5 Minute Chocolate Mug cake

This is quite an old recipe that did the rounds and created quite a stir sometime back. I had received it once in my inbox but failed to make it. recently I came across this recipe again. This time it managed to generate more interest than the previous time because I had two kids at my sides, wailing for ice cream. The quantities of the ingredients are very moderate and I thought ” lets try it.. how much can it go wrong?”.

I must tell you, if you are looking forward  to a light, very moist and airy chocolate cake, then this one is not for you. This cake is quite dense and not a black forest kinda cake. It is not one of those pastry kinda cakes or even that lovely chocolate sponge cake. However it is one cake that satisfies a sudden onset of craving for some chocolate. It is also that cake to calm down that teary child. just serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you can have some peace and quiet for some time.


  • All purpose flour – 4 Tbsp
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cocoa powder – 4 Tbsp ( add depending on strength of cocoa powder)
  • Coffee powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 5 Tbsp
  • Egg – 1
  • Milk – 3 Tbsp
  • Oil – 3 Tbsp
  • Chocolate chips – 3 Tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
  • Coffee Mug – 1 large
  • Butter – small piece
  • Take the mug and rub the butter all over the inside part of the mug.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in the cup and mix well with a spoon.
  • Add the egg to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the milk, oil and vanilla essence and mix well till combined.
  • Toss in the chocolate chips and mix it into the batter.
  • Put your mug in the the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at HIGH power (1000W).
  • The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t worry, it will not fall over.
  • Allow to cool it a little, and tip out into a plate if desired.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
I have tweaked the recipe a bit based on the number of times I made it and my sisters efforts at making it in her hostel. Hope this solves all issues. Keep it for 3 minutes flat. Add the chocolate chips or chocolate pieces because it gives a wonderful saucy flavor to the cake. this cake is moist though not overly moist. Make sure to mix the ingredients well. Cook immediately after adding the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mixing it till it is a smooth paste.

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