Chocolate mug cake

How do you make a mug cake without eggs

Sometimes, late Friday night, all I want is cake. Unfortunately, I don’t always have a freshly baked chocolate cake on hand. I know it’s shocking, isn’t it? And even though I love to bake, I usually lack the willpower to set out to making a whole cake for myself at 10PM on a Friday. Do you blame me?

Chocolate cake for one

 It’s never pretty when I want to eat something in particular that I don’t have on hand. I end up heading repeatedly to the kitchen until I’ve snacked my way into a tummy ache. I go to bed disappointed, my craving unsatisfied, and slightly ashamed when I think back on the number of trips I made to the pantry.

Chocolate cake recipe that makes one serving

How to make a mug cake (without eggs)

Then I stumbled on a recipe (ironically in the “kids section” of the magazine Ricardo) for a chocolate cake microwaved in a mug instead of baked. Interesting. With a little tweaking (more cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, and a longer cooking time), I felt like I was on to something big: a chocolate cake that serves one person and that is ready in under 10 minutes (of which half of that time it has to rest on the counter so that you don’t burn your mouth off). This mug cake has no eggs, which is one of secrets to how to make a mug cake because if the recipe did have eggs, you’d have to fumble with splitting an egg to make your recipe work. Instead, this recipe relies on baking powder for its rising power.

Single serving chocolate cake recipe

How do I make chocolate cake in a mug?

This chocolate cake is easy. All the ingredients are measured directly into a mug and mixed with a fork. It’s microwaved instead of baked in the oven, so it cooks really quickly. When it’s ready to eat, it’s still warm, and the chocolate chips are all gooey and melty. This is the perfect solution to a Friday night craving for chocolate cake.

How do I make a mug cake

Of course, if you don’t have a microwave, you’re flat out of luck. Sorry. I suppose you could bake this in a toaster oven. Just make sure your mug is oven-safe. Or make a full-sized regular chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting or a chocolate cake with coffee buttercream.

How do you make a mug cake without eggs

Chocolate mug cake

Making chocolate cake in a mug is very easy. This mug cake recipe allows you to make a single serving of chocolate cake without eggs in minutes.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 357 kcal
Author Janice


  • 26 grams all-purpose flour 3 tbsp
  • 10 grams cocoa powder 4 tsp
  • 30 grams light brown sugar 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 46 grams milk 3 tbsp
  • 14 grams canola oil 1 tbsp
  • A few drops vanilla extract
  • 10 chocolate chips


  1. In a microwavable mug (make sure that it has a 1-cup capacity, ~250 mL), stir together with a fork the flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Measure the milk, oil and vanilla into the mug, and stir again until there are virtually no more lumps (be sure to scrape the bottom edges to make sure there are no flour pockets).
  3. Top with chocolate chips.
  4. Place the mug in the microwave, and cook on high for 1 to 2 minutes (mine took 1 minute 45 seconds). The cake will puff up right to the edge of the mug as it cooks, and when it’s done, it’ll begin to settle down again. The surface will appear drier too.
  5. Carefully take the mug out of the microwave (it’s hot!) and let the cake sit for 5 minutes before diving in with spoon.

Recipe Notes

For the cocoa powder, I used Cacao Barry.


Making chocolate cake in a mug is very easy. This mug cake recipe allows you to make a single serving of chocolate cake without eggs in minutes.

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8 Responses to Chocolate mug cake

  1. Gloria Baker March 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    what amazing and delicious recipe sounds wonderful!!
    I wanna make soon!

  2. Keegan March 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Chocolate cake for one. Would keep me from eating too much cake!

  3. Natalie Rubin May 22, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    I have made this recipe quite a few times and it is delicious! however, when I made it it required a bit more milk then stated in the recipe. Also, for those of you who don’t have a microwave/ don’t like to use them, I have made it using the oven at a temperature of about 375 F. for approximately 15-17 minutes.

    • Janice Lawandi May 23, 2013 at 3:45 am #

      Thanks for the info, Nathalie. I’m glad you are enjoying and getting lots of use out of this recipe!

  4. Naomi Allen September 27, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    I just made this recipe with Almond milk (lactose intolerant) and it was perfection in a mug. Thanks! 🙂

    • Janice Lawandi September 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      Awesome! I love almond milk. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  5. Anonymous February 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    What if I wanna use oven as my microwave doesnt cook..being very old model!!

    • Janice Lawandi February 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Hi! This should work in your oven as well, as long as your mug is oven-safe.
      I would guesstimate it would take about 20 minutes in the oven, though I have not tested it. Definitely if you do try to make this recipe in the oven, keep checking on it in case, and please let me know how it goes and the baking time 🙂

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