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This easy recipe for a chocolate mug cake without eggs can be made in minutes! Just stir a handful of simple ingredients, pop your mug in the microwave and enjoy. If you love mug cake recipes, this chocolate mug cake will be definitely one of your favorites. And even better: no eggs needed for this recipe!

Making a Mug Cake

In the early 2000s, mug cakes became very popular in America and a few years later they were popular in The Netherlands too. I thought the idea of a cake in a mug that you could microwave in just two minutes was brilliant for a sweet tooth like me and made it for the first time a few years ago.

Unfortunately, my first chocolate microwave cake recipe didn’t turn out so well. It was not tasty at all and not even close to a fluffy mug cake. At that moment, I was done with mug cakes and didn’t think about them for a long time. It took me a few years to try again and develop a recipe for this small batch dessert.

My first (new) attempt at making a chocolate mug cake was pretty okay, but I decided to make some changes to the recipe. A few mug cakes later, I came up with a recipe that is similar to a regular chocolate cake. It’s the best mug cake I’ve ever tried. Very tasty!

It’s not exactly the same, of course. It can’t be, because the ingredients are different. Still, I was pleasantly surprised, and it proves that a microwave mug cake can be really tasty! And more important: I don’t need to bake an entire cake when I’m craving some chocolate cake.

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Can you make this chocolate cupcake in the oven?

This question came up so often that I really had test it for you. With a simple adjustment in the recipe, you can bake this chocolate mug cake in the oven. You add 2 grams of baking powder (a little less than half a teaspoon) to the cake batter and then bake your little cake in the oven at 180°C/350°F (top and bottom heat) for 20-25 minutes until done.

Test the cake with a cake skewer to make sure it is done, otherwise leave it in the oven for a few more minutes. It’s a great recipe with a little adjustment to bake in the oven.

Want to bake more than one cupcake in the oven? Take my recipe for chocolate cake and divide it by four, for example, to make two to three cup cakes. In my opinion, this is still the most perfect recipe for baking a delicious cake in the oven.

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More mug cake recipes

I have made many mug cakes over the years and I will absolutely translate those recipes for you and share them here. But did you know you could also add some ingredients to this chocolate mug cake for some variation? Some of my favorites:

  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter. It’s a good addition, even with chocolate cake.
  • Add a tablespoon of peanut butter on top of your mug cake before you pop it into the microwave. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Add a handful of  chocolate chip to the cake batter. You will thank me later, it’s a perfect addition.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream after baking the mug cake, it’s a perfect treat and a quick dessert fix.
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Questions about chocolate mug cake

Which mugs should I use?

The most important thing is to choose a microwave-safe mug that is large enough (250-300 ml/8,5-10 oz). The cake rises in the oven, so make sure there is enough room for the batter to rise.

Does it taste like your chocolate cake?

No, it doesn’t taste the same, and frankly, I think real chocolate cake tastes the best. But now imagine you have an incredible craving for chocolate cake and want to eat it right now, this chocolate mug cake is a great idea! You always have the ingredients, and to make it a real party, you can serve it with some whipped cream.

Can I make this cake without self-rising flour?

Yes, you can! In this case, use a combination of all purpose flour and baking powder to replace the self rising flour.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, substitute the dairy milk for almond milk, oat milk or soy milk and you will have a vegan mug cake with chocolate.

My mug cake turned out too hard, how is that possible?

Most likely your microwave was not set to the correct wattage. When cooking in the microwave, a small adjustment in wattage, or 10-20 seconds more or less, can make a huge difference in the result. Next time, you can lower the wattage or shorten the time you microwave your chocolate mug cake.

Which sugar should I use?

I mostly use caster sugar for my mug cakes, but you could also use brown sugar for this recipe.

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eggless mug cake

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4.39 from 71 votes

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (no egg)

You can make this easy chocolate mug cake recipe in just a few minutes! Just stir the ingredients together in a mug, pop it in the microwave, and enjoy!
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp self-rising flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil

Instructions

  • Place all your wet and dry ingredients in your microwavable mug and stir well. If you find it difficult to mix the bottom of the mug well, you can mix everything in a small bowl. Pour the batter into the mug.
  • Place the mug in the microwave for 140 seconds (2 minutes and 20 seconds) at 800 watts. The cooking time may vary due to the strength of your microwave.
  • Test your cake to see if it is done by piercing it with a cake tester or skewer; if the skewer comes out dry and clean, it is done.
  • Take your mug out of the microwave with an oven mitt, it’s hot! And be careful not to burn your mouth 😉.
chocolate mug cake recipe 1

This easy recipe for a chocolate mug cake without eggs can be made in minutes! Just stir a handful of simple ingredients, pop your mug in the microwave and enjoy. If you love mug cake recipes, this chocolate mug cake will be definitely one of your favorites. And even better: no eggs needed for this recipe!

Making a Mug Cake

In the early 2000s, mug cakes became very popular in America and a few years later they were popular in The Netherlands too. I thought the idea of a cake in a mug that you could microwave in just two minutes was brilliant for a sweet tooth like me and made it for the first time a few years ago.

Unfortunately, my first chocolate microwave cake recipe didn’t turn out so well. It was not tasty at all and not even close to a fluffy mug cake. At that moment, I was done with mug cakes and didn’t think about them for a long time. It took me a few years to try again and develop a recipe for this small batch dessert.

My first (new) attempt at making a chocolate mug cake was pretty okay, but I decided to make some changes to the recipe. A few mug cakes later, I came up with a recipe that is similar to a regular chocolate cake. It’s the best mug cake I’ve ever tried. Very tasty!

