Chocolate Mug Cake

5 from 61 votes

Ready to enjoy in minutes, this chocolate mug cake is so rich and moist. With added chocolate chips, it's a chocolate lovers dream!

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Deliciously rich and moist, this chocolate mug cake is great when you want a sweet treat! Mug cakes are easy to make and ready to enjoy in minutes, it’s perfect when you need a quick chocolate fix in cake form. Plus, you only need a handful of ingredients which I bet many of you already have on hand!

Vegan chocolate mug cake topped with strawberries

When you’re craving that warm first slice of chocolate cake but don’t have hours to bake and decorate. This chocolate mug cake will quickly satisfy that fix. My favorite way to enjoy a chocolate mug cake is topped with a cold scoop of creamy ice cream for an amazing texture, taste, and even temperature contrast. 

“This is such an amazing mug cake recipe, it’s not rubbery & bland like other mug cakes I’ve tried. It’s fluffy, moist & slightly dense! It’s quick to make & delicious, what more can i ask for?” – Crystal

Table of Contents

  1. Recipe at a glance
  2. Ingredients you’ll need to make a chocolate mug cake
  3. Popular substitutions & additions
  4. How to make a chocolate mug cake
  5. Tips for making the best chocolate mug cake
  6. WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
  7. HOW TO STORE & REHEAT CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
  8. Frequently asked questions
  9. More easy desserts:
  10. Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

Recipe at a glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method:
 Microwave
Dietary Info:
Vegan, dairy-free
Key Flavor:
Rich Chocolate
Skill Level:
Easy

Summary

  • Quick and Easy: Ready in just a few minutes, this chocolate mug cake is great for when you don’t have time to wait around, and don’t feel like cleaning extra bowls and pans.
  • Minimal Ingredients: Requires common pantry items for an easy hassle free preparation.
  • Customizable: Switch up the toppings for each mug cake depending on your taste, the options are endless!

Ingredients you’ll need to make a chocolate mug cake

  • Flour: Use all purpose flour to make this mug cake. If you have a gluten intolerance, you can use a 1:1 gluten-free flour.
  • Sugar: Use granulated or cane sugar to sweeten up your cake.
  • Cocoa powder: For a rich chocolatey flavor. Use unsweetened cocoa powder as we are already adding sugar.
  • Baking powder: So that your cake rises when it is baked.
  • Salt: Just a little salt helps to enhance the rich chocolate flavor. You can use kosher or table salt.
  • Milk: To make this mug cake vegan, use unsweetened almond milk. You can also make this with other dairy-free milks like oat or soy.
  • Coconut oil: Melted coconut oil replaces the need to use eggs. It helps to bind together the ingredients and add moisture to each bite.
  • Vanilla extract: For flavor and sweetness.
  • Chocolate chips: The chocolate chips melt into the cake, giving you a delicious gooey texture in the center.
  • Toppings: It’s great with some fresh fruits like strawberries or raspberries, and a dusting of powdered sugar for an extra treat. You can, of course, add any toppings you like, like ice cream, whipped cream, frosting, sprinkles, or chocolate shavings!
  • Gooey Inside: Before cooking, add half of your batter, then drop a spoonful of peanut butter or Nutella, then the rest of your batter to make an extra gooey center.
  • Spice it up: Add ¼  teaspoon of cinnamon or cayenne pepper for a unique spicy twist to your chocolate mug cake.
Ingredients needed for the recipe

How to make a chocolate mug cake

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the almond milk, coconut oil and vanilla.
  3. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
4 image collage to show how to mix the dry and then the wet ingredients in one bowl
  • Pour the batter into a greased mug and microwave until cooked through and set.
Chocolate cake in a mug before microwaving

“I just made this mug cake, it’s the first one I’ve ever made, and it was amazing! I made the chocolate one for myself and it reminded me of those chocolate soufflé cakes you get at restaurants. So quick and easy to make and the texture was perfect! I also made a vanilla version for the hubby, and he wanted more! Thank you Yumna!!!” – Anne

