Easy Mug Cake Recipe

Easy Mug Cake Recipe

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on my Valentine’s Day menu. My focus has been on recipes that don’t require a lot of time to prepare so that you can spend the extra time with your love. For the entree, I recommended lamb loin chops drenched in a cherry sauce reduction. Both recipes will have your love thinking you’ve been taking a cooking class. But, what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate, am I right? Chocolate mug cake to be exact! However, if this Valentine’s Day finds you dateless, it’ll be ok. Let this Easy Mug Cake Recipe topped with my Homemade Ice Cream console you. After all, chocolate has a way of making everything better, doesn’t it? Not to mention, with this small serving, you won’t be forced to eat chocolate cake for the rest of the week!

chocolate mug cake

kids cooking around a table

Mug Cake: Does Mug Size Matter?

I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV. However, there are a few things I do know. Like when it comes to this recipe, mug size does matter. If you use a wider cup, with a larger surface area, the mug cake will cook faster, resulting in a not-so-moist texture. For this reason, I recommend using a cylindrical cup with less surface area. If you have two matching cups, that would be ideal, unless you’ll be enjoying this chocolaty treat by your lonesome. An eight-ounce mug is perfect!

mug cake

Microwave Wattage and Mug Cakes

As you know, microwaves come in a variety of wattage strengths. It is good to keep that in mind when making this Easy Mug Cake Recipe. My particular microwave is 1700 Watts. After testing it out a few times, I found the magic number for my microwave was 50 seconds. Most microwaves should take between 45 seconds to one minute. I recommend you start with 45 seconds and add 5 seconds until you reach the desired consistency. It might take a few tries to get it right. The main concern is overcooking the mug cake. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the gooey-ness of a good mug cake. If you get the timing right, the bottom portion of the cake will be a bit gooey.

mug cake in the microwave
When you place the mug in the microwave, you’ll notice the batter will rise towards the end of the cooking cycle. It will recede as soon as you stop the microwave.

Mug Cake Serving Suggestions

When I planned this Easy Mug Cake Recipe, I meant for it to go hand in hand with my Homemade Raspberry Ice cream recipe. I will be sharing that recipe in my next post. If you don’t have an Ice Cream Maker, no worries, just serve this mug cake with your favorite ice cream instead. Although I enjoy making everything from scratch, I don’t expect my readers to be the same. You can also enjoy this mug cake as is, sprinkled with some powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or both!

batter for cake

mug cake batter

mug cake with spoon

For other great desserts, check out the following posts: Loquat Cheesecake, Nougat bars, Easy Lemon Bars, Kahlua Cheesecake, and Middle Eastern Baklava.

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two mug cakes
Easy Mug Cake Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins

Moist and delicious chocolate mug cake in under a minute.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 mug cake
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 T. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. espresso or Turkish coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. white chocolate chips
  • 2 T. toffee chips
  1. Combine the wet ingredients (first four ingredients) in a small bowl.

  2. Combine the dry ingredients (next six ingredients) in a separate bowl, then mix into the wet ingredients. Do not over mix.

  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and toffee chips. 

  4. Pour into two cylindrical cups/mugs and microwave, one at a time, for 45-55 seconds. You may need to adjust the time slightly based on your microwave.

  5. Serve topped with ice cream, or sprinkled with powdered sugar and more cocoa powder. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Mug Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 334mg15%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 thoughts on “Easy Mug Cake Recipe”

  • Hey Hilda, at the risk of sounding totally inept at cooking, is the espresso powdered or is if from a cup of espresso (liquid form)? Love your pics.

  • Great question, Janet! I guess I need to clarify that in the recipe. I was referring to Espresso powder. Although, I use Turkish coffee (it has cardamom mixed in and adds another subtle flavor). However, any finely ground coffee or instant coffee would work.

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