Easy-peasy chocolate mug cake

It’s been quite a while since I posted a Recipe of the Week, but this one has inspired me to share :)

Ever have times when you need a chocolate fix but baking a whole tray of microwave chocolate brownies seems a little excessive? *waves hand in the air* Well, DD happened upon this easy recipe to satisfy that chocolate craving.

It supposedly serves 2 “if you’re feeling virtuous”. Yeah, right. I don’t think so! (DD is not inclined to share her mug cake… ever!) But happily this recipe doubles like a dream… and those microwavable mug-like containers the kids begged me to buy? The ones that are supposed to be for school (so they can take single-serve microwave noodles, soup, or leftovers for lunch) but have never been used? Well, they’re the perfect size for mug cakes :)

First, a couple of tips:

Mixing all the ingredients in the mug may not give optimum results (AKA pesky little flour pockets right at the bottom of the mixture). So unless you’ve got a really large mug, I’ve found it’s best to mix everything in a small bowl first, and then transfer the mixture to the mug. (Ditto if you’re doubling the recipe and sharing it between 2 mugs — with the added bonus it’s definitely quicker to prepare that way. Note that you may need to increase cooking time for cooking 2 mug cakes at once.)

Addendum: I’ve been experimenting, so here’s the new improved version:

 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake – revisited


  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla extract to large mug, mix well with a fork
  2. Add dry ingredients  and mix well.
  3. Add chocolate chips (if using) and mix well.
  4. Put mug in microwave, and cook on High (1000 watt oven) for approx 3 minutes. Cake may rise over the top of the mug but don’t be alarmed. Allow to cool and dig in!


For vanilla choc-chip mug cake, leave out the cocoa but add 2 extra Tblspns flour, plus the “optional” 3 Tblspns choc chips.



(P.S. Next time we make a couple I’ll take a photo and add it to this post.)



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