Samoa Mug Cake

Samoa Mug Cake by Deliciously Yum!

So I finally jumped on the girl scout cookie train. I have certainly not missed the fact that the cutest little girls are out and about selling their well-loved cookies. Until two days ago, I had successfully avoided the purchase of said cookies. Not because I don’t support the girl scouts, but mainly because I know what serious damage we’ll inflict on those cookies once they enter our home.

Samoa Mug Cake via Deliciously Yum!

With the temperatures climbing to a balmy 45 degrees on Monday, little girls were stationed at pretty much every grocery store entrance. There was no escaping, lol. Needless to say, I proceeded to purchase our favorite variety from one of our friends’ daughter. Most people are either on the Thin Mint or Samoa side. I even heard people say that you can’t be on both. That it’s impossible. I beg to differ. I refuse to choose between one or the other. But since I recently figured out how to make Homemade Thin Mints, I went for Samoas. And inspiration struck. I am this excited to share this recipe for Samoa Mug Cake with you today!

Samoa Mug Cake by Deliciously Yum!

I am going to let you in on a little secret. I take that back – two secrets are about to be revealed. I actually don’t like coconut or mug cakes. Can we still be friends?? I have never been a huge fan of anything containing coconut, except Samoa cookies. It’s the only time of year I consume coconut and enjoy the taste. And Mug Cakes? Never really liked those either. I don’t despise them, but have never been thrilled when it came to mug cakes. The consistency always seemed kind of weird and not at all like the moist, fluffy and light cakes I’ve come to love. You could definitely say that I’ve been disappointed with most recipes in the past.

So why in the world would I attempt to create a recipe that features two things I am not really too fond of you ask? Because I really love the concept of a mug cake and refused to believe that there was no way a 90 second cake could rival the real deal. And I wanted to find another recipe containing coconut that my taste buds would embrace.

Samoa Mug Cake via Deliciously Yum!

Now you know how this cake came to be. You guys! This recipe has been rocking my world lately. When this emerged out of our microwave, I could not believe that this beauty was created within 90 seconds. I could hardly keep myself from digging in and giving it a taste right then and there. But once I took these pictures, I went a little wild. I was blown away at how moist and perfectly chocolaty it was. Melted caramel and toasted coconut set the entire mug cake over the top. One of the best desserts I have eaten in a while. You definitely need to experience this :).

Samoa Mug Cake by Deliciously Yum!

I love how this recipe yields only one serving of cake and keeps me from having to whip up an entire pan of cake when all I’m craving is a small slice. And there is nothing like topping your personalized cake with whipped cream, more coconut and a good drizzle of melted chocolate. I die!

Samoa Mug Cake
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Samoa Mug Cake features your favorite girl scout cookie and all the things you love so much about them: toasted coconut, caramel and a good amount of chocolate. Ah-mazing!
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  1. 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  2. 6 caramels
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  6. 3 tbsps granulated sugar
  7. 1/8 tsp salt
  8. 1/4 cup milk
  9. 3 tbsps canola oil
  1. 1. Start by toasting the coconut flakes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread coconut flakes on top. Place in the oven and bake for 6-10 minutes, stirring the coconut flakes often and keeping an eye on them. Mine were perfectly toasted after 7 minutes. Once they reach the golden brown stage, it is important to remove the pan as soon as possible, otherwise they burn quickly. Set aside and melt caramels in a small saucepan over medium-low heat (add 2 tablespoons of water to the pan to keep it from burning and making it easier to stir). Once melted, remove from heat and gently fold in toasted coconut flakes, reserving 3 tablespoons for garnish.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir in milk and canola oil. Keep stirring until batter is smooth and no lumps remain. Pour into a microwave-safe 16-ounce mug and spoon caramel-coconut mixture into the middle of the batter. Place in the microwave and heat on high for 90 seconds. Top with remaining coconut, whipped cream and fudge sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
  1. Samoa Mug Cake is enjoyed best when served and eaten immediately.
  2. It is important to use a large mug since the cake will rise quite a bit when heated in the microwave.
Adapted from tablefortwo
Adapted from tablefortwo
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  1. Wowza. I can’t believe this came out of the microwave. It looks seriously decadent and delicious!

  2. This mug cake is fantastic!!!

  3. Kathi, this looks AMAZING and I love that you can make it in the microwave! YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) says:

    This looks so yummy!! I would love for you to come link it up at Lovely Ladies Linky! We would love to see what other deliciousness you have to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You are so right… there is never any escaping those delicious cookies. You are so creative to come up with this fun and divine sweet treat! The samoa’s are my most favorite!

  6. This looks divine! I love mug cakes, so this is definitely worth trying! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. no. you. DIDNT. pinning to the high heavens sista, this is genius!

  8. This looks way too good! Can’t believe it’s actually made in the microwave!

  9. Somoas are my favorite GS cookie! I’ve never made a mug cake before, but maybe it’s time I should!

    • YES! You should. Like right now – if you have 90 seconds to spare, you should most definitely make this. Hope you’ll be as surprised as I was ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Amazing! Haha I don’t like coconut either! But I do love mug cakes! This one looks so ooey gooey and awesome!

  11. Samoas are definitely my favorite girl scout cookie ever, so I am so on board with this mug cake! Such a great idea!

  12. It’s awesome!

  13. YUM! this mug cake looks very appetizing!

  14. Wow. This mug cake could convert ANYONE. It looks so decadent and delicious!

  15. Well, I totally overhauled your recipe, but thought I would post a review anyway since it was so yummy!!! I used 1/4 c Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Sauce for the 6 caramels, used buttermilk instead of the milk because that’s all I had, used melted butter for the oil and added 1/2 a beaten egg. I normally have better luck with mug cakes if I put them in a small ceramic dish rather than a mug, so I did that. Oh my gosh!!! Only needed one minute and 20 seconds in my microwave, but served with plain whipped cream – Awesome!!! SO good!! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • So excited to hear that, D! Love all the substitutions you made – your comment will definitely serve as a reference when I don’t have something on hand :). You are so welcome and thank you so much for letting me know!!

  16. You forgot to add in the recipe instructions that the baking powder has to be added to the flour.

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