The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake

  • As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

    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!

    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!

    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.

    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 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.

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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.

    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!

    Where did you get your cute mug?!

    It’s an exclusive mug that comes with the official Table for Two Chocolate Mug Cake Kit!

    Are you a visual person? Watch this video below to see how easy it is 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!

    4.57 from 491 votes
    Print

    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
    Author: Julie Chiou
    5 Hassle-Free Ways to Simplify MealtimeSign up here for all the secrets!

    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!

    Video

    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*
    Fat 42g65%
    Saturated Fat 16g80%
    Carbohydrates 55g18%
    Fiber 7g28%
    Sugar 21g23%
    Protein 10g20%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
  • 3,103 Comments
    Julie Wampler of Table for Two
    Meet The Author: Julie Chiou
    Dinner for Two Cookbook
    Order My Cookbook!

    Dinner for Two

    Leave a Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating




    Comments

  • Colin Upham says:

    This recipe is AMAZING. it’s easy, quick, and delicious. I love making it.

  • Jonessa says:

    My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this cake! I think he thinks I’m the chocolate cake fairy sent from heaven! Big brownie points for me! Yay!! Thank you!

  • Jonessa says:

    My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this cake! I think he thinks I’m the chocolate cake fairy sent from heaven! Big brownie points for me! Oh and I added a cream cheese chocolate frosting on top and peanut butter in the middle! Yay!! Thank you!

  • Marcy says:

    This is delicious as is, I’ve made it several times. Tonight, I had some leftover cinnamon sugar and used that instead. Totally changed the game!

  • Nadine Leslie says:

    OMG! I tried your recipe for the choc mug cake and it was amazing! It was light spongy and absolutely delicious & so easy to make! Would highly recommend it! Thanks Nadine.

  • Kristina Barbosa says:

    Great recipe! It really works! Thx so much, I made it two times with my sister(btw, im only 13 and im using my moms account) and it was SO good. It was moist just like u said it would be. We made it with chocolate chips and peanut butter in the center. Thx for the great recipe! :)

  • a says:

    i’ve never tasted a better mug cake and i’m so surprised. everything was so perfect and i’m never using another recipe! definitely adding this recipe to my book marks!!

  • Elle says:

    I tried this last night and it’s amazing. I asked my mom to taste it she said “it’s better than the chocolate cake served at Starbucks.” She was even more surprised when I told her it has 0 eggs in it and only took around 75 seconds to “bake” in the microwave.

    PS. Love the fact that’s it’s also less Clean up. I just dumped all the ingredients in the mug and mixed it.

  • Jess says:

    Usually not a fan of mug cakes – but this one is delish!

  • Mug Cake Queen 🍩 says:

    Wow! This is probably one of the best mug cakes I’ve made. I tried this recipe once with wholemeal flour, but it was super rubbery. I tried again with normal flour and it was delicious! I even tried adding some mint-flavoured chocolate which was AMAZING! This recipe is a total game-changer!

  • shivam says:

    well well thank you so much… i just finished my boring dinner and searched for the recipe and i saw this and tried and it was legit awesomly great✌💙

  • mya cowdery says:

    Taste amazing super Moist 10/10 from me

  • Jessyca says:

    This is AMAZING, I cook for the time suggested which still leaves it gooey in the middle which makes it like a lava cake, SOOOOO GOOD

  • Sandra says:

    My kids loved it i doubled the recipe and came out perfectly

  • Mala says:

    This recipe is amazing! I’ve never liked mug cakes before as they’re always dry or too dense but this was moist and perfect with vanilla ice cream! I didn’t have Nutella or choc chips so just added slightly more sugar and it was perfect! Thank you!

  • Jenny says:

    I have tried a few mug cake recipes and this one is by far my favourite. I tried a new recipe today and it was nearly inedible compared to this one. Don’t bother looking for another recipe. This is it.

  • Annemarie says:

    SO good!!! I did the Nutella in the middle as well as some unsweetened shredded coconut, so moist and tasty! I also did less sugar because I wanted more chocolate flavor and less sweet and it was perfect!

  • Anna Dunsten says:

    Made this twice. One with 1 extra table spoons of sugar and 4 dark chocolate melt buttons. Preferred the latter. Love this!

  • Zoe E says:

    So impressed and delighted with the outcome of this mug cake! It was very smooth, delicious and moist. A week earlier I had used a different recipe which did require self raising flour and an egg (because hey, that’s what regular cakes use, right?) and 100% agree that it makes the cake dry, stiff and unpleasant to eat. Thank you for sharing your expertise and satisfying my midnight chocolate cake cravings!! ^__^

  • Sheryl says:

    Very good! I subbed butter for the oil and poured for the sugar, put some espresso powder and cinnamon ( hides the fake sugar taste a bit) cooked only 45 seconds and it was delish

  • Ashlynn Beckett says:

    I love the recipe!
    It’s so moist and fluffy and altogether absolutely delicious
    The Nutella is amazing inside it And it gives it such a goey texture
    All the flavours and textures work amazingly with other and the ingredients are so simple to gather unlike recipes that call for ingredients I’ve never even heard of 😂😂
    This is the best mug cake I’ve ever eaten and also the simplest

    • Ellis says:

      ive tried a diffrent mug cae before and it was so hard and i had to cook for like 5 mins loger than it said also the ingredients speeated so this cake was amazing in coparesin and very delsuise also i need to agree with you the nutella is great

  • Jen says:

    This recipe is amazing! It’s so easy to make and the result is moist and tasty.

