Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 serving

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This Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake is incredibly easy and incredibly decadent — it has a gooey chocolate center and a touch of coffee to make this the perfect afternoon pick me up! 

mocha chocolate mug cake in white mug on a grey background with blue striped towel in the background

So I have this habit of hitting the chocolate or the ice cream after the kids get to bed for the night.

I’ve earned it, haven’t I??

We are smack dab in the middle of my husband’s busy season so I am single-momming it from 7 in the morning until late in the evening, at least 5 days a week.

Which means that the only things that keep me going are chocolate and coffee (namely, this Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake). Throw a scoop of ice cream on top and it is like sanity in a mug!

I first came up with this chocolate mug cake a while back, and I’ve been hoarding it selfishly to myself.

I’ve had so many mug cakes that were dry or, just too cakey, you know?

Cake for me is actually not all about the cake, unless the cake is That Good. And rarely is a mug cake That Good. It’s about frosting or ice cream or caramel sauce or something else that makes the cake worth the calories.

But this Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake? It is That Good.

I wanted it to be more like a pudding cake (because you know I love me a pudding cake!), with a chocolate lava center, and it was even better than I ever imagined.

If you love pudding cakes as much as I do, you might also like this Pumpkin Pudding Cake, Red Velvet Pudding Cake, or my Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae Cake.

chocolate mug cake with ice cream melting on top and spoons in the background

With or without ice cream, this is the chocolate mug cake you need in your life! Wait until the kids are in bed tonight and then dig right in 😉

How to Make a Chocolate Mug Cake:

  • Choose the right mug. You want a mug that is large enough to hold all that goodness without splattering, because what you do not want to be doing after the kids are in bed is cleaning the microwave. Trust me on this one.
  • Choose the right chocolate. Dark, semisweet, milk chocolate — they will all work just fine. Choose one you enjoy, because it will taste like what you put in!
  • Stir it well. The chocolate is still going to be slightly warm when you add the egg, so you want to act quickly and whisk it in before you end up with scrambled eggs. Extra smart people would wait until the chocolate is completely cool. Impatient moms just whisk it like mad. You choose.
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Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake

4.50 from 8 votes
This Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake is incredibly easy and incredibly decadent — it has a gooey chocolate center and is made with real ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 1 serving
Calories 597cal


  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 oz ½ cup strong coffee
  • 1 egg


  • In a large (16oz) mug, stir together chocolate chips and oil. Microwave on high in 15 second intervals just until melted, stirring each time. Let cool 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in sugar, flour, cocoa powder, coffee and egg until combined.
  • Microwave on high for 75-90 seconds, until cake on top is set but gooey in the bottom.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 597cal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords chocolate cake in a mug, chocolate lava cake, chocolate pudding cake, lava mug cake, mug cake

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  1. Gwen says

    I’m not sure many of the other reviewers made the recipe.

    Honestly the most disappointing mug cake recipe I’ve ever used. Taste was boring (surprising given the ingredients!), the texture was terrible, and there was nothing fun about it.

    Sorry Ashley, usually your recipes are great; this one gets a hard pass from me.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this recipe, Gwen. We all have different taste, so I understand that it can be a hit for some and not others.

  2. Fleur says

    I think something went wrong! I ended up with little bits of scrambled egg in it because the egg didn’t combine properly. I miked it for 15 minutes! Do you know why this might have happened?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Fleur! It does sound like something went wrong! Honestly, I’m not sure where to begin because the cake only cooks 75-90 seconds. You do have to whisk in the ingredients until completely smooth, and quickly, before microwaving.

  3. Andrea Sawatzky says

    This was an easy and delicious treat! Thanks for the recipe. I can see myself whipping a couple of these up for those moments when I need to have some one-on-one bonding time with my kids.

  4. Alli says

    Mug cakes are the best!! Sometimes I don’t want to make huge desserts and these single serving ones are a life saver, especially with my sweet tooth!!

  5. Andie Thueson says

    I love a good mug cake and this looks amazing! If you’re not a coffee drinker can you sub for milk or water?

  6. danielle says

    You had me at gooey chocolate center. I’ve never made a mug cake, but totally need to. What an easy way to have dessert! I’m totally trying this 🙂

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You know, I’ve never made this in the oven! I would bake at 350 but I’m not entirely sure how long it would take. You’ll want to keep an eye on it to make sure you take it out at the right time — I would say between 15-25 minutes if you’re only baking one

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