This is my FAVORITE, no-eggs chocolate cup cake recipe! It’s moist, easy to cook, and ready in 5 minutes! Take a spoon and get started. If you want a larger cake, try my double chocolate layer cake or this one-bowl chocolate depression cake.
This recipe demonstrates that if you contact me with a particular recipe request, there is a strong possibility I can fulfill it. Matt, I’m looking at you.
We live in stressful times, and the last thing you need is a hunger for a dish you can’t physically get your hands on. It’s one thing to have a hunger and be too lazy to hurry to the shop, but it’s quite another to know you can’t have it for whatever reason.
Chocolate cake is something I desire very regularly. But creating a full chocolate cake for a fleeting moment of oh I need chocolate right now because my sweet craving is wild seems foolish and needless.
If, on the other hand, you decide that making a chocolate layer cake isn’t foolish and unneeded, here’s my favorite chocolate cake recipe for future reference.
So you could simply rush to the shop and purchase a tiny pre-made chocolate cake to get it out of your system (or I guess, into your system). But what if you can’t for various reasons?
Is it the end of the world if you can’t go out and purchase a cake? No way, no how. But it’s just another item to add to the number of things that may be bothering you, and you don’t need or deserve it.
If you can’t go to the store, don’t have time, or don’t have all of the ingredients, this delicious, quick chocolate microwave cup cake is here to help.
- So… what is a mug cake?
- Can you bake mug cake in an oven?
- Do I need a special mug?
- Fillings and toppings for your chocolate mug cake
- Mug cake substitutions and variations
- The Best Chocolate Mug Cake
- Why did my mug cake not work?
- How to make a mini chocolate cake in a cup?
- Why did my mug cake turn out rubbery?
- How to make a vanilla cake in a mug without egg?
- Are mug cakes safe to eat?
- Why does my mug cake taste bitter?
- Can you make a cake in the microwave?
- How long does it take to bake a cake in the microwave?
- How do you make a moist cup cake?
- What happens if you put too much baking powder in a mug cake?
So… what is a mug cake?
This is the most straightforward question I’ll answer all week: It’s a microwave cake prepared in a cup. There is no mixer, no oven, and no icing.
And no eggs in this situation!
You can mix everything together with a fork straight in the cup, but I find it makes a mess, so I combine everything in a small mixing bowl first, then pour the cake batter into the mug.
Can you bake mug cake in an oven?
The short answer is no.
Longer answer: This recipe was created expressly to be cooked in a cup, in the microwave, and without eggs. Eggs are generally employed as a binding agent in cakes, but in the case of a mug cake, you don’t have to worry about it forming a certain shape and holding it. Just zap it in the microwave and dig in! It will not persist long enough for the form or look to be important.
Thus, no egg Meant no baking in the oven for chocolate cup cake. Do not, I repeat, do not bake your mug cake, pal!
Do you want something with a medium degree of difficulty? Try my chocolate depression cake, which requires just one dish!
Do I need a special mug?
Both yes and no. You’ll need a microwavable cup large enough to contain the cake after it’s cooked, so at least a 14-ounce mug. You can probably get away with a 12-ounce cup, but be cautious.
Additionally, avoid using one that is tall and narrow, since this may result in an unevenly cooked final product.
Fillings and toppings for your chocolate mug cake
- A spoonful of Nutella, peanut butter, or other creamy filling put into the middle of the cup shortly before microwaving adds a particularly moist, enticing taste to this cake. It is required for the moisture you want.
- In addition, I like to add a handful of chocolate chips to the cake batter because chocolate. I’m a big fan of chocolate. That is the sole explanation, and I believe it is a good one.
- I’m also a great admirer of a pinch of cinnamon and, on sometimes, chile powder. Make it your own by mixing it up!
- It doesn’t need any toppings, so why not include some? Add a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry to your newly baked cup cake. Because you are deserving of it.
Mug cake substitutions and variations
- Milk: You are not need to use dairy milk, so feel free to substitute almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, macadamia milk, etc. I’ve even used chocolate milk, which provided a little something something.
- Oil: I use refined coconut oil, but you may use anything you choose. If you want to vary the taste, you might use unrefined coconut oil (which has a richer coconut flavor), vegetable oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and so on.
- Light brown sugar: Feel free to substitute dark brown sugar or coconut sugar, but granulated sugar affects the depth of taste and gives it a distinct texture.
- Vanilla extract: Experiment by adding or swapping a different extract flavor! During the Christmas season, use a little peppermint extract instead of almond extract. But keep in mind that certain extracts are significantly more intense than others (peppermint, for example), so you may just want to use a drop of them to avoid dominating the flavor.
- Cocoa powder: I used unsweetened cocoa powder, but you could use Special Dark cocoa powder or even raw cacao powder instead (aff link). Dutch processed cocoa powder is not recommended since it is too bitter for the ultimate product, in my opinion.
- Nutella or peanut butter: This is my little secret weapon that adds flavor and moisture to my cup cake. You may substitute almond butter (affiliate link), cashew butter, chocolate sunflower butter, and so on. You may even leave it out if you choose, but the ultimate product will be less delicious and moist.
- I like the small pockets of melty chocolate in mine, so I couldn’t image making my mug cake without them, but you may if you choose! You have no idea what you are missing.
The Best Chocolate Mug Cake
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- blending bowls
- cupmilk or your preferred nondairy milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence (optional but recommended)
- a cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- a dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon Nutella or peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips or micro chocolate chips, optional but recommended
- 8 teaspoon vanilla extract, pure
4 cup milk, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1
Whisk together the milk, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium mixing basin.
- 4 teaspoon baking powder, pinch salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 cup all-purpose flour 1
Whisk in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until the dough is largely smooth and no dry lumps remain.
- Pour batter to a large microwave-safe mug* and put a spoonful of Nutella or peanut butter into the center of the batter without stirring. Garnish with chocolate chips.
1 tablespoon of Nutella or peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips or micro chocolate chips
- Heat the mug cake in the microwave for approximately 70 seconds.
- Remove from the microwave with care and serve immediately. If preferred, top with whipped cream or a tiny scoop of ice cream. Enjoy!