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 mins
Cook 1 min
Total 5 mins
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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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  1. 5 stars
    I recently discovered mug cakes but they’re so overpriced so I was so happy to see this recipe on fb! It was super easy and I added a spoon of Nutella on top as icing

  2. 5 stars
    Made this twice the first week of finding the recipe! First time without chocolate chips and second time with. Both tasted great!! I was tickled I already had all the ingredients in my pantry!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My boys loved this recipe! So yummy and only took 5 min total to make three of them! We will for sure make them again!

  4. 5 stars
    This simple mug cake is a delicious way to have just the right sized dessert. I like that all I needed was 2 measuring spoons and a mug. It truly was simple to put together and quick to make. This time I made it exactly as written (and it was delicious)–next time I’m going to add a dollop of peanut butter.

  5. 5 stars
    Such a good easy and simple mug cake. My husband and daughter both love it too. And we had all of the ingredients already! I’ve even added protein powder into it and it’s delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    I love this chocolate cake in a mug, it’s quick and easy. Great when I’m craving some chocolatey goodness but don’t want to bake a entire cake🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I have created it with almond milk and apple sauce for an healthier treat. Instead of keeping sweet treats on hand to devour in endless quantities, this cake provides an easy sweet treat only when I need it. 💕 Thank you for this recipe!💕

  8. 5 stars
    This was a huge success! My husband LOVED this recipe and he is a hard man to please. Super simple and sooo fast!

  9. 5 stars
    We made this mug cake during a snow day from school. Delicious and easy to make! Cake was not dry at all. Highly recommend!

  10. 5 stars
    The chocolate mug cake was moist and had a good chocolate flavor. Added a bit of cream cheese with pecan frosting and was very, very good!

  11. 5 stars
    Wonderful and so quick and easy to make. I sent the recipe to a friend and her comment was the mug cake was so good she didn’t know if she should burn the recipe or frame it!

  12. 5 stars
    Oh my, this is good. Easy, made from scratch, and quick. Came out perfectly. Possibilities are: orange powder (I tried it — lovely subtle taste), a bit of coffee. Yes, I probably will get a little obsessed with it.

  13. Back when my wife was pregnant with our son I “imagineered” a mug cake of sorts to satisfy one of her late night “antojos”. To me it was rather blah but it satisfied her antojo and so scored big. Yesterday morning we were talking about that incident, and would you believe it, a while later this recipe popped through. Last night I made three of these (my sister is visiting right now) only I made a
    4x batch and divided it between 3 cups. Was a big hit, perhaps slightly gooey on the bottom, but super delicious with a scoop of strawberry ice-cream. Thanks!

  14. 5 stars
    This was exactly what I needed tonight. I love the versatility too. I used 2t coconut oil (it seems to go further) and topped with a spoonful of caramel and walnuts after it was cooked.

  15. 5 stars
    This was such a good recipe! I have been trying to find a good mug cake recipe that wasn’t to dense, but this one is perfect!

  16. 5 stars
    This made a very delicious mug cake! I made it for three people who all gave it a thumbs up. I was a little skeptical since the recipe didn’t include egg, however the result was amazing! Will definitely make again in the near future.

  17. 5 stars
    Wow, wow wow

    Perfection, followed to your recipe and had some low fat squirty cream on top! Yummy! Might make another in a minute, absolutely moreish. X

  18. The 1st time I made this it came out perfect. Then I tried adding chocolate chips , even peanut butter once . Both of the other times of add ins it didn’t cook properly.

  19. 5 stars
    This mug cake was very good. It was a nice little treat that satisfied that chocolate craving. will definitely make this again.

  20. 5 stars
    Best mug cake recipe out there. I’m going to add more chocolate chips for a creamier center but the original texture is so fluffy and light.

  21. Pretty good, i-need-dessert-in-a-hurry recipe! I’ve made this a few times, and I cook it for less than the specified time in order to have a gooey middle to the chocolate pud. My best tweak to the recipe so far has been to use coconut milk (the thick carton kind), which makes it taste really decadent.

  22. 5 stars
    So good! I probably eat way to many of these!! I have one every Saturday for breakfast 😋

  23. 4 stars
    Delicious and straightforward. You can use self raising flour if you don’t have baking powder and it’s tasty even without the chocolate chips. I suspect I had a low ratio of liquids to dry ingredients, but that just meant I got a lovely, crisply chewy crust. Especially good with a scoop of ice cream on top.

  24. I love making this. Sometimes I substitute flavored creamers for the milk. It’s a perfect little snack.

  25. 5 stars
    All I can say … It’s devine! It’s quick to make,super easy and best off all….hits my sugar craving on the spot! Love it!

