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 3 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
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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  • Gin says:

    i make mine in a ramikin for my husband and my self. I change it up with cutting up a mounds candy bar in it. It is awesome. I also put a chopped piece of orange flavored chocolate . It is the perfect size dessert for after dinner. Thanks for the recipe..

  • Charlotte Potgieter says:

    What is angel cake mix. Is it a white mixture.



    • Debbi says:

      Angel food cake. It’s a very light sponge cake. You can find it with the other boxed cake mixes.

  • hadassah says:

    Hi what is angel food cake mix for a South African 🙂

    • Whitney says:

      It’s sponge cake mix. It’s called Angel Food cake in the US.

  • vickie brudges says:

    I love this for my granddaughters they love chocolate cake. This way they can have it anytime they want.

  • Laura Raymond says:


  • Karen Turner says:

    I was wondering if you can substitute the chocolate cake for any flavored cake mix? Thank you.

    • Amanda says:


      • Karen Turner says:

        Awesonesauce! !! Thank you 🙂

  • Sarah C. says:

    I’m putting this mix into a mason jar to give to my mother today. She can’t bake anymore where she lives (no oven), but I know she’ll love this quick easy mix to get her cake fix without buying one from the store. Thank you!

  • Julie Reil says:

    What sized coffe mug should be used?

  • Julie says:

    i just made a batch and part I’m sending back with my daughter for college and part I might take to work. I made a mug and used the mini chips and vanilla. Wasn’t crazy about the chips, but the cake portion was fine. Anyone make this and not use the vanilla? How does it taste?

    • Julie says:

      Seems like a lot of vanilla for one little cup. Was going to try another mug without the vanilla to see how it tastes, but do I need two of these before dinner? Ugh. Anyone make it just as written (3-2-1)? This recipe will be helpful since my husband was diagnosed with diabetes this spring. I hate to make sweets at home and eat in front of him. This will satisfy my need for chocolate cake. Ok only part of my need for chocolate cake. 🙂

  • Jennifer says:


    Can you please tell me where you got the mason jar in this blog? I can’t find it! Your recipe was a life saver for a last minute thank you gift for my Hubby and it was dee-lish! I want to make gifts for friends!

    Thanks so much!


    • Chris says:

      I found mine at Dollar General and Target. Both places were around $3 for the jar….not too bad in my opinion, even better when filled with cake mix!!!

  • Blair says:

    Is the vanilla a requirement? If so, is there some way to add that flavor to the mix, so that it is not required? I am thinking for gifts of the mix to college students that may not have that stuff available!


    • Amanda says:

      Vanilla is not a requirement! Maybe add a little baggie of chocolate chip or peppermint pieces! 🙂

    • Marmar says:

      How about including a little bottle of vanilla with the jar of mix. A nice gift for college students who would do a little cooking, is a small covered tub with mini essentials for the kitchen., small toaster oven or microwave sized dishes and bake ware and one of those combination measuring cups, an adjustable measuring spoon that slides to change measure, a zoodle slicer, Mini grater, etc..

  • ellenk says:

    Could this be done with other mixes? Yes, I love chocolate but don’t eat it often because of migraines…

  • Sandra says:

    What size mug is used for this recipe?? I love the idea…..ty

  • Theresa says:

    Just a bit of clarification. Recipe states to add vanilla. But the jar states , just add water. Could you help with clarifying it for me? I would love to give to teachers before Christmas break!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Vanilla is totally optional! Not necessary but can add some extra depth of flavor. 🙂

  • Grammie says:

    Sounds like a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it I may even mix up a batch to give as add-on Xmas presents. Cake in a jar and all that.

  • Emma Vincent says:

    Hi from England,
    Came across this on Facebook and I have to say you have made my life soooooo much
    Have just ordered a box of Devils Food Cake from Amazon and have a box of Chocolate cake in the cupboard so am going to make a jar of this so that when my little dudes come in from school demanding something to eat I can whip up a cup for each of them…!!! Thus making life easier for me..!!!
    I love your blog and am now a keen follower and look forward to more mug cake ideas.

    • Amanda says:

      Nice to “meet” you Emma!! Hope you like it! 🙂

  • helpinghand says:


    1 egg
    1 1/4 powdered sugar
    2 tbsp. cocoa powder
    Mix well and nuke 1 minute

  • Veronica says:

    What type of jar did you use to store this? Love it.

  • GG says:

    OMG I love this idea! It’s great for gift giving or for traveling and you need breakfast in the hotel because of allergies! AWESOME!!!! Thank You so very much for putting this up! You have made my life much easier, I can eat while traveling and not making my families life a living nightmare while they try to find a place for me to eat 🙂

  • Judith White says:

    I love mug cakes and I added a spoon of strawberry and blackberry jam and a cube of milk chocolate to my recent ones. As I was doing this for a dessert at a club dinner (30 pax) I baked these in the oven in tea cups. I let them cool and served them with whipped cream and a sliced fresh strawberry. Hmmmm! Had many good comments.

    • Terry says:

      How long did you cook them for? at 350 degrees?

  • Ricki Gurtman says:

    What is the nutritional breakdown? Calories etc????

    • Amanda says:

      No idea.