Zap! Microwaved Hot Cocoa Mug Cake

Hot Chocolate in a mug. But wait, it’s a cake!

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake in the Microwave

I honestly don’t cook anything in the microwave. Well, popcorn, and Caramel Corn. I seem to make exceptions for popcorn. I also make exceptions for cake.

Yes, that’s right, I make cake in the microwave. Not all the time. Just those times when I’m serious craving it RIGHT NOW. This cake zaps that craving in the butt. I’m telling you, it’s ready in like 5 minutes. How can you beat that?

I call it hot cocoa cake because it’s rich and chocolatey and made in a mug. A squirt of whipped cream on top finishes the deal.

Microwave Chocolate Cake

Do you want cake? Ready. Set. Go!



Microwaved Hot Cocoa Mug Cake

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

Hot Chocolate in a mug. But wait, it’s a cake!

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 5 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 and ½ Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 and ½ Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ⅓ cup whipped cream (from a can or made from whipping cream, I prefer unsweetened here)


  1. In a large microwave-safe coffee mug combine the dry ingredients. Add the milk, oil and vanilla and stir to combine.
  2. Microwave on high power for 1 minute. Microwaves vary: If a fork stuck in comes out with soft crumbs rather than uncooked dough, you’re all set (and so is the cake).
  3. Top with the whipped cream and garnish with a dash of cinnamon or some chocolate shavings.
This post originally appeared in December, 2015 and was revised and republished in December, 2019.

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