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

    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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  • Erin says:

    Great recipe! I love the texture and the amount for one person was perfect. I’m a weirdo and am sensitive to the taste of oil in baked goods; would butter work just as well? Thanks!

    • Caitlin says:

      The recipe name doesn’t lie. This really is the moistest, best-textured mug cake I’ve ever made. I used melted butter instead of oil, and YUM. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Alysha says:

    Just made this for dessert and it was amazing! Only added 1tbs of sugar (didn’t want it too sweet because I wanted to have with icecream) and i had just run out of oil so I used butter instead. It worked out really well!

  • JULIE says:

    This is the best mug cake recipe I have tried so far. I made mine with soy milk, and did not add any fillings, but it tasted great and was the perfect portion size to satisfy my craving. I made one for my son with homemade icing and he loved it too!

  • Laurie says:

    This recipe gets yummier ever time I make it! I used chocolate chips this time and worked quite well. So easy to make, all the ingridients is just In your pantry, Always come to this reciepe when I feel like this! So yumm!,!

  • Jo-ann Van Der Westhuizen says:

    Thank you for a light but moist chocolatey cake. I have a 700w microwave and cooked it for 60 seconds. It has hit the spot for my chocolate craving :)

  • Chrissy McDonnell says:

    I whipped this up in just a few minutes, carefully following each step and instruction and, voila, lovely moist and warm chocolate cake. I had no choc chips or Nutella, so bunged in a tablespoon of plum jam instead. I’m going to surprise my husband with this tonight with our evening cup of tea and treat, but may use peanut butter this time as suggested. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe.

  • Lee says:

    THIS IS SO BOMB – I don’t usually comment but this was too good not to – The serving size was perfect, and the texture was so moist, fluffy and smooth all at the same time. I had a bit more cocoa powder and less sugar as I love my strong rich choc, but overall this recipe is so great. Defs will make a few of these when friends are craving chocolate and I’m feeling too tired/lazy to bake something big. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe <3

  • Namisha Sharma says:

    Very moist and delicious. My kids loved it a lot and the best thing is that now they can make it on their own. It’s easy and fun to make.

  • Crystal says:

    The first ever NO FAIL mug cake I ever made

  • Denise Leon says:

    This was an ooey-gooey chocolaty mess! I had all this melted chocolate crap in the center. The cake part was good but only half of it turned into cake. It was way too sweet and way too gooey. I threw half of it away

  • KATHY J CALLAHAN says:

    I made this cake and it was delicious . When you just want a little something for dessert it is the perfect thing and it is a moist cake.

  • Danni says:

    i cant wait to try this at home or in home ec if we are doing it or not

  • Brooke says:

    loved this lil treat, only thing is if you’re living in australia or britain, use less cocoa, as it is a little bit bitter :)

    • Julie Wampler says:

      good advice! i didn’t realize this :)

      • Brooke says:

        yeah me neither lol, had the cake and it was really good but it was bitter so google helped me find that one out :)

  • Naomi says:

    Too chewy – spongier would be nice.

  • Diane Lowe says:

    Quick and very easy to make and tasty.

  • Savanah Yip says:

    I tried the recipe and was really shocked of how good it turned out to be and how fast it cooked! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

  • sasuke uchiha says:

    this cake is soooooo moist

  • Amy says:

    I used stevia instead of sugar and unsweetened applesauce instead of oil abd it was absolutely delicious

  • Caron says:

    How do we get to the recipe part! Please make it more clear next time. It looks yummy 😋

    • Julie Wampler says:

      If you found the comments section then you scrolled too far and the recipe is right above.

  • Mia🌺 says:

    Amazing!😉
    I am only a kid but I still found it very easy but delicious 😋. I used all purpose flour and caster sugar and it still worked well. I highly recommend this recipe!

  • Jean Applin says:

    This was so delicious. Made it exactly as it said but used palm sugar and olive oil because that’s all I had. I’m in the UK. Used cocoa powder from Lidl and not at all bitter. Cooked it in the bowl that I mixed it in for 80 seconds in a 700 mw. Absolutely loved it. OH tried it and he liked it too.

  • Stacy says:

    Disappointing recipe. It sounded so good – but didn’t deliver. Sorry to say I wasted my beautiful ingredients

  • Irene says:

    This came out so good and delicious!  I hadn’t had much success with microwaveable mug cakes in the past years and just given up on it.  But tonight I was so craving it and searched online and came across this recipe.  It came out perfectly!  I like that it didn’t contain an egg.  I stopped the microwave at 65 seconds because I could smell the chocolate cooking at the 50 second mark. Next time I’ll stop it at 60 seconds instead.  It came out moist and the chocolate chips stayed all melted/gooey.  I topped it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Next time I’ll put in a teaspoon of peanut butter and then maybe top with whip cream.  This recipe is being bookmarked and is a keeper. Its the best. Thanks!

  • Nancy S says:

    I tried this recipe with Cookie Butter and it was fantastic! The cake is moist, much better than others I have tried. 60 seconds in a 1000 Watt microwave worked perfectly. I added a bit more sugar too. ;) thank you!!

  • Enaya says:

    Hi my name is Enaya and I am 9 years old I used this mug cake recipe for my brother and it was awesome considering it’s my first time making a mug cake alone
    Thank you

    • Julie Wampler says:

      awww thank you for writing, Enaya! I’m so glad you and your brother enjoyed this mug cake recipe!

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