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A chocolate mug cake with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Chocolate Mug Cake

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This Chocolate Mug Cake is incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and made right in the microwave. Perfect for an easy chocolate dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, chocolate
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 11 mins
Servings 1 mug cake
Author Danielle


  • 1/4 cup (31 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 2 tablespoons (10 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons (40 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil (canola, vegetable, or melted coconut oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  • Grease a 12-ounce (or larger) mug with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Add the milk, oil, and pure vanilla extract and continue mixing until fully combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared mug and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  • Transfer the mug with the batter to the microwave and microwave for 60-90 seconds or until the center of the cake is just set.
  • Carefully remove from the microwave (the mug will be hot!) and allow to cool slightly, then top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!


This cake is best served right after you make it, but it may be covered tightly and stored at room temperature for 1-2 days.
Cooking Time: The cook time will vary slightly based on the mug that you use and your microwave. I use a 12-ounce mug and a 1200-watt microwave and find that 1 minute and 15 seconds is the perfect amount of time.
Cocoa Powder: Natural unsweetened cocoa powder or dutch-processed cocoa powder. Both work fine in this recipe!
Milk: I prefer to use whole milk, but 2%, 1%, skim, or even almond milk should work fine too.