This microwave Chocolate Mug Cake recipe will become your new obsession; it’s the easiest and fastest way to make dessert for one or two, and you wont believe how delicious it is! This mug cake recipe is made with chocolate chips and no eggs.

My late-night sweet tooth is a real thing and it has led to the creation of some of my favorite dessert recipes, like S’mores Bars, Blintzes, and Monster Cookies. But nothing beats a chocolate cake in a mug or cup in just one minute, in the microwave!

An easy chocolate mug cake in a white mug with chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

I tried my first mug cake recipe a few years ago and it was a disaster.  A few days later I tried another recipe.  Again, a disaster.  Most recipes were dry and tasteless, and contained eggs.

Inspired by my favorite chocolate cake recipe, I set out to develop a rich chocolate mug cake without eggs (you don’t need a whole egg, for only one serving of cake), that wasn’t dry or spongy and that satisfied my chocolate cake craving.  I’m so excited to share the best chocolate mug cake recipe with you!

Ingredients Needed:

All of the ingredients needed to make the best chocolate mug cake recipe on a baking sheet: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, milk, canola oil, vanilla, and chocolate chips.

How to make a Chocolate Mug Cake:

Combine Dry Ingredients: Pour flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in your mug.

All of the dry ingredients needed for a quick chocolate mug cake in a white mug.

Add Wet Ingredients: Pour in milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.

The batter for chocolate mug cake being stirred with a whisk, and that whisk being lifted from the white mug.

Stir in Chocolate Chips.

A white mug filled with the batter for a chocolate mug cake, ready to microwave.

Microwave: Cook in the microwave then let this easy chocolate mug cake rest for one minute before diving in!

A gold spoon lifting out some warm chocolate cake from a white mug.

Additional Add-In Ideas:

For a Healthier Mug Cake:

  • Sugar: Cut the amount in half, or substitute an artificial sugar sweetener or honey.
  • Oil: Replace with applesauce, or coconut oil.
  • Flour: Use white whole wheat flour.

Can I make it dairy free?

To make dairy-free chocolate mug cake, substitute almond milk or soy milk, use non-dairy butter or coconut oil, and dairy free chocolate chips.

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Recipe

An easy chocolate mug cake in a white mug, topped with chocolate chips.
Prep 4 minutes
Cook 1 minute
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Spray the bottom of a microwave-safe mug or coffee cup  lightly with cooking spray.
    Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and stir together.
  • Add milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract and stir until smooth, being sure to scrape the bottom of the mug. Stir in chocolate chips or sprinkle them on top.
  • Cook in microwave for 70-90 seconds (see note) until cake is just set, but still barely shiny on top. (see notes below). Allow to rest in microwave for 1 minute before consuming.

Notes

*Because all microwaves are different, it’s difficult to give a precise cook time.  Start with 70 seconds, wait 1 minute while it cools, then look to see if it is set. Add an additional 15-25 seconds if needed. Allow it to rest in the microwave for 1 minute. The trick with mug cakes is to stop cooking the cake earlier than you think, because you want it to be soft on the inside, and the cake will also continue to cook as it cools.
Add-In Ideas:
Healthier Mug Cake:
  • Sugar: Cut the amount in half, or substitute an artificial sugar sweetener or honey.
  • Oil: Replace with applesauce, or coconut oil.
  • Flour: Use white whole wheat flour.
Dairy Free: For a dairy free chocolate mug cake, substitute almond or soy milk, use dairy-free butter or coconut oil, and dairy free chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 183mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 73IUCalcium: 128mgIron: 2mg

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I originally shared this recipe July 2019. Updated January 2022.

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Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. 3 stars
    Mug cake was extremely dry.
    Used melted butter as suggested and followed the directions provided. would highly recommend adding an extra tablespoon of butter

  2. 5 stars
    This is so good! I triple the recipe most of the time, add chocolate chips and then my partner and I eat it together out of one bowl. Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, it came out perfectly cakey and moist. It was very fast and will definitely be my go to mug cake from now on.

  4. 4 stars
    I really liked the texture for this recipe! I used double the choc chips, but I felt like it still needed more choc flavor and richness. Love it though, the first really good mug cake recipe I’ve found!

  5. 5 stars
    This is so simple my son was making these since 7 years old! (with supervision, of course) He is almost 12 and still does this but he knows it by heart and is still skinny as a rail!

  6. IT WAS PERFECT!! I DID NOT ADD CHOCO CHIPS,, BUT INSTEAD ADDED 2 TB OF PEANUT BUTTER. MICROWAVED FOR 80 SEC AND TOPPED WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM IM SO HAPPY!

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