Chocolate Cake in a Mug Recipe

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Why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because you’re now only minutes away from chocolate cake any time of the day or night! —Ruth Chaney, Delta Junction, Alaska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:1 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 1 servings


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • Optional toppings: coffee ice cream and caramel ice cream topping

Nutritional Facts

1 cake (calculated without optional toppings): 955 calories, 59g fat (11g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 392mg sodium, 102g carbohydrate (70g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, oil, milk and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Transfer to a 14-oz. microwave-safe mug coated with cooking spray. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 minutes or until top appears dry. Cool for 1 minute. Serve with toppings of your choice. Yield: 1 serving.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Chocolate Cake in a Mug in Simple & Delicious April/May 2012, p66

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angela32 User ID: 3084463 224656
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"It was okay....quick fix for something sweet"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 193530
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Wonderful chocolate fix - quick and easy! Works great in a taller coffee mug and 1 1/2 min seems right on the time. I topped ours with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of homemade chocolate sauce."

tbak1971 User ID: 7140807 195845
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Made this into 3 seperate servings and poured into ramekins not mugs. Added a dollop of whipped cream and my family fell in love with this recipe!

Little mess and a quiçk dessert for company!"

Floridaysgirl User ID: 4727180 121167
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"The flavor was not a rich as I would have liked. This also made a huge mess in my coffee cups. If I make it again, I will have to spray the cups with A LOT of no-stick."

spoiledbasher User ID: 3194367 186872
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"Fun and easy for a quick chocolate fix, even without the chips! I can't believe this is 955 calories, though. I hope it's a mistake."

jwfy User ID: 4335749 125612
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"Made this for my wife & I. This was excellent! One mug is enough for 2 people, unless you really need a "big" chocolate fix! I fixed one mug with 2 tbls of mini-chocolate chips and 1 with just 1 tbls of chips and thought that 1 tbls was enough. You decide how rich you want it. Also, go to the bottom of cup with each spoonful to get the rich gooey stuff. It was great with either vanilla or coffee ice cream...we tried both."

kelleytwinmom User ID: 1029480 193528
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"I've already made is several times. It really makes 2 to 4 pieces. I even take a tablespoon of butter and cocoa and mix in 3 to 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Add a little vanilla and milk to make frosting. Yummy! Try adding cinnamon to your taste. That's good too!"

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