Sep 28, 2019

Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake

A Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake satisfies your chocolate cravings quicker than a hot knife through butter! Warm, chocolaty deliciousness made all in one mug in about a minute. What are you waiting for? You need chocolate and this microwave mug cake is the answer!
White mug with gooey chocolate mug cake topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on a rustic wood board

This is the only chocolate mug cake recipe you'll ever need! Here's what you will take away from this article:
  • You'll learn what a mug cake is
  • Why you should make a microwave mug cake
  • What kind of mug to use and why
  • List of ingredients needed and how to make a mug cake
  • How to adjust the cook time for your specific microwave
  • You'll also learn about my secret ingredient that makes this the best gooey chocolate mug cake ever
  • Topping suggestions as well as mix in ideas
  • Expert tips

WHAT IS A MUG CAKE?

A mug cake is a cake mixed and baked all in the same mug. Mug cakes are traditionally baked in the microwave. I was skeptical that I would enjoy a microwave mug cake, but y'all, I'm here to tell you I did enjoy this mug cake... many, many times!
White mug on a rustic wood board filled with gooey chocolate mug cake. A spoon is digging in and lifting chocolate cake out of the mug

WHY MAKE A MICROWAVE MUG CAKE?

When you are craving chocolate cake but don't have the time or the energy to bake a decadent, gooey chocolate cake in the oven. That's when a microwave mug cake comes to the rescue!
White mug filled with gooey chocolate mug cake set on a rustic wooden board. A spoon is scooping out some gooey chocolate cake.

DO I HAVE TO USE A SPECIAL MUG?

When choosing a mug for making your mug cake you should keep a couple things in mind. The mug must be able to go in the microwave, so no metallic mugs and nothing too delicate. Save the bone china for another time.

Also, the mug needs to hold at least 8 ounces. You can find out how many ounces your mug holds by using a measuring cup to measure 8 ounces of water and pour it into the mug. If all 8 ounces fit in the mug then you've found your mug cake mug.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED?

  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder - be sure to check the label & use baking POWDER not baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp real, full fat mayonnaise (my secret ingredient that makes this mug cake the best it can be!)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract






HOW TO MAKE A MICROWAVE GOOEY CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

  1. In an 8 ounce (or larger) microwave safe mug, add the dry ingredients and mix really well with a fork or small whisk.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and carefully mix so as not to spill anything out of the mug. Mix really well until smooth. Be sure to get all the dry ingredients off the bottom and sides.
  3. Place a plate or paper towel in microwave to catch any spills just in case. If you are using an 8 ounce or larger mug and measured your ingredients carefully, it shouldn't spill over, but better safe than sorry.
  4. Microwave mug cake for 1 minute 10 seconds. If you want a cakier cake, microwave 1 minute 15 seconds. Allow to cool a minute or so and enjoy!
NOTE: Microwave oven power varies widely. My microwave is 1000 watt. Cook time will vary depending on your oven's wattage.

MICROWAVE WATTAGE COOK TIMES

Microwave wattage varies widely. The higher the wattage, the more powerful your microwave. My microwave is 1000 watt, so the cook time for this microwave mug cake is based on a 1000 watt microwave.

If your microwave's wattage is different, you'll need to adjust the cook time. The following are approximate cook times for different microwave wattage:
  • 1200 watt - 58 seconds
  • 1100 watt - 1 minute 04 seconds
  • 1000 watt - 1 minute 10 seconds
  • 900 watt -   1 minute 18 seconds
  • 800 watt -   1 minute 27 seconds
  • 700 watt -   1 minute 40 seconds
If you don't see your wattage listed, please refer to the conversion charts I used here. If you don't know your microwave's wattage, you can easily find out the wattage with a simple test. Read how to do that here.

Be aware, microwaves under 700 watts tend to cook unevenly. You might have to play around with the cook time. It's definitely better to under cook this chocolate mug cake than to over cook.
White mug set on a rustic silver fluted saucer filled with gooey chocolate mug cake and topped with fresh raspberries

MIX IN IDEAS

I love this mug cake just the way it is, but you can make it even gooier by mixing in 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips, and for the Nutella lovers out there, be sure to mix in 1/2 tablespoon of Nutella before microwaving this mug cake. If you add a mix in, be sure to use a slightly larger mug to avoid spill over.

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS

This gooey chocolate mug cake will satisfy your chocolate craving all on its own, but we love to top it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I'm not sure there's anything better than a scoop of creamilicious vanilla ice cream on top of a warm chocolaty mug cake, but here are a few of our other favorite toppings:
  • Raspberries - chocolate & raspberry is a classic flavor combo. Definitely add a few fresh raspberries if you have them on hand. The zing raspberries add to chocolate puts a smile on my face every time!
  • Caramel - anyone who knows me knows I LOVE caramel. It IS one of my favorite things. Cook up some homemade caramel sauce to drizzle on this gooey chocolate mug cake. You'll be in dessert heaven!
  • Whipped cream - a big dollop of whipped cream is always a nice addition to just about any dessert, especially a chocolate one!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO MUG CAKES TASTE GOOD?

