Chocolate Mug Cake

mug cake

I bought this great recipe book around Christmas time as I though a mug cake was such a fantastic idea! It’s taken me this long to actually try it.  It really does only take 10 minutes to have delicious chocolate cake for one, and hardly any washing up- bonus!

Chocolate Mug Cake

So I toke this recipe from Mug Cakes *Chocolate* by Sandra Mahut. There are so many lovely recipes in the book, now I’ve done one I will definitely be trying more.mug cake

I think these would make a great novel dessert for a dinner party, and as they only take 5-10 minutes to rustle up, you can impress your friends with minimal effort. I will be buying some prettier mugs for this very purpose!

As an added bonus of having chocolate cake in less than 10 minutes (as if one is needed!), because all the ingredients are mixed in the mug there is very little washing up to do- it’s win win really!


  • 30g butter
  • 4 tbsp hazelnut chocolate spread
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Put the butter and 3tbsp of the chocolate spread in the mug, and microwave for 30 secs to melt. Mix together well.
  2. Allow to cool slightly, then add the egg and beat well using a fork.
  3. Add the sugar, flour and baking powder and mix in well with the fork until all the ingredients are incorporated.mug cake
  4. Cook in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
  5. Spoon the last tbsp of chocolate spread into the middle, and cook for a further 40 seconds.
  6. The top of the mug cake may look a bit moist, but if it is firm underneath it is done. Don’t be tempting to cook for longer as it can dry out the middle.
  7. Sometimes the cake can spill over the edge, just wipe away any spilt cake mixture with a clean damp cloth whilst it is still warm.
  8. I chose to just sprinkle the top of mine with icing sugar, but you could get more inventive and use cream, chocolate chips, nuts, anything you fancy really.
  9. Enjoy!

I will be trying and adapting more mug cake recipes in the future, so watch this space! If you do make any I would love to hear your comments!

NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. So these are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate.  I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipe can be improved upon please take the time to comment below. I also love seeing your versions.

Kerry x

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  1. May 29, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I have made a plain chocolate mug cake before and it is so surprisingly easy and delicious. I know they are becoming more popular now, and I would be interested to see what other types of mug cakes you make. It looks like a good recipe book. A great reason to get pretty mugs too.
    Amanda. #kcacols

    • Kerry
      May 29, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      I couldn’t believe how easy it was! Thinking of variations I could try. Thanks for your comment x

  2. Vicky
    May 29, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    What great idea, and hardly any cleaning up, perfect!

    • Kerry
      May 29, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      That’s a big bonus for me! The worst thing about baking for me is the washing up! Thanks for your comment x

  3. May 29, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    see for me something just doesn’t sit right when I see “mug” cake – im not a huge fan of cake and the concept of cake, in a mug just sounds wrong haha! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      May 29, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      They are quite a large helping of cake for one, so if your not a cake person, possibly not for you. But I liked the simplicity and fact that there wasn’t a lot of mess to clean up!

  4. May 29, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    This looks so yummy, I am going to try this. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Kerry
      May 29, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      No problem, let me know how it goes, and thanks for commenting! x

  5. May 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Yum! You had me at chocolate and minimal washing up. #kcacols

    • Kerry
      May 30, 2016 / 8:02 am

      I know, what’s not to love! Thanks for stopping by x

  6. May 30, 2016 / 3:11 am

    This sounds very easy and yummy. I definitely want to try it sometime. I agree that it would be nice for a dinner party sometime. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kerry
      May 30, 2016 / 8:04 am

      I thought they would be cool served in some vintage tea cups of something, i’ll keep working on the idea x

  7. June 3, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Ooh I love mug cakes, and this one looks really good! It’s a bit dangerous though, knowing that at any given time I can whip up a chocolate cake! x #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      June 3, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Isn’t it! Feel like hosting a dinner party just so I can do this as a novel dessert. Thanks for your comment x

  8. June 4, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Oh yes we are also big fans of mug cakes. My hubby had a recipe that he uses a lot and we love it. He also makes an easy and quick chocolate sauce to mix it with the cake and it is just so delicious! Great recipe too. Thanks for also sharing this at #KCACOLS lovely, 🙂 xx

    • Kerry
      June 5, 2016 / 9:26 am

      Oh that does sound good! It’s just dangerous having cake ready in minutes! x

  9. June 17, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Oooh, this is a good reason for me to buy a microwave (we must be the only family without one!). I would love to have cake so quickly and easily! Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday

    • Kerry
      June 17, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      I can’t believe you don’t have a microwave! I couldn’t live without one, and this is a good reason not too x

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