The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake

  • This chocolate mug cake recipe has no eggs and can be made for one or two (if you like to share). It is one of the easiest dessert recipes you’ll ever make and you’ll never make another mug cake again after you try my recipe!

    The moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have! It's not spongy like other mug cakes! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    Holy bananas, you guys. This chocolate mug cake recipe is one of your all’s favorite desserts to make.

    The simplest chocolate dessert yet incredibly moist, easy, and the best single-serving dessert out there (to share or not to share)!

    Mug cake for one or two!

    You likely have ALL the ingredients in your pantry already. When you get that late night craving? Or want a small batch dessert (and not whip out a giant baking pan to make brownies to nip that craving)? This chocolate mug cake IS FOR YOU!! If you haven’t made this yet; you are 100% missing out.

    The moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have! It's not spongy like other mug cakes! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    The BEST Chocolate Mug Cake recipe out there!

    Seriously though, you’re probably so over mug cakes and you’re probably rolling your eyes at me right now but STOP! I promise you this isn’t like any other mug cake out there.

    I’ve tried a bunch of mug cakes and I hated them.

    I thought they were a really neat concept for a quick dessert fix but nothing would ever beat baking an entire cake or cupcake. I hated that all the mug cakes came out SPONGY and they had the grossest texture.

    Last week, I was CRAVING chocolate like none other. It was a pretty dire situation. We didn’t have any desserts in the house because I hadn’t been baking and I didn’t want to run out to get anything so I thought I’d give a mug cake a shot.

    It ended up turning into a recipe development hour because the first batch came out horrible. Like, I threw it in the trash can and it was just one lumpy sponge thing.

    The second one was slightly better but still really bad. The third, I switched out some ingredients and added a little bit more of some and it came out how I wanted but I knew it could’ve been better so on the fourth try, I finally got it to work and the exact texture I wanted.

    The moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have! It's not spongy like other mug cakes! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    What is a mug cake?

    I still seem to get this question a lot and a mug cake is literally as it sounds. A cake that is made in a mug!

    It’s great because you don’t need to whip out a bunch of tools to make this simple mug cake.

    This chocolate mug cake is made without eggs. Why?

    Okay, I get asked this a lot too and the reason why this mug cake is made without any eggs is because that is what makes it have a spongey texture!

    If you think about it, it makes sense. Why would you put an entire egg into a mug cake when a regular full-sized cake often asks for one or two eggs?

    This isn’t a full-sized cake. And of course I’m not going to ask you to divide an egg in half.

    Just omit it! Best texture, ever!

    The moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have! It's not spongy like other mug cakes! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    Can I make this with self-raising flour?

    You can, but I tested it with self-raising flour and it just came out spongey and not the texture I wanted.

    I like my cakes light, fluffy, and moist and with the self-raising flour, it just didn’t yield the results I wanted.

    There have been many people who have used self-raising flour in this recipe and didn’t notice a difference so if you’re up for the challenge, I say go for it.

    Can this mug cake be made in the oven?

    No, this was solely developed for the microwave. I have had readers who have baked this but I honestly recall how it turned out and/or what temperature or time.

    The moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have! It's not spongy like other mug cakes! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    Are you a visual person? Watch this video below as I walk you through on how to make this chocolate mug cake at home!

    If you love mug cakes, you may like these different variations on my chocolate mug cake:

    It’s basically chocolate cake in a mug! Grab your mug and recipe below!

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    The moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have! It's not spongy like other mug cakes! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com
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    The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake

    This best and moistest chocolate mug cake you will ever have. It's not spongey or dry like other mug cakes! You will never use another chocolate mug cake recipe again!
    Prep Time: 1 min
    Cook Time: 1 min
    Total Time: 2 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1
    Calories: 606kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar (you can add 1 tbsp. more if you like it a bit sweeter)
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. milk
    • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon hazelnut chocolate spread or mini chocolate chips

    Instructions

    • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
    • Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and batter has no clumps.
    • Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug. Mine was a 14-ounce mug. You want enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
    • Add hazelnut chocolate spread in the middle of the batter or mini chocolate chips. Just drop it in the middle, no need to push it down and sink it in the batter. It does that on its own when it cooks! :)
    • Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
    • Microwave mug cake for 70 seconds on high (PLEASE READ NOTES CAREFULLY BELOW)
    • Carefully remove from microwave and enjoy!

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    Notes

    Please note that ALL microwaves are different therefore can yield different results and can overcook this mug cake if you aren't careful. My microwave is 950 watts and I cooked mine on 100% power for 70 seconds*. Knowing this information, it may help you better judge how long to cook yours for and at what power.

    *When this recipe was developed, we were in another house. That microwave in that house took 70 seconds for me to cook the mug cake. When the video was filmed, we were in a new home. In our current microwave, it takes 90 seconds...which is why there are two different times. The fact still remains: all microwaves are different and can yield different cook times, which proves to be true with my two different microwaves in two different homes.