You better believe this gooey chocolate mug cake tastes good! I have a vanilla mug cake recipe I'm developing now just for Don (he's not a huge chocolate eater). Although I'll always be partial to chocolate, I am happy to report the vanilla mug cake tastes good too!

But don't get me wrong y'all, a microwave mug cake is not the same as a traditional chocolate cake that takes much longer than 80 seconds to bake. There is no comparison in taste and texture, but after tweaking my gooey chocolate mug cake recipe for weeks (WEEKS, y'all!), I am proud to say that this chocolate mug cake is moist, chocolaty, and my favorite easy chocolate cake recipe ever! Perfect for a midnight snack when you need chocolate cake fast!

My chocolate loving neighbor agrees. He LOVES chocolate, so once I felt the recipe was perfected, I had to get him to taste test it for me. He had to take a call when he was in the middle of taste testing for me, so there was still some mug cake left. He told me I couldn't take it home! He was definitely going to finish it! It was the best compliment I could have gotten. That's when I knew I finally got the recipe perfect!

ARE MUG CAKES SAFE TO EAT?

My Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake is safe to eat. Thanks to my secret ingredient, mayonnaise, there is no need to use eggs in my mug cake recipe. You don't have to worry if the eggs are getting cooked enough, and, you can even under cook it a little if you prefer it really gooey.

MAYONNAISE? IN A MUG CAKE?

Mayonnaise is a versatile ingredient and can be used for more than just a sandwich spread. In chocolate cake, for instance, the oil in mayo makes the cake tender, the egg helps the batter retain moisture, and the acid in the vinegar helps to bring out the chocolate flavor. Check out how I used mayonnaise to make a better Blueberry Crisp!

Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake in a tall white mug topped with fresh raspberries. A spoonful of mug cake is being held above the mug.

EXPERT TIPS

  • Your mug needs to hold at least 8 ounces
  • Be sure to double check you are using baking POWDER not baking soda
  • Mayonnaise is my secret ingredient. My favorite brand is Blue Plate Mayo as it tastes as close to homemade that I can find.
  • Place a plate or paper towel in microwave to catch any spills just in case. If you are using an 8 ounce or larger mug and measured your ingredients carefully, it shouldn't spill over, but better safe than sorry.
  • Microwave oven power varies widely. My microwave is 1000 watt. Cook time will vary depending on your oven's wattage. If your microwave wattage is different, please refer to the cook times I listed above under MICROWAVE WATTAGE.

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Chocolate Mug Cake
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Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake

A Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake satisfies your chocolate cravings quicker than a hot knife through butter! Moist, chocolaty deliciousness made all in one mug in 80 seconds flat.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 1 Mtotal time: 6 M

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise, full fat mayo (I use Blue Plate Mayo)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

instructions:

How to cook Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake

  1. In an 8 ounce (or larger) microwave safe mug, add 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp kosher salt. Mix really well with a fork or small whisk.
  2. Add 3 tbsp water, 3 tbsp mayonnaise, and 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract. Carefully mix so as not to spill anything out of the mug. Mix really well until smooth. Be sure to get all the dry ingredients off the bottom and sides.
  3. For 1000 watt microwaves, microwave the mug cake for 1 minute 10 seconds. For a cakier cake, microwave 1 minute 15 seconds. Allow to cool a minute or so and enjoy! NOTE: If your microwave's wattage is different, be sure to check the chart above to adjust the cook time according to the wattage.

NOTES:

•Your mug needs to hold at least 8 ounces
•Be sure to double check you are using baking POWDER not baking soda
•Mayonnaise is my secret ingredient. My favorite brand is Blue Plate Mayo as it tastes as close to homemade that I can find.
•Place a plate or paper towel in microwave to catch any spills just in case. If you are using an 8 ounce or larger mug and measured your ingredients carefully, it shouldn't spill over, but better safe than sorry.
•Microwave oven power varies widely. My microwave is 1000 watt. Cook time will vary depending on your oven's wattage. If your microwave wattage is different, please refer to the cook times I listed above under MICROWAVE WATTAGE.
Calories
623.15
Fat (grams)
32.05
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.90
Carbs (grams)
79.03
Fiber (grams)
2.34
Net carbs
76.69
Sugar (grams)
50.35
Protein (grams)
5.13
Sodium (milligrams)
969.16
Cholesterol (grams)
17.39
Nutrition label disclaimer: Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.
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