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Nutella Mug Cakes

Quick and easy Nutella mug cakes that cook in the microwave in less than two minutes! These mini cakes taste as good as a cake baked in the oven but are faster and perfectly sized for one person.

Photo of a spoonful of nutella mug cake being scooped out of a mug

Mug cakes have been on my radar for over a year now and the idea is pretty neat. You combine all the ingredients in a large mug, cook it in the microwave for a few minutes, and out comes a delicious cake.

The cleanup and prep time are both minimal. I think start to finish the process took me less than 10 minutes and that includes the time it took to gather all of the ingredients together.

I’ve done a lot of research and based on other recipes I’ve seen (and the comments from readers) some mug cakes are dry, but this Nutella mug cake recipe I’m sharing is so moist and rich. The texture is just like a cake that is baked. I couldn’t tell that it was made in a microwave and I can’t believe it was cooked in the microwave for less than two minutes.

Update: Since sharing this mug cake I’ve made so many more! Be sure to check out my post all about my favorite mug cake recipes for more inspiration.
photo of a mug cake

Easy Nutella Mug Cake

  • This recipe makes one large mug cake or you can split the batter into two smaller mugs to make two cakes. One cake is quite large and definitely enough to serve two people.
  • Be sure to mix the ingredients thoroughly. If you have a small whisk you can combine them in the mug or mix them in a separate small bowl and then pour the batter into your mug.
  • If you make two cakes, be sure to cook them one at a time.
  • I recommend cooking your cake for 1 ½ minutes to start. Check it and if it is not done, continue to cook it in 30-second intervals. You don’t want to overcook the mug cake otherwise the texture will be rubbery.

close-up photo of a nutella mug cake

I’ve made this recipe several times and I think the cake tastes great plain, but you can also add a topping. Whipped cream, chocolate syrup, salted caramel sauce or even a scoop of ice cream work great and make the cake extra decadent.

photo of two mug cakes

More Mug Cakes

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cakes

Servings: 1 mug cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This cake is ridiculously easy to make and perfect for a quick chocolate/Nutella fix.


  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Nutella
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp melted butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. 
  • Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. You should try it at 1 1/2 minutes and then take it out to check to see if it is done. If not, continue to microwave in thirty second intervals. Mine was done at 1 1/2 minutes. You don't want to overcook it or it will become rubbery.


Recipe adapted from The Family Kitchen

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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60 comments on “Nutella Mug Cakes”

  1. Nutella? I’m all in! Heres the problem with dry chocolate mug cakes, you only need 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, but pack it down in the spoon.  It acts like extra flour so the cakes come out a little dryer. So use less cocoa powder. The trick is packing the cocoa into the spoon and leveling it off. Still get that strong chocolate flavor! 

  2. I die to try one of your mug cakes but I want to know what kind of mug should it be? I talk about the material, i’ve never put a mug in the microwave 🙁

  3. I love this recipe! This is much easier to understand compare to other Nutella Mug Cakes that I had seen, to be honest I didn’t know that it is possible to bake in the microwave oven, so this was my very 1st try! I didn’t have All Purpose flour though so I used Great Value’s Pancake Mix with Blueberry, it turned out really goooood with the berries on it.. I just burnt my 1st half cup cause I’m still tesing the right timing.. Instead of using mug, I baked it in a tupperware and it turned out fine,I serve it by squares and then top it off with gelato or sandwich the gelato in the middle 🙂 Never mind the calories in the mean time, this is a chocolate desert, it should make you happy, not regretful 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! <3

  4. Just made this and it tastes amazing! BUT it kept overflowing in my microwave :/ I used a very large mug also… Any tips?

    • Hmm, I haven’t had this issue. I usually use a 16 oz mug. what is yours? You can split the batter into two mugs and cook them separately with half the time.

  5. this is awesome!! i just made it and i’m eating it right now. but it didn’t fit in my cup though :/ so i used a bowl instead.. thank you so much for this! <3 <3

  6. Love this idea, but it comes in at a whopping 917 calories! Will have to save this for a VERY special occasion.

  7. Just made this, only I had no cocoa powder, so used Milo-a malt style hot chocolate, and it worked wonderfully! Would definately halve the recipe next time though… too much chocco for one person 🙂

  8. Hi!
    I have been reading your blog and I have been dying to try one of your mug cakes. I tried this 1 because I love Nutella. it was delicious! I I am on a diet since I will be getting married next year. I try not to keep any desserts in the house because that is my weakness. But when I absolutely need a fix this is perfect! Thank you! By the way I used Skim Plus milk and it turned out great….

  9. These mug cake recipes are great for children to make also, I wish I knew about this when my kids were young. I’ll be making these instead of the cake pan version since it’s just me now, kids all grown and left, living on their own. I’ll be sure to pass it on to my kids since they loved my cakes when they were home with me.

    • I’ve had quite a few friends who make it with their kids. I never thought about that aspect when I first made them but I’m glad it is something that is kid friendly. I just love the little cleanup and how fast and easy it is. And it stops you from eating an entire cake too. hehe

  10. Thank you so much for this! I used a different recipe the other day and it came out super floury and awfully dry. Yet this one was so moist and tasted just like I baked it in the oven! Loveeee <3

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