Here’s how to make a mug cake

Mug cakes, for anyone unfamiliar with them, are essentially exactly what the name suggests; a cake in a mug. They’re delicious, simple to make, and often require ingredients you likely already have in your cupboards.

I first heard about these divine little creations a few years ago. It took me a while to get around to making one myself, but I finally did, and they’re bloody delicious.

Mug cakes are a fantastic option for anyone scrambling to come up with a last-minute dessert creation, and further, because the portions aren’t huge, you can play around with them and make and sample different flavours all at once.

I thought I would share with all of you a mug cake recipe. This particular one comes from and is chocolate flavoured.


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


“Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large microwave-safe mug; stir in milk, canola oil, water, and vanilla extract.

“Cook in microwave until cake is done in the middle, about 1 minute 45 seconds,” the recipe states.

While this specific recipe is for a chocolate-flavoured mug cake, it isn’t difficult to understand just how simple it is to switch up flavours and ingredients. For example, you could make a vanilla flavoured version and throw in some sprinkles to create a birthday cake style mug cake, or throw in some sliced strawberries and top it off with whip cream to have your own personalized strawberry shortcake mug cake.

This is a recipe just about anyone could make, including kids, and it’s actually kind of fun to whip these bad boys up. If you’ve never dabbled in making mug cakes, this right here is a prime opportunity, my friends.

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