Sinful Chocolate Cake in a Mug!

Looking for a way to unwind from the stress and bustle of Christmas?

I have just the thing for you. It’s quick and easy and makes you feel like a pampered queen in as little as fifteen minutes.

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1 coffee mug

4 Tbsp. cake flour (plain, not self-rising)

4 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. cocoa

1 egg

3 Tbsp. milk

3 Tbsp. oil

Small splash of vanilla

3 Tbsp. chocolate chips, optional

Add dry ingredients to mug, mix well with a fork. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix well. Add chips if using.

Put mug in microwave, and cook for three minutes on high. Cake will rise over the top of the mug–do not be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little; tip onto plate if desired. Eat!

(This can serve two if you want to feel less guilty.) 🙂


And if you drizzle some ice cream fudge topping over the cake while it’s still warm, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Yummy!

Here’s a tip: Measure out the dry ingredients and store them in an airtight jar. Then when you get ready to indulge your sinful craving, just dump into your mug and add the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla.

Grab yourself a throw and sit in front of a cozy fire. It’s the ultimate guilty pleasure!

Happy New Year everyone!

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17 thoughts on “Sinful Chocolate Cake in a Mug!”

  1. Jennie, I hope you had a great Christmas and got everything on your list. Yes, I vouch for the relaxing qualities of this little cake. Sometimes we just have to treat ourselves. After all, we earn some pampering after all the shopping and cooking and everything.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    This little cake is such a guilty pleasure. Treat yourself to one and you’ll be hooked. It’s so good. I hope you had a great Christmas and that Santa brought you lots of goodies.

    Happy New Year, my Filly sister!!

  3. ACK!! This time of year is TUFF for us diabetics!

    Maybe I’ll make it — just for the wonderful chocolate aroma!

  4. Just reading the recipe has added a pound to each hip! But…it is a small treat, maybe it was only an addition of half a pound !!!

    Pat Cochran

  5. Hi WandaSue,

    I’m sorry for tempting you. These desserts are really bad for diabetics. Maybe you could substitute artificial sugar for the real thing. It might work. I haven’t tried it that way.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Hi Pat C.,

    Yeah, I know it’s fattening and not really the thing to indulge in after all the sweets at Christmas. But, it is small. Maybe it wouldn’t add that many pounds.

  7. Hi Linda, mmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm. This sounds delish. It also would make an adorable small gift for my neighors next Christmastime, either dry incred. and directions to add the wet, or already baked.

    Yum. Thanks for the great idea.

  8. Hi Stacey Miller,

    Thank you for stopping by and posting that link to your amazing book. After trying the chocolate one, I’m anxious to find out what else I can do with just a few ingredients. Living alone, the mug cake is the perfect size for just one. Looks like you’ve done lots of research on this subject. Bet your book is full of neat recipes.

  9. Hi Tanya,

    Yes, this recipe works well for gift giving. And it doesn’t have to be just at Christmas. It’s something you can do for any occasion. That’s the beauty of it.

    Hope you have a great New Year’s!

  10. Hi Melinda,

    I hope you have as much success with this recipe as I have. It’s wonderful for one person. It’s just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth but not enough to do a whole lot of damage to a diet. Unless a person goes hog-wild. LOL

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is one full of much success and happiness.

  11. My daughters will LOVE this. My taste for chocolate has actually decreased lately. Bummer!

    Hope you are having a Wonderful Holiday Season!

  12. Do you know this recipe can’t be improved on? The only thing that’s a little bit better is to add a few chocolate chips.

    And believe me I’ve tried. 🙂

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