seasoning: Spiced Carrot Mug Cake Spice & Easy

Overhead view of finished Spiced Carrot Mug Cake with icing drizzle

Read on for more information about this sweet treat and a few other recipes for when you're craving a delicious carrot cake.

What is Spiced Carrot Mug Cake?

We wanted to develop a dessert that's unexpected but familiar, exciting but comforting, and appealing to the masses. Brainstorming fall flavor possibilities led us down many delicious paths: coffee cake, gingerbread cake, spice cake, apple cobbler, and pecan pie, but the flavor that stuck out to us was carrot cake. 

Carrot cake is a beloved dessert in almost any season–it's dense, sweet, moist (and best when slathered with a thick cream cheese frosting). But this treat can be a little bit labor intensive. Grating carrots for a fresh cake is a hassle, and it makes whipping up a quick carrot cake overwhelming and potentially not worth the effort, especially if you're not trying to feed an entire party of people.

This quick and easy dessert can pull double duty as an indulgent microwave mug cake for two or stretch to make enough mini cupcakes for a dozen.

Buy Spiced Carrot Mug Cake on the left with Spice & Easy Meal Starter Spice Mix on the right

What does Spiced Carrot Mug Cake taste like?

This Spice & Easy blends carrot and spice cake flavors. Pre-grated, dried carrots provide the same sweet lift and slight crunch as freshly grated carrots. Combining sweet and warm baking spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and cardamom, add the rich taste of a spice cake. With these flavors perfectly blended, we had the makings of the ultimate 90-second carrot cake.

How to use Spiced Carrot Mug Cake

You can make our Spiced Carrot Mug Cake two ways! The classic way (and the directions on the label) is to make it as a quick microwave mug cake. You'll need a large (14 oz) mug. Then combine the Spice & Easy mix with a few other ingredients (right in the mug!) and microwave for about 90 seconds.

For a more classic (and we think, delicious) version, you'll want to top it with a quick & easy cream cheese icing. Combine 2 Tbsp. of cream cheese and powdered sugar. Microwave for about 15 seconds and drizzle over the cake.

We also wanted to give you the option to make mini cupcakes instead. Mix them up the same way and bake them in a mini muffin tin at 350 degrees for 8 minutes instead of microwaving in a mug.

Where & How to Buy Spiced Carrot Mug Cake

Spiced Carrot Mug Cake Spice & Easy is available online or at your nearest Savory Spice!

Are there health benefits of Spiced Carrot Mug Cake?

Spiced Carrot Mug Cake Spice & Easy is straightforward: combine the contents of the bag with flour, baking powder, an egg, butter, and water directly in the mug you plan to microwave and eat out of. The dietary benefit of this Spice & Easy mix is that you add your own flour, egg, and butter. So if you're vegan, you can use an egg substitute and margarine or coconut oil. If you're gluten-intolerant, you can use gluten-free flour.

A person mixing Spiced Carrot Mug Cake ingredients in a mug with measuring cups and ingredients surrounding it

Recipes using Spiced Carrot Mug Cake Spice & Easy

Spiced Carrot Mug Cake Spice & Easy is straightforward: combine the contents of the bag with flour, baking powder, an egg, butter, and water directly in the mug you plan to microwave and eat out of. Microwave for less than 2 minutes, let cool, and dig in! It's the perfect combined blend of spice cake and carrot cake: a sweet-spiced cake crumb starring cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and a hint of ginger, plus the brown sugar and carrot-y goodness of carrot cake. 

Of course, we wouldn't offer you carrot cake without providing an equally simple cream cheese frosting. Combine 2 Tbsp. of cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar, microwave, mix, and drizzle over your baked mug creation. The result is a marvelously moist, dense, and chewy carrot cake elevated with a fall-inspired medley of spices and topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. 

Looking to serve carrot cake for more people but don't want to grate the carrots? Try Spiced Carrot Mug Cake Cupcakes: Mix the batter as written and pour it into a mini cupcake tin. Bake at 350 for 8 minutesice with cream cheese frosting, and serve! Not into cream cheese frosting? Mix 1 part milk to 2 parts powdered sugar for a sweet sugar glaze that also compliments this carrot cake.

What if you can't get your hands on this mug cake? Well, we have a few other ideas.

Chinese Five Spice Carrot Cupcakes - These cupcakes are a game-changer. They get a flavor boost from Chinese Five Spice, which has a sweet baking spice flavor but also peppery notes. It's interesting, with a balance of sweet and savory flavors that you'll definitely want to try. The frosting gets a little kick of ginger, which adds complexity to the cream cheese icing. And yes, this is a "real" carrot cake recipe so you'll have to grate the carrots yourself.

Carrot Cake in a Mug - This isn't our recipe but if you're craving carrot and you really just want a single serve mug cake, this is a good recipe. You can get our spiced flavor boost by adding 1/2 tsp. of Baking Spice instead of the cinnamon the recipe calls for.

What fall desserts are you looking forward to? Show us by tagging @savoryspiceshop on Instagram or leave a comment below. And for even more simple meal solutions, shop our Spice & Easy line. 

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