Chocolate Mug Cake

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Chocolate Mug Cake is perfect for when you want dessert but don’t want to make an entire cake or deal with leftovers! This mug cake cooks right in your microwave and is moist, fluffy, and indulgent. 

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digging a spoon into a chocolate cake inside of a mug

What do you do if you’re craving a big slice of chocolate cake but don’t have the time or energy to actually bake a cake? Two words – Mug. Cake. I’m serious. You can have a heaping slice of decadent chocolate cake just for one. You’ll be putting the fork to your mouth in – wait for it – less than 5 minutes!

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

  • Perfect size. This little chocolate chip mug cake is exactly what it sounds like – a cake baked right in a mug. Mug cakes are the most perfect, individual-sized treats. It’s one serving and bakes in just about a minute, and all you need is a mug and a fork.  
  • Chocolate decadence. Good things can come in small packages! This little chocolate cake in a mug has all of the great flavors of a traditional cake in a single serving.
  • Super quick and easy. Does it get any easier than dessert in 5 minutes? I don’t think so! You’ll never want for a good dessert again!
spooning out mug cake topped with whipped cream

Recipe Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Flour: You can also use almond flour for a gluten free treat.
  • Sugar: If you’re trying to avoid refined sugar, you can also use monk fruit instead!
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Egg
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Whipped Cream

How to Make Chocolate Mug Cake

Ready in just five minutes, this chocolate cake in a mug makes the perfect individual dessert. Check the recipe card at the end of this post for exact ingredient amounts and detailed instructions.

  1. Melt. Place butter in a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug and melt it in the microwave. This should take about 30 seconds.
  2. Add. To the melted butter add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, beaten egg, chocolate chips, vanilla, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Stir. Stir everything together with a fork until it’s thoroughly combined.
  4. Microwave. Cook for 50 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave. The top of the cake should be set.
  5. Top and serve. Top your mug cake with whipped cream and more chocolate chips, then enjoy. 

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure not to over mix your batter. If you do, your cake will be more tough and less fluffy. 
  • Use the proper size mug. The batter will rise, so unless you want an actual volcano of chocolate lava in your microwave, use a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug
  • Don’t walk away from the microwave while it’s cooking. You want to keep a close eye on your cake and stop the microwave if it looks like the center is set. 
chocolate cake in a mug topped with chocolate chips

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve my chocolate mug cake topped with whipped cream and extra chocolate chips. But one of my favorites is topping it with raspberry sauce or blueberry sauce. You could also just simply enjoy it with a side of my mocha iced coffee.

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5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Mug Cake

This moist and indulgent Chocolate Mug Cake cooks in one minute inside the microwave. It is the most perfect, individual-sized dessert!
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour,, or use ¼ cup almond flour for low carb version
  • 2 tablespoons sugar,, use monk fruit sweetener for low carb
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg,, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips,, plus more for garnish, optional
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream,, for topping
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Instructions 

  • Place butter in a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • To the melted butter, add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, beaten egg, chocolate chips, vanilla, baking powder, and salt; stir with a fork until thoroughly combined.
  • Cook for 50 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave or until the top of the cake is set.
  • Top with whipped cream and more chocolate chips; serve.

Notes

  • Avoid Over-mixing: Mix the ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing can make the cake tough.
  • Mug Size: Use a mug that can hold 12 ounces. This allows the cake to rise without spilling over.
  • Microwave Power: Microwaves vary in power, so start with a shorter time and add more as needed. Generally, a minute to a minute and a half is sufficient, but it may vary.
  • Monitor the Cooking: Keep an eye on your cake as it cooks. If it rises too much, stop the microwave, let it settle, and then continue.
  • Check for Doneness: Use a toothpick to check if the cake is done. It should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Let it Cool: Give it a minute or two to cool down after cooking. This allows the cake to set and develop its flavors.

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 937IU | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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13 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my kids the other day and they loved it! I can’t wait to make this again!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ Thank YOU!

  2. Sara Welch says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to curl up with this after dinner tonight! Looks too good to pass up!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

  3. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    5 stars
    This Chocolate Mug Cake needs to happen at my house very soon!!

  4. Vikki says:

    5 stars
    What a cute and delicious cake! Made individual ones for my family and everyone agreed it was a hit

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I am very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

  5. Toni says:

    5 stars
    I love this single serving mug cake! So easy and fast to make.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank you, Toni! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  6. Kimberly says:

    5 stars
    These look fabulous, making them with my kids today!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

  7. Suzy says:

    5 stars
    Mug cakes are my jam! I love how simple they are and how tasty they are too!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!