Two Minute Chocolate Mug Cake. A Fancy Cake in a Cup.

At this harrowing time in our lives I think it’s safe to say that there has never been a greater need for Cake in a Cup.

Cream ironstone cup filled with overflowing chocolate cake, topped with raspberries and a snowbank of powdered sugar.

Like most people, I can tell you exactly where I was during certain momentous world events.  When I found out John F. Kennedy Jr. died I was talking on the phone to my friend Renee. For the O.J. Simpson verdict I was in the lobby of CBC television studios.  And for Cake in a Cup, I was browsing Stumble Upon.

Remember Stumble Upon? 

After seeing the recipe for Cake in a Cup I jumped out of my computer chair and bounced, Tigger-style towards the cupboard.  Everything I needed to make an actual chocolate cake inside of a coffee cup in 3 minutes FLAT,  had been inside  my cupboard my whole life and I had NO idea.  

Cake in a Cup Recipe (s)

This good old cake in a cup takes basic cupboard ingredients like flour, sugar  and cocoa to make what is essentially an INSTANT cake that you cook in the microwave.  

Perfect for a midnight snack, easy dessert or binge watching buddy while you’re living the life of a shut in. The perfect companion to Netflix is mug cake. Everyone says so.


Cake in a cup ingredients laid on a wood board including cocoa, dark brown egg, flour in an ironstone cup, sugar and a mini glass pitcher of milk.

What’s in it?  Basic ingredients:  flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder salt, milk, vegetable oil.  An egg and chocolate chips are optional.

The one thing this cake doesn’t require is love. THIS IS NOT A CAKE MADE WITH LOVE, it is a cake made out of insanity and necessity.

Ironstone mug filled with cocoa, flour and sugar set on a vintage blue and white plate.

How do you make it? Just like a tiny cake. Mix your dry ingredients like the sugar, cocoa, baking powder and flour together in a microwave safe mug.

Dry ingredients of cocoa, flour and sugar mixed together in ironstone mug.

Stir them up well.

Wet ingredients of cake in a cup in ironstone mug on a vintage blue and white plate set on wood tabletop.

Add in your wet ingredients.

Chocolate cake in a cup ingredients mixed in with dry and ready to cook in microwave.

Stir those up.

Ironstone mug filled with chocolatey looking batter set on wood table with a small pitcher of milk in the background.

And then cook it as all the world’s best desserts are cooked – in the microwave on high.

Cooked chocolate cake in a cup rising up from an ironstone mug topped with bright red raspberries and powdered sugar.

This is O.K. on it’s own, but really like my sour cream, cilantro, cheese topped homemade chili, it’s all about the toppings.  Add frozen berries, powdered sugar, whipped cream or chocolate shavings to elevate this chocolate mug cake. Or, ORRRRR top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

That’s how you turn this into something – well, something a little more impressive than what it is – an emergency dessert to be used in dire circumstances. Like right now.

I made this recipe on one of the bazillion television shows that I hosted.


This cake in a cup recipe is to be used in a chocolate craving emergency! It’s kind of like jello … you might not want to serve it at a dinner party, but sitting all by your lone self in a bathrobe on the sofa it’s perfectly acceptable.

Now, let’s be honest here for a second, shall we? I know this is the Internet and that sort of thing is often frowned upon, but just for kicks … let’s be honest.

CAKE IN A CUP IS GENIUS! It may be the greatest invention ever, second only to potato chip flavoured toothpaste (fingers crossed someone has this one in the works).

Is it the most delicious cake you’ve ever had in your life?  Well, that depends on how drunk you are.

It’ll certainly be the most fun and fastest cake you’ve ever made in your life.

I expect you’ll be adding this  to your very own list of “remember where you were” momentous occasions.

Cake in a Cup.

