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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9th Dec, 2015
It would help if someone could edit the first line of the ingredients so the flour and sugar are not irritatingly concatenated like this.
26th Nov, 2015
This was quick and easy, but it only required about 2 minutes in a standard type microwave. I stopped it after about 2 .5 minutes when I saw it wasn't rising any more. Next time I will try about 2 mins but stop just after it stops rising.
20th Nov, 2015
Loved this! Made two massive mugs in 3 mins in microwave! A little too dry - should've grabbed some cream or custard for the centre but was sweet and tasty.
27th Oct, 2015
Great recipe it's better when you follow it correctly and you can do it wheat free!
24th Oct, 2015
so so tasty! easy and quick!!! I could say that the recipe could serve 1 to 3! I used a bowl and changed the recipe a little bit! I put 4 tbsp milk and only 2 sunflower oil and put it in the microwave for 3 min only! it came out DELICIOUS!!! I imagine that if I use 2 mugs instead of a bowl it will come out nice too but it might need less min in the microwave! I will try it and let you know!!!! WELL DONE!
16th Sep, 2015
This is actually a great recipe, I ended up with a very soft spongy delicious cake. However, 3 things to note. 1) Don't use a mug, use a bowl - otherwise the batter will overspill. 2) Be careful about how long you cook it - I think 4 minutes is too long. Keep a close eye on it, check it every half minute and cook only until an inserted skewer/knife comes out clean. 3) Personally I found it was a lovely mild level of sweetness, however some may find it not sweet enough - chocolate chips or a chocolate icing would help with this. Otherwise, great recipe. Fixed my chocolate craving!
10th Sep, 2015
I can understand why not everyone is happy with this recipe, but I think it has potential. 1. You can't just use a normal mug! Luckily I already had a sneaking suspicion this would be an issue becauce of the amount of the ingredients. So even though I hadn't read the comments before making, I used a big soup mug. So in other words a bowl with a handle lol. So unless you have one of those big soup mugs, I would say use a deep style bowl. 2. Yes this is very easy to overcook! I overcooked mine by putting it in 4 min 45 seconds. I think it still had a nice taste and lucky for me it wasn't burnt, just really dry. But I really wanted cake and this was the last of my coco powder, so I still ate it haha (sad I know). I would bet 3 minutes cook time would be more like it. Maybe even less if you know your microwave tends to cook things faster than the recommended time. So overall I say this is a nice first attempt at making a microwave cake for me. But I will certainly continue to use the large soup mug and next time I am cutting the cook time WAY back.
20th Jul, 2015
I had a go at this and it wasn't successful at all it rose fairly quickly which was good however when I got it out it was rock hard and burnt, really unhappy with that result. sadly I have to say it was awful. happy to see it worked out for some though ! :)
20th Jun, 2015
Amazing tasting cake but definitely makes more than 1. I used a massive mug (sports direct one) and it overflowed in that and those mugs are massive! Tastes fabulous with custard!
E-J Thompson
25th Feb, 2015
This definitely makes more than one mug! I rescued most of it into a 400ml mug but my microwave needed a good clean!


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