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September 26, 2008

Mug Cake

You might have seen this recipe on the loops recently.

1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour(that’s plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

I decided to try the cake and hubby and I both enjoyed it for our dessert, served with yoghurt.
It’s quite a dense cake because there’s no baking powder, but it definitely rises. A little too well. If you make it, put a plate under your mug when it’s cooking in the microwave to save on cleanup. Also make sure you clean your plate and mugs straightaway because the mixture adheres rather well! I mixed the egg, oil and milk in a separate mug and added to the flour mix. Hubby and I also decided that one mug cake was enough for two.

I decided I’d try a variation:

Leave out the cocoa and chocolate chips. Grate in the rhind of half a lemon and add a handful of berries. I added raspberries because I like them but blueberries would work. Mix in the same way with all the other ingredients. Once your mug cake is cooked – squeeze half a lemon into a cup and mix in two teaspoons of sugar. Stir and spoon over your cake before eating. Serve with cream, ice cream or yoghurt. This was yummy!!

A third variation would be replacing the chocolate and chocolate chips with instant coffee and a few chopped walnuts.



  1. J.K. Coi

    Mmm, cake. I’m going to try this for sure, thanks!

  2. Shelley Munro

    Let me know what you think. It’s certainly easy to make. You could almost call it fast food!

  3. Amy W.

    I wonder if you can change the milk for Kahlua? Sounds good, I’ll have to give it a shot.

  4. Shelley Munro

    I’m sure you could use kahlua. Actually Baileys might work nicely as well. Let me know how you get on. It really is quick and yummy.

  5. Barbara Martin

    Thanks for the recipe, and it is so easy to prepare.

  6. Jenyfer Matthews

    Why, why, why did I have to see this recipe?? I’m trying to take off a few pounds, not find ways to add more!

    Sounds delicious and you know I won’t be able to resist trying it… :wink:

  7. Shelley Munro

    LOL – it’s quick and easy. What more could you want?


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