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Cake In A Mug


  • A microwave oven
  • A large microwavable mug
  • A tablespoon for measuring
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 9 tbsp hot chocolate mix
  • 1 egg (or Egg Replacer)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Cooking Spray


  1. Spray a little cooking spray into the mug.

  2. Measure out the flour and hot chocolate mix into the mug. Stir.

  3. Crack the egg into the mug. Stir a bit after adding the egg so the cup doesn't overflow.

  4. Add water and oil.

  5. Stir until thoroughly moistened. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the mug with your spoon to avoid any leftover pockets of dry ingredients.

  6. Put the mug in the microwave on high and set the timer for 3 minutes.

  7. As it bakes, a cylinder of cake will start to rise out of the mug. Way cool!

  8. When done, it will settle back into the mug. The handle of the mug may be hot, so use a potholder to remove it from the microwave.

  9. Tip your cake cylinder out of the mug into a dish. Your cake may look a little damp and wrinkled. This is normal.

  10. Use a fork to break it up into quarters. This will allow steam in the center to escape. Arrange so that the more attractive interior of the cake is showing.

  11. Make sure the cake has cooled enough to eat before digging in. Add whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

  1. Variation

  2. For added sweetness and gooeyness, after you mix up the batter throw in a few chocolate chips. They may sink to the bottom, but they will taste fine. Mini marshmallows also add a great taste to the cake. They do tend to bubble out, so be sure to protect your microwave tray with paper towel for easy clean-up.

  1. If you want a glaze-like layer on the outside of the cake, try using some chocolate or butterscotch syrup. This absorbs into the cake and makes it more sweet and delicious.

  1. Clean Up

  2. Although the cooking spray will help, it may still require soaking.

  3. After use, fill the mug with water and let soak. Then wash by hand. Throwing the mug in the dishwasher will result in baked-on batter that will be harder to get off than if you just washed it by hand in the first place.

  1. Share your Cake in a Mug with others

  2. No, not literally (unless you're on a diet). But a decorative mug filled with a baggie of measured-out dry ingredients and the recipe for Cake in a Mug is a great gift idea for a friend or loved one.

  1. Makes enough for one enormous serving.

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