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Pancake in a Mug

For a quick breakfast that will brighten any morning, try this 2-minute pancake in a mug recipe! Just add your favorite toppings and enjoy weekend vibes any day of the week.

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Several pancakes in mugs with different fruit toppings

Pancakes always make me think of leisurely mornings. However, even the simplest pancake mix requires some prep, so it’s usually a breakfast saved for Saturday or Sunday.

But thanks to this 2-minute pancake in a mug recipe, you can soak up that weekend feeling no matter what day of the week it is! All you have to do is combine pancake mix with milk, microwave for a minute or two, and dig in. It’s really that easy!

It’s just as easy as my Oreo Mug Cake recipe!

banana wedges on pancake in a mug

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • How to make a pancake in a mug with pancake mix
  • What kinds of mix work for making a single-serve pancake in the microwave
  • The best toppings for your pancake mix mug cake
  • What to serve with a microwave pancake

This recipe is one of my favorite ways to slow down and appreciate the moment, even on the busiest mornings. It also makes a great dessert if you find yourself with a sweet tooth after dinner but don’t want to dirty up a bunch of dishes! When you only need two ingredients, one minute, and a mug, there’s never a bad time to whip up a microwave pancake.

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How to Make a Pancake in a Mug with Pancake Mix

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Combine the Bisquick pancake mix and milk in a microwavable mug or ramekin, stirring it well.

mix bisquick and milk together

STEP TWO: Microwave for 1 minute. Carefully remove the mug from the microwave.

STEP THREE: Add your favorite toppings and serve.

What is a Mug Cake?

Mug cakes are single-serving cakes that you can mix up in a mug and then cook in the microwave. They’ve gotten increasingly popular in the last decade or so as a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth!

The beauty of a mug cake is that you don’t have to make a big, fussy dessert. There’s very little prep, and you won’t have leftovers to deal with later. It’s a simple way to treat yourself.

This pancake in a mug recipe uses the same concept, but with a premade pancake mix. It makes the entire process even easier . . . plus, it’s totally acceptable to eat for breakfast!

pancake in a mug topped with syrup and butter

What Kind of Pancake Mix Can You Use For a Microwave Pancake?

Personally, I use Original Bisquick pancake mix for this recipe. This is a just-add-water (or milk) recipe, which is why it’s so easy to make in the microwave as well.

If you have another just-add-liquid pancake mix you like, that should work for this recipe. If you find the pancake is too dry or too soggy, just adjust the amount of liquid until you find the right balance.

What Size Mug Should You Use For Your Pancake in a Mug?

Any sized ramekin or coffee mug should work for this recipe. In fact, the pancake may only fill about half of a regular-sized coffee mug. You don’t want to fill it more than this, or else the pancake will turn out too dense.

pancake in a mug with blueberries

Can You Use Homemade Batter For a Microwave Pancake?

Absolutely! This will require a little more prep than using a just-add-liquid mix, but it will definitely work. 

I recommend using a homemade pancake recipe that doesn’t involve any eggs. Using an entire egg for one pancake could overwhelm the flavor. If the batter uses just flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, and milk, then you should be just fine.

Toppings for your Microwave Pancake

  • Maple syrup
  • Butter
  • Fresh fruit
  • Berry compote
  • Chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream
  • Peanut butter
  • Nutella
  • Caramelized bananas
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shaved coconut
  • Marshmallow fluff
  • Granola
  • Lemon zest

You could also mix ingredients into your pancake instead of adding them on top afterward. If you decide to mix in something like fruit, you may want to increase the microwave time to 2 minutes.

pancake in a mug with banana wedges with fruit bowl nearby

What to Serve With a Pancake in a Mug

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Pancake in a Mug

Samantha Erb
With this pancake in a mug recipe, you can have a single-serving pancake breakfast ready in minutes! Just add your toppings and enjoy.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 125 kcal


  • ¼ cup Original Bisquick pancake mix
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Serve or mix with: butter maple syrup, nuts, fresh berries, sliced bananas, chocolate chips


  • Combine Bisquick mix and milk in a microwavable mug, stirring well.
  • Microwave for 1 minute (if using mix-ins, microwave for 2 minutes). Carefully remove the mug from the microwave.
  • Serve topped with butter, maple syrup, and your favorite fruit or other toppings.


Serving: 1gCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 370mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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11 thoughts on “Pancake in a Mug”

  1. 5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe for those mornings when the kids want pancakes and I don’t want to go to all the work of making a whole batch. This is a real school day lifesaver!

  2. This is delicious and easy to make im a 12yr old and this is easy to make for me and it is perfect for school days because its easy to make and doesn´t take long

  3. Mine came out very dry and crumbly. Perhaps it was because of the mix, or maybe it cooked for too long; I probably should have checked it after 30 or 45 seconds. I didn’t add anything other than a quarter of a teaspoon of maple extract, and once it was out of the microwave, I sprinkled the pancake crumbs with cinnamon sugar because heck yeah I ate it! 😄 Next time – and there WILL be a next time – I’ll either shorten the cook time or add another tablespoon or two of milk and see if I get better results. Regardless, the flavor was good and the convenience factor (I’m currently without a working stove; all I have is a microwave) makes this recipe a definite keeper for me. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi Karen, each microwave can be a little different, so yes, a few seconds less will help! Also, make sure you are scooping the pancake mix into a measuring cup and not using the measuring cup as a scoop as that will compact the mix and mess with the measurements.

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