This cake is ridiculously easy to make and perfect for a quick chocolate/nutella fix.

Chocolate mug cakes have been on my radar for over a year now. The idea is pretty neat. You combine all the ingredients in a large mug, cook it in the microwave for a few minutes, and out comes a steaming chocolate cake. The clean up and prep time are both minimal. I think start to finish the process took me less than 10 minutes. (Some call this the five minute mug cake, but I think it’s a little more than 5 minutes. It may be five minutes if you have all the ingredients laid out, but if they are scattered about, it’s more like a less than ten minute recipe. Still ridiculously easy though.)

I had read that some of these chocolate mug cakes are a little dry. Then I saw a a recipe for nutella chocolate mug cakes on The Family Kitchen and knew I had to check it out since I love nutella recipes.

The cake came out perfect. Not too dry, and the nutella taste is very present. The texture is just like a cake that is baked. I couldn’t tell that it was made in a microwave. It took 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave and about 5 minutes of prep time. So easy.

I made one initially with the recipe as is (pictured above) and even adorned it with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate, but the cake was good on its own too. Then I experimented with the recipe a tiny bit, replacing oil with butter and adding some baking powder. On my second attempt, I split the batter into two mugs because on my initial one, the cake had risen pretty high with one large mug, and these two Paris mugs are much smaller.

I’m definitely going to make these again.

Recipe: Nutella chocolate mug cakes

(adapted from The Family Kitchen)


  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. You should try it at 1 1/2 minutes and then take it out to check to see if it is done. If not, continue to microwave in thirty second intervals. Mine was done at 1 1/2 minutes. You don’t want to overcook it or it will become rubbery.



60 Responses to “Nutella chocolate mug cakes”

  1. Roxan — March 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

    This is so awesome. I’m totally bringing this to work to make a mug of chocolate cake and make all my coworkers jealous!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 30th, 2011 @ 8:40 am

      Haha, you are so evil ;-)

  2. Kristin — March 30, 2011 at 9:48 am

    These look delicious. I know what I will be making tonight for desert. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 30th, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      I’ve made this for dessert two nights in a row! It’s a dangerous recipe. Haha

  3. Jackie ( — March 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Very original! Never seen this type of dessert before. Didn’t know you could “bake” a cake in the microwave. I bet you have to watch the batter very carefully and it also depends on how powerful your microwave is.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 30th, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      Yeah, you will have to be a little careful. I think most people’s will be done at about 1 1/2 minutes. But if you have a particularly strong microwave, you might want to try one minute. You should try it out!

  4. Fat Fudge — March 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Did you let the cake cool? I find that chocolate cakes are way too sweet when you eat them hot.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

      I like eating desserts while they are hot, so I ate mine hot. I didn’t really notice a difference in sweetness. I had some after it cooled down too.

  5. a frog in the cottage — April 3, 2011 at 6:01 am

    absolutely irresistible !!!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 3rd, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

      These are pretty irresistible.

  6. Kaitlyn Nelson. — April 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Sounds like a tasty thing to wake up to… >_>

    • Kirbie replied: — April 3rd, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

      It’s definitely something that works any time…breakfast, snack, dessert, etc. =)

  7. Kelsey — April 3, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Great recipe! Usually I don’t like mug cakes, they taste a little too dry, “floury” or “cocoa powdery” for me. I just made this, and it’s not like that. The nutella adds some nice moisture and flavor.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 3rd, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

      I haven’t tried other mug cakes but I heard that some of the others do that. I agree the nutella makes these more moist and I like that you can taste the nutella and the flavor doesnt get lost

  8. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I just discovered Nutella in the past week. I’m definitely going to try this!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 14th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

      So glad you discovered nutella! I think you’ll like these cakes.

  9. Carl — April 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Cake tasted great!
    Wonder where you got those Paris mugs?
    They are awsome..

    • Kirbie replied: — April 17th, 2011 @ 12:52 am

      I got them as a gift from a friend when he went to Paris. I really like them

  10. Ashley — May 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Wow! I’ve been living in the Czech Republic for 9 months, and I never bake because my kitchen flat is so tiny that I can’t have tons of kitchen staples lying around…but this recipe is perfect! Few ingredients, quick and simple, and I can even split it into two mugs if I’m feeling nice enough to share :)

    • Kirbie replied: — May 23rd, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

      Oh this is definitely perfect for you then!

  11. Jillian — May 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I have now made this microwave cake several times since someone showed it to me, and it’s by far the best one I’ve ever tried! You might say I’m a microwave cake addict…so thank you!

    • Kirbie replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

      It is fun and easy to make so I can see why you would be an addict! Glad you like this version.

  12. Anna — June 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Delicious! I refrigerated it overnight and it was just as delicious the next day! Thank you!

    • Kirbie replied: — June 20th, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

      I never tried refrigerating it. Good to know it still tastes good after!

  13. Lexi — October 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, I just made this after looking at your recipe and it is really tasty! The only difference is that I only had Hazelnut Spread, which is pretty much nutella, and it worked as a good second! :)

    • Kirbie replied: — October 12th, 2011 @ 8:25 am

      Yeah it should pretty much be the same. So glad you like it!

  14. Camille — November 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    This sounds awesome but, I’m wondering if you could make this recipe w/o cocoa powder or is there any substitute?

    • Kirbie replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 9:30 am

      subsitute for the nutella? Yes there are versions with just cocoa powder. I prefer the nutella and cocoa powder because the Nutella makes the cake more moist.