  26. 5 stars
    It is amazing every time I make these mug cakes it is not good or doesn’t taste like anything but this is delicious

  27. 4 stars
    I really loved this recipe!!! Although it was a bit more dense than I was expecting i’m not sure where i went wrong perhaps more time in the microwave, all in all will definitely make again. Total time saver!

  28. Make now and then when have sweet tooth… but do not want/need an entire cake to eat. Love it! 🤗💕

  29. Thanks for this recipe. It was easy, quick and tasty. I doubled it and made in a small casserole dish and it came out perfect at 90 seconds.

  30. 4 stars
    Fluffy and tasty. Just the right amount. Will do again. Also will try the vanilla and add butterscotch chips.

  31. 5 stars
    It was a quick and delicious cake❣️
    Two things I changed. 1. Sugar reduced a half Tbsp. So I put 1 1/2 Tbsp. 2. No cocoa powder, instead 1/4 tsps instant coffee powder. Cuz I didn’t have any cocoa powder today. But it’s a great recipe. Loved it! Ty for sharing it.

  32. 5 stars
    This was sooooo good and the consistency was just like a cake. I made myself one then my son tasted it and he HAD to have one. Yummy, keeping this recipe for a late night chocolate fix!!!! I didn’t have chocolate chips so I just did a little powdered sugar/milk and drizzled it.

  33. 4 stars
    Exactly what I wanted for a quick late night treat, without havings eggs and turning the oven on. I did use half and half, added extra vanilla extract and chocolate chips. I also added a scoop of nutella to the middle before microwaving for 90 seconds.

  34. 4 stars
    This was exactly the rich chocolate cakey and fudgy treat I wanted without having to make a whole cake. I had buttermilk, so I used that. Perfect with whipped cream on top to balance the richness. I will use this recipe again. Thanks!

  35. 5 stars
    This is amazing! I’ve tried multiple mug cake recipes , they always come out gooey.
    This was perfect cake like texture , perfect sugar content. And It barely took 3 minutes.
    It’s was just PERFECT!
    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your recipe.
    Next I’ll be trying the egg nog recipe for Xmas 🤶

  36. This recipe is truly wonderful! The cake was soft and tender on the inside and using Nutella as a topping was really the icing on the cake. Literally. What really pleased me was that this was my first try and it was wonderful – for a first try, anyway.

  37. 5 stars
    This is the best chocolate mug cake I have made. I used the exact measurements and chose: KA white whole wheat flour and pure olive oil. I put the chips on top 70 seconds was perfect for my microwave. It came out perfect and not spongy at all. I previously had followed the ratio of ingredients in Ree Drummond’s version. The ingredients are the same but the ratio I much different.

  38. 5 stars
    This chocolate mug cake was SOOOO GOOD! I used heavy whipping cream instead of regular milk. It came out super moist. I also doubled the recipe and made it in a soup mug, so my daughter and I could share. I will definitely make this again!

  39. 4 stars
    Yummy! It rose so much- more than I expected. I am twelve and I made it for my three siblings. 2 of them loved it, so I say it was a win for the minimal amount of time it took. We didn’t have chocolate chips so I just left them out but it’d be better with them. I did add a fun touch by putting sprinkles on the top. I’d definitely make them again! 🙂

  40. 5 stars
    First time I get a mug cake to actually rise. It rose so much! Thanks for the simple + tasty recipe.

  41. 5 stars
    It totally satisfied my chocolate cake craving! Moist and not too sweet and perfect serving size… a dollop of vanilla ice cream cooled it down 🙂

  42. 5 stars
    This was a fantastic chocolate mug cake and even better was the amount! It was the PERFECT amount to satisfy my craving yet not so large I couldn’t finish it or had left overs. Delicious! Thank you for posting!

  43. 5 stars
    First mug cake I have ever tried. It was soooo good. I will be making this when my Grands do a sleep over. Thanks for recipe.

  44. I put in a full tablespoon of chocolate chips that all sank since the batter was so thin. I was so pleasantly surprised when it just made a delicious fudgy layer at the bottom! Will be making this again!

  45. 5 stars
    I’ve tried so many mug cakes and none of them have been successful but this one is awesome!! I put it in the microwave for one minute and voila! A good looking chocolate cake with such a good flavour!!! Thnx a lot for this recipe. It’s fabulous!!

  46. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe of them all!! Super easy and delicious. My microwave took 85 seconds. I topped the cake with powdered sugar and chocolate chips and dug right in. Thank for this recipe!

