chocolate mug cake (in 1 minute)

filed under: Cakes on February 5, 2015

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Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

Chocolate Mug Cake

Have you ever had a craving for chocolate cake but didn’t feel like making a whole cake? Have I got a solution for you! This easy recipe is cheap, FAST, and super delicious!

All you need is three things:

  • Angel Food Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • water

I like to make a big batch and store it so I have something yummy for when the craving strikes!

Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

How to Make a Mug Cake

The concept is easy.

One box angel food cake mix. One box any flavor cake mix. (I prefer chocolate) Combine. Use some immediately then store the rest in your pantry.

When ready to eat:

3 tablespoons cake mix

2 tablespoons water

1 minute in the microwave

hocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

And yes it is that easy!

But lets get real about a couple of things.

This cake does not compare to a homemade Perfect Chocolate Cake. Or a Homemade Yellow Cake. Or any from-scratch cake that you make.

What is does, quite beautifully actually, is serve a craving. It’s chocolate. It’s hot. It’s quick.

It’s a small portion so you don’t have to add ‘major guilt trip’ to your list of daily tasks.

Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

I experimented with a LOT of flavors and settled on chocolate cake with mini chocolate chips and massive fun toppings with sprinkles.

Because, sprinkles.

Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

These are Mini Rainbow Chocolate Chips which is right up there with sliced bread in terms of inventions that make my life awesome.

I just want to look at this picture and forget that there is a child climbing on top of my printer and pressing buttons with wild abandon.

Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

Tips for the Perfect Mug Cake

The cake mixture recipe is meant to be fun and easy! Play with it. Have fun. Add whatever you have in the pantry! (I love the idea of a white cake with McCormick® Orange Extract in the summer!)

If you want to double the recipe (if you have a large mug as I did) you can. Simply add an additional 10 seconds in the microwave.

If you are adding a garnish like whipped cream, it will melt if the chocolate cake is hot. (which tastes amazing but doesn’t look as pretty)

Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!

This sweet treat is a hug in a mug!

5 from 7 votes
Chocolate Mug Cake~ ready in ONE minute!
chocolate mug cake (in 1 minute)
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 mins

Delicious chocolate cake made in a mug and ready in just one minute! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mug cake
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Amanda Rettke
Cake Mixture
  • 1 box angel food cake
  • 1 box chocolate cake
When Ready to Make Mug Cake
Cake Mixture
  1. Pour angel food cake and chocolate cake mix into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Place in an airtight container and store for up to six months.

Mug Cake
  1. Measure out cake mixture, water and vanilla in a mug and stir to combine.
  2. Drop in chocolate chips.
  3. Place in microwave for one minute.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
  5. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, cherry, whatever suits your fancy!

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  • Zaynesadid says:

    Please try to give your page un frensh

  • Louise says:

    Can you add chocolate chips to the mix?

  • MRS Pearl Ford says:

    I try it and it is real good Mug cake

  • Phyllis says:

    Had with scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.delicious satisfied sweet tooth.

  • Donna Scalpelli says:

    I love the recipes, easy and tasty

  • Esther Ramirez says:

    I can’t wait to try it!!!

  • Addie henderson says:

    I made up the mug mix using devil and angel cakes mixes. WE made a few playing with it and it always seems dry. Suggestions?? Is there another recipe that gives a soufflé like texture?

  • ADORA RUSS says:

    Thank you for your recipies! I especially like the mug cake! Easy and just the perfect size for your sweet cravings!

  • Carrol says:

    How can I make this mug as I only bake from scratch thanks for your help carrol

  • Margaret says:

    My 7 & 8 year-old grandchildren make this for a snack when they come home from school. My granddaughter adds fresh strawberries on top of her vanilla cake. Instant shortcake!!! [With ice cream]

  • MIE says:


    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Maybe it was cooked too long?

  • Cassie says:

    We don’t have angel cake mix in Australia, is there an alternative?

  • Tonna says:

    Were you able to purchase a bunch of tablespoons to add to the jar without buying the whole set?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes! Easy peasy on Amazon.

  • Mindy Hitchcock says:

    5 minute mug cake
    (from scratch)

    4 Tbsp flour
    3 Tbsp sugar
    1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    1 egg
    3 Tbsp milk
    3 Tbsp vegetable oil
    A few drops vanilla
    Add dry ingredients to mug then add wet. Hand mix well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Yum.

  • Susan says:

    I would love this recipe

  • Andi says:

    Can you bake in a foster oven?

  • Linda says:

    What size mug did you use for this recipe? I’m making gifts for my daughter and her roommates as a going back to school gift and wasn’t sure what size to purchase. The ones I got are a 16oz mug . Will this work or will I need to double it ?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      What a thoughtful gift! 16 ounces will be plenty 🙂

  • Justagiger says:

    The angel food cake mix had two packets that I just combined with some chocolate brownie mix.. I think the one packet was for the egg whites that get folded to make the angel cake. My mix turned out a non airy cake that was like hardened pudding. Should I use different angel cake mix? I tried different times in the microwave.

  • Charlene says:

    I got this recipe years ago from “someone” and always have a batch made up, usually sitting on the counter so I don’t forget I have it!

    I add a big marshmallow, which just melts into it, a glop of peanut butter, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, whatever I have on hand.

    LOVE that it is so fast and easy!!

  • Diane says:

    Do I need to grease the mug?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Diane! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We did not grease the mug. Have a wonderful day!

  • RJ says:

    This recipe is so good!!!! My neighbor made one for me and it was so good! I’ve used multiple different flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and one of my favorites, red velvet. I definitely recommend and it is really good if you want something sweet quickly.

  • Myriam Navarro says:

    Super easy to follow instructions. I did a variation and use Red Velvet instead of chocolate mix and almond extract instead of vanilla and oh boy was it amazing. Got 3 quart mason jars filled and gifted some to my family with the instructions and they all loved it. Thank you for sharing this great shortcut, extremely helpful when you’re on the road as a Truck driver craving sweets! Definitely sharing & recommending!

  • christine Ann harper says:

    I can’t wait to try this and other recipe’s of yours

  • P Schultz says:

    Just reading the comments; powdered vanilla is available at some grocery stores and from Amazon. I’ve made this recipe a few times and added that to the dry mix. I used about the equivalent of two tablespoons liquid vanilla in the mix.

  • Robyn says:

    I put this mixture together today and made it! It came out perfect and was really good! I liked it so much that I went back to the store and bought the ingredients again only this time I purchased strawberry cake mix instead of chocolate! What a quick, neat treat and it does satisfy the sweet tooth. Thanks for sharing!