Microwave Chocolate Mug Cakes

The BEST chocolate mug cakes made in the microwave! @dessertfortwo

I’ve been having late-night dates with chocolate lately.  Just me, my microwave, and a mug of hot chocolate cake.  When the microwave beeps, it’s almost like the doorbell–my date is here to pick me up!

Judge me if you wish, but there’s no one else I’d rather hang out with on a Friday night than a mug of warm chocolate cake topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry.  If I have ice cream in the house, oh! you better believe it’s goin’ on top, too!  I think that’s called a dessert 3-way?  Sorry.

Here’s the deal with mug cakes:  most of the time they’re eggy and spongey.  No bueno.  This mug  cake is perfection.  My sweet friend Julie developed the recipe, and my hips don’t lie–they’re the best damn microwave chocolate cakes I’ve ever had.  The recipe is egg-free, yet the cakes still rise like a dream.

Easy Microwave Chocolate Cakes | @dessertfortwo

It’s a little scary to always be 70 seconds away from such an easy chocolate dessert, but I think this is what they’re talking about when they say life is sweet.  Correct me if I’m wrong.

The recipe makes 2 mug cakes, one for you and one for your date.  I really wish microwave chocolate cakes would replace nightcaps after dates, don’t you?

Won’t you come in for a way-too-strong cocktail that will make you twitch unattractively when the alcohol burns your throat?

Just no.

Won’t you come in for some microwave chocolate cakes?

HECK TO THE YES.  I’ll have mine with a side of engagement ring, please!

Easy-Chocolate Mug Cakes | @dessertfortwo

Can we please discuss the hand-stamped necklaces that my friend Megan makes?  I’m obsessed!  She also just made me a bracelet with a cupcake stamped onto it.  A cupcake!?! It’s like she’s in my head (or, she sees the cupcake wrappers overflowing the cupholders in my car…).  Her etsy shop is here if you’d like to order one or twelve for yourself.

The best chocolate microwave cake @dessertfortwo

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Microwave Chocolate Mug Cakes
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Yield: 2 mug cakes Recipe adapted from Julie Chiou's Table for Two blog.
Serves: 2
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup + 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons milk (any kind but skim)
  • ¼ cup neutral-flavored oil (I used canola)
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • optional: whipped cream, cherries, ice cream
  1. First, gather up two microwave safe mugs. Each mug should hold at least 1½ cups of water to prevent over-flows during cooking. Check your microwave, and ensure the power setting is on high.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, whisk together the milk and oil. Pour this over the dry ingredients, and whisk until the batter is lump-free.
  4. Divide the batter between the two mugs, and top each mug with 1 tablespoon of the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Microwave each mug cake separately for 70 seconds. After 70 seconds, let the cake rest in the microwave for about 1 minute before opening the door.
  6. Serve with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, ice cream, and cherries, if desired.
As you know, microwave settings vary. Your microwave may cook the cakes faster or slower than mine. The one minute rest in the microwave after cooking should help some with varying cook times. I wish you lots of success! If you have a variation or want to share exactly how long your cake took to cook, please let me know in the comments section! :)




    • snooksters says

      Wow just made them. I added a small square of dark chocolate bar broke it into 3 pieces and a dollup of caramel sauce in the middle of batter and then covered with remaining batter. 2 minutes later I added vanillia bean icecream with caramel sauce on top…unbelievably rich and awesome! I made 2 mugs and could only eat one of them it was so rich and chocolately! The best thing ever. In the future I could make ahead of time for get-togethers and then give everyone their own mugs to “bake” lol. Thank you so much for the recipe. Kailua Hi ;-)

  1. says

    I’d much rather end the date with chocolate mug cakes too! I’ve always been nervous about trying mug cakes because I never believed they could really turn out but these are changing my mind! I will definitely be giving them a try :)

  2. says

    What I really really really dislike about this recipe. It’s far too tempting and far far too easy to make on the spur of the moment. My hips would probably survive, but there would be some additional belly fat. Oh sigh.

  3. says

    Seriously so excited to get my necklace from Megan. Love you for hooking us up! Also, I’m even more sad about the loss of that mug now that I put together that there was a GIRAFFE on the other side of it. WHAAAAAA!

  4. Rachel B. says

    Just contacted Megan about said cupcake bracelet…. fair warning – I may totally be a big ol’ copycat!

  5. says

    Who knew this whole time, I’ve been 70 seconds away from chocolatey bliss in a mug?!! Definitely feel like I need to make up for lost time by making about 12 of these in a row…which in my mind is still better than baking a full batch of brownies. Heck to the yes, I WILL accept chocolate in lieu of nightcap. Yeeees ma’am!

  6. says

    You are so funny, love the line when the microwave dings……..anyway this looks amazing. I’m a big fan of chocolate! Pinned!

  7. Auntiepatch says

    Have you tried the 3-2-1 cake in a mug? Let me know if you want the recipe. Two ingredients and a microwave is all you need!

