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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

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This single serving microwave chocolate chip mug cake starts with a fluffy brown sugar cake base mixed with chocolate chips. It cooks in just 1 minute and tastes like a chocolate chip cookie that got turned into a cake.

Update! I’ve created a video to go along with this post, showing you just how easy this is to make!

Do you ever have one of those days where it just isn’t your day? And you just want to hide in bed or sit in a dark corner and wait for the day to be over so nothing else goes wrong? I had one of those days yesterday.

close-up photo of a spoonful of Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

In the morning I woke up to rain, which was fine, since we are in a serious drought. But the rain was accompanied by some really strong winds which knocked over one of my precious fruit trees. This was then followed by my shower rod suddenly crashing down into the tub (luckily no one was in the shower at the time). When I stepped outside for 30 seconds to see my tree, I managed to miss a FedEx delivery that needed a signature. (I was seriously only outside for 30 seconds.)

Then, while in a rush cooking a dish, I sliced my finger. It was at this point that I wanted to stop doing anything else and just wait for the day to be over. A few more things happened that I won’t get to into. But yeah, it was definitely not my day. And I kept thinking through the whole day that I really needed some comfort food, aka, this chocolate chip mug cake.

This mug cake really hit the spot. It was warm, fluffy, and reminded me of my childhood. It’s a small, single serving cake, which is perfect since I would have consumed twice as much otherwise. And it comes together in about five minutes.
photo collage of Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

If you enjoy this mug cake, check out my mug cake category which has a ton of mug cake recipes or try my Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie, which is another easy treat to make.

I also have an entire cookbook, 5-Minute Mug Cakes*, with nearly 100 recipes!

photo of the cover of 5-Minute Mug Cakes cookbook

*Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).

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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

Servings: 1 mug cake
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This single serving microwave chocolate chip mug cake starts with a fluffy brown sugar cake base mixed with chocolate chips. It cooks in just 1 minute and tastes like a chocolate chip cookie that got turned into a cake.
4.89 from 26 votes


  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • tbsp brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp low fat milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips


  • Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips into a microwave safe mug. This is a small cake so you can use an 8 oz mug and it should just reach the top when finished cooking. You can also use an oversized mug, but the cake will be lower in the mug. Mix with a small, sturdy whisk until a smooth batter forms and no lumps remain.
  • Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Sprinkle remaining half over surface. Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. Let 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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197 comments on “Chocolate Chip Mug Cake”

  1. Hey do you have any idea how many calories this would be? Thanks 🙂 it’s delicious!

    • Sorry, I don’t have that information. There are many websites out there that provide recipe/ingredient analysis though so you could try entering the recipe into one of those sites.

  2. I ended up messing up the recipe a teen gbscause I read too fast (used butter than added veggie oil anyway) and used a teeny bit of regular sugar so although it tasted diff the basis was still good.

    I did this one before with the exact recipe and it was great ! Regardless great base thanks for the sunshine on this rainy day!

  3. this recipe is a game changer! Chocolate cravings came on strong this evening, and rather than eating chocolate chips straight from the bag like a ravenous hormonal animal, I was able to sit down and enjoy a delicious confection. Super impressed with this mug marvel. 

    Thank you Kirby! 

  4. Omg I just made it with my little sister and it worked! I used water instead of milk though but it was moist and tasted great! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. It tastes really good with Whipped cream and  caramel sauce on top! Thanks for the great recipe.

  6. This was absolutely perfect! I literally just wanted like two chocolate chip cookies without all the mess and time it takes to make a whole batch.  I am vegan and for some reason that usually means the most complicated recipes ever, but not yours! I used cashew milk, avocado oil and Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips. It was delicious! Thank you!

  7. Tastes good. Daughter loves it. Had to cook a bit longer (30 secs) but good over all. 

  8. Thanks for this awesome recipe, tried it and tastes absolutely AMAZING. 

  9. Hi Kirbie, Thanks for the great recipe and video! My husband and I both really enjoyed this! I look forward to trying some of your other recipes… Thanks again!!!

  10. Amazing flavor. Perfect combination of cakey and chewy. Almost wish that I hadn’t found it; I’ve made it twice in two days!!!

  11. I made this with almond milk, dairy free chocolate chips, and no oil. Turned out great! 

  12. I didn’t have any vanilla so I made this with two tablespoon of milk then a tablespoon of French vanilla coffee creamer. And it came out amazing.

  13. I love your recipes and trust them 100% and this has been my go to dessert since this recipe came out its so good. Definitely will recommend you to my friends. Your my go to website for any meals. This is my number 1 favorite dessert. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

  14. This is probably one of the best things i have ever eaten in my life. It is so amazing and super easy to make. I absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing this!!

  15. so glad I found this recipe, just gave it a try and it was so easy! Perfect for when you crave something sweet but don’t want to make an entire cake.

  16. Delicious! Tempted to make a second 😉

  17. I’ve made this 3 times….Its so yummm. Its not just your averagemug muffin…Its beautiful! Thx so much!!?

  18. The best cake mug recipe I’ve ever had! Most are hit or miss but this one has been perfect every time I’ve made it! Perfect for those lazy days or when you are on your period and you’re craving baked goods but dont have the time, energy or willpower to even then the oven to 350 ? Yum, yum, yum! Thanks for this recipe! ???

  19. Very dense

    • it shouldn’t be. Make sure you measure out the flour properly. Too much flour can make the cake dense. Also be careful not to cook too long which can also make the cake dense.

  20. First ever mug cake. I’ve looked at a ton of recipes but this had everything I wanted. No egg and not a ton of oil. Followed directions with no substitutions. It was delicious. Was large enough it could easily be shared. So easy to put together. I cooked for one minute and it was perfect. Will definitely make again! Thanks for sharing. 

