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Chocolate Mug Cake is quick and easy to make in the microwave in minutes! Perfect for portion control, this sweet treat is deliciously decadent.
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Table of Contents
  1. Best Chocolate Mug Cake
  2. Why We Love This Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Microwave Chocolate Mug Cakes
  7. Tips From Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Cake Recipes
  11. Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

This easy Chocolate Mug Cake recipe is the fastest way to make a fudgy cake for one that cooks in the microwave in just minutes.

With just a few simple ingredients, no eggs, and minimal effort, you can indulge in a double dose of chocolate in a perfectly portioned, single-serving-sized snack.

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Best Chocolate Mug Cake

Nothing beats the convenience of mug cake recipes because when that chocolate craving hits, you NEED a quick fix in a hurry!

This microwavable chocolate cake cup recipe is so much easier than baking an entire sheet cake in a pan, especially because it’s made in one mug in just over a minute – perfect for one person.

What I love most about this mug of chocolate cake is that it has a light, fluffy, moist texture without being spongy or requiring eggs, and it makes a delicious dessert for one or two, depending on how you feel about sharing.

This chocolate microwave cake has a fresh from the oven taste, except this one can be made in a fraction of the time, complete with molten melted chocolate in the middle.

Looking for more ways to sample a slice or take a few bites without baking an entire cake? Try my 2-Ingredient Oreo Mug Cake and French Toast in a Mug recipes!

Why We Love This Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in minutes.
  • Uses simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry.
  • Ultimate sweet treat in a perfectly portioned, single-serving size.
  • Comes together faster than your oven can preheat. 
  • Just a few bites can cure a chocolate craving fast.
  • Delicious dessert or small-batch snack.

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Ingredients

  • Self-rising flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: You can use either natural unsweetened cocoa powder or dutch-processed cocoa powder.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Whole milk: I prefer to use whole milk for this recipe because it gives this cake a richer taste. However, you can use 2%, 1%, skim, or even almond milk if you prefer.
  • Vegetable oil: Canola oil or melted coconut oil can also be used.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips

Substitutions and Additions

  • Tasty Toppings: You can top your chocolate chip mug cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, Nutella, caramel or chocolate sauce, chopped nuts, fresh berries, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
  • Choose Your Chocolate: Make your microwave chocolate cake with semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips.
  • Change The Chip: Instead of chocolate chips, try using peanut butter, mint, or butterscotch chips instead.
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Measuring tools
  • Whisk
  • 12-ounce microwave-safe mug
  • Non-stick cooking spray
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How to Make Microwave Chocolate Mug Cakes

Cooking microwave chocolate cakes is like making a miracle dessert for one – no oven, no-bake, and no fuss! In a matter of minutes, you can enjoy the moistest mug of cake in a convenient, portion-controlled size.

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients: Whisk together the dry ingredients and pour the mixture into a mug.
  2. Add Liquids: Make a “well” in the middle of the flour mixture, add the wet ingredients, and stir until combined and smooth.
  3. Cook The Cake: Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and microwave the cake batter for 70-75 seconds.
  4. Serve: Serve while hot and enjoy!
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Tips From Our Recipe Developer

  • Using a wider and shorter cup for this works best and makes it easier to scoop out your cake.
  • You can substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising flour. Add a ¼ teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Keep a close eye on the cake while it’s in the microwave and cook it until the center is just set. Depending on your microwave’s wattage, cooking times may vary.
  • You can substitute mini chocolate chips for regular chocolate chips.
  • Double the recipe to share this rich cake with a friend. Microwave cakes one at a time if you are making more than one.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: The cake is a single serving and does not reheat well.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What size mug should I use for my Chocolate Mug Cake?

I suggest using at least a 12-ounce mug for this recipe as the batter will rise quite a bit in the microwave.
Using a wide, short cup will make it easier to scoop out your cake. When choosing a mug, make sure that it is microwave safe.
This recipe isn’t designed for a travel mug that may have a stainless steel exterior.

Can I store my Mug Cake to eat later?

I do not recommend storing this mug cake, especially since this recipe only makes enough for one person. Also, the oils tend to separate if you leave this cake out too long, which is normal but doesn’t look appetizing.
However, if you need to store it, place it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 24 hours. 

Can I add mix-ins to my mug cake?

Yes, you can add your favorite mix-ins for extra texture and flavor. While you don’t want to add a lot, you can easily add a few additions.
Some ideas include sprinkles, candy pieces, crushed cookies, mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or mint chips, and chopped nuts.

Can I make a dairy-free mug cake?

You can ditch the dairy in this recipe to make a dairy-free mug cake! Use your favorite non-dairy milk, (like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk), and use dairy-free chocolate chips.

How can I make a keto chocolate mug cake?

To make a low-carb, keto cake, you will need to replace the all-purpose flour with keto flour (like King Arthur Keto Wheat Flour), a low-carb sugar substitute, replace the milk with water, and use sugar-free chocolate chips.
Quantities and microwave time many differ from this Chocolate Mug Cake recipe.

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5 from 1 vote
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Chocolate Mug Cake

Serves — 1
Chocolate Mug Cake is quick and easy to make in the microwave in minutes! Perfect for portion control, this sweet treat is deliciously decadent.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 3 mins

Ingredients
  

  • cup self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

Instructions
 

  • Using a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Make a “well” into the center of the flour mixture.
  • Pour in the milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir until the mixture is well combined and somewhat smooth.
  • Sprinkle in the chocolate chips.
  • Microwave the cake batter for 70-75 seconds, depending on your microwave's wattage.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
The cake is a single serving and does not reheat well.
Tips:
  • Using a wider and shorter cup for this works best and makes it easier to scoop out your cake.
  • You can substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising flour. Add a ¼ teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Keep a close eye on the cake while it’s in the microwave and cook it until the center is just set. Depending on your microwave’s wattage, cooking times may vary.
  • You can substitute mini chocolate chips for regular chocolate chips.
  • Double the recipe to share this rich cake with a friend. Microwave cakes one at a time if you are making more than one.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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