  • Jessica Hoatson says:

    Lovely 😊

  • Abigail Wenderson says:

    Wow, amazing recipe. This choclate mug cake is so tempting. Looking forward to mkae this for tommorow’s dessert.

  • Vanya Sharma says:

    Loved this recipe! My cocoa powder is quite strong so I halved it & it around 2 mins to cook but it was yumm!

  • Ellis says:

    i made it as a small desert yesterday and it was amazing tho i would recommend to put it in the microwave for 30 sec longer it makes it look more cake like and tasteeven better its a good thing for biggeners like me

  • Aileen says:

    delicious! I added some extra chocolate chips and some chocolate ice cream which made it amazing! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  • Cheryl says:

    This mug cake tasted amazing! Just the right texture and flavor. A new favorite!

  • Lydie says:

    I had a chocolate cake craving, and I’d tried loads of mug cakes before but nothing that really stuck. This one is absolutely amazing I am so happy. It’s moist and chocolatey and exactly what I wanted. I didn’t have cocoa powder so I used hot chocolate powder (which is already sweetened and whatnot), so I halved the sugar, and it turned out absolutely perfect 🤩

  • Ann says:

    Horrible video and had to scroll to the very bottom for the recipe!

    • Julie Chiou says:

      oh darn, such hard work it is to scroll for a free recipe. terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Whittles says:

      Oh didims.. did your hand get tired from all that scrolling? Maybe it is a lack of chocolate mug cake you need o give you the strength to carry on. IDIOT..

  • Wont Tell says:

    This cake was easy but I couldn’t taste the chocolate, I could only taste the oil. I would not recommend it.
    Try searching up: tic tok mug cake and there are some amazing ones and are more simple then this one.

    • Laura Sedor says:

      Same here. I was really looking forward to it, but it isn’t nearly as chocolatey as some others I’ve tried. It honestly was kind of bland.

  • Anthony says:

    Absolutely perfect recipe! Its so easy, you already have all the ingredients and it cooks in exactly 1 minute! (My microwave is 1100 watts for reference)
    Thank You for giving me my chocolate fix at 4am! (Night Owl here)

  • Rhiannon says:

    its acctuly amazing and i love how its mosted and that the middle has like guiness to it.

  • Firdouse Banu says:

    This recipe was just amazinggg and I finally baked a super delicious mug cake 😁😍😍😘

  • jaymie marissa says:

    this is so goodddddd, not eggy and weird smelling like the other mug cakes out there!! Never going back!

  • Chitralekha Roy says:

    Wonderfull moist mug cake was made following your. recipe!

  • Linda Scott says:

    Delicious & perfect!

  • or iluz says:

    10/10

  • Bronwyn says:

    This is the most amazing mug cake I have EVER HAD! I’m going to make it a million times.

  • bill says:

    yumy

  • Linda Daniells says:

    Tried lots of microwave mug cakes and this one was the best. Instead of chocolate drops I put 2 after eight mints in and I’m hooked. Definitely will make this again.

  • Yashiba Sanil says:

    This was incredible! I whipped up a little chocolate frosting for this and this was AMAZING

  • Urooj says:

    I used 1 tbsp of brown sugar with 1 tbsp of white sugar and topped with coconut flakes. This has got to be the most scrumptious mug cake I’ve ever had the luck to eat! All the stars!😁

  • Bb says:

    I use this recipe regularly. I have used a dollop of quick cheesecake (cream cheese and sugar, and a bit of vanilla) to great success as the filling too.

  • Melanie says:

    My hubby and I are doing a low-carb diet. This is the BEST dessert ever! He’s a fussy eater, too. Changed out the oil for coconut oil, sugar for Stevia/erythritol blend & instead of flour, used half almond half coconut flour. Still quarter cup. Amazing! Quite runny even after 1.5 mins in microwave but chilled it in freezer for 5 mins.

  • Maria says:

    Thank you for a superb and spectacularly easy dessert!

  • Emily says:

    This is such an amazing recipe! I definitely recommend this, it’s very sweet and easy to make!

  • Angela G says:

    Fantastic compared to other mug cake recipes. I added about a tablespoon of espresso and swirled it in and about a tablespoon more to the top to increase moisture. I left the batter out On my counter (covered) for about 20 minutes so the flavors had a chance to meld. Added dark chocolate chips to the batter. Microwaved for a minute and was very impressed with the results! A winner!

  • Liz Smeeth says:

    It sure is moist but not much flavor!

  • 5 Hassle-Free Ways to Simplify Mealtime