Microwave Mocha Mug Cake Recipe

. Yvonne Ruperti

Sometimes the urge for a home baked cake doesn't mean you want to turn on the oven or grease up the cake pans. Sometimes there's no one else around and it's only yourself that you've got to please. Sometimes you just want it now—like within the next 5 minutes.

Toss a few tablespoons of flour, cocoa, sugar, butter, and chocolate into a mug (microwave safe please), stir it up, zap it up, and you've got a warm and gooey single serving of chocolatey cake waiting to be devoured. For this dense and fudgey version, I've added a dose of coffee powder to give it an awesome mocha edge.

This is so simple to prepare that you could cook up a bunch of these mug cakes all at once for a quick, warm, a la minute dessert at your next dinner party. To top it off, dollop on a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. And in case you were feeling guilty about giving in to your sweet craving, maybe the best part is that since you've only dirtied a mug, the evidence can be cleared away in no time.

Recipe Details

Microwave Mocha Mug Cake Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing mug
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips (or 1 ounce chopped)
  • Ice cream or whipped cream to serve on top


  1. Butter inside of a mug. Add 1 tablespoon butter, brown sugar, flour, cocoa, instant coffee, salt, baking soda, water, vanilla, and chips to the mug. Stir until completely combined.

  2. Wipe inside rim of cup to remove excess batter. Microwave on High power until cake has risen and looks moist (not wet) on top, checking every 30 seconds, about 1 to 2 minutes. Avoid overcooking or it will be dry. Let rest to cool briefly before topping with ice cream and eating.

Special equipment

microwave safe mug