chocolate cake in a mug (and in a flash)

So I’m sitting, watching Biggest Loser last week thinking to myself, dang, Self, I could go for some chocolate cake right now. Only, as usual, we are fresh out of chocolate cake around here, so I contemplate making a chocolate cake, in fact I’m pretty sure I have a box of cake mix… or maybe brownies? Would brownies do the trick? No, no, no that is far more commitment and calorie burning effort than I am willing to put in for a piece of chocolate cake. Scratch that. I find some chocolate chips in the cupboard and gnaw on those instead.

Fast forward to date night that week when DanO and I are in a bookstore, drooling over Pioneer Woman’s cookbook, and not but feet from me on the shelf sits a little book titled 101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes, complete with a picture of a chocolate cake in a coffee mug on the cover.

O yes, folks, this is no lie. I would not pull your leg about this.

So what do I do? Open up to the chocolate cake page and rote memorize me a recipe, of course! Only, I’m pretty sure that reproducing content from a published book is straight up illegal, so I tweaked it and made my own version of a chocolate mug cake recipe (with some help from the interwebs) and that is what I have for you here:


1/4 Cup flour

1/4 Cup sugar

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons milk

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Combine dry ingredients in a microwave safe mug (I used an over-sized Starbucks one which meant that my cake didn’t go spilling up and over the edge as it cooked and rose.)

2. Add the egg, mix

3. Add milk, oil, and vanilla, mix well

4. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes

5. Place the mug upside down on a plate and let cool (Once it is cool, make a pass with a butter knife around the inside of the mug to loosen the cake.)

6. Devour your chocolate cake, exactly 9 minutes after you had the craving for it

{Serving suggestion: Top with Cool Whip. O, and I do so suggest it.}

33 Responses to “chocolate cake in a mug (and in a flash)”

  1. brittney

    Does it work?! I tried one of these before and it flopped. Big time. Totally was burnt and runny all at once and it was awful. :/

    Yours looks like it tasted scrumptious, though!

  2. Shannon

    that’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. It looks like a weird texture too. Like if you poked it, it would jiggle.

    Does your cake jiggle?

    (something I never thought I’d ask you)

    • AllisonO

      You know, I never thought I’d be asked that, either.

      It wasn’t the cake-y-est cake, if you know what I mean, but it wasn’t exactly jiggly either.

      It really was yummy and totally met my expectations, although, I was not expecting miracles from a coffee mug and 5 minutes in my microwave.

      (I am tempted here to say something about having my cake and eating it too, but I will refrain.)

    • AllisonO

      O goodness you crack me up. I was thinking of your recent post, actually, as I was pouring the vegetable oil into my mug saying to myself “I should get some coconut oil.”

      Because, hey! Even less guilt then, right?

  3. Sara

    I am a college student, and I often make microwave brownies which are fabulous on late nights when you just need chocolate now! This will be a fun addition to my collection of easy recipes though, Thankyou!

  4. Sara

    I am a college student, and I often make microwave brownies which are fabulous on late nights when you just need chocolate now! This will be a fun addition to my collection of easy recipes though, Thankyou!

  5. Jenn

    O Yummy! A chocolate cake in a mug that cooks in 5 minutes … now that is fantastic! I am for sure going to have to give that a try. Except I don’t have any cool whip. Oh what’s a girl to do?

    • AllisonO

      I’d take Babe_Chilla’s advice if I were you: PEANUT BUTTER.

      But if you add peanut butter, you will definitely need a glass of milk (and if you give a mouse a glass of milk…).

  6. Ari

    Wow, looks like a quick fix to satisfy your cravings. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to invite friends over and have this with them after dinner. Or can I??

  7. Sarah

    Yumm!! A really good treat for a chocolate fix is a Luna bar- the caramel nut brownies are the best of the best. 180 calories, like your whole day of vitamins and protein. I keep them in my desk, at home, the diaper bag, my car etc… a guilt free, good for you snack that fill syou up. I used to try the 100 calorie candy bars but would eat the whole dang thing because how do you stop once you start?!

  8. Shawn Dowds

    I tried this cake recipe few hours ago but somehow couldn’t achieve the same result as you, my cake clearly wasn’t looking that good (atleast it tasted good). What sort of chocolate are you using? Maybe it’s because of the flour I used, so I used quinoa flour instead of usual wheat flour.


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