Chocolate (Nutella) Mug Cake

This month, I decided to participate in a new recipe swap group – Secret Recipe Club.  Basically, you are given a new cooking blog to explore, you choose any recipe that they have posted and you try it.  Such a great idea, and a great way to find new blogs and new recipes.

I was given The Newlyweds Blog – and there were definitely plenty of recipes to choose from, it was quite hard to decide.  So, I gave the decision to CH.  He explored the blog, browsed recipes and then, he got really excited when he saw this recipe.  Instant cakes? Under 5 minutes, he was sold.

I was too.  You see, we already know that I don’t have an overly sweet tooth, so I get kinda lazy baking things for CH.  Yet, I like to be a good wife and make him treats from time to time.  He absolutely LOVES my Mom’s chocolate cake, but it’s time consuming (okay, not really!) and it makes a lot of cake for just one guy.  So this mug cake definitely solved a lot of problems.

I’ve already made these numerous times, even for our “Thanksgiving” dinner where I topped them with pumpkin pie whipped cream, and another time with caramel sauce.  But, the overall winner, is the Nutella version I came-up with.  1 (heaping) tablespoon of Nutella, and you have a deliciously moist cake, in under 5 minutes.  How can  you complain?!

I really fell in love with this idea…and it will become a standby recipe for years to come.  I can see it showing up at dinner parties, with a customizable toppings bar, or as a last minute dessert for those unexpected guests.  It is a delicious, warm, gooey, chocolate cake….from the microwave!

One quick tip – be sure to use a LARGE coffee mug – you need the room as it cooks, and to top it with ice cream, or whatever you choose.

So, thanks Newlywed Blog, for a great recipe.


Chocolate Mug Cake

Serving:  1 individual sized cake
Prep Time:  2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 – 5 minutes


  • 4 TBSP flour
  • 4 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 TBSP milk
  • 3 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP Nutella (or substitute chocoalte chips, Hershey’s Bliss, toffee bits….whatever you please!)
  • splash of vanilla (optional)


Place all ingredients in a large coffee mug.  Whisk well to incorporate all ingredients.

Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes, until the top is nice and firm.

Remove the mug from the microwave (be careful – it’s HOT!) and serve immediately.  I like to serve it directly in the mug, with ice cream on-top, but feel free to remove it from the mug and serve in a bowl.  Whatever you prefer.


As one final tip – I’ve made multiple mugs at once (4!) and just increased the microwave time by 2 minutes – worked perfectly!

Recipe from The Newlywed Blog



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21 responses to “Chocolate (Nutella) Mug Cake

  1. Oh this is a great idea. I am going to try it soon with nutella. So glad you guys enjoyed this recipe.

  2. bigbearswife

    why thats heaven in a mug!

  3. I m a sweet-toothed person. And generally on late night when i get the craving….this is wht i do 🙂 . Enjoy

  4. Radhika

    Is there anyway to do this without the egg?

  5. I love the recipe, aaaaand, the mug is great! I have a few of those from my random travels.

  6. This is my kind of recipe! Looks delicious 🙂 Welcome to SRC!

  7. Love this — put it in a travel mug, and you’ve got cake to go! Theresa

  8. When I tried to make one of these it turned out really gummy and disgusting. Any idea how to prevent that? By the way, welcome to SRC!

  9. I’ve seen chocolate mug cakes everywhere but this is the first time I’ve ever been tempted to try one. I love your addition of Nutella!

  10. I think that even I, the non-baker could master this. It would be a great ‘dorm room’ recipe also!

  11. iamahoneybee

    this looks so good. I love that it’s made in a mug… perfect with it’s handle

  12. I love the addition of nutella! I make a version of this whenever I am hit with a chocolate craving, next time I’m going to give it a whirl with the nutella!

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  14. Georgie

    does i has to use cocoa powder?

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