5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe – Death By Chocolate In A Mug

Chocolate Mug CakeNothing is better than a nice hot, ooey, gooey chocolate dessert that can be topped with almost anything, right?  

That’s why, when I recently came upon a 5 minute chocolate mug cake recipe, I just had to try it out.  Unfortunately, that recipe was NOT what it was cracked up to be and made me wonder if all people taste things differently.  Kind of like that whole black and blue, or white and gold, dress debate that has been going on these past few weeks.  Everyone was seeing something different, so I wonder if everyone tastes something different when it comes to food.  

In any case, I had some work to do in order for it to be to my standards of yumminess.

What is a Mug Cake?

Mug cakes are exactly as it sounds.  It is a cake in a mug, usually cooked in the microwave, and can be made in a variety of flavors.  Mug cakes, in general, are easy to make and only take a few minutes before you are able to start enjoying it.   After some time in the kitchen, and a bit of a stomachache from all the testing, I have found an amazing combination for a 5 minute chocolate mug cake that I call, Death by Chocolate in a Mug.

This is the perfect dessert for when you are home alone and want to treat yourself, or if you want to share it with someone you love…but believe me, you won’t!  This decadent dessert will kick any chocolate craving you have right in the fun bags and send it packing.  So get ready, because your tongue is about to slap your brains out!  (Thank you to my brother-in-law for that hilarious saying.)

Death By Chocolate In A Mug

This recipe, if done correctly, will give you a moist, gooey cake that is more like an under-cooked brownie.  It does not contain eggs, so leaving it a bit under cooked is perfectly fine.  With the end result, you want there to be some left over batter at the bottom (I call this Liquid Gold), so it does not need to be cooked longer than the time I’ve stated, unless you want it to be more cake-like than brownie. 

Dry IngredientsChocolate Mug Cake

  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 Tbs. Vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs. Prepared coffee
  • 2 Tbs. Chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla


  • 2 Tbs. Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Walnuts


1.  Add all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

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2.  Add all wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix until all lumps are gone.

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3.  Add in Walnuts, if desired, and mix into mixture.

4.  Spray large coffee mug with non-stick cooking spray and pour mixture into the mug.

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5.  Add chocolate chips right on top in the center of the mix, you can even add more nuts if you like.

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6.  Microwave for 2 minutes, then let is sit for a minute or two in the microwave.

7.  Stick a spoon in it and Enjoy with your favorite topping or just by itself.

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Death by Chocolate in a Mug for Two

  • Instead of just digging in with a spoon and eating it right out of the mug, take a butter knife and go around the edge of the mug to make sure the cake is loosened from the sides.  Then take a small plate and flip it on top of the mug.  Carefully, flip mug and plate over to get the cake on the plate.  

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Violá!  Molten Lava Cake for Two.  Add a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream and you’ll have the perfect, easy, romantic dessert for two.

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Topping Ideas:

  • Any flavor ice cream (my favorite is Butter Pecan)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Hot fudge (for the extreme chocolate lover)
  • Nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Caramel 
  • Chocolate shavings


There you have it!  I hope you enjoy my version of a Chocolate Mug Cake.  Even after several days of working on this recipe, I still can’t wait to make another mug of hot, chocolaty goodness.  Stomachache or not.  Though, I will have to say that I would classify this as more of a brownie than a cake.  But honestly, who cares about schematics.  You can slice it, dice it, or put it in a stew and this will still be an AMAZING dessert…okay, maybe not in a stew, but you get the point. 😉



So, what do you think of this dessert?  Is it not the best microwaveable yummy goodness you have ever tasted?  Let me know in the comments below.  I would love to get your input no matter if you love it or hate it.  Or, have another mug cake idea to share?  Let me hear it below.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and believe me, mug cakes are not done with here on Cake Decorating Mommy.  I will have more recipes in the near future.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Mmmmm…. That looks so delicious (and easy). I’m going to make a mug cake as soon as I can get the ingredients. My kids would love it too, and it seems like it would be fairly mess-free.

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, Stephanie, it is pretty mess-free. You can make this in the mug itself and basically bring it down to one dish but I just wanted to make it easier to see in the pictures so I made it in a bowl. When I was doing a bunch of tweaks to the recipe, I used 16oz paper cups to mix it in so I didn’t have to keep washing and drying my bowl. And a great part about this recipe is that it is egg-free, so little fingers sneaking a taste of the batter is perfectly fine. 🙂 Have Fun!

