Cake in a Cup Recipe

January 5, 2013 18 Comments

Chocolate Cake in a Mug Recipe

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

My wife’s sister Judy sent us four gorgeous mugs with zip lock bags filled with what looked like instant coco powder. There were also little packets of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, crushed candy cane and cinnamon chips. Hmm, I thought, this looks interesting, but what is it?

Caught up in the Christmas frenzy, I didn’t spend too much time checking out the mugs with the powder concoction inside but knowing what a great cook my sister-in-law is, I should have stopped immediately and taken a closer look. But I didn’t. And then we were off to St Croix for a week’s vacation and didn’t give the pretty mugs another thought.

When we were back from vacation a couple of days, my oldest daughter decided to give the Cake in a Cup a try and was I surprised when she gave me a taste. In fact, I was blown away! The cake only took 2 1/2 minutes to make in the microwave and was delicious. Moist, rich and chocolaty, this was really good cake. I couldn’t believe it came from that zip locked bag of powder. Granted Nell added a few fresh ingredients, but 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave!

This morning my daughter made another batch for her friend Maggie whose had a sleepover with Nell to celebrate her birthday. Nell made it as a birthday breakfast cake. Any excuse will do. The photo is Maggie enjoying her Cake in a Cup. I think you will find this as much fun to make as it is good to eat. Let me know!

Happy Birthday Maggie!

Chocolate Cake in a Mug



Cake in a Cup Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Cake in a Cup Recipe


4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 tablespoons milk

1 egg

Splash of vanilla or other flavoring, cinnamon or peppermint

How To Prepare At Home

In a medium sized mug (be sure it is microwave safe), add the vegetable oil, egg, milk and whatever flavoring you are using. Mix up these ingredients until well combined.

Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Again mix until well combined. If you are using any of the suggested add ins, now's the time to add them.

Cook in the microwave on high for about 2 1/2 minutes depending on your brand of microwave. The end result should look like the photo at the top.

According to the printed recipe that came from my sister-in-law's mugs, "This recipe is very flexible! You can use cake or all-purpose flour (or even self-rising flour), other flavorings instead of vanilla, water instead of milk, change baking time to get the amount of moistness you prepare. You can add the dry ingredients before the web if you prefer. Others have substitute pudding mix for the cocoa powder for pancake mix for the flour."

Last modified on Mon 14 July 2014 9:21 am

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  1. Phyllis A Longtin says:

    super easy great when dieting so I can make just 1 and not be tempted. Thankyou

  2. holly drake says:

    How many points on weight watchers ?

  3. krissy says:

    I tried this recipe and it was horrible, the texture was nothing like cake

  4. Cindy c says:

    I loved this!! So quick and yummy!! It is a diff texture than regular cake but it’s not regular cake! We turned ours into sundaes with choc syrup, nuts, and Ice cream. Fabulous

  5. Julie says:

    Yum! I used Special dark cocoa and stevia added shredded coconut and dark choc chips than after it was done I added greek yogurt as a topping! Next time I will add a bit more stevia but oh so good thanks!

  6. Eleanor says:

    I’ve finally found the perfect cake in a cup recipe!!!! SO yummy! It has a spongy texture, but super good.

  7. colten says:

    Best cake ever

  8. JoEllen Hamilton says:

    I actually used cake mix. I used about 6 to 8 tablespoons of store bought cake batter, added the egg, the milk and the oil. About three minutes in the microwave.

  9. A says:

    this was actually not very nice but perhaps i didn’t do it properly

  10. Giddgie says:

    Oh so delicious! I made this for a little pre-baking-the-actual-cake treat for my husbands birthday the night before it was the actual day. It’s thick, spongy, moist, and wonderfully decadent. I highly recommend this recipe, but certainly don’t be afraid to play with it! Add what you want! So much fun and so good!!

  11. Donna Ayers says:

    We don’t use a microwave in our home. Is there a way to make this without the use of a microwave?

  12. Anza says:

    I recommend mixing it in a separate bowl and then pouring it in because then you won’t have clumps of ingredients in your cake. But this cake was delish!!

  13. Macossay says:

    It had the taste and texture of a chocolate flavored scrambled egg. I guess I should have figured that from the proportions — one egg to four tablespoons flour? You have to be pretty desperate for cake to eat this.

  14. Aria says:

    This was a really great recipe, it was spongey and tasted like an actually cake. I cooked mine for 2 minutes as we have a quite high powered microwave. It turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

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