The Simplest 3-Ingredient Easy Mug Cake Recipe (2024)

What do you do when the chocolate cravings hit, but you don't have time to bake? You make a chocolate mug cake. Mug cakes are simple cakes baked in the microwave. They're slightly larger than a cupcake but without the mess of frosting. The cook time is less than one minute, perfect for those late-night cravings. This dessert recipe is simple for home cooks or first-time bakers.

Our easy mug cake recipe only has three ingredients. Of course, you can add in more ingredients if you want to jazz it up, but this yummy microwave mug cake will satisfy your sweet tooth. This easy recipe makes a perfect single serving, so no need to worry about sharing.

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While this isn't exactly a healthy recipe, you'll consume fewer carbohydrates than eating an entire slice of cake. Our chocolate mug cake recipe is even great for those who are gluten-free, as there is no all-purpose flour used.

The Simplest and Best Mug Cake Recipe

One of the best parts about this recipe is the ease and speed with which this cooks. The prep time is about one minute, making the total time only two minutes.

For supplies, you'll need one large microwave-safe mug, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1 large egg.

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Sarah Abrams

In your mug, combine the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Next, add in the egg and mix well.

Depending on your microwave, you'll want to cook for 40-60 seconds. I cooked it for 50 seconds and it was fully cooked, but a tad dry. It's all personal preference, but if you'd like a more under-baked, gooey cake, I'd suggest starting at 40 seconds.

Variations on Our Chocolate Mug Cake

The easiest way to change up the flavor and add some depth to this cake is to add fun toppings. Sprinkles or chocolate chips would add some great texture and fun colors to your cake. If you're a Reese lover, add a scoop of peanut butter for a chocolate-peanut butter dream. A dollop of Nutella would enhance the chocolate flavor and act as a frosting.

Whipped cream never hurt anything, so try adding a dollop on top of the mug cake. You could also serve this a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

Remember, these sweet additions will add increase your cholesterol and carb intake. We think it's worth it for an occasional indulgence.

Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

If you're simply not a chocolate fan, we've got you covered with a vanilla mug cake.

In a large mug, combine all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Next, add in 3 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and melted butter. Make sure to use unsalted butter for this recipe.

Stir until combined and microwave for 50-70 seconds. If you add sprinkles, this transforms from vanilla cake to funfetti cake!

Get the recipe here from Tastes Better From Scratch

If you follow a dairy-free meal plan, simply substitute the milk for almond milk or oat milk. There's no need for canola or vegetable oil, but you can substitute coconut oil for butter if you want a vegan-friendly dessert.

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Sarah Abrams is a writer living in Austin, Texas with her husband, 1-year old daughter and cat. She's loved cooking and trying local restaurants for as long as she can remember. She only got a Twitter account to stalk the burgeoning food truck scene in Los Angeles. She has every Ina Garten cookbook and is slowly working her way through those the recipes. When she isn't cooking or eating, she loves hiking around the city and being with her family.

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3-Ingredient Mug Cake

If you are craving something sweet right this second, this easy mug cake recipe is prepped and baked in under 60 seconds.

Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 minute min

Total Time 31 minutes mins

Servings 1


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 egg


  • In a large microwavable mug combine the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Next, add in the egg and mix well.

  • Depending on your microwave, you'll want to cook for 40-60 seconds. If you like a chewy and melty, stick to a lower cook time.

The Simplest 3-Ingredient Easy Mug Cake Recipe (2024)


How do you make a Betty Crocker mug? ›

Empty Cake Mix into microwave-safe 9- to 12-oz mug. Add 3 Tablespoons Water or Milk. Stir until cake mix is well blended, about 30 seconds. Microwave uncovered on High as directed below or until surface is mostly dry.

Why did my mug cake fail? ›

You're overfilling the mug

Any size will do, as long the mug has enough room to get all your ingredients in without overfilling it. Most recipes are designed for mugs this size, so if you only have smaller mugs, you'll need to cut down on the ingredients a bit.

How do you make a mug cake less dry? ›

This is a pretty important tip: a little water will prevent the top of your cake from over-baking and drying out (and becoming rubbery).

What are the ingredients in Betty Crocker mug treats? ›

Ingredients. Sugar, Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Canola Oil, Nonfat Milk, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup.

What makes the perfect coffee mug? ›

Material: Ceramic and porcelain are better heat conductors and add insulation while glass helps coffee cool quicker for people who are eager to sip. Handle shape: Round handles can rotate and slip but handles with a flat top give your thumb a better leverage point and are more comfortable to hold.

Can mug cake mix go bad? ›

Baking mixes can generally be used past their expiration date, but they may not perform as well as they would if they were fresh. Over time, the ingredients in the mix can lose their potency, leading to a change in flavor, texture, and overall quality of the baked goods.

Why is mug cake rubbery? ›

This is likely because your mug is too small, or you added too much baking powder. Measure accurately and make sure your mug is at least 10oz in volume. Why is my chocolate mug cake rubbery or dry? A rubbery mug cake is indicative of being overcooked, or incorrect measurements.

Why is my mug cake so hard? ›

Excessive whipping after adding flour - After adding the dry ingredients, just avoid too much whipping, especially when you have added the flour. It can result in activated gluten because when you beat the flour too much with a certain speed, the gluten gets activated, which forms a dry and hard cake.

Why don't mug cakes use eggs? ›

It's easy to see why—most classic cake recipes call for two or three eggs and serve at least 10 people. So for a single-serving mug cake, just skip the egg; a whole egg will overpower the small amount of batter (and it's pretty tough to divide an egg in quarters).

Why does my mug cake taste bitter? ›

If you purposely or accidentally used baking soda instead of baking powder without making any changes to your recipe, you'll definitely end up with a bitter taste. Remember, baking soda is an alkaline, or base, ingredient that naturally has a bitter taste. Baking powder is a multi-ingredient leavener.

Does baking powder go bad? ›

Because baking powder and baking soda have a similar makeup, baking powder will last about six months on the shelf once it's opened, and three years in an unopened package.

How do you use Betty Crocker baking cups? ›

Fill the cups half to 2/3 to the top (depending on batter), put the cups on a sheet pan and bake directly in the oven, no liner needed. Do you need to use a muffin pan? No. These cups only need to be set on a sheet pan or any other flat surface pan allowing you to bake more at once and no special equipment needed.

How do you bake decorated mugs? ›

This detail is unexpected and cute. To make the mug design permanent, I just baked it at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. You will want to be sure you place the mug into a cool, non-preheated oven and allow the mug to heat up as the oven heats up. The same thing goes for cool down.

What makes you a mug? ›

If you say that someone is a mug, you mean that they are stupid and easily deceived by other people. He's a mug as far as women are concerned.

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