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Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

What's this you say? Chocolate mug cake? Five minutes? Oh yes, you heard me correctly. Last night, J and I (1) decided we needed dessert; (2) got off the couch to make said dessert; (3) made said dessert; (4) ate said dessert; (5) cleared dishes for said dessert; and (6) were back relaxing on the couch...all in ten minutes. Yup we made and ate chocolate cake (and homemade whip cream) in ten minutes. A friend emailed this recipe to me a few days ago and I'll have to admit I kind of chuckled and skimmed right over it, leaving it in my inbox for another day. Turns out last night was the perfect moment. Following a somewhat involved dinner of chickpea and black bean quesadillas on homemade tortillas, and after a long work day for J, an elaborate involved dessert was not in the cards. I know...that probably means we should have skipped dessert all together but that wasn't in our cards either. So I dove back into my all-too-full inbox and pulled up this initially rejected recipe and we went to town.

(iPad photos definitely aren't perfect but you get the idea)

Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Servings: 1 cake, enough for 2 people

  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour

  • 4 tbsp sugar

  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder OR 3 squares semi-sweet bakers chocolate (melted)

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tbsp milk

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional but entirely necessary)

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place dry ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.

  2. Add the egg and whisk.

  3. Pour in the milk, oil, and vanilla extract and mix.

  4. Add in the chocolate chips and mix again.

  5. Pour into a large coffee mug - the taller the better (make sure its microwavable safe).

  6. Put mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.

  7. Allow the cake to cool for about 30 seconds. Take a knife around the outside of the cake and then tip onto a plate.

  8. Serve with ice cream or homemade whip cream (only takes 2 minutes).

  9. Share this recipe with a friend because who doesn't need dessert in 5 minutes.