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


  • 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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Nigel Skinner's picture
Nigel Skinner
28th Jul, 2020
Yummy, a Lot of mixture, even in our biggest mug. Next time I will divide in two. Also needed more microwaving , this is likely the type of mug used, some mugs soak up a lot of the heat . So easy thou.
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Pepper Salt
27th Jul, 2020
The cake lacked in flavour and was far too airy. 3/10 would not recommend.
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Poppy Hope Richards
27th Jul, 2020
Awesome. I have tried other recipes but this one is by far the best. As I had no cocoa powder, I used actual chocolate pieces, but that didn't matter! 5 *****
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Mark Silverthorne
23rd Jul, 2020
Just tried this. omg, so nice. Then I looked at the calories -_-
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Stevo Mellor
13th Jul, 2020
Not sure how some people have messed this up. Super easy to make, pretty good chocolate flavour. Could probably be shared between 2 as there’s a lot of cake but really for 5 mins work it’s well worth it!
2nd Jul, 2020
Best mug brownie I ever tried! I had to do it in a bowl, to stop overflowing and I put it in for about 3 and a half minutes, but it tasted amazing! I tried it with chocolate chips and put whipped cream on top
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Chris Fisher
28th Jun, 2020
Very easy and quick. Tasty with a couple of spoonfuls of the Easy Cherry Jam mixed in.
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sana hashmi
26th Jun, 2020
I added a bit of nutella on top, it tasted amazing.
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Jan Sessions
16th Jun, 2020
Very successful to make with two small grandkids. I made the first one in the biggest (and they are huge) mug I own, and ended up with cake all over the sides of it and the floor of the microwave. The second, we made in a bowl, but 4yo wanted it served in a mug! So I cut out a circular chunk and mugged it up. The texture was airy, flavour was pretty good (we added in dark choc chips) and I would make it again halving one mix between two big mugs. It would be great warm with ice cream!
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Jill Trainor
5th Jun, 2020
I made this today. Was quick and easy. It was light and spongy but definitely too much for one person. I would definitely make this again!


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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 :/


2nd Jul, 2020
I used a bowl to avoid overflowing. It went right up to the top, so you might want to do that as well. Also mine wasnt properly cooked until I did if it for about 3 and a half minutes. Otherwise quite smooth
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Skye Gacha
23rd Jun, 2020
I just wanted to add that you can also use avocado oil or peanut oil, I used both for 2 different mug cakes and they still turned out great, the tastes barely altered in a way that you can't tell the difference unless you tried a little too much! What I'm saying is that you don't need a specific type of oil you can use any oil. But, I would recommend not using coconut oil because it didn't work for me. You can use it if you want just wanted to inform you. But overall I loved it!! It was amazing and I split it with my brother so he could taste it and he loved it. One thing I would say is that I added a lot more chocolate chips than the recipe asked for (Because I'm a chocolate addict and I'm proud of it) and I found the chocolate much stronger than it was in the first one I made. (I used semi-sweet chocolate in both
13th May, 2020
Don’t make! Too much oil and sugar. Makes you sick
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Anna Horton
19th Apr, 2020
Made this with no choc chips but only had large egg so reduced oil and milk to only 2 tbsp each and also added 1/4 spoon baking powder. Yummy with cream but think quality of cocoa helps also think you could easily make one cup and share as quite big
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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.


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