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3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream Mug Cake

photo of a Chocolate Ice Cream Mug Cake

This mug cake is super super easy. Just 3 ingredients and you end up with a fluffy chocolate chocolate chip cake.

Recently, a reader (Lara) posted a comment on one of my mug cake posts, providing me with an easy mug cake recipe she had come up with using ice cream as one of the ingredients. She asked me to try it out, and of course I had to!
photo of a spoonful of cake
The mug cake came out great, though it had more of a bread texture rather than a cake. Not that there is anything wrong with that. And it wasn’t too much of a surprise, especially since I’ve made a pumpkin quick bread before using just self-rising flour and pumpkin ice cream.

Anyway, I was craving a cakey mug cake, so I thought I’d play around with the recipe. After a few tweaks, I ended up with this one. It’s light and fluffy like a cake, and so ridiculously easy to make when using ice cream as one of the ingredients.

I chose a dark chocolate gelato with chocolate chips. It’s best if you choose an ice cream flavor with a lot of flavor since most of the flavor of the cake is coming from the ice cream. Thanks, Lara, for the inspiration to use ice cream in making a mug cake!
photo of a Chocolate Ice Cream Mug Cake with a carton of ice cream in the background

You might like my Pumpkin Ice Cream Mug Cake, too! Or try my easy chocolate loaf cake made with ice cream.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Mug Cake

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This mug cake is super super easy. Just 3 ingredients and you end up with a fluffy chocolate chocolate chip cake.


  • 4 tbsp of chocolate chocolate chip ice cream it's okay if your tbsp scoops are slightly over the measuring mark
  • 2 tbsp cake flour you must use cake flour. I tried it with all purpose and the texture is definitely drier and more like a bread than a cake
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder


  • Scoop ice cream into mug. Melt in microwave for about 10 seconds. Add in flour and baking powder. Stir with a small whisk until batter is smooth and no flour chunks remain, about 10 seconds. 
  • Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. Surface of cake should be dry and look done. Let cake cool a few minutes before eating.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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14 comments on “3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream Mug Cake”

  1. I was craving a mug cake and used your recipe and I loved it ! 
    I used Reese’s ice cream. The middle of the cake was still very runny liquidy but I loved that. It was like a lava cake 🙂

  2. Hello, I found your recipe and wanted to try it out, but I can’t eat regular flour. Do you think that using a gluten free cake mix would work? Maybe I’ll try it out and see how things go.

  3. Nice! I’ll probably make this again but won’t use double chocolate chip coz the chips melted and would double it as the qty was quite small, it rose and collapsed -cupcake size. I used APF -i had the recipe in mind ever since lara’s original comment but it tastes fine and looks EXACTLY like the above pic.

    • Glad it worked out for you. Yes it is supposed to be about the size of a cupcake, but you can def make more if you want, though it’ll be more than a single serving.

  4. Hello! I’m pretty intrigued by this and it looks like this’ll potentially be the first mug cake I’ll make, but I’m not sure–is cling wrap required during microwaving? 

  5. Hey! I just tried it out and it tasted wonderful! But my cake surface wasn’t dry… :/ Anyways, thankyou for sharing this super simple and easy recipe!

  6. Yum, I MUST find that ice cream! What a great idea, I never would have thought to do something like this!

    • You can probably use any full fat ice cream, something with a deep flavor otherwise it will taste a little plain. But yeah, the dark chocolate chip gelato worked out really well, especially since it has chocolate chips inside.

  7. Awwww thank you so much for trying it out! Oh, I’m so happy, my name is in one of your posts!
    But, my cake didn’t come out with a bread texture, and here in Brazil we don’t have cake flour, I just used all purpose and everything went just fine haha
    But thanks again, you are the best <3

    • Hmm that is strange. That’s too bad you don’t have cake flour. It really changed the texture. Thanks for the inspiration though!