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4 Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake

This single serving Nutella mug cake is just 4 ingredients and eggless! It cooks in the microwave in about 1 minute.

My theme for this weekend was to simplify. I’ve been making a lot of cookies that require only three or four ingredients lately. The reason why they work so well is because one of the key ingredients (such as Nutella) already has many other ingredients contained within it. So instead of adding more oil, sugar, etc, you just use what is already in the spread and add only the essentials.

I have been wanting to get back to my mug cake series and I thought the perfect way to ease in would be to simplify some of my mug cakes. So I started with one of my favorites, my pure Nutella mug cake. And I took a look at the ingredients. Did I really need all this stuff? Sugar when Nutella is so sweet? Oil when there is already oil in the spread? Did I even need the egg? The answer is no.

I cut out all the ingredients I didn’t think were needed and kept the essentials. Just four ingredients. This Nutella cake is fluffy and delicious with chocolate hazelnut flavor throughout.

The cake crumb is a little loose without the egg acting as a binding agent, but since you’re eating it out of a mug, it shouldn’t be an issue.

The original recipe was 1015 calories (I know I know! It’s a lot. But the mug cake makes 1-2 servings, so if you share, it’s not quite as bad.) The new recipe is only 531 calories. So not only does the recipe become easier, but half the calories are gone too. And it tastes just as good! And if you share this one, then you’re only ingesting around 265 calories.

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Four Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake

Servings: 1 -2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
This mug cake is just four ingredients and cooks in the microwave in one minute!
5 from 2 votes


  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Nutella spread
  • 3 tbsp fat free milk


  • Combine all ingredients into an oversized microwave-safe mug. Mix with a small whisk until batter is smooth. Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. If cake is not cooked in one minute, add an additional 20 seconds. Let cake cool a few minutes in the mug before eating.


See recipe tips below.

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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Recipe Tips

  • If you are making this recipe for the first time, I recommend starting with a mug that holds at least 12 oz of liquid. Once you’ve made it once and you see how much the cake rises, you can reduce your mug size for a better presentation.
  • Spoon out the flour 1 tbsp at a time and level it off. Because this recipe has so few ingredients, a little extra flour can make the cake dry.
  • Microwaves can vary in power and strength so you may need to cook a little less or a little more than the time recommended. Because this cake cooks so fast, I recommend adding time at 20 second intervals so you don’t overcook the cake.
  • Feel free to add frosting, powdered sugar, or other toppings to the cake. I like eating my cakes plain so I kept it plain.
  • The best way to wash the mug is to let it soak in water for an hour or so before washing.

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223 comments on “4 Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake”

  1. Can the flour be switched out with almond flour. Thanks

  2. I tried this tonight and it was frigging delightful!   I added a pinch of salt to enhance the Nutella goodness.

  3. Hubby loves it!

  4. No egg is listed in the ingredient list, but one is mentioned in recipe tips. I guess it is one egg or is it a no- egg cake?

  5. Loved it ! Mcrowaved it for 1 min 2 seconds… Worked perfectly! It was so yummy and fluffy.. i put chocolate syruo on top 🙂

  6. I was so ready to be disappointed but this is an amazing recipe…though I may have burned my tongue because I was way too excited to see how it turned out..but Im very happy with the taste

  7. It was a bit dry, but still really tasty!!!!!!

    • A few suggestions so it won’t be dry next time: 1) Make sure you really get that entire amount of Nutella into your mug. You may have to scrape a few times with a spatula. 2) I recommended nonfat milk for best results. I’ve found that with full fat and low fat milk, the results are slightly drier. 3) try to eat the cake soon after baking. It’s usually best warm and then starts to dry after it is cooled. 4) you may also want to reduce baking time just a tad, maybe shave about 10 seconds, as the dryness you experienced might be your microwave cooking the cake a little faster. Hope that helps!

  8. Best one yet!!! I made one but exploded all over the microwave. Still nice though

  9. This recipe was amazing! Although I could’ve added more Nutella, I am absolutely making this again. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thank you for this easy, yummy recipe. It was very rich, even my husband said he could go for a little less decadent.

    Next time I am going to try a modification. The novelty of eating it out of the hot mug would be lost by splitting, so when I make it next time I will modify just a little. I made notes to try to reduce the Nutella* to 1/8 cup (equiv 2T) plus 1t. Add 1T more flour, add 1T additional milk-a few drops more if required, and a few almonds. I am in Southern Arizona and in my GE Monogram microwave it took 1:35 (one-minute thirty-five seconds) at high power.

    *when a new nutella is used it is creamier than one that has been opened and sitting in the pantry. If using an older Nutella, I would consider pre- warming the nutella up for 10 seconds at medium power before mixing it with the other ingredients.

    When I get around to trying the mods I will let you know how it comes out!

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