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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31st May, 2020
I loved this cake! I don’t understand all the negative comments which is why I purposely made an account to write this. The cake is BIG, but for a big eater/dessert lover that was great! If you’re not a big eater, just half the recipe - easy. My cake was perfectly cooked for me. It came out mostly super spongey like a cake but with SMALL amounts of hot batter. I thought that was lovely as it made it more fondant/dessert like. It was not slimey at all. Mine was also not bland, but I did add some peanut butter. People just need to be creative and add chocolate/spreads. This will now be my go to mug cake recipe
31st May, 2020
I loved this cake! I don’t understand all the negative comments and purposely made an account because of this. The cake is BIG - which to me is good! But if you’re not a big eater like me than just half the recipe - easy. My cake turned out mainly spongey with SMALL amounts of hot batter which I thought was delicious as it made it slightly more fondant like. If you don’t want this then I would suggest halving the recipe so that it cooks through. I didn’t find it bland at all - however I added some peanut butter. People just need to be creative and add chocolate chunks/spreads.
31st May, 2020
Very Nice but seriously 3 mugs is whats required. I did it in a litre bowl and it filled it almost to the top
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26th May, 2020
This is brilliant it’s spongey and taste pretty close to a cake also it’s easy to make
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Aya Hearts
22nd May, 2020
Nuts make it really good as a variety like cashews pistachios almonds and others
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Aya Hearts
22nd May, 2020
You need to add 1/8 baking soda as well And you need to put it in the microwave like triple the time And check of in at halftime It tastes normal I suggest putting a tablespoon more coco
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Benjamin Vessey
19th May, 2020
Do not try, cane out super wet and jelly-like. When I cut into it it stunk of chemicals and was super wobbly. I would not recommend, the house ended up stinking and was super bad. DO NOT TRY!
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Dasha Clarke
10th May, 2020
I didnt expect it to work but it did! I am very happy with the result! I dont understand other commentators that were expecting a real cake :) :) so so silly))) Its just a quick and simple desert fix when you dont have a time! But its absolutely worth it!
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Sevin Al
7th May, 2020
I'd hardly call it a cake, it was super spongy and pretty flavourless. Afterwards, My family and I felt sick. Do not try it unless you're looking for a problem. What was I expecting?
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Dasha Clarke
10th May, 2020
Did you also expect lit candles and icing when it came out of the microwave?)))))


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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 :/


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.
27th Oct, 2015
It's table spoons not tea spoons I really am stupid...
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