Tips for making the best chocolate mug cake

  1. Grease the mug well before adding the batter. It’s best to use an oil spray, or you can wipe some oil around it. Avoid butter which can cause the cake to stick to the sides.
  2. Use a large wide mug. The batter will double in size when cooked, so be sure to allow for that. You can pop a plate under the mug just in case there is any overspill.
  3. Use a mug with straight sides. This will help the cake to cook more evenly. Because there are no eggs in this cake, it doesn’t matter if it does get slightly undercooked.
  4. Know that cooking times may vary. Depending on what size and shape mug you use, and the power of your microwave, your cooking times will vary. 90 seconds is a good starting point, but yours may be slightly less or more.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

HOW TO STORE & REHEAT CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

This mug cake is best enjoyed immediately out of the microwave, but in the case you have leftovers or want to save one for later. Wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap is ideal to maintain it’s freshness and moisture.

How long with a chocolate mug cake last in the fridge?

When wrapped and stored properly a mug cake will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

Can I freeze a mug cake?

Yes, you can freeze a mug cake. Once the cake is cooled, wrap the mug tightly in plastic wrap and then foil then place it in the freezer. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw before reheating.

Reheating a chocolate mug cake: To reheat, simply place the mug back into the microwave for a few seconds until warmed through. The exact time will vary depending on your microwave and if your mug cake was refrigerated or frozen.

Frequently asked questions

Can you make them ahead of time?

The beauty of mug cakes is that you can whip up a single portion in minutes. If you have leftovers through, they will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. They can be enjoyed cold or at room temperature, or very quickly reheated in the microwave.

Can you make a mug cake in the oven?

If you don’t have a microwave, then they come out great in the oven too, they just take a little longer. Simply pour your batter into a greased oven proof ramekin and bake at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a great option if you want to make more than one. Just place the ramekins on to a baking sheet in case of any overflow.

Spoon taking bite out of chocolate mug cake with strawberry slices on top

This chocolate mug cake is such a perfect treat! Rich, moist and gooey and you don’t have to share it with anyone!

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Chocolate Mug Cake

Ready to enjoy in minutes, this chocolate mug cake is so rich and moist. With added chocolate chips, it's a chocolate lovers dream!
5 from 61 votes
Servings 1 serving
Course Dessert
Calories 481
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

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Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Grease a 12-ounce microwave safe mug.
  • In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, combine all the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Whisk to evenly distribute and break up any lumps.
  • Add in the almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the mixture into the prepared mug.
  • Cook in the microwave on full power for 75-90 seconds. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before enjoying.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 389mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 34IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Dessert

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  1. Craved something caky so I decided to make this mug cake! It turned out really soft and moist unlike other mug cake recipes, absolutely loved it!

    I used ingredients I had, so swapped the coconut oil for vegetable oil and the almond milk for barista oat milk – and it still turned out great! Thank you for this recipe 🙂

  2. Just tried this at 1:30 am after my 1 year old went to sleep and I had a craving for something chocolatey. It was DELICIOUS! I’ve tried at least 3 other mug cake recipes and they were never THIS good! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. I just tried this mug cake and topped it with fresh cherries! It was “so good”! Love your recipes!!

  4. So delicious and easy to make! Definitely the perfect way to treat yourself without feeling like you’re going overboard

      1. You could try an egg instead of coconut oil. I would recommend using granulated or cane sugar to sweeten up your cake. Honey or maple syrup might work, but it’ll switch up the taste and texture.

  5. Has anyone attempted to make this recipe using their air fryer instead of a microwave or oven? If so, please share the baking details.

  6. I just made this mug cake, it’s the first one I’ve ever made, and it was amazing! I made the chocolate one for myself and it reminded me of those chocolate soufflé cakes you get at restaurants. So quick and easy to make and the texture was perfect! I also made a vanilla version for the hubby, and he wanted more! Thank you Yumna!!!

  7. Hi Yumna,

    How do we print your recipes, I wanted to print the “chocolate mug cake” so the I can make it for my grandson but there are so many adds on you site, when I send it to Print it shows 16 pages, all I want to print is the recipe, not the adds and empty spaces. Even if I nominate the pages that I want to print eg, 10 & 11 it cuts off certain parts of the recipe, truly frustrating,

      1. This is such an amazing mug cake recipe, it’s not rubbery & bland like other mug cakes I’ve tried. It’s fluffy, moist & slightly dense! It’s quick to make & delicious, what more can i ask for?