Salted Caramel Gingerbread in a Mug

Delicious gingerbread cake with salted caramel baked up in individual mugs to share!

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When I was asked if I would like to come up with a new recipe for CorningWare’s Meal Mug, I might have cackled in glee.


CorningWare and I get along like peanut butter and chocolate. Like ying and yang.

Like my love of vintage CorningWare and new CorningWare.

Salted Caramel Gingerbread in a white mug, blue mugs and some fresh oranges on background

To fit with the holiday season I wanted to whip up a lovely mug of gingerbread bliss. Then of course, I knew that I just had to drizzle salted caramel over the top, because you can never have enough salted caramel.

The CorningWare Meal Mugs are fantastic for baking in the oven and are made of a durable stoneware material that is a non-porous surface, so it does not absorb food, odours, flavours or stains. The patented vented lids are BPA free, microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe. Guys. DO NOT put the lids in your oven!! You knew that though, right?

3 mugs of freshly baked gingerbread

You can put the Meal Mugs in the dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave & the Meal Mugs are pre-heated oven safe – which basically means that you do not put it in when the oven is cold,  you place them into the oven only once it’s been pre-heated for even cooking and thus prevents damage if it heats up unevenly.

The Meal Mugs also bake up mug cakes like a boss.

close up Salted Caramel Gingerbread in Mug

Like. A. BOSS.

Look at that crumb on this gingerbread mug cake. Moist, clingy morsels of perfection.

These Meal Mugs make cooking or baking up memorable meals, desserts or snacks as easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s the only tool you’ll need to make everything from coffee and cocoa to soup, chili, oatmeal and more. Raise your hand if your microwave looks like something exploded in it. (mine always does. I’m terrible.) The awesome thing is that because the lid is microwave safe, the mug’s vented lid allows steam to escape, keeping your microwave clean and you safe from steam burns.

a spoon of Salted Caramel Gingerbread in a Mug

Now, CorningWare also sent me sets of their Meal Mugs to send home with my guests at my soiree and as a few of you know, I threw a Mad Men themed Christmas party this past weekend. It seemed fitting to gift CorningWare since CorningWare was also a household mainstay of the 1960’s and 70’s!

My glamorous guests were more than happy to take a set home. Nicole of The Spirited Thrifter will most likely use hers to store her new favourite cocktail in – the Gimlet- but also admitted that she’s going to love taking it to work with soup it in. Which, on a side note, I tested out yesterday and these happen to make the best soup mugs ever. They heat up in the microwave without the handle getting hot. I tend to use oversize coffee mugs for my soup and the handles on those heat up terribly. Never again! Meal Mugs all the way!

Nicole of The Spirited Thrifter holding a blue mug with Salted Caramel Gingerbread

You have to admire his style – and his ingenuity with gifts! He made it a two-for-one. Nibbles and a Meal Mug!

Phil from Baconhound holding a blue CorningWare Meal Mug with Homemade Nuts & Bolts

Salted Caramel Gingerbread in a Mug

Delicious gingerbread cake with salted caramel baked up in individual mugs to share!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of cooking molasses use fine molasses if you want a lighter sweeter cake
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup of hot water

Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 F.
  • Cream your butter and sugar together. Then add in your egg and the molasses, whichever you chose to use.
  • Whisk your dry ingredients together well in a separate bowl.
  • Slowly blend them into the wet mixture, until just combined. The lowest setting on a mixer does a great job.
  • When done, take the cup of hot water and add into the mix, combining it slowly until it looks more like cake batter.
  • Divide the batter between three or four CorningWare Meal Mugs. Dividing into three mugs will have the raised top dome, four will have the cake lower down into the mug.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until a a cake tester inserted comes out clean, around 35-40 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Remove and set aside.
  • To make the salted caramel, combine the butter, sugar, and cream together in a large microwave safe bowl. Whisk until well blended.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes and then stir. Microwave for another 1-2 more minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • To serve the gingerbread, poke holes in the top and then pour the warm salted caramel over the top.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1263kcal, Carbohydrates: 204g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 29g, Cholesterol: 173mg, Sodium: 998mg, Potassium: 1553mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 141g, Vitamin A: 1560IU, Calcium: 333mg, Iron: 8.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Vicki says

    This looks so fabulous but I have to ask – the 1,200 odd calories – is that per serving??? Yikes 🙂5 stars

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