  47. 5 stars
    Can I use a sugar substitute in your chocolate mug cake the next time I make it and put it in the microwave?
    Kim

  48. 5 stars
    Dear Taste Better From Scratch;
    I just made your chocolate mug cake in my microwave and after checking it with a toothpick it is done and I am waiting until it is cool enough to put a dollop of whipped topping on top of the cake.
    Kim

    1. 5 stars
      The best chocolate mugcake recipe I’ve ever tried! It turned out super soft and moist and not that sweet or bitter like other recipes.

      Tips! Know your microwave. I had mine for 60sek cuz I wanted mine a little bit like lava.

      Thank you for this recipe!

  49. We are stuck in a hotel with three kids, this was such a hit and lifted their spirits! We can’t wait to try some different mix-ins. Thank you!

  50. 5 stars
    This was amazing, even without chocolate chips since we were out. Whenever I’ve made mug cakes, they’ve always gotten rubbery and dry and overcooked, but this cake was so moist and had such a good crumb I wouldn’t have believed it was made in the microwave (and with no egg!) if if hadn’t been made in a mug. I made a small bowl of vanilla frosting since I didn’t have chocolate chips, and it came out really well. I just put the cake in for a minute and 15 seconds to start, then kept cooking for 15 seconds 1 or 2 more times until it looked like the recipe said- set and barely shiny on top. I’m so happy I found a good recipe, especially without eggs.

  51. 5 stars
    I edited it a bit.

    Did 1 tablespoon of sugar. And 2 of stevia.
    I did half the oil (olive) and added a table spoon of chocolate peanut butter.

    I edited it because I didn’t have chocolate chips and I have to watch my sugar. But it was amazing. I have a 750 watt microwave and mine cooked for 2 minutes.

  52. This was the first time I’ve tried a mug cake and it was delicious, I cut the sugar in half and it was perfect!

  53. I used Mayo instead of oil. A heaping spoon, and baking soda instead of baking power. It was really really good. Oh and a ton of whipped cream. Really really good

  54. 4 stars
    The mug cake turned out fine. It tasted more like chocolate bread than it did cake. I added chocolate syrup on top to make it sweeter and I like it a lot better with it! 🙂

  55. My first mug cake and it was delicious!!! Made for my 2 girls too and they lived it!!!

    Thank you for an amazing easy recipe!!
    Will definitely make this again and again!!!

  56. It’s a KEEPER!!! Solved my chocolate craving! I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I cut up some ROLO candy pieces I had. Perfect!

  57. This easy mug cake was delicious. I liked it a little liquidy and not all the way cooked though. If your like me and you sometimes just like the batter, cook it for only a minute and it like heaven in your mouth!

  58. 5 stars
    Oh my, I needed a lockdown treat and this was so scrummy! I only had strong bread flour, swapped olive oil for canola oil and used carob instead of cocoa. But it came out absolutely perfectly, so light! I served it warm with ice cream, just what I needed.

  59. 5 stars
    I tried many but they all were very disappointing. This was soooooooooooooo good and moist! I highly recommend it!

  60. 5 stars
    Wow, delicious, just like a chocolate lava cake. Reminds me of the chocolate dessert I had on a cruise. Highly recommend if you need a chocolate fix.

  61. 5 stars
    I made mug cakes for my family tonight for dessert! I messed up on one so I had to redo it and I finished making it about 30 seconds after the one in the microwave was done! It was super quick and easy, and I am only in 6th grade! definitely will make these again! I think that I will make a chocolate mug cake with peanut butter for my dad next time!

  62. 5 stars
    My first ever mug cake came out as a disaster and the egg kind of gave it a sponge texture and it was a little too solid. Then I tried THIS recipe and goodness, I was in awe. My definite go to from here on out. Thank you for an awesome recipe 👌🏽❤️

  63. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!!! I’ve made it many times and have added in many things such has peanut butter, Mint m&m’s, Nutella and evening fluff but I just tried a sprinkle of coconut and OMG it was phenomenal

  64. Has anyone made this as a mix in a batch?
    I want to make this to give as gifts. How much mixture do you think I should tell people to put in their mug? Do you think 4 tablespoons of mix would do the trick?

    Thanks.

  65. 4 stars
    Followed exact recipe the first time…was pretty good.
    Next time added 1 extra tbspn of cocoa powder, and 3 tbspn of oil instead of 1. And it was moist, rich and perfect. Followed the cooking instructions this time too.

  66. 5 stars
    Soooo awesome!! I am a professional baker and my friend told me to use only your recipe and my family LOVED it! Good Job

  67. 5 stars
    So yummy! Made these for the family and am already getting requests to make them again. So easy and so yummy!