  21. i’ve just made it. turned out perfect. i only sub soy milk and vegan chocolate that i cut it in pieces since i didn’t have chocolate chips.

  22. I have been making this regularly for the last 5 years and know it by heart. 4 different homes, 4 different kitchens with 4 different microwaves, countless ups and downs in my life, but this recipe has remained constant. (Is that too dramatic for a mug cake? It’s true!) Sometimes I go months in between making it, sometimes it’s ‘one of those days’ every day and I’m making it like once a week… The point is, this recipe is definitely tried and true, and the perfect small way to end both a good or bad day.
    Moist and warm and not too sickly sweet, plus very easy to make, especially compared to other mug cakes with awkward ingredient amounts. It’s the first mug cake I ever tried, and the one I always return to. Just a few notes to anyone reading this, from my experiences, in case they’re helpful: [1] I typically use a non-dairy milk (often vanilla soy), only because that’s what I keep around, and it turns out just as well as the times I use cow’s milk. [2] Adjusting the chocolate chips to taste has never turned out badly for me. When making for others, I used the amount called for, because people love chocolate. I am the rare, weird breed who prefers less (in general), but using a bit less doesn’t make this less flavourful IMHO, because it’s a good base. [3] When using your typical microwave, 60 seconds is the perfect bake time. In my current home, however, I have a tiny 700 watt microwave, which is nearly as low as you can go wattage-wise. After trial and error, I’ve found it takes 85 seconds to get the same fully-cooked-but-not-dry result. [4] Leaving it in the microwave to rest for a few minutes before digging in is worth the wait. You’re not going to want to, because you’ll be able to smell the chocolate goodness, but find the patience in you somehow. It just tastes better when you do (Maybe because it’s cooled enough that you can actually taste it?? No idea). Thank you for this recipe! Sorry for such a wordy comment, but after half a decade of use, I just really appreciate you putting this out there for people like me to enjoy!

    • thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed comment. I really appreciate it and I love that this recipe has been your constant. Totally not too dramatic in my opinion!

  23. Good but a bit dry and sticky

  24. Perfect, simple and easily tweakable to taste and a great base recipe for adding other toppings for variety. Thank you so much! 

  25. BEST RECIPE for chocolate chip mug cookies I’ve tried so far! The outside is cooked, but the inside is still gooey and the chocolate chips melted a little bit – PERFECT!

  26. I subbed the veg oil for olive oil and it turned out just fine. Nice one 🙂

  27. Yummy and great this recipe I would use

  28. At first I didn’t think this would work but I’m in heaven it’s so good

  29. I’ve tried many a horrible mug cake- and by that I mean stomach ache inducing and throwing in the trash. This is the second mug cake recipe I found that is perfect, light, airy, fluffy, chocolatey, and not too sweet. In other words, it hit the spot perfectly. Me and my family of four all shared this, and they’ve tried my other failures and agreed, this was a keeper. A note- I cooked it for about 70 seconds and it was done. Thanks for such a great recipe!!

  30. its probably the best (blank) in a mug ive ever had, its amazing with sugar sprinkled over top

  31. Hi!

    I made this, and it turned out really good! It tasted amazing, and it was so easy to make! I was able to substitute the milk for water, and it worked well. Same with the olive oil. At first I thought it would be too strong, but it turned out perfect! I really enjoyed this recipe!

  32. Great mug cake! Moist and delicious 🙂 Perfect to hit that sweet craving.

  33. This is so good 

  34. Such an amazing recipe! It is so yummy and delicious! I recommend using this because, it is the BEST mug cake i have ever tasted!

  35. I just tried the recipe. It was so simple, too simple even, that I initially thought it’d be better not to expect much.

    Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I just tried it, and it is just amazing. As a vegan student, I think I just found my new favourite new treat/snack.

    Thank you so much for this. I will definitely be making it again.

  36. Kirbie, this is the most amazing recipe EVER! I made one for me and one for my brother!

  37. The cake was okay but all of the flour sank to the bottom… I mixed it very well and followed the recipe exactly, but when I got to the bottom of the mug it was a solid chunk of flour.
    Also, the texture was strange. The cake wasn’t bad, it tasted nice, but it wasn’t even a moist texture, it felt like jelly. Weird, fluffy jelly.
    If you’re craving cookie dough this recipe is… fine? But I would seek other options/recipes.

    • it sounds like your flour wasn’t mixed into the batter completely. Because if it was mixed in then it’s not possible for the flour to separate and sink to the bottom. I think you likely missed some of the flour when mixing, this can happen especially with mug cakes because of how tall the mug is and also sometimes the flour gets stuck in the crevices of the mug. I always run my whisk all the way to the bottom and around the bottom circle of the mug to make sure I have all the flour.

  38. We were neeing something tasty and our two mugs were large. I tripled the recipe but had to use cake flour and half and half creamer due to what I had on hand. Added 15 more seconds to the time for each mug. Worked like a charm and was GREAT when in a pinch!! Thanks!!

  39. Pretty good but seems a little raw, but barley any dishes! Overall I enjoyed it.

  40. This was amazing added fresh raspberries and vanilla ice cream on top ?

  41. Best mug cake I have tried yet! So delicious ? 
    Will be making again. Nice and simple! 

  42. i feel like putting it in the oven for 2 mins instead of 1 is more effective. Otherwise it turned out to be perfectly delicious!

  43. This came out perfect. I love mug cakes and this is by far the best chocolate chip one I have made yet.
    Being vegan I just subbed almond milk for reg milk, it came out perfect.
    Thanks for sharing!

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