Fudgy Chocolate Mug Cake fills your biggest chocolate cravings and is ready in less than 5 minutes!
Here’s a funny story from the very early days of my marriage. Being a good new wife, I prepped the dry ingredients of this cake (see details on this trick below) so that he could combine it with the few wet ingredients and make a quick mug cake on demand.
When he was ready to make it, I gave him a bag of dry ingredients and the list of the wet ingredients, and he measured them all out. After mixing up the cake, he cooked it in the microwave for the allotted time. At the end, he looked puzzled. “It’s totally raw!” I was confused, because I had made this recipe so many times without any issue. “Try another minute,” I told him. After a minute, the scene repeated itself. And again. Finally, I came to investigate.
The cake was a soupy, weird-looking mess, and I was bewildered. Then I looked down at the counter and noticed the “tablespoon” he had used. I groaned. “You used THIS?” He confirmed that he had, indeed. And the problem was immediately obvious: it wasn’t, in fact, a tablespoon measuring spoon. It was a 1/8th cup, or two tablespoons.
I expect, for the rest of our lives, I will tease him about his inability to recognize a tablespoon. But hey! When you actually do make this measured correctly, you’ll find it perfectly fudgy, intensely chocolatey, and crave-worthy every single time.
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FAQ About Fudgy Chocolate Mug Cake
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Can I prepare this ahead of time?
This cake really is best straight out of the microwave, while warm. Because it’s so easy to make, it’s worth doing it fresh.
That being said, you can definitely save time by making homemade “cake mix” out of the dry ingredients. See the next question for details!
How do I prepare “cake mix” out of this recipe?
Line up a bunch of small (sandwich or snack size) plastic bags on the counter – each one will equal one cake mix. As you measure out each dry ingredient, place the amount the recipe calls for into each bag. You can make labels with the liquid ingredients to add, or just bookmark the recipe to use each time. (I’m sure you’ll remember them after a few times making this!).
To prepare the mug cake from the mix, just add the mix to a mug, add the liquid ingredients, then mix well and cook according to the recipe instructions.
Mug cake mixes can be prepared a while ahead of time – store in airtight bags at room temperature for at least a month.
Can I double this recipe?
I don’t recommend doubling the recipe within one mug, because it may not cook evenly, so it’s better to measure out the ingredients into two separate mugs, then mix and cook each separately.
Do I need any special tools to prepare this mug cake?
You don’t! All you need is a microwave (obviously!) and.a mug. Please make sure the mug you choose is marked as microwave safe to avoid any disasters!
Can I make this with whole wheat flour?
This should work nicely with whole wheat flour. I suggest white whole wheat to keep it lighter.
Can I use something else in place of chocolate chips to change the flavor?
Absolutely! Some cool swaps for the chocolate chips would be: butterscotch chips, caramel chips, peanut butter chips, cappuccino chips or nougat chips. You can also use white chocolate, large chunks of chocolate for a melty chocolate effect, and add some chopped nuts for texture!
Any great serving suggestions?
You bet I have some! While this fudgy chocolate mug cake is delicious on it’s own, you can really take it over the top with any or all of the following:
- Add some whipped cream to the top of the mug cake.
- Add your choice of ice cream to the top of the mug cake. Some flavors that would be perfect with it are vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, but really, it’s hard to imagine any flavor not being delicious with this cake!
- Drizzle chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce over the top of the cake.
- Add some chocolate chips to the warm cake, immediately after it comes out of the microwave, so the heat of the cake will melt the chips.
Can I use this recipe to make a full size, traditional cake?
This recipe was specifically formulated to make one single serving cake that cooks beautifully in the microwave. If you’re looking to make a traditional cake or even cupcakes, I suggest you use a recipe that’s intended for that, such as this one.
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- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 4 Tablespoons milk or parve milk
- Dash vanilla extract
- 1 T chocolate chips or your favorite flavored chips (see note)
- Combine all ingredients other than chocolate chips in a microwave safe mug. Stir well with a fork until no lumps remain.
- Add chocolate chips and stir to distribute.
- Microwave for 90-120 seconds, depending on your microwave, until the top does not appear wet. Enjoy immediately.
Instead of chocolate chips, you can switch up the flavor of this cake by using your favorite flavor of chips, such as peanut butter chips, butterscotch, caramel, cappuccino, or nougat.
While this cake is best enjoyed fresh, you can make "cake mix" by measuring out the dry ingredients into a small plastic bag - it's easy to do that in bulk. When ready to make a cake, just dump one of the bags of dry ingredients into a mug, add the wet ingredients, and proceed with the recipe.
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