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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10th Feb, 2019
It's a bit rubbish but just add a little more milk, take away a tbsp oil and add a tbsp butter, you should be fine.
26th Sep, 2018
This was not good. Don't bother; there are much better mug cake recipes out there.
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Ngoc Huynh
1st Jul, 2018
I half every but egg and milk . 1 egg and 2tbs of milk . It's perfect for small mug I have. I wanted sth nice with my vanilla ice cream and it's perfect. I also too lazy so I put all in one and mix all together. Fast and easy . 1m50s in microwave come out soft and moisture
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2nd Apr, 2018
Made this today for my hubby, it was very big filled my largest mug. I added chocolate chips and orange extract, he loved it and ate it all. Served with vanilla custard.
18th Jan, 2018
Halved the amount, microwaved for 40 seconds, done to perfection. Just enough for a sneaky chocolate fix for one.
Kerry Latchford
7th Jul, 2017
Just made these with my daughter very yummy but agree the cooking time needs reducing. Finally found something to do with those giant sports direct mugs x
24th Apr, 2017
4-5 minutes is definitely way too long ! Mine came out looking like something astronauts would take to space, oops! (so dry!) Easy and quick recipe though, will microwave for a little less time next time.
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10th Feb, 2017
Awesome!! We need a sweet fix and I had been looking at this recipe for a while. fab taste, fab texture but more to the point, quick, easy and very tasty. Hit the spot :-)
13th Jan, 2017
It serves 2 -only wanted 1, so halved sugar, flour and cocoa. 1 med egg (hard to Half!) and so only added 1 tbs of milk and oil each. Cooked for 3 mins and it came out perfect! Nice pud t have with custard, and great for my daughter to make on her own (age 10)
25th Nov, 2016
I used a large ramekin, a mug would be too small. I followed the recipe with a few exceptions; I used coconut oil instead of vegetable, added a 1/4 tsp of bicarb and a 1/4 tsp of instant coffee. I cooked in a 700W microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. I was amazed at how it came out like actual cake. The taste is good, but could use a bit more sweetness. It does dry out a bit quickly so recommend it's eaten straight away. Worth the effort though!


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