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
- 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.