3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake Mix Mug Cake

This single serving chocolate mug cake uses cake mix and cooks in the microwave in just one minute. No need for eggs, oil, or having to make an entire cake.
3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake Mix Mug Cake

Because some days you only have enough time and energy to make a cake mix cake.

I’ve spent the last few years sharing many mug cake recipes that are pretty quick and easy, but they are all from-scratch cakes that require several ingredients. The most common issue that people seem to have when they want to make one of my mug cakes is that they are missing an ingredient, especially baking powder. However, most people do have cake mix on hand.

I had some leftover cake mix and I was wondering what to do with it when it occurred to me to try making a mug cake with the cake mix.
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To my surprise, when I did a little research online to see if such recipes existed, most of the mug cakes that used cake mix also required oil, water and a fraction of an egg. Or they would require using other not as common ingredients like angel cake mix.

I was convinced there must be a way to make the mug cake without the egg because no one likes dealing with a fraction of an egg.

After several trials (I actually finished all the leftover cake mix and had to open a new one), I finally made a few versions that I’m happy with. This chocolate mug cake is soft, fluffy and moist. It does have a little bit looser crumb since there is no egg acting as a binding agent, but if you are eating it in a mug, this shouldn’t be an issue.
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I don’t usually like to make cake mix cakes, but this is a quick way to satisfy your cake cravings without a lot of work or clean-up. You can check also find the rest of my mug cake recipes here.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake Mix Mug Cake

An easy mug cake that uses cake mix and cooks in the microwave in just one minute!

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp chocolate cake mix (I tested this with Pillsbury and Betty Crocker)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
I know some people might not keep applesauce on hand, but I found that it really helped keep the cake super moist and also helped bind it together better. If you don't have applesauce on hand, you can use  2 tbsp water and 1/2 tbsp oil (instead of the water and applesauce amounts listed).  The cake stays moist but the crumb is quite loose which is why I prefer the applesauce version.

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe mug, add cake mix, water and applesauce. Mix with a mini whisk until batter is smooth. If using chocolate chips, add and stir in 1 tbsp into the batter. Sprinkle remaining over top of the batter.
  2. Cook in the microwave at full power for 1 minute. Allow cake to cool a few minutes before eating.

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6 comments on “3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake Mix Mug Cake”

  1. Every post you blow me away with your creativity!
    Thank you!

  2. I feel ya, most days actually I only have energy for a mug cake x) I love your blog and this was one of my favorite recipes so far!

  3. Just made this because this momma needed a little treat. It was great! I frequently bake cakes with applesauce to make them a little lighter. Thanks for the mug recipe!

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