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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Meh Clarke's picture
Meh Clarke
21st May, 2020
Sorry can someone tell me how to dislike that reply??
Cool2cook's picture
6th May, 2020
Works better with Butter, lovely recipe but it is more like enough for 2 people! I think i will halve it next time, i think it also needs more milk as it was slightly dry. the amount of time it takes depends on the mug, for me it took 2 mins and 30 secs.
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Lawrence Atkinson
29th Apr, 2020
I made it with butter instead of oil. Briefly warm the water up with a bit of fresh chilli. Threw the chilli out, made it as per recipe but used self-raising flour. It was perfect. Soft, moist as good as any mug cake I've ever had.
VIKTOR's picture
28th Apr, 2020
It’s slimy, not a cake at all. Might as well make a real cake and not ones in a mug. Also forgot an ingredient that makes it rise as well fluffy: baking powder. Don’t try this unless your stupid enough to.
27th Apr, 2020
Like several others I’ve registered for an account just to warn people not to waste ingredients on this cake! It was absolutely vile & has singlehandedly ruined lockdown
26th Apr, 2020
I made this and cooked it in a pudding bowl for 2 mins 900w it was nice and spongey. I cut it in 4 it tasted lovely with and custard. My Hubby was well impressed.
18th Apr, 2020
Worst thing I’ve ever made do not try this. Not fluffy AT ALL it was slimy and gross and had NO flavour just don’t waste your time and find a different recipe.
Meh Clarke's picture
Meh Clarke
21st May, 2020
I strongly agree
13th Apr, 2020
Absolutely disgusting, failed recipe passed off as 'fondant'. Bland, horrible texture, didnt fit in biggest mug. Disaster, don't bother, had to throw it away, wouldn't serve this to anyone.
Monica223's picture
4th Apr, 2020
I like a lot of bbc recipes. I watch the tv show too, love it! I don’t usually leave comments, but I have signed up to give my opinion about this particularly cake. Never tried a mug cake recipe. The cake is not sweet enough, I would liked to be more sweet. I would use less cacao, it didn’t needed to be that much; maybe that’s way didn’t taste sweet enough. The minutes in microwave needs to be more exact. For quantity given above, I would use a bigger cup to mix, I would have it for 2 people. I added more milk like another 2 tbsp and the cake texture was ok. I would use a cup who isn’t narrowing at the bottom. Maybe if I experiment with the ingredients and quantities, one day will be for my taste.


20th Mar, 2016
Just replace the cocoa powder with flour.
E-J Thompson
25th Feb, 2015
If you use only 2-3 tbs of sugar then you could use hot chocolate powder.


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