Recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

So I have a confession guys: this recipe has been on my radar for quite some time now! But for a variety of reasons, I never came on board. UNTIL LAST NIGHT.

So this trend has been going on for a few years now, and I’ve kind of felt it was a silly one. I mean, why would I want to make a single-serving cake when I can have a WHOLE CAKE? With an option for seconds (and let’s be honest, for thirds).

But I’ve been trying to cut back on my dessert intake lately and so you can see how this chocolate mug cake would fit the bill so perfectly…

Now normally, I’m not a cake person. I like cookies and brownies the best, with cupcakes lagging behind those two. I just hate all the work that goes into making a cake and I only knew a few recipes that really satisfy that moist cake craving for me. The rest, I can go without.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

But lately, my friends, I’ve had cake on the brain. It all started while watching an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, where Marie just casually waltzed in with a chocolate cake. It was no special occasion, they just have cake. I wanted cake too.

Then my best friend send me a picture of her birthday cake: strawberry shortcake. I wanted cake even more.

Last night, I had such a hankering for cake. I know I could have just baked a CAKE but I knew that if I did, I would probably eat half of it. (I have very little self-control, obviously). That’s when I remembered this Chocolate Mug Cake recipe I saw The Pioneer Woman making on TV the other day.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake

1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

3 minutes

Yield: 1 single serving cake


  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • chocolate chips


  1. In a microwave safe mug, add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and mix well. Then add the wet ingredients: the milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir completely and top with chocolate chips.
  2. Microwave for 90 seconds or 1 minute and 30 seconds. Let cool for a minute and then ice cream or whipped topping. Enjoy while warm.

Original recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Like I mentioned, I was quite sceptical about this recipe. I don’t really cook in the microwave and don’t really like to cheat on my oven. And I didn’t actually believe cake could cook in 90 seconds when I put it in and walked away to clean up the mess I made, but then it was actually done!

The list of ingredients is so easy. It’s all stuff that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge, and the quantities are so small that even if you have a bit, you can probably make this. I suck at memorizing things, but when I made this for the second time last night for my hubby, I didn’t even have to look at the recipe- it was that easy!

Before making this recipe, I quickly scoured Pinterest for other recipes and many others had egg in them. This is what surprised me about this recipe: there was no egg! It did bake up just fine without the egg, but it was a tad dry so next time I’ll be trying a recipe with egg.

The original recipe also calls for 3 tablespoons of sugar. Considering the fact that I’m watching my sugar intake, I cut this down to 2 1/2 and it was still quite sweet. So I reckon you could go down to even 2 tablespoons.

This chocolate mug cake recipe is so perfect for those days when you just gotta have something sweet, but don’t feel like making a big production out of it. It’s so quick and so easy! Plus, it only makes enough for one person so you can’t really go back for seconds (or thirds) which makes it easy to portion control. On cold, Winter nights, it’ll go wonderfully with a movie and a fireplace. 🙂

I really hope you try this out! And let me know how you get on.

Thanks for reading,


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  1. Natalie says:

    YUM! I have all of the ingredients except cocoa powder…so definitely going to have to grab some during my next trip to the grocery store (along with some vanilla icecream)!

    • Ikhlas says:

      YAYYY! So glad you tried this out! I agree, it does make a lot! I also couldn’t finish it because of the sweetness. I reckon you can decrease the sugar to 2 tablespoons even (I did 2.5 and it was still so sweet).

      Thanks for letting me know how it turned out! 🙂

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