  8. pc501 says

    Wicked good! All your recipes I’ve made are delightful. Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone, lol, so I used 2T oil and 2T Nutella, Valrhona cocoa powder, a few sprinkles of espresso powder, and divided into 3 mugs microwaving for 40 seconds. Definitely could have eaten all three, but that would have been positively piggish. Note: accompany with a glass of ice cold milk or dark coffee.

  9. says

    Haha, I’m cackling at “my hips don’t lie.” These look awesome! I’ve pretty much given up on mug cakes because as you said, they’re usually spongy with a weird texture. You’ve convinced me to give them another try!

  10. says

    These photos are STUNNING!!! Sounds like the perfect Friday date night to me, too :)

    Also, I’m obsessed with your friends jewelry! I’ve been looking for a rose gold bar necklace for a while now, so that might have to be the one!

  11. Courtney says

    I made this yesterday for an afternoon sack and it was so yummy. I added a little marshmallw fluff to the middle. It was super easy and it cured my chocolate craving!

  12. says

    Dang, girl! I’ve never owned a microwave, but this is the first time I’m missing having one! Warm chocolate cake is the way to my heart!

  13. says

    First of all, those little cups are the best things I’ve ever seen. They put my starbucks mug(/the only mug I own) TO SHAME.

    Totally checking out that etsy shop. Might be all kinds of perfect for a present for my sister for her graduation.

    My hips are begging for these mug cakes. Just saying.

  14. Megan says

    Hi Christina!

    First of all, I just want to say that I’m thrilled to have stumbled upon your blog. I love to make sweets, but my husband and I hate all the leftover temptation!

    I made this recipe last night with one substitution–unsweetened vanilla almond milk. And that’s only because I didn’t have dairy milk in my fridge. It was SO DELICIOUS. My husband is currently out of town and I should have made half the recipe (or only eaten half of it), but let’s be honest…I ate the whole dang thing because it was just that good! I have made other mug cakes and they’re good unless you’ve made this one. In fact, I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome this cake was when my sweet tooth came calling tonight. So in an effort to feel less guilty about eating chocolate cake two nights in a row, I only made half the recipe, used the almond milk again and replaced the oil with unsweetened apple sauce. The texture and taste were almost identical to your original recipe. Love that I can make those substitutions when I feel like cutting out some calories.

    Thanks so much for sharing your talents and I’ll definitely make more of your recipes in the future! Can’t wait to share this one with my hubby!

  15. says

    Made these tonight and they were deeelicious! Definitely the best chocolate mug cake I’ve had. We didn’t have any chocolate chips, so I topped them off with a sprinkling of sea salt. Dangerously good!

  16. Valarie says

    I have a dumb ?, I only ever have skim milk. What’s the reason for no skim…I was dying to try this today…yucky and rainy out didn’t want to go out for whole milk? Ty

    • says

      Hey Valarie, I just prefer whole milk because the fat in the milk makes the cake richer. Skim milk is too watery in the cake. You can definitely use it, but the cake might be a little light tasting, if that’s okay with you. Best of luck! :)

  17. Emily says

    Found this recipe tonight after dinner, me and the hubby were craving some chocolate! it was so easy and I had everything on hand, it’s delicious! I also took some peanut butter mixed with kefir cheese milk and powdered sugar to whip up a type of peanut butter topping in seconds, this was wonderful

  18. Pam says

    Made them in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day. Used skim milk and added 1/8 teaspoon vanilla. They were absolutely delicious! 70 seconds plus 1 minute standing time was perfect! My husband and I thank you so much for our new go-to Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe.

  19. says

    I ran out of milk so I used Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper + 1Tsp Egg and I added a handful of dark chocolate morsels. Strangely enough the recipe still worked fairly well; the cake was mix between fluffy and chalky in texture but the taste was fine.

  20. Baking Momma says

    Hi their, I was baking vanilla cupcakes for my 10 years old daughter yesterday. And my 12 year old daughter wanted something chocolatey but didn’t want to make my famous brownies. So I decided to make your recipe in the oven since it was already heated. It was delicious. I baked it at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. I will defitenely try it in the microwave next. Thanks for the great shortcut.

  21. Adrienne says

    Amazing. As a from-scratch baker, I have never tried mug cakes, but today it’s super cold and the boys and I wanted something fast. This hit the spot: perfectly gooey and dense and rich! We didn’t have any more chocolate chips but had some left over peanut butter ones. Also love that the servings are very generous; so rich I couldn’t finish mine! Doubled the recipe to make four. Thank you! Definitely a keeper!!!

  22. Rachel says

    My brother and I did this recipe, tastes delicious but you definitely cannot eat more than one!! we did 70 sec on a 900 watt setting and the top half was fairly dry whilst the bottom inch was just goo, so I would recommend a lower setting and longer too.. still delicious though!!!


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