Chocolate Zucchini Mug Cake

A single serving chocolate zucchini mug cake that cooks in the microwave in less than 2 minutes. This cake is moist, fluffy, chocolatey, and satisfies zucchini bread cravings.
overhead photo of chocolate zucchini mug cake
I have been obsessed with chocolate zucchini bread lately. I made loaves for myself, my parents, more for myself… you get the idea.

But since I have zero self-control when it comes to limiting how many slices I eat, I decided to make a mug cake version. This mug cake version tastes a lot like the baked version and satisfies my chocolate zucchini bread cravings.
chocolate zucchini mug cake photo

Baking with Zucchini

Zucchini is a great addition to baked goods.

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First, you don’t taste the zucchini at all.

Second, it adds a lot of moisture to your baked goods, keeping the crumb tender and the cakes moist.

Finally, zucchini is full of nutrients and vitamins, so it’s always good to be able to indulge and get some health benefits too.

For this recipe, you’ll want to pat the zucchini dry before measuring it and adding it to the batter. You don’t need to dry out the zucchini, but you just don’t want it soaking with water before you add it to your batter because the batter is already quite liquidy.
a close-up photo of a spoonful of chocolate zucchini mug cake

Additional Tips

  • This cake fits into an 8 oz mug. Make sure to choose a microwave-safe mug that holds at least 8 oz of liquid.
  • If your cake is not fully cooked after the suggested time, increase cooking time in 15 second intervals. You don’t want to overcook and dry out the cake.
  • Since the cake is eggless, it is okay to leave it slightly gooey if you prefer a gooier chocolate cake.
  • If you prefer a less sweet cake, you can reduce the amount of chocolate chips.
  • This cake is best enjoyed shortly after it is cooked. I don’t recommend making it too far ahead of time because microwave cakes tend to dry quicker and don’t last as long as baked cakes.

Chocolate Zucchini Mug Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
An easy, single serving chocolate zucchini cake that cooks in the microwave. This cake is fluffy, moist and full of chocolate flavor. You won’t taste the zucchini at all!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp fat free milk
  • ½ tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp shredded zucchini patted dry before measuring, see note
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe mug, add all ingredients except zucchini and chocolate chips. Mix with a small whisk until smooth.
  2. Stir in the zucchini for a few strokes until it is evenly mixed into the batter.
  3. Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Sprinkle remaining on top.
  4. Cook cake in microwave for about 1 minute 15 seconds. Allow cake to cool a few minutes before eating.

Notes:

  • You can replace the fat free milk with other milks of your choice.
  • Lightly pat the zucchini dry with a paper towel before measuring it and adding it to the batter. You don’t need to dry out the zucchini, but you just don’t want it dripping with water.
  • This cake fits into an 8 oz mug. Make sure to choose a microwave-safe mug that holds at least 8 oz of liquid.
  • If your cake is not fully cooked after the suggested time, increase cooking time in 15 second intervals. You don’t want to overcook and dry out the cake.
  • Since the cake is eggless, it is okay to leave it slightly gooey if you prefer a gooier chocolate cake.
  • If you prefer a less sweet cake, you can reduce the amount of chocolate chips.
  • This cake is best enjoyed shortly after it is cooked. I don’t recommend making it too far ahead of time because microwave cakes tend to dry quicker and don’t last as long as baked cakes.
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Chocolate Zucchini Mug Cake. A single serving chocolate zucchini cake that cooks in the microwave in less than 2 minutes. The cake is fluffy, moist, chocolatey and will satisfy zucchini bread cravings. #zucchinibread #mugcake #zucchinicake

4 comments on “Chocolate Zucchini Mug Cake”

  1. Doesn’t the cake need sugar? Won’t it be bitter with cocoa powder without sugar?

  2. Perfect way to use up leftover shredded zucchini! Thanks!

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