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chocolate mug cake in white mug
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Chocolate Mug Cake

This chocolate mug cake is super fast to make and perfect for portion control. Chocolate cake made and ready to eat in 3 minutes? Yes, please!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: moist, soft
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 343kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Mug or bowl Make sure it is microwave-safe or oven-safe
  • Fork or small whisk


For a Mug (Full Sized Mug, 11/12 oz)

  • 6 tbsp of cake mix use whatever cake mix you like
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 2 tsp of canola or vegetable oil

For a Small Bowl (4/5 oz)

  • 3 tbsp of cake mix
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp of canola oil or vegetable oil

From Scratch Chocolate cake recipe

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour or cake flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable, canola, olive, coconut, or avocado oil
  • 3 tbsp water, milk, almond milk, or coffee
  • pinch of salt


For Cake Mix

  • In a mug or bowl combine the chocolate cake mix, water, and oil. Mix well with a fork.
  • Microwave the mug for 1 minute 30 seconds to 1 minute 45 seconds. Check it with a toothpick, when it comes out clean it is ready.
  • A small bowl measurement will take about 1 minute.
  • Top with whatever you like such as, frosting, sprinkles, powdered sugar, etc.

From scratch

  • Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a mug and mix with a fork or small whisk.
  • Add the oil and the water and mix until well combined.
  • Cook in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave.
  • Check for doneness with a toothpick.
  • Top with whatever you like and serve.



Note: These facts are for one large mug cake. The smaller the bowl or mug the fewer the calories and other nutritional information will be.
*If you want to use a standard oven: You need an oven-safe bowl/mug or a small cake pan. 350F/176C In a standard tall oven-proof mug it will take 25 to 30 minutes. In a wide open-mouth mug it will take less time 20 to 25 minutes. Just check it with a toothpick. In a small cake pan, it will be 15 to 20 minutes.
list of nutritional facts for chocolate mug cake


Calories: 343kcal