Chocolate Cake in a Mug

I’m sitting here sipping my morning coffee in a mug with rainbow-coloured circles that remind me of jawbreaker candies.

Mug Shot

This psychedelic mug is my favourite thing right now, because it was a Mother’s Day gift from Cole. He had been excited all week to take me to his preschool for a Mother’s Day tea but was careful not to tell me too much because it was supposed to be a surprise. Every now and then I would catch him practicing the song they were going to sing, and he also let it slip that there were cookies involved, but other than that he kept the secrets pretty well.

As I was sitting on the classroom floor watching my son and his classmates sing ‘I’m a Little Teapot’, I was suddenlly amazed that that was my son up there and I was his mother. His mother. Even though I’ve been a mother for almost 5 years, since the day this boy was born and we touched noses for the first time, I am still struck with awe now and then when I think of myself as a mom. Wasn’t I just a kid myself not too long ago? How can I have kids of my own already? Yet here I was, watching my eldest son sing me songs and serve me iced-tea and cookies he helped baked.

At the end of our lovely tea, he gave me my gift: my colourful mug with a bag of cake mix and a note attached on how to make chocolate cake in a mug. I’m familiar with the sinful joy of cake in a mug, so I was thrilled with my gift. I’ve seen this recipe floating around the internet for a while now but I don’t know where it originally comes from. I first saw it on my favourite messageboard and was hooked. My friends still curse the day I emailed them this recipe years ago, because it meant having dangerously easy access to chocolate cake in only 5 minutes. Now prepare to curse this day as well, because I’m going to share it with you now.


Chocolate Cake in a Mug


  • 1 Coffee Mug
  • 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour or cake flour
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • splash of vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp chocolate chips, optional


  1. Mix flour, sugar and cocoa in mug. Add egg, mix well. Pour in milk and oil and vanilla, mix well again. Add chips, if using. Put mug in microwave with a plate underneath it (in case of spills), and cook for three minutes on high. Cake will rise over top of mug- don’t worry! Allow to cool a little; tip over onto a plate if desired.

I often use applesauce in place of about half the oil, and cut down the sugar to 3 tbsp. You can omit the chocolate chips, but I just can’t bring myself to do that because they make this cake so good. I also like to use peanut butter chips sometimes. I try to make this cake when there are other people around to share it with, or I’m sure I’d eat the whole mug myself. We made Cole’s mix last night and all 4 of us had some with ice cream. Hot cake with melting ice cream is too good for words.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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