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Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Why is this chocolate cake in a mug the most dangerous 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 serving


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • AllisonO
    Mar 4, 2020

    Subtly sweet but just the right size when you don't want to make a whole cake. I would say this is definitely more than one serving, though. It's enough for two people to share. I made it in an 8 cup pyrex baking dish and it fit perfectly.

  • angela32
    Apr 11, 2015

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

  • homemadewithlove
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!