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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. I made this with gluten free flour. I have Celiac disease and it’s hard to find quick, convenient treats. It was DELICIOUS and so quick and easy!!! I bought the rest of my family Dunkin’ Donuts this morning and I had my mug cake. Disclaimer: I don’t know for sure if the name-brand Nutella is gluten free or not (as far as being processed on contaminated equipment) but I used a GF store brand. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Mmmm! I can`t tell you how perfectly this hit the spot! Thanks!

  3. I followed the whole recipe perfectly and it set off my fire alarm…there was smoke everywhere…

    • how long did you cook it for? if you only cooked it for a minute, it shouldn’t overcook to the point that it would be smokey. perhaps there is an issue with your microwave? as you can see by the comments, most people have not had issues with this cake and I’ve made it more than a dozen times myself.

  4. I’m gonna be a heifer now!!!! My daughter and I were craving cake and I found this. We just literally ran to the kitchen….. the results were great for us minus the burnt tongues and roof of our mouths.

  5. I just made this, and it’s my favourite by far! It has a fudgy like texture(which is absolutely delicious), I found its a little easier to microwave the nutella just for a few seconds just so it’s a little softer so it’s easier to mix. It worked out wonderfully, thanks kirbie!

  6. I sprayed the mug with veg. spray & mixed batter in a bowl. I added a pinch of salt & a tsp. of peanut butter chips. It was delicious & the mug was a breeze to clean. Thanks for the recipe

  7. I tried this at 1:00am but used whole-wheat healthy pancake mix instead since I have no flour (our family is not very baking friendly) still turned out great! Almost like a brownie, so I will use less Nutella next time (I know it was less cake like probably due to the pancake mix and not your recipe!)anyways, HEAVENLY stuff but maybe that`s because I simply love Nutella.

  8. I just made this, btw I followed directions completely! Except I used baking soda instead of baking powder…. I didn’t think it would matter…. Guess what happened?! It blew up in my microwave! But omg it was so funny and I still ate it off the sides of the mug and it tasted pretty good ????

    • eek, sorry to hear it blew up in your microwave! baking soda actually does make a difference. esp when mixed with something acidic, it will react and rise much more

  9. I measure everything precisely (measuring cups, leveled off with a knife). I see from the comments that I’m not the only one who had this erupt while cooking (although others use “explode” and mine wasn’t that dramatic). I’m also not the only one for whom it remained very gooey. It’s not that big a deal, I’ll just stick with other recipes that stay in the mug. The brownies could be my oven…I’ve got a new one and haven’t had time to calibrate it yet. 🙂

    • Hmm ok, well I hope you try out some of my other mug cake recipes and hopefully you wont have any issues with it making a mess.

  10. I tried this today, and while the flavour was good I can’t say I was happy with the results. At 40 seconds it came up over the top and down the outside of my largest cappuccino mug like a volcano, and even after 1 minute 30 seconds it was still liquid on the bottom half (of what was left in the mug). It was a thought, but I’ve made other mug cakes that work far better without the massive cleanup afterward.

    • I havent had any issues with this coming out of my mug and many others have had success with this recipe…I wonder if there is something with your measurements because you also mention having to cook the cookies for three times longer than they should take. Are you measuring the Nutella with measuring cups? And make sure you don’t go over too much because it would cause the batter to be far too much liquid.

  11. I tried this recipe using self-raising flour and no baking powder, but it ended up delicious! I topped it with whipped cream, but i wish i had had ice cream because it would’ve tasted even better.

    • nice! I think a lot of these mug cake recipes should be able work with self rising flour, but i haven’t tried it for all of them.

  12. Just wanted to say that I used this recipe with a 50/50 mix of coconut milk and almond milk instead of regular milk and it turned out ok! Not sure how fudgey it’s supposed to be, but it came out a very nice fudgey texture somewhere in the middle of a brownie and a dense cake.

    • I’ve had good success with this recipe with other milk alternatives when I’m out of fat free, so I think the version you made is probably pretty close to the milk one.

  13. Hi- any chance Nutella can be replaced with another similar spread like dulce de leche?

  14. I tried to make this recipe healthier and it turned out amazing! I used 1 tbsp of nutella, 1 tbsp flour, 1/2 tbsp of milk and a pinch of baking powder and it turned out delicious and was enough to satisfy my chocolate craving, and at 130 calories only!

  15. Greetings,

    So I tried this recipe a few times, but every time it cooled down it became as hard as rock. At first I thought it might have something to do with my baking powder, but by reducing it, it didn’t come out any better.

    So what could the fault be? Any tips? Cause the cake is delicious, but if only it wouldn’t become hard after cooling down so that I wouldn’t have to burn myself while eating it.

    Many thanks in advance and for sharing this recipe!

    Best wishes,


  16. This is so good! It was my first attempt on mug/migcrowave cakes and I simply love it, even though I did find it hard to whisk the ingredients together until well blended (I used a fork and the mugs I used were really too tall for the length of the fork). My boyfriend jumped around the house when I gave him this in his study-break. Thank you for this delicious recipe 🙂

    • Definitely try to invest in a small whisk. It makes such a difference for mixing. the fork is much harder. glad you enjoyed the recipe though!

  17. I wanted to make this into 2 servings, as in in 2 separate mugs with the same amount of ingredients, and serve each with frozen yogurt. Would the measurements work?

  18. this. is. AWESOME! this is the perfect mug cake for EVERYBODY because EVERYBODY loves NUTELLA! Thankyou so much for sharing this! Lots of love, some random person.

  19. tried it, very good. i added some walnuts and that turned out very nice. have exams very near, great break!!!

  20. tried this yesterday and it was amazing 😀 thanks for the recipe

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