Microwave Christmas mug cake

Make a large cake using a 600ml mug or halve the mixture to make one small cake instead of two. Enjoy with brandy butter or custard

Serves 2


50g butter
½ tbsp brandy
25g raisins
25g sultanas
25g mixed peel
4 glacé or dried cherries, chopped
50g self-raising flour
1 egg
25g ground almonds
¼ tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice
50g soft light brown sugar
brandy butter or custard, to serve


Melt the butter in a 300ml mug in the microwave for 20-30 seconds on high. Tip in the brandy, raisins, sultanas, mixed peel and glacé cherries and heat for a further 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and tip into a jug or bowl. Set aside.

Leave some of the remaining butter in the mug and use the rest to butter a second 300ml mug. If you want to turn out the cakes at the end, line the mugs with baking parchment. It’s easiest to put a piece in the base of each mug, then another around the inside wall. You will get neater edges if you cover the inside fully.

Add the remaining ingredients to the soaked fruit, mix to combine, then divide between the two mugs. Cook for 1 min 30 seconds until puffed up but not dry, then leave to stand for 2 mins. Eat out of the mug or turn out onto a plate. Serve warm with a spoonful of brandy butter or plenty of custard.