Dune Spice Melange Cakes

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— Post updated on 9/9/20 following the release of the first DUNE trailer! —

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the DUNE trailer, and to prepare, I’ve read the novel by Frank Herbert, watched the 1984 film by David Lynch, and now have made SPICE cakes! Be careful — these spice melange cakes are rather addicting (lol – you Dune fans know what I mean).

Watch the DUNE Trailer With Me

The upcoming DUNE film adaptation is currently slated to be released at the end of 2020 and is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049). Earlier this year, the first film shots for Paul Atreides, Duke Leto, Lady Jessica, Chani, and other characters were released, and I’ve got the full DUNE cast breakdown in this post.

To celebrate the release of the new DUNE trailer, I decided to make an Arrakis-inspired treat.


Enjoy these spice melange cakes inspired by the desert planet Arrakis and its addictive spice — aka mini cinnamon cakes that I made in the microwave! Yep, you can literally make this tasty cake in less than five minutes.

A couple of months ago, I purchased some mini bundt pans from Nordic Ware because I thought they would make the perfect DUNE-shaped treat. I didn’t realize at the time that the pans were for microwave-use only, but that actually turned out to be a great thing!

Not only can these delicious cinnamon cakes be made in a few minutes, you can also make just a single serving so that it’s hot and fresh when you want one.

Dune Spice Melange Microwavable (Mini) Cakes

What You Need:
(Ingredients listed for one individual cake)

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. of flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture for top and between layers – 2 tbsp. sugar + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Cooking spray
  • Microwavable “Dune”-shaped pans (or you can use a large coffee mug)
  • Microwave-safe plate

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon.

Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla; stir to combine.

Spray your microwavable pan with cooking spray. If you do not have a microwavable mini bundt cake page, aka a “Dune”-shaped pan, you can just use a large coffee mug!

Add half of the batter to the pan, then add a layer of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Add the remaining half of the batter and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top. Note: the cake will rise in the microwave, so it’s best to fill your pan only 3/4 of the way full.

Place your pan on a microwave-safe plate (to catch any potential spillage), then microwave for 70 seconds. Let stand in your microwave for an additional minute.

Flip your pan over onto a plate and carefully tap the pan to reveal the baked cake. Top with additional cinnamon sugar.

Learn about the upcoming 2020 Dune film in this post.



  1. Stephanie
    September 9, 2020 / 9:15 am

    They’re cute. They sound delicious. And they’re microwaveable?! Blowing my mind here, Monica! I love these! Okay – so I still need to read the books (I know, the bookworm hasn’t read Dune – oops) but the movie sounds like it’s gonna be great!!

  2. Lex
    September 11, 2020 / 2:43 pm

    that sounds so good, gonna try them this weekend. have to improvise since I do not have forms, but will figure something out. I have the EXACT same ACE-Edition of the book btw, it is absolutely gorgeous.

  3. Harry & Kim
    September 15, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    We watched your Dune trailer reaction and loved it! I read the trilogy when I was a teenager and again about 10 years ago. I am so hyped for this movie. We liked your recipe as well, thanks!

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