Te Fiti Cinnamon Bun in a Mug


If you felt as emotional as I did during this scene, you can keep reliving the moment with this gif found in Tumblr.


Moana easily became one of my favorite movies. I mean, have you heard the film score? I get goosebumps listening to the entire soundtrack. This is why I wanted to do something a little different than a traditional dessert.

I’m a college student after all. Like most college students, I’m on a budget and baking (while being a wonderful stress-reliever) can be costly. For these reasons, I decided this is the perfect opportunity to test out a mug cake for the first time.

Unfortunately, it was a fail. I tried different variations, and each time the cake came out too dry or too bland. After my numerous fails, I did research (and taste-testing) and found Kirbie’s Cravings cinnamon bun in a mug recipe to be delicious! It had the perfect balance of everything a cinnamon bun should have except it’s in a mug!

I even added green-colored whipped cream to amplify the Te Fiti vibes the cinnamon swirl was already giving me.


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Now, it may look gooey and maybe even gross but I promise it satisfies any cinnamon bun craving you may have. I was too anxious to try this delectable creation that I forgot to photograph the finished product with the whipped cream swirl. However, whipped cream is optional and not necessary to enjoy this mug cake.

The original recipe can be found at Kirbe’s Cravings.


Supply List

  • 4 tbsps. of flour
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking powder
  • 3 tsp. of white sugar
  • 3 tbsps. of any type of milk
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon + 1 1/2 tbsps. of cinnamon for the brown sugar mixture
  • 1/6 tsp of Nutmeg (optional- I decided to exclude this because I’m not a big fan of nutmeg)
  • 1/2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. of butter
  • 2 tbsp. Of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tbsps. of powdered sugar


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, white sugar, milk, 1/4 of cinnamon, nutmeg and vegetable oil together in a small bowl.
  2. In another small bowl, microwave the butter, brown sugar and 1 1/2 of cinnamon, and microwave for 20-30 seconds. It should be a thick consistency but still pourable.
  3. Put half of your cake batter in a mug and then scoop half of the brown sugar mixture on top.
  4. Scoop the remainder cake batter in the mug and then swirl the brown sugar on top.*
  5. Microwave on high for about a minute or until the cake is fully cooked.
  6. As the cake cools, mix the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar with an electric mixer.
  7. Top your mug cake with the whipped cream and enjoy!


*I’m not sure if I didn’t swirl the brown sugar mixture correctly or my microwave just ruined it but when I pulled my cake out of the microwave it was a gooey mess of cinnamon and sugar. Don’t be discouraged if the cake does not come out with a swirl! It is still good to eat!


I ate this mug while watching Moana again and it was a great experience. I hope you all enjoy eating this cake whether you’re in a dorm or not. I think I’ll continue making more dorm-friendly desserts for those who don’t have quick access to an oven.


Author: Stephanie

Hello! I'm a future Public Relations Specialist and a Dessert Enthusiast. I enjoy trying all types of desserts and will serve you my own desserts with a Disney flair.

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