Nutella chocolate mug cakes

Photo of a spoonful of nutella mug cake being scooped out of a mug
This cake is ridiculously easy to make and perfect for a quick chocolate/Nutella fix.

Chocolate mug cakes have been on my radar for over a year now. 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 steaming chocolate cake. The cleanup and prep time are both minimal. I think start to finish the process took me less than 10 minutes. (Some call this the five-minute mug cake, but I think it’s a little more than 5 minutes. It may be five minutes if you have all the ingredients laid out, but if they are scattered about, it’s more like a less than a ten-minute recipe. Still ridiculously easy though.)
photo of a mug cake
I had read that some of these chocolate mug cakes are a little dry. Then I saw a recipe for Nutella chocolate mug cakes on The Family Kitchen and knew I had to check it out since I love Nutella recipes.

The cake came out perfect. Not too dry, and the Nutella taste is very present. The texture is just like a cake that is baked. I couldn’t tell that it was made in a microwave. It took 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave and about 5 minutes of prep time. So easy.
close-up photo of a nutella mug cake
I made one initially with the recipe as is (pictured above) and even adorned it with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate, but the cake was good on its own too. Then I experimented with the recipe a tiny bit, replacing oil with butter and adding some baking powder. On my second attempt, I split the batter into two mugs because on my initial one, the cake had risen pretty high with one large mug, and these two Paris mugs are much smaller.

photo of two mug cakes

I’m definitely going to make these again.

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 mug cake
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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. 
  2. 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

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60 comments on “Nutella chocolate mug cakes”

  1. This is so awesome. I’m totally bringing this to work to make a mug of chocolate cake and make all my coworkers jealous!

  2. That recipe is almost evil it is so simple. It looks delicious.

  3. These look delicious. I know what I will be making tonight for desert. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Very original! Never seen this type of dessert before. Didn’t know you could “bake” a cake in the microwave. I bet you have to watch the batter very carefully and it also depends on how powerful your microwave is.

    • Yeah, you will have to be a little careful. I think most people’s will be done at about 1 1/2 minutes. But if you have a particularly strong microwave, you might want to try one minute. You should try it out!

  5. Did you let the cake cool? I find that chocolate cakes are way too sweet when you eat them hot.

    • I like eating desserts while they are hot, so I ate mine hot. I didn’t really notice a difference in sweetness. I had some after it cooled down too.

  6. Sounds like a tasty thing to wake up to… >_>

  7. Great recipe! Usually I don’t like mug cakes, they taste a little too dry, “floury” or “cocoa powdery” for me. I just made this, and it’s not like that. The nutella adds some nice moisture and flavor.

    • I haven’t tried other mug cakes but I heard that some of the others do that. I agree the nutella makes these more moist and I like that you can taste the nutella and the flavor doesnt get lost

  8. I just discovered Nutella in the past week. I’m definitely going to try this!

  9. Hello,
    Cake tasted great!
    Wonder where you got those Paris mugs?
    They are awsome..

  10. Wow! I’ve been living in the Czech Republic for 9 months, and I never bake because my kitchen flat is so tiny that I can’t have tons of kitchen staples lying around…but this recipe is perfect! Few ingredients, quick and simple, and I can even split it into two mugs if I’m feeling nice enough to share 🙂

  11. I have now made this microwave cake several times since someone showed it to me, and it’s by far the best one I’ve ever tried! You might say I’m a microwave cake addict…so thank you!

  12. Delicious! I refrigerated it overnight and it was just as delicious the next day! Thank you!

  13. Wow, I just made this after looking at your recipe and it is really tasty! The only difference is that I only had Hazelnut Spread, which is pretty much nutella, and it worked as a good second! 🙂

  14. This sounds awesome but, I’m wondering if you could make this recipe w/o cocoa powder or is there any substitute?

    • subsitute for the nutella? Yes there are versions with just cocoa powder. I prefer the nutella and cocoa powder because the Nutella makes the cake more moist.

  15. This sounds really nice~ But what would be the estimated time if i used a conventional oven instead of a microwave..?

  16. Wow this changed my life! As a sweet addict I am always in the mood for chocolate and cake but I am not always in the mood to drive to the grocery store and buy one or make one that serves 12 other people. This recipe was fabulous and exceeded all of my expectations! In 10 minutes (including the prep time) I had a moist and gooey cake that easily rivaled the chocolate lava cake I had at a local restaurant last week! I cannot wait to invite my friends over and share this with them! THANK YOU!

    • Aw, I’m so glad you like it! These mug cakes have changed my life too. I’m obsessed. I love the one serving thing. You may want to check out my other mug cakes!

  17. Oh…I just made this mug cake (divided into 2 mugs) and it’s the best mug cake that I’ve ever had! It’s basically just delicious chocolate cake! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Aw, I’m so glad you like it! This is one of my favs. I also really love the chocolate brownie mug cake and the flourless Nutella lava cake.

  18. I’m eating my mug cake right now! I split the batter between 2 cups and microwaved it for 1 minute. So good, but it could use some ice cream! Thanks for this recipe. Definitely going to make this again.

    • Awesome! This is the first one I tried. It’s so moist because of the Nutella. After this I totally fell in love with mug cakes.

  19. can you use oil instead of butter?

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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….

  23. 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 🙂

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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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 🙁

  29. 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! 

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