Melt-in-the-middle mug cake

Melt-in-the-middle mug cake

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 3 mins Cook: 1 min


Serves 1

This chocolate cake is made entirely in a mug. It requires no weighing, takes 45 seconds to cook and has a melty chocolate centre, perfect for a quick treat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal385
  • fat37g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs96g
  • sugars63g
  • fibre37g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 medium egg



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  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  • 1 soft chocolate truffle of your choice (we used Lindt Lindor)



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  • ice cream or cream, to serve (optional)


  1. Using a fork, whisk all the ingredients, aside from the chocolate truffle, with a pinch of salt in a large mug (ours was 350ml).

  2. Push the chocolate into the centre of the batter, and microwave the cake on high for 45 secs until cooked on the outside with a liquid molten centre. Serve hot with ice cream or cream, if you like.

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Sɦaʐʍa Baռʊ
8th Apr, 2020
this is absolutely delicous and im a picky eater
Beth Geddes
23rd Dec, 2019
i’ve made many good mug cakes before, and i was looking forward to this one, but i should not have ignored the bad reviews! it was awful, the batter seemed alright but after taking it out of the microwave (after 45 seconds as stated in the recipe) it was only half cooked, so i decided to put it in for another 10 seconds longer until it was fully baked, but it had the toughest texture and ended up tasting of rubber. i’m very unimpressed and would not recommend this mug cake to anyone, it was a waste of ingredients and a waste of a very good lindor ball that would have tasted much better on its own.
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Sophie Moore
14th Aug, 2019
So this might be the worst cake I’ve ever made. First off mixing boiling water and an egg did not go off to the best start, I’m fairly sure the egg started scrambling as I mixed the ingredients together. Upon putting it in the microwave for the recommended amount of time I was greeted with a solid mass with a puddle of unidentifiable moisture atop it. It moved as a singular entity as I prodded it to see if it was properly cooked, the moisture looking more concerning the longer I left it. I decided to put it back in the microwave for a bit longer in the hope it might improve. Sadly it did not. The texture was nothing like any cake I have ever seen, almost like play dough. Hoping it tasted better than it looked, I tried a VERY small mouthful. I was wrong. Chewing it seemed to do nothing other than make it ball up in my mouth. 0/10, would not recommend.
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Victoria Hall
6th Jan, 2019
Very eggy - quite disappointed.
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Hester Davies
15th May, 2018
I tried this without an egg because we didn't have one and I used milk instead. it was really nice! (Serve with chocolate sauce; really improves it!)
25th Feb, 2018
Just made a disgusting mess, doesn't deserve any stars!
29th May, 2017
I think I followed the recipe exactly but the result was not good and had to be thrown away. The texture was not at all cake-like and my teenage daughter wouldn't eat it even though she loves cake and chocolate.
11th Apr, 2017
Super quick and easy. A great hit with the family.
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