Chocolate Cake in a Mug


Someone asked how the cake / brownie in a mug was made awhile back.  There are several different versions, and more can be found at Hungry Girl; simply do a search there for “cake in a mug” and you should be able to find them fairly easily.



  • ¼ cup sugar or splenda
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp. 2% milk
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips

tumblr_m5o5y1lxSu1r79skoo1_500Combine sugar, flour, cocoa and salt in small bowl.  Whisk egg, oil, milk and vanilla in another bowl.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Stir in chocolate chips

Transfer to 14 oz. microwave-safe mug coated with cooking spray.  Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-¼ to 1-½ minute or until top appears dry.  Cool for 1 minute, serving with topping of your choice.

Personal Note: I tried this, and it’s amazing.  I had it with whipped cream, however, while the whipped cream wasn’t horrible on it, I highly recommend ice cream on top with or instead of the whipped cream.

Making Your Cake for a Care Package: 

Being a Navy wife, I find that I often want to make something nice to send my husband when we’re apart.  One of these is food items.  I recently put this cake in a jar to mail out to him.  If you’re looking for a good way to mail something like this out, here are my personal directions.

You will need –

  • Tape (I used Scotch packing tape)
  • Plastic Wal*Mart sacks OR bubble wrap
  • Wrapping paper (this is optional, but if it’s a surprise gift…)
  • Sticky Note and a pen
  • Jar and lid (make sure the lid can be screwed on tightly)
  1. Follow recipe, except put the cake mix into the jar rather than a mug.
  2. Allow cake to cool.  If you’re in a rush, you can pop it into the freezer for about fifteen minutes.  But PLEASE be careful as chilling such a warm object can cause it to break more easily.
  3. Once the jar is cool enough to wrap in plastic, securely screw the lid on.  It doesn’t have to seal, you just want it to keep the cake fresh.
  4. Write suggestion of adding ice cream on a sticky note, and stick it to the lid.  You can also tape if necessary.
  5. Wrap jar COMPLETELY in plastic sack(s) or bubble wrap.  Then wrap packing tape all over it in order to fully secure it.  (This not only adds further insulation, but can insure that the plastic around the jar doesn’t come apart, allowing your jar to break during transit.)
  6. If you’re putting gift wrap on it, do so now.  I recommend placing the jar in the center of a square of wrap and then having the corners of the wrap meet above the lid of the jar.  Secure with a rubber band; separate edges / corners.  TA DA!!  Cool looking gift.
  7. Mail in care package.

I hope everyone enjoys their cake!!