Mucho Gusto

Allison’s Chocolate Mug Cake

This is the fifty-sixth installment in Mucho Gusto, a recipe initiative by and for students to help connect us through food in times of isolation. If you’ve got a recipe you think would make a great addition, reach out to us!

Are you craving something chocolatey, cakey, and warm, but don’t want to bake an entire dessert? It can be such a pain to whip out all your mixing bowls, pans, and cooking utensils. Instead, you can make my chocolate mug cake recipe, which is ready in under five minutes! What more could you want? This recipe is dorm-room friendly if you have the ingredients and will easily satisfy your sweet tooth!

While cake is an indisputable incredible dessert, it’s also time consuming to achieve the final product. A mug cake, on the other hand, is a single serving of deliciousness. Instead of waiting the long 30 to 60 minutes for the cake to bake only to let it cool for longer, you can make this recipe within minutes. Plus, you can eat it right out of the mug, so there’s minimal cleaning involved! 

After a long day of babysitting during quarantine, I would come home at night with a hankering for something sweet. Mug cakes became my go-to dessert, turning into a nightly routine. Because you can make so many different types of cake mugs, I never got tired of them! Pretty much any type of cake you can think of, from peanut butter to banana to coffee to lemon, can be consolidated into a mug. The world of mug cakes is your oyster. 

Because the baking takes place in a microwave, sometimes mug cakes can turn out to be spongy or rubbery. After dabbling with many different types and measurements, I’ve found this combination for a chocolate mug cake to be perfect. It is fluffy, moist, and of course, chocolatey. 


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons milk of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Optional: whipped cream or ice cream for serving


First, combine all of the dry ingredients together in a microwave safe mug. Stir thoroughly, making sure all the ingredients are well mixed. I like to use a fork rather than a spoon to make sure there are no clumps of sugar or flour. One technique is tilting the mug side to side while stirring, to assure the bottom is especially mixed. Next, add the wet ingredients, and stir again. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top. Enjoy!


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