  15. Recca — November 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

    This sounds really nice~ But what would be the estimated time if i used a conventional oven instead of a microwave..?

    • Kirbie replied: — November 22nd, 2011 @ 1:02 am

      Sorry, I’m not sure. The main thing that makes this cake unique is that it is a microwave cake.

  16. Evelyn — March 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Wow this changed my life! As a sweet addict I am always in the mood for chocolate and cake but I am not always in the mood to drive to the grocery store and buy one or make one that serves 12 other people. This recipe was fabulous and exceeded all of my expectations! In 10 minutes (including the prep time) I had a moist and gooey cake that easily rivaled the chocolate lava cake I had at a local restaurant last week! I cannot wait to invite my friends over and share this with them! THANK YOU!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 5th, 2012 @ 8:45 am

      Aw, I’m so glad you like it! These mug cakes have changed my life too. I’m obsessed. I love the one serving thing. You may want to check out my other mug cakes!

  17. Whitney M — March 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Oh…I just made this mug cake (divided into 2 mugs) and it’s the best mug cake that I’ve ever had! It’s basically just delicious chocolate cake! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 11th, 2012 @ 8:51 am

      Aw, I’m so glad you like it! This is one of my favs. I also really love the chocolate brownie mug cake and the flourless Nutella lava cake.

  18. Erin — March 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’m eating my mug cake right now! I split the batter between 2 cups and microwaved it for 1 minute. So good, but it could use some ice cream! Thanks for this recipe. Definitely going to make this again.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 15th, 2012 @ 10:29 am

      Awesome! This is the first one I tried. It’s so moist because of the Nutella. After this I totally fell in love with mug cakes.

  19. lily — July 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    can you use oil instead of butter?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 9:18 am

      I think it should be fine.

  20. Karen — July 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I used a different recipe the other day and it came out super floury and awfully dry. Yet this one was so moist and tasted just like I baked it in the oven! Loveeee <3

    • Kirbie replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 8:33 am

      Glad you like! This is one of my favs

  21. Diane — August 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    These mug cake recipes are great for children to make also, I wish I knew about this when my kids were young. I’ll be making these instead of the cake pan version since it’s just me now, kids all grown and left, living on their own. I’ll be sure to pass it on to my kids since they loved my cakes when they were home with me.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 8:52 am

      I’ve had quite a few friends who make it with their kids. I never thought about that aspect when I first made them but I’m glad it is something that is kid friendly. I just love the little cleanup and how fast and easy it is. And it stops you from eating an entire cake too. hehe

  22. Tatiana — December 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I have been reading your blog and I have been dying to try one of your mug cakes. I tried this 1 because I love Nutella. it was delicious! I I am on a diet since I will be getting married next year. I try not to keep any desserts in the house because that is my weakness. But when I absolutely need a fix this is perfect! Thank you! By the way I used Skim Plus milk and it turned out great….

    • Kirbie replied: — December 11th, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      That’s great to hear! This is one of my favorites.

  23. Kim — February 24, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Just made this, only I had no cocoa powder, so used Milo-a malt style hot chocolate, and it worked wonderfully! Would definately halve the recipe next time though… too much chocco for one person :)

    • Kirbie replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      I usually treat it as two servings; it’s just a pain to only do half the recipe since you have to split the egg

  24. Liza — July 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Love this idea, but it comes in at a whopping 917 calories! Will have to save this for a VERY special occasion.

  25. shierly — September 13, 2013 at 5:38 am

    this is awesome!! i just made it and i’m eating it right now. but it didn’t fit in my cup though :/ so i used a bowl instead.. thank you so much for this! <3 <3

    • Kirbie replied: — September 13th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      glad it worked out for you!

  26. Rae — October 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Just made this and it tastes amazing! BUT it kept overflowing in my microwave :/ I used a very large mug also… Any tips?

    • Kirbie replied: — October 31st, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

      Hmm, I haven’t had this issue. I usually use a 16 oz mug. what is yours? You can split the batter into two mugs and cook them separately with half the time.

  27. Mei — April 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I love this recipe! This is much easier to understand compare to other Nutella Mug Cakes that I had seen, to be honest I didn’t know that it is possible to bake in the microwave oven, so this was my very 1st try! I didn’t have All Purpose flour though so I used Great Value’s Pancake Mix with Blueberry, it turned out really goooood with the berries on it.. I just burnt my 1st half cup cause I’m still tesing the right timing.. Instead of using mug, I baked it in a tupperware and it turned out fine,I serve it by squares and then top it off with gelato or sandwich the gelato in the middle :) Never mind the calories in the mean time, this is a chocolate desert, it should make you happy, not regretful :) Thanks for sharing this! <3

    • Kirbie replied: — April 14th, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

      glad this turned out well for you with the pancake mix!

  28. Leia — December 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I die to try one of your mug cakes but I want to know what kind of mug should it be? I talk about the material, i’ve never put a mug in the microwave :(

    • Kirbie replied: — December 27th, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

      you need a microwave-safe mug. Usually something made of thick glass or ceramic

  29. Terri Taylor — March 30, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Nutella? I’m all in! Heres the problem with dry chocolate mug cakes, you only need 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, but pack it down in the spoon.  It acts like extra flour so the cakes come out a little dryer. So use less cocoa powder. The trick is packing the cocoa into the spoon and leveling it off. Still get that strong chocolate flavor! 

    • Kirbie replied: — March 31st, 2015 @ 1:35 am

      thank you. this is actually an old recipe and I’ve come up with some better solutions since. Hopefully you’ll take a look at my mug cake category for the latest recipes.

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