Chocolate microwave mug cakes with napkin and spoons

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 2 mins


Serves 1

Need a quick chocolate fix? Try making this easy microwave mug cake with storecupboard ingredients. It's even more delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal1117
  • fat47g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs146g
  • sugars83g
  • fibre8g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg



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  • 3 tbsp milk



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  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or sunflower oil
  • a few drops of vanilla essence or other essence (orange or peppermint work well)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins etc (optional)


  1. Add 4 tbsp self-raising flour, 4 tbsp caster sugar and 2 tbsp cocoa powder to the largest mug you have (to stop it overflowing in the microwave) and mix.

  2. Add 1 medium egg and mix in as much as you can, but don't worry if there's still dry mix left.

  3. Add the 3 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil and a few drops of vanilla essence and mix until smooth, before adding 2 tbsp chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins, if using, and mix again.

  4. Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on High for 1½ -2 mins, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.

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laurenamy20's picture
8th Aug, 2019
Firstly, you definitely need to follow the advice of using the largest mug you own - it makes a MASSIVE amount of cake - the recipe photograph makes it looks deceptively small. I’d personally say there was enough for 2. The amount of mixture can easily be split into 2 regular sized mugs and microwaved individually. It can easily be made gluten free by substituting for gluten free flour (this didn’t compromise the texture in anyway). 2 minutes was adequate cooking time for an 800w microwave. The recipe is OK, but would be nicer with ice cream, custard etc as others have said.
22nd Jun, 2019
Pretty decent mug cake. I used a huge mug and it almost filled it! A tiny bit rubbery, but to be honest it's a pretty good cake for one that takes 2 minutes to mix and cook.
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Icypanda queen
12th Jun, 2019
Rly good recipe
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Icypanda queen
12th Jun, 2019
I find it so easy to make when i get home from school
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Icypanda queen
12th Jun, 2019
I agree it gets cooked in one min or so
2nd Jun, 2019
I followed the recipe and it came out rubbery and quite tasteless, Disappointed!
10th Feb, 2019
It's a bit rubbish but just add a little more milk, take away a tbsp oil and add a tbsp butter, you should be fine.
26th Sep, 2018
This was not good. Don't bother; there are much better mug cake recipes out there.
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Ngoc Huynh
1st Jul, 2018
I half every but egg and milk . 1 egg and 2tbs of milk . It's perfect for small mug I have. I wanted sth nice with my vanilla ice cream and it's perfect. I also too lazy so I put all in one and mix all together. Fast and easy . 1m50s in microwave come out soft and moisture
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2nd Apr, 2018
Made this today for my hubby, it was very big filled my largest mug. I added chocolate chips and orange extract, he loved it and ate it all. Served with vanilla custard.


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Alison Asare
3rd Nov, 2018
Do you have to include the cocoa powder or can you just have a vanilla version?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. You would need to replace the cocoa for another ingredient. We haven't tested this but plain flour could potentially work. If you try it, let us know how it works out!
12th Nov, 2017
What are the nutrional details please of the chocolate mug cake
23rd Nov, 2016
Are these recipes all level spoons?
22nd Jun, 2019
Heaped spoons if you're using regular spoons, it's only level if you use measuring spoons. Hope that helped!
26th Oct, 2016
Is the cocoa power optional?
9th Nov, 2014
Hello goodfood , I tryed to make these cupcakes but,when I took them out of the microwave they were really hard . I dont know why? So I just told my mom that I made biscuits! I am a kid so please answer my question. Next time I make it I want to make it right.
20th Mar, 2016
If you read the comments you'll see that you need to cook them for less time. Well done though, keep trying!
26th Nov, 2015
I have tried this recipe and like you I think the cooking time is too long. Try again but watch it and 10sec after it stops rising, take it out. Good luck!!
1st Sep, 2014
What can I use instead of the cocoa powder?? I can't have chocolate :/


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Icypanda queen
12th Jun, 2019
To make it vanilla add an extra tablespoon of flour and sugar instead of cocoa powder and also add vanilla extract
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Charlotte Hammond
18th Jan, 2019
Put it in a bowl ...oh and don’t put the microwave lid on
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Eugene Zagidullin
25th Apr, 2018
You definitely should add some salt. Couple of table spoons of brandy would be good too.
11th Sep, 2017
Brilliant! But needed only 3min 30sec in 800W oven!
23rd Nov, 2016
Are these recipes level spoons?
Daniel thomas
14th Oct, 2016
Used half the amount of ingredients. It was plenty. Mine cooked in 1.5 mins with the microwave on 600.
27th Oct, 2015
It's table spoons not tea spoons I really am stupid...
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