5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake


Have you ever wondered if it’s possible?

To make a cake in a microwave oven? With the whole process taking only about 5 minutes of your precious time?

Then I have the answer for you.



The truth is that I was searching for a decent mug cake recipe for quite some time. I had collected a few recipes, read through the comments, contemplated the variations of ingredients, and waited for the right moment to make this tempting chocolate dream come true.

Without even waiting that long, the right moment presented itself this week…  because when you return from a visit to your sister’s and your sister sends you home with a big smile and a suitcase full of Twilight Saga books, then some really special measures need to be taken, the most important one being to save time wherever possible – cleaning, sleeping, and even baking included.

So here I am, with 3 and a half books to read and a lovely new cake to show you.

Here are the details…



This is what we need. Just enough for 1 1/2-cup (300 ml) mug.




This recipe includes very few instructions.

You just basically place all the ingredients (minus the choc chips) in a mug (I did the stirring in a bowl because I wanted to keep my mug clean and nice for photographic purposes).



Then you stir it all until well combined.




The batter in a mug.

Then you sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of your batter.




And bake it in your microwave oven for 3 1/2 minutes on maximum power.

Sooo easy.

While baking, the cake first puffs up, it may even overflow a little, and then it deflates.




The result is flavorful and moist. Actually, it tastes just like a proper chocolate cake, I must say.




See? I was totally not joking. My life is now ruled by vampires. What a sweet life I am having, I know, I know.

With lots of love,


(This recipe makes 1 1.5-cup (300 ml) mug.)


71 thoughts on “5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

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  2. I made this just now, it was absolutely wonderful!! I will be making this a lot and my husband was very pleased as well!! 2 and a half minutes in my microwave.
    Thank you soooo very much Petra, I love your site and recipes, keep up the great work!! xoxoxox

  3. Hi I made this cake today. It tasted good but the texture was rubbery .could you please help me with some suggestions on this . It was done in 2 and 1/2 minutes.


  4. Hi! This looks easy but one question – can I use a regular microwave because mine is a very basic machine which is not able to bake or grill.

    • Hi Jean! Yes, I think you can try that, I have done that before as well. Just make sure that your dish is heatproof and you will need to bake your cake a little longer as well (when you’ll think it’s just about right, insert a wooden skewer in the center – it should come out clean). Enjoy! 🙂

  5. This looks tempting. I’m trying this easy microwave mug cake recipe of yours. This recipe is best for lazy chocolate cake addicts like me. I’m excited to look at your other recipes. Great job.

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