    You can totally omit the tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut spread if you want or use a different spread of your choice (peanut butter, biscoff, etc.) or even chocolate chips like I used in the video. I just thought it made the cake even more moist but the cake itself is moist enough without it!

    **This recipe is specifically made for the microwave. I developed it for the microwave. I don't know cook time or temperature for an oven...I'd imagine it'd be a very quick cook time at a low temp., but since I didn't test the recipe for an oven, I cannot give specifics. Sorry!

    No eggs? Correct. There are NO EGGS in this recipe. Why? Egg is what makes the mug cake spongy. If you think about it, when you bake a full-sized cake, you typically use 1 or 2 eggs...for a mug cake to use 1 egg is A LOT!

    Self-rising flour? I have tested this with self-rising and it does NOT work. At least I felt it didn't work because it was too spongy for me. You are more than welcome to use it, however, please keep in mind that I don't recommend this method.

    If you're looking for a VANILLA version, here is the link to The Moistest Vanilla Mug Cake recipe!

    Nutrition Facts
    The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 606 Calories from Fat 378
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 42g 65%
    Saturated Fat 16g 80%
    Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
    Sugars 21g
    Protein 10g 20%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Joy Patterson says:

    Tried your recipe and it’s definitely a keeper! My daughter and I were looking for something without eggs, check. She has a lactose intolerance, so we were able to use unsweetened chocolate almond milk that we already had and it worked out great. Thanks for sharing this. Snack on!

  • Alexis says:

    I have made this mug cake easily a dozen times by now. I followed the directions exactly with the exception of a little more time on the microwave. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT and that’s all that needs to be said about that.

  • Aradhana Bahau says:

    The best chocolate cake ever!!! 👌

  • Alina Vera says:

    I had to adjust the amount of flour, baking powder, and cooking time because of the altitude (I live in Quito, Ecuador), but it turned out perfect! Oh, and I added a dollop of “dulce de leche” in the middle… yummy!
    Flour: 1/3 cup
    Baking powder: 1/8 tsp hooped
    Cooking time: 90 seconds

  • Rowanne says:

    I’ve made this a couple of times. I use self raising flower and it works great ☺️

  • Christine says:

    I just made 2 & turned out awesome I added hershey’s reese chipits definitely making this again

  • Jeremiah K says:

    This chocolate mug cake is AMAZING. It is moist and has tiny pools of chocolate from the chocolate chips. Must try!

  • Lil says:

    Love this recipe! Super easy and fun to make, tastes AMAZING! My whole family loved it! Thanks table for two blog!

  • Jane Santora says:

    Fast, easy, delicious! My hubby loved it. I’ve made similar recipes, so I sprayed the cup before cooking it. Really helped!

  • Alison says:

    I substituted 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce for the oil and microwaved it for 90 seconds. It satisfies my chocolate cravings. Thanks for having an egg free recipe!

  • Amy says:

    Just made this and yum!! I will need to tweak my cooking time in my microwave but so light and fluffy, super tasty!

  • Ben says:

    Awesome recipe. Best mug cake ever. I put sprinkles on top for some textural diversity. Will def make again.

  • Ben says:

    Forgot to rate in my comment but of course 5 stars

  • Debbie says:

    Delicious recipe. Very moist and flavoursome. Very easy. Wanted to try it so that I could send the ingredients overseas with my daughter. She will be away for her birthday and has always had a home made cake. Will get her partner to make it for her and she won’t miss out on a home made cake. Thanks.

  • Maddie Schade says:

    I am lactose intolerant so I decided to try out this recipe with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It worked amazingly!

  • Amy Thai says:

    My new favorite recipe ever !!! Amazing

  • Emma Hayes says:

    I have tried so many mug cakes, trying to find a good one. This one is my favorite! It is so good!

  • Janette says:

    Yum,
    I am just sat eating your mug mud cake, I just changed the flour for gluten free for me and it is yummy thank you

  • Dee says:

    Bitter! Too much cocoa, not enough sugar.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Did you read the ingredient list and notes? 2 tablespoon granulated sugar (you can add 1 tbsp. more if you like it a bit sweeter), and of course, if you like it sweeter than that, by all means add more sugar! Additionally, curious if you added the dollop of chocolate hazelnut spread in the center? That should sweeten it up a ton.

  • mia says:

    omg i made this tonight for my 9yr-old son because we ran out of choc cake. it was sooo yum! i thought it would be dry when it came out of the microwave but it was quite moist. i have to stop myself from eating it all myself lol! thanks so much for sharing!! more power to your blog ☺️

  • Justine says:

    Oh my god! This cake is delicious. I tried doing it with 1 tbsp of sugar and it totally needed the 2nd tbsp. Sooooo good and moist though! I made mine with coconut oil and almond milk because I have a corn allergy and a dairy allergy and this is exactly what I needed! Thanks for posting it!

  • Avika says:

    Followed the recipe to the T. It was spectacular. Thank you so much!!

  • Mahima masud says:

    I’ve never made such perfect mug cakes before 😍

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