  2. Howie says:

    You had me at “Death by Chocolate!” This looks and sounds awesome and seems super easy for someone that is even as clueless as me in the kitchen! Definitely have a few people who would love this site and will be sharing. More of this, please! Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      It really is a no-fail recipe, Howie. A lot of times baking recipes will say stuff like “don’t over mix” or “don’t over cook” but this recipe is hard to mess up. I was trying to go with something that would be simple for those who don’t know the first thing about baking or for those who don’t have the time to put into a decadent dessert but want to have a great impact when they make this. I am currently trying to adapt the recipe to be made on a larger scale so the dry mix can be made and stored in a jar and scooped out to make the recipe even quicker…for those “I need chocolate desperately” type moments. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this site!

  3. Olive says:

    Hi Amanda

    I am so glad I came across this recipe. My children are allergic to eggs and it has no eggs! I want to make it when they get in but I don’t have chocolate syrup. Can i just leave that out?

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Amanda says:

      I’m glad you like it, Olive. I chose this recipe because it DIDN’T have eggs. When I tested a few recipes that did involve eggs, I thought they were terrible. I don’t know, maybe I just happened upon the worst ones, but they were no where near this yummy. This is definitely more fudge-like than cake-like.

      You certainly can make it without the chocolate syrup. I just added that for an extra chocolate kick. I would just decrease the time to 1 minute and 30 seconds if you want there to be the “Liquid Gold” at the bottom of the cup (that’s the best part). If you want it to be more “moist cake” instead of being fudgy, then cook for the full 2 minutes. It is always a good idea to take a taste to see if you want it with more “Liquid Gold” than cooked more, because you can always cook it longer.

      I hope this helps. 🙂 Let me know if there are any more questions.

      • Olive says:

        I made it Amanda and it was fab! The boys were delighted and want more!! I had no non-stick spray so I just rubbed butter around the mug – that worked a treat.

        Nest time I will put some choc chips in.

        Thanks again. You have made two boys very happy today 🙂

        I have been trying different egg-free sponge recipes for a while and I found one that is really good. If you want it. let me know.


        • Amanda says:

          Aaahhhh!!!! I’m so glad! It really is a great recipe. And to be honest, I didn’t add using cooking spray until I tried to flip it onto a plate when the “dessert for two” idea came to mind. It really is not needed if you are just eating it out of the mug.

          I would love the egg-free sponge recipe. I am wanting to add some allergy options to the site for people who can’t have gluten, or dairy in the future but I never thought about egg allergies.

          Feel free to send me the recipe at Amanda@cakedecoratingmommy.com, I would love to try it. 🙂

          • Olive says:

            I will send it to you later Amanda. And with the recipe you can change the milk to soya milk to make it a dairy free cake too which is great.

            I am going to make the cake in a mug again today with choc chips this time!

            Keep the tips flowing…


  4. Thomas Gormley says:

    Great looking page it is a lovely clear and colorful theme and is very calming soothing and honest and keeps you reading all the content. Great recipe also and easy to follow instructions. Great post well done.

  5. Teresa says:

    Wow…what a wonderful idea. I have never thought of the MUG CAKE! I love chocolate too…so its definitely something that I can try at home 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Teresa! I think I have made nearly a dozen of these over the past week. At the end of every day I am like “Oh! I am so done with mug cakes for a while”, as I am rubbing my sick tummy, but then those darn things keep pulling me back in because they are so good and I end up making more the next day. So, good luck, you may become addicted. I might have to start a sister site called Mug Cakes Anonymous. 😉

  6. Orena says:

    Kids will not only love eating it. I think they might enjoy preparing it. Seems to me it can make a great afternoon activity with them: preparing the Mug cake and then eating it together.

    • Amanda says:

      You’re right on that, Orena. It is super simple for kids to make. Kind of a minor baking project. My kids have been helping me with this recipe, but they were mostly the guinea pigs who had to taste it all…man was that ever a hard chore for them. 😉

  7. jes says:

    Clear and consice article on 5 minute chocolate mug cake recipe. I tend to have a weak spot for chocolate so this one was a great read. The end product looks really delicious. Definately going to forward this to my granny, she’s kind of a baking freak! Thanks a lot for writing this out 🙂

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