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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Hayley Niewiarowski's picture
Hayley Niewiarowski
12th Feb, 2020
I switched up the recipe a bit using 2 tbsp of sf flour instead of 4. Instead of 3tbsp of caster sugar I used 1tbsp caster sugar, 1flat tbsp of stevia, and squeezed half an orange for sweetness/moisture. No milk. Chucked in a few chia seeds and brazil nuts and it was pretty good for a 2 minute cake......and less calorific.
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Ellen Minott
4th Feb, 2020
DO NOT MAKE THIS I do not usually comment but I have signed up today to warn others that this recipe is horrible. It is bland and flavourless. There is no sweetness at all and it tastes like the cocoa powder itself. The batter was still raw some parts throughout despite using a wide mug. I highly do not recommend attempting to make this "chocolate cake" and if you do, you may want to add a few tablespoons of regular granulated sugar.
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Yin Yang
27th Jan, 2020
I mean its not the best cake I've had but for being cooked in a microwave its pretty good
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Tori MacNamara
8th Jan, 2020
I never review things, but I signed in just to review this. I usually just trust the star rating for recipes, but this has taught me to never trust the star rating alone! This makes a lot of cake, but it is so tasteless and bland, it's just not really worth it. I'm pretty sure by "biggest mug", they mean a soup mug or other WIDE mug, as I used one of these mugs ( ) I got just before halfway through to find raw batter. When I microwaved it again for 30 seconds, it was full again, but when I had eaten about half of it I found more raw batter! I guess I now have a never ending mug of this hideous cake? End of the story: It's only worth it if you're super desperate.
Barely trying
5th Jan, 2020
Made it as I was desperate and nothing else sweet was in the house. It not good, but its definitely edible and you can eat it and it doesn't taste awful. I ommitted the oil cause I had no oil (subbed in more milk) and it was a little rubbery but I have low standards so worked for me!
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Katie Souhan
10th Dec, 2019
It is so rubbery I don’t know why I did exactly what it said
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Weirdo Willow
8th Dec, 2019
Honestly amazing! It does make a decent sized mug cake and it taste delicious! Make this a lot now but a tip is if you have it use dark chocolate cocoa powder because really it tastes the same but it gives it a little more flavour and is definitely amazing
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Bethany Yates
2nd Dec, 2019
This was literally the worst thing I’ve ever made, absolutely vile. Rubbery and doesn’t taste of anything.
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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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
Charlotte Hammond's picture
Charlotte Hammond
18th Jan, 2019
Put it in a bowl ...oh and don’t put the microwave lid on
Eugene Zagidullin's picture
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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