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Double Chocolate Mug Cake

7 min


10 ingredients or less

Chocolate cake is one of the most popular, if not the most popular cake flavours that we know of. With this recipe, you can quickly make a delicious single-serving chocolate cake (in a mug), with minimal effort.



7 min


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Optional toppings

  • fresh berries
  • powdered sugar
  • vegan ice cream
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  1. In a large microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add the plant milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Using your fingers, press half of the chocolate into the middle of the cake batter in your mug. This is so you have some melted chocolate in the centre of your cake (yum!). Add the other half of the chocolate to the top of the batter.
  4. Microwave on high (800 - 900 W) for 2 minutes. The cake is ready when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave and settings. If the cake isn't cooked through yet, simply place it back in the microwave at intervals of 15 seconds until done.
  5. Let the mug cake cool slightly, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!


  • The mug might be quite hot when it comes out of the microwave. Take care when removing it from the microwave.


  • Best if enjoyed immediately.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 day.

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Claudia - April 29, 2021, 4:44 p.m.

Amazing! I love it :) It's a great idea... especially when you want eat something sweet or you have unexpected guests ;)

Amaara - April 28, 2021, 9:22 p.m.

Also this mug cake is really yum!

PUL Team - April 29, 2021, 1:22 a.m.

Thank you, Amaara!

Amaara - April 28, 2021, 9:10 p.m.

omg omg omg this new website IS IT!!<3 <3

Cheryl - April 25, 2021, 6:33 p.m.

So tasty on a cold Sunday afternoon! I added sea salt on top while it was hot...yum!

PUL Team - April 26, 2021, 6:31 a.m.

Sea salt is a lovely idea, Cheryl!

Emily - April 25, 2021, 5:07 a.m.

We always have to travel quite far to get some chocolate muffins. I had never thought I could make one on my own. My boyfriend and I just made one this morning following your recipe and we couldn't believe how quick, easy, and tasty it is! You guys are truly amazing. Thank you so much PUL!! <3

PUL Team - April 26, 2021, 6:15 a.m.

Ooo we appreciate this so much, Emily! So happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed the muffins 🥳

Karolina - April 24, 2021, 8:02 p.m.

The best quick desert recipe ever! Super delicious. I used coconut milk and rice flour and came out incredible. Will do it again for sure, thank you so much.

PUL Team - April 25, 2021, 1:28 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed the mug cake, Karolina! Thank you :)

Aoife Ryan - April 23, 2021, 9:47 p.m.

These were amazing! Super easy to make and accurate measurements too!

PUL Team - April 24, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

Thanks, Aoife! We appreciate the lovely review 🤗

Katherine Ruckle - April 23, 2021, 4:16 p.m.

Mug cakes have only ever brought me heartbreak and disappointment. However, yesterday when my partner was craving cake but we were both feeling too lazy and comfy to go to the store, I remebered this video. THEY WERE SO GOOD!!! He tried the banana, replacing the flaxseed with almond butter and it was so moist and yummy. I tried the chocolate one and loved that I got to customize it for my medical needs by taking out salt and reducing sugar. I topped it with fresh berries and a drizzle of almond butter and our night got 1000% cozier! Thank you so much!

PUL Team - April 24, 2021, 3:32 a.m.

We're so happy that you enjoyed the mug cake, Katherine! Thank you for sharing your substitutes and the awesome review :D

Roxy - April 21, 2021, 1:20 p.m.

I tried many pick-up limes recipes and enjoyed them all, but sadly didn't have luck with this one! Tried to bake it twice, using different mugs and decreasing temperature from 800w to 650w, but each time a piece of chocolate placed inside turned into a piece of charcoal, while the texture of the rest was perfectly fluffy... Any suggestions how to avoid it?

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 3:35 a.m.

Hi Roxy, that's unfortunate to hear! It may be that your microwave is quite powerful or disperses air differently throughout. Microwaving for shorter increments of time at the lower temperature should help prevent the chocolate bits from burning! This way you can check in on it more often before it gets to the point of burning. You could also try stirring the mixture to help disperse the chocolate bits before they burn. Microwaves are a bit tricky since each one is different but do let us know if that helps! 😃

Yi - April 20, 2021, 10:45 p.m.

OMG it actually works! Took me three minutes in total and it tastes so so good. Thank you so much!

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 2:54 a.m.

Success!! So happy to hear, Yi 😍

Jeffrey - April 20, 2021, 4:51 p.m.

I watched the video and knew I had to try this recipe ASAP. I didn't have any bar chocolate, so I just left it out. I accidentally added a 1/2 tsp of vanilla, but it's fine because I love vanilla. I used almond milk because it's what I have. I also want to try subbing some of the milk for brewed coffee, because I hear that is a good flavor combination: coffee and chocolate. And my microwave is 1000 watts, so I only had to microwave it for about 1 minute and 15 seconds. It was SO fluffy and delicious! Probably one of the best mug cake recipes I have ever tried. Thank you so much! I will be trying the Peanut Butter and Jelly Mug Cake later!

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 2:45 a.m.

Ooo all wonderful additions, Jeffrey! We're so glad you enjoyed it and hope you love the Peanut Butter and Jelly Mug Cake just as much 😃

CMAC - April 18, 2021, 9:14 p.m.

Love it! I used oat milk and it turned out excellent. Actually got nervous it “wasn’t enough “ but ended up very full and left a couple bites in the mug.

My new favorite!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:24 a.m.

We're so glad the mug cake was a success! Thank you :D

Mitzi - April 18, 2021, 7:53 p.m.

Double Chocolate Mug Cakes are so easy and delicious! So enjoyed your newest video and absolutely love your new website.

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:21 a.m.

Thanks so much, Mitzi! So happy for the positive feedback 🤗

Joan - April 17, 2021, 10:41 a.m.

This looks so good, as do the other mug receipes! I am really trying to avoid oils. Is there a substitution that could work? Would apple sauce work? Or any suggestion if I'm trying to avoid oils?

Lily - April 18, 2021, 3:03 a.m.

Hi Joan! I just tried it with apple sauce (same amount) and it turned out great (:

theyellowducky - April 17, 2021, 5:31 a.m.

This was so delicious!! The mug cake was easy to make, and it came out perfectly light and fluffy.

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:44 a.m.

We appreciate this so much! So happy you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

Amrita - April 16, 2021, 8:57 p.m.

I actually watched the new video as I was eating lunch (potato and green pea curry via PUL, of course) and decided I could do with something sweet. Didn't have a microwave, didn't have sprinkles, didn't have an oven-safe mug, so I used my oven, threw in some dark chocolate chunks, and used a bowl and it turned out great - just the right quantity and also the right amount of sweet, warm vanilla-ey (?) goodness!

Amrita - April 16, 2021, 8:59 p.m.

Oooh, looks like I posted this on the wrong recipe page. Well I kind of mixed together the vanilla birthday cake and the double chocolate recipe, so I guess it's still ok!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:15 a.m.

Mm that sounds like a delicious mix, Amrita! Thank you for sharing and we're so glad you enjoyed it 😁

Krista - April 16, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

What do you do if you don't have a microwave? These look so delish! Thank you!

theyellowducky - April 17, 2021, 5:34 a.m.

In the video, she mentioned that you could also bake any of these mug cake recipes in the oven if you didn’t have a microwave. I can’t remember the exact time and temperature mentioned, so check back in the video. I hope it works out!! :)

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:10 a.m.

A wonderful question, Krista! If you don't have a microwave, you can bake it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Just be sure to use an oven-safe baking dish. We hope you enjoy the recipe!