Chocolate cake in a mug

by admin on November 18, 2008

I received this recipe through email and made it the night I received the email and the subsequent two or three nights as well. It is SO good. If you have ever had lava cakes or anything like that then you’ll have an idea of what to expect.

It’s a very moist and dense cake that is super easy and fun to make. How hard can it be? You only need one measuring spoon (a Tablespoon) and everything is mixed in a coffee mug so you don’t have mixing bowls to clean up.

I will warn you though – these are extremely addictive. And since they are so quick and easy to make they are incredibly dangerous to those on diets or that watch their sweet intake.

When I got this recipe through email it was labeled as “5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake” but I have yet to get this done from start to finish in 5 minutes. Maybe other folks are a bit quicker at measuring, mixing and cleanup than I am. At most, it’s probably a 10 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake including prep, cook time, and cleanup.

Again, it’s well worth it. Especially on all of these cold winter nights we have coming up here in Michigan. A steaming mug of black coffee and a steaming mug of chocolate cake were simply made for each other.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe.

  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 3 Tbsp. chocolate chips (this is optional, but I used peanut butter chips and it was awesome!)
  • Small splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 large microwaveable mug (I use a ginormous mug as you can see in the pic below)

My giant coffee mug

My giant coffee mug

Add the dry ingredients to the mug and mix them well. Add the egg and again mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and stir everything up to a nice smooth consistency. Add the vanilla and chocolate (or peanut butter) chips and give it one last stir.

Set the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes (for 1000 watt microwave). It’s great fun to grab your kids and watch with them as the cake rises over the rim of the mug (don’t worry I’ve never had it spill out). As the cake cools it shrinks a bit back down into the mug.

I like to dump the cake out into a bowl while it’s still steaming hot and serve it with ice cream dumped on top. This will serve one non-dieting person or two loving people who are happy to share. I will warn you though, I ate one of these by myself one time and it was a bit too much.


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