It's hard to believe this ridiculous recipe works but it actually does. Ease your chocolate craving immediately!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 666kcal


  • 4 Tbsps flour all purpose or cake
  • 4 Tbsps sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsps cocoa
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 5 Tbsps milk
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips


  • Add dry ingredients to a microwaveable mug.   Stir to combine.
  • Add oil and milk.
  • Mix well, making sure to incorporate all the dry ingredients hiding at the bottom of the cup.
  • Top with a couple of tablespoons of chocolate chips. These will sink down into the middle of the cake when you cook it.
  • Microwave on high for 1.5 minutes.*



You can also add 1/2 of a beaten egg - which is about 1.5 tablespoons of beaten egg. If you add egg, reduce the amount of milk by 1.5 tablespoons.  Using egg will make the cake spongier.
The power of your microwave will dictate how long to cook the cake for. A stronger microwave (950 watts) will cook the cake faster in just over a minute. An older, or weaker microwave will take 1.5 minutes.
If you overcook this cake (and you might on the first try) it will be dry and ruined. 
Take this cake WAY over the top by dusting it with powdered sugar and topping with jam or frozen fruit. Raspberries are my go-to.
  • Cut the sugar back to 3 tablespoons and omit the chocolate chips to save over 100 calories.


Calories: 666kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 147IU | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg


For those of you who don’t know (my mother) Stumble Upon was an Internet network from the olden days (before Pinterest) with some of the best information on the Internet.  Quick hits of brilliance.   And a few toads.  It still exists by the way, under the name of Mix. 


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Two Minute Chocolate Mug Cake. A Fancy Cake in a Cup.


  1. Mary W says:

    FUN today. I loved the puzzle and the photography was AMAZING. and the cake IS good. I used egg and raspberries for the 2 I made myself. YUM Wish raspberries would grow well in FL.

  2. Jean Nock says:

    I made it as an emergency coffee match for my sweet-toothed hubby yesterday. We have an ancient microwave so the 1.5 was perfect. We also lacked the ingredients to “soup it up” i.e. ice cream or whipped cream but gosh darn it was pretty yummy just naked!

  3. Jan says:

    Best ever birthday cake for a couple to share and not having leftovers around.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lynn says:

    Bouncing Tigger-style–can’t quit laughing! And YUM!!

  5. Laci says:

    Ridiculously easy & delicious…..just scrumptious. I have no other words, besides… & thank you. I love your blog :)

  6. Sue Lortye says:

    Hi Karen
    Have you tried it with gluten free flour?

  7. Dana Fillmore says:

    Today I created a video for my Sped class using this recipe. I know the student’s families are searching for things to do and this easy recipe is the perfect activity. It teaches measuring, counting and following directions. The bonus is that they have a tasty warm cake at the end. And of course I referred them to your site for the recipe!

  8. Eve says:

    I just had a revelation.
    Cake in a Cup = Cupcake

  9. whitequeen96 says:

    In the 6th paragraph, you list baking powder as an ingredient. But I don’t see it listed in the actual recipe? Do we need it?

  10. Carole says:

    Cake in a cup sounds like a great solution for so many of life’s problems. World peace would probably breakout if everyone had a microwave (great potential for a new government program) and every one baked themselves a cake in a cup each day. I am appalled however that it has 666 kilocalories. Are 666 kcals a sign it is actually evil?

  11. SuzNKton says:

    This is very similar to ours 3 2 1 cakes.

    It is considered mandatory packing to tale a Mason jar of 3 2 1 mix to college. Friends of the student with the jar of 3 2 1 mix are frequently gifted with same mix for Christmas and birthdays. If you are really special, you may also receive a jar of homemade sweetened condensed milk to do with it! (When living with a person of Newfoundland heritage, one learns that “Newfoundland cream” can be added to most desserts ).

  12. Stephanie Smith says:

    Seriously, how do you not have your own amazingly successful YouTube channel by now? All that sleeping I bet.

  13. Avril says:

    Made it without the b. powder last night. Turned out just fine! will adjust recipe next time and see if it’s any different. I didn’t have any chocolate chips, so cut a Bailey’s chocolate in half and put them both in, YUM!!!!

  14. Mary says:

    Why in hell would you tell me how to reduce the calories?!? I was just thinking of substituting half and half for the milk! These are times that try women’s souls. And waistlines.

  15. Joanne Mercieca says:

    LOL I was all excited to try this until I saw the calorie count. I can’t eat that many calories for a midnight snack because I don’t want to cut down on my wine calories.

  16. Joanne Mercieca says:

    LOL I was all excited to try this until I saw the calorie count. I can’t eat that many calories for a midnight snack because I don’t want to cut down on my wine calories.

  17. Nancy says:

    The question burning in my mind is that oh-so-picturesque board. It’s so rough, I would have to take that board outside to my # 3 washtub and scrub all the flour and sugar out after I made the cake. That’s how I talk myself out of cooking and just eat all the chocolate chips while I read this.

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