Vegan Lemon Microwave CupCake Recipe. With a Jelly Baby twist!

Following on from the Bakewell in a mug video and the Chocolate Banana microwave mug cake, this cake started out with the best intentions. It was definitely going to be a microwave cake. And certainly a lemon drizzle cake. But then I started going through my kitchen cupboard as to what I could use to make cakes and found loads of herbal tea that I never drink.

My daughter tried the resulting cake and said that it tasted EXACTLY like jelly babies and she was right

If you had actually asked me to make a cake that tasted like Jelly Babies, I’m not sure that I would have been able to….

And if you’re not a Jelly baby fan it still can be a refreshing lemon cupcake  if you swap the fruit tea for water.

So without further ado, here’s the video, the recipe makes enough for 1 large mug or 2 smaller teacups,

The Recipe

You will need

Dry ingredients

scant 3/4 cup self raising flour

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Wet ingredients

3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons boiling water

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Forest Fruits (or raspberry/berry teabag)


1/ First, pour the hot water into a mug over your teabag and leave to one side to cool

2/ Then mix your dry ingredients in a separate mug

3/ Add the wet ingredients to the mug (I’ve included the contents of the teabag but you don’t have to) and stir until combined

4/ Microwave for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes on medium high, stand for 1 minute. Microwave again for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes and leave to stand again for 1 minute.

All microwaves are different. Apparently mine is an 800W but I quite often have to adjust times and power. Start on a lower power and see how it goes if you are unsure.

And be careful, the mug will be hot too…

5/ poke holes in the cake when it has cooled a little and pour on the drizzle made from;

3/4 cup Icing Sugar, 2 Tablepoons of fruit tea, a large pinch of lemon zest and stir

Add more water/tea if the mixture is too thick or more icing sugar if it is too thin.

An extra pinch of lemon zest and a bit more lemon juice can be added to taste and voila….

Dairy Free, Soya Free Jelly Baby Cake.

jelly baby 2

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