Friday 14 October 2011

Quickie: Chocolate Cake in a Mug

We all got the email.

We all thought: Psssh there's no waaaay this could be good.

I have to say, I happily ate my words.

Mind you, not all the recipes for Chocolate cake in a mug are created equal.  I tried out 3 different versions of this recipe before settling on this one.   It was a harrowing process.  There were a number of mug shaped hunks inhabiting the rubbish bin with consistencies ranging from tyre rubber to cow pat.  Not a pretty sight.

This is a mash up of some of these recipes and the best of the ones I tried.  While it doesn't hold a candle to a gloriously-chocolatey, lusciously-moist, oven-baked chocolate cake per se it is definitely passable for those chocolate cake emergencies.  You know, when you're stuck at home studying and suffering from extreme chocolate withdrawal (and later stages of cabin fever and studyitis).

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

4 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
2 Tablespoons egg, whisked up a little
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil (I used canola but olive oil would be lovely and fruity or use melted butter - more admin but will give a richer flavor)
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional...but I found it made a world of difference to the flavor)

Large Mug (it will overflow and mess up your microwave if you a normal sized mugs)

1. Mix all dry ingredients in the large mug.

2. Add milk, egg, oil, and choc chips and mix until just combined, making sure you get the floury bits at the bottom but not over mixing.

3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes (1000W microwave).  Let it cool a little before eating. It will come out of the microwave thermonuclear so like a pie, always blow on your mug cake.  Safer communities together.


  1. ooo looks yummy, & super quick to make! good one!

    Katie x

  2. This looks like a fantastic study-break food! And as a fellow scarfie it was very exciting to find your link on!

  3. Constable Keith and Sniff would be proud. Looks perfect for a study break Nessie!

  4. This sounds like the perfect cake for chocolate cake emergencies - thanks for sharing!

  5. I can see where this lovely recipe would be too easy to make and addictive.

  6. nessy sorry for my english :)
    You are a good looking blog, and greate recipe ^_^
    I follow you, by Erica an italian fan ^_^

  7. I have seen this one (and been handed a printed out copy by my boyfriends mother - now that I think of it, maybe I should have taken the hint!) and thought the same thing - no way! And yet, I have been itching to try it. I love that you made a mash up recipe and once I have a microwave that works again I will try it!

  8. I don't know how I find you but I don't want to loose you.
    I follow you.
    Thank's and bye.
    P.S. Sorry for my english... I'm italian and I study it at school (a LOT of time ago).

  9. Nessie, Wow! I cannot believe that such chocolatey decadence could be so quick and easy. My son was just standing here as I read your post and he said, "MOM, we have got to make those... like now!" Maybe his next after-school treat;)
    - E

  10. I have heard of this too but haven't given it a go yet.

    Yours looks great Nessie!

    I wonder how much food envy there would be if I started making this as an afternoon snack at work? How much does this rise? Should the batter half fill the mug before nuking? Maybe I will try this at home before making a mess at work. Ha!

  11. Katie: Chur chur lovely!

    Anonymous scarfie: Love tastespotting too! Many many hours of my life have been devoted to browsing that site.

    timeforalittlesomething: It's my fav call ever. Constable Keith = legend.

    chefroommate: No worries! It really does fill the gap when you're desparate for a choc fix!

    Lora: It's great knowing you can always fix one up you know? Like a first aid kit. A choc-aid kit.

    Erica: Grazie mille, Erica! Your english kicks the butt off my italian that's for sure! Thanks heaps for following xox

    kita: haha you know what my mum did the same thing! You think they might be trying to give us hints?? :)

    Cucina amore mio: Grazie tanto Dann! Your comment was lovely!!!

    yummy supper: Thanks so much Erin! It would be great for the kiddies! So easy! I reckon you could totally mix in mm's or caramel bits instead of choc chips to juj it up too. Best. Mum. Eva! :)

    bunnyeatsdesign: Hmmm good question Genie, I'm trying to rack my brain to remember how far the mixture got to prenuking...maybe half? If it helps the mug I used was 10cm tall and 8.5 cm diameter at the top tapering to 6cm diam at the bottom :)

  12. hey

    I was wondering how many eggs equals 2 tbsp?


  13. Hiya Anonymous: Good question! I had really small eggs so cracked two in a little bowl, whisked them up and measured out 2 tablespoons (which was nearly the lot but not quite). So depends on the size of your eggs but should be around 2 eggs :)

  14. I know this is a really outdated comment, but this is by far the best 'mug in a cup recipe' I have come across. Just tried it now and it is delish! All the other recipes I have tried have ended up rubbery and bland and like you, I have had to chuck my concoctions out. Thanks so much, your blog is wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! So very stoked you liked the recipe. It's great when you're having uncontrollable cake cravings huh?! Thanks heaps again! :)

  15. hey thanks sososososo much for this recipe. had a terrible day at school and luckily i saw this recipe and it just made my day.
    sorry i could not use smileys cuz my shift key isnt working1 ;p
    thanks again xoxo

    1. Awww so glad it cheered you up! A terrible day at school most definitely counts a chocolate cake emergency! :)

  16. This was delicious! I have tried other mug cake recipes and this is by far the best so far. The cinnamon stood stood out as a scrumptious highlight. The chocolate chips were good- they melted on your tongue so nicely. I had a few left, just enough, but I wonder if it would work without the chocolate chips? And in case someone is wondering, I put in one large egg. I think it was a little over 2 tbs. but it worked perfectly. Thanks thanks thanks! so yummy! :)

    1. Oh yay, stoked you like it!! I think it would work without the choc chips - but is way more scrumptious and chocolately with them? If you try it without please do come back and let me know how it goes! :)

  17. I didn't read all the comments so I'm not sure if anyone pointed this out, but one amazing thing about this mug cake is that there is virtually no sodium in it. The Spouse has a sodium restriction and has had to more or less give up his favorite dessert -- chocolate cake. I can't wait to fix this for him! Thank you so much!

  18. I adore easy dishes like this ! Colorful and vibrant and so full of lovely flavors



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