It’s not exactly the same, of course. It can’t be, because the ingredients are different. Still, I was pleasantly surprised, and it proves that a microwave mug cake can be really tasty! And more important: I don’t need to bake an entire cake when I’m craving some chocolate cake.

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Can you make this chocolate cupcake in the oven?

This question came up so often that I really had test it for you. With a simple adjustment in the recipe, you can bake this chocolate mug cake in the oven. You add 2 grams of baking powder (a little less than half a teaspoon) to the cake batter and then bake your little cake in the oven at 180°C/350°F (top and bottom heat) for 20-25 minutes until done.

Test the cake with a cake skewer to make sure it is done, otherwise leave it in the oven for a few more minutes. It’s a great recipe with a little adjustment to bake in the oven.

Want to bake more than one cupcake in the oven? Take my recipe for chocolate cake and divide it by four, for example, to make two to three cup cakes. In my opinion, this is still the most perfect recipe for baking a delicious cake in the oven.

chocolate mug cake recipe 2

More mug cake recipes

I have made many mug cakes over the years and I will absolutely translate those recipes for you and share them here. But did you know you could also add some ingredients to this chocolate mug cake for some variation? Some of my favorites:

  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter. It’s a good addition, even with chocolate cake.
  • Add a tablespoon of peanut butter on top of your mug cake before you pop it into the microwave. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Add a handful of  chocolate chip to the cake batter. You will thank me later, it’s a perfect addition.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream after baking the mug cake, it’s a perfect treat and a quick dessert fix.
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Questions about chocolate mug cake

Which mugs should I use?

The most important thing is to choose a microwave-safe mug that is large enough (250-300 ml/8,5-10 oz). The cake rises in the oven, so make sure there is enough room for the batter to rise.

Does it taste like your chocolate cake?

No, it doesn’t taste the same, and frankly, I think real chocolate cake tastes the best. But now imagine you have an incredible craving for chocolate cake and want to eat it right now, this chocolate mug cake is a great idea! You always have the ingredients, and to make it a real party, you can serve it with some whipped cream.

Can I make this cake without self-rising flour?

Yes, you can! In this case, use a combination of all purpose flour and baking powder to replace the self rising flour.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, substitute the dairy milk for almond milk, oat milk or soy milk and you will have a vegan mug cake with chocolate.

My mug cake turned out too hard, how is that possible?

Most likely your microwave was not set to the correct wattage. When cooking in the microwave, a small adjustment in wattage, or 10-20 seconds more or less, can make a huge difference in the result. Next time, you can lower the wattage or shorten the time you microwave your chocolate mug cake.

Which sugar should I use?

I mostly use caster sugar for my mug cakes, but you could also use brown sugar for this recipe.

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eggless mug cake

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4.39 from 71 votes

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (no egg)

You can make this easy chocolate mug cake recipe in just a few minutes! Just stir the ingredients together in a mug, pop it in the microwave, and enjoy!
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp self-rising flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil

Instructions

  • Place all your wet and dry ingredients in your microwavable mug and stir well. If you find it difficult to mix the bottom of the mug well, you can mix everything in a small bowl. Pour the batter into the mug.
  • Place the mug in the microwave for 140 seconds (2 minutes and 20 seconds) at 800 watts. The cooking time may vary due to the strength of your microwave.
  • Test your cake to see if it is done by piercing it with a cake tester or skewer; if the skewer comes out dry and clean, it is done.
  • Take your mug out of the microwave with an oven mitt, it’s hot! And be careful not to burn your mouth 😉.
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Fan of mug cakes, but craving a more healthy afternoon snack? This recipe for a healthy banana bread mug cake is the one you’re looking for! You can make this recipe in the oven and in the microwave.

Healthy mug cake

I used my favorite banana bread recipe and made that into a mug cake recipe. My banana bread is made without sugar, oil or butter and is a pretty healthy (and delicious!) snack. Perfect for a healthy mug cake and an easy and quick alternative to a slice of banana bread.

I like eating it for breakfast, but I made it the other night as a late-night dessert with a scoop of ice cream and that’s probably going to happen more often as I enjoyed that dessert a lot.

​Use a microwave-safe mug, those are often also oven safe. But make sure to check that before baking. I like to use a coffee mug or other large mug. You want to make sure there is plenty of room for the mug cake as it rises in the oven.

The recipe calls for two bananas to make 2 mug cakes. But if you only have 1 overripe banana, just halve all the ingredients for 1 mug cake. You will also need to use halve an egg. The other half could be used with some extra eggs for an omelet or something.

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Mug cake ingredients

You just need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious banana mug cake. I like to put them together in a small bowl and stir the ingredients with a spatula before putting the batter in the mug.

  • Bananas. The most important ingredient. Make sure they are very ripe before you start. I prefer overripe bananas for baking.
  • Egg. I like to make mug cakes without an egg (like this chocolate mug cake), but this banana bread mug cake turns out best if you do use an egg. Because I think 1 egg is too much for just 1 mug cake, I developed a recipe for 2 mug cakes.
  • Vanilla extract. My bottle of homemade vanilla extract is used for every baking recipe I make. It just adds that amazing vanilla flavor. The recipe calls for 0.5 tsp vanilla, but I often just add a whole teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Almond flour.​ I love using almond flour in banana bread, It makes the bread moist and had a delicious flavor.
  • Whole wheat flour.​ I chose whole wheat because it’s a bit healthier than all purpose flour. But if you don’t have whole wheat flour in stock, all purpose flour is just fine.
  • Baking powder.​ Just a little bit is needed for this recipe. But don’t leave it our, because it makes sure the result is light and fluffy.

And that’s all you need to make your own little banana cake! As you can see, I don’t use sugar, the banana add enough sweetness. But if you’re a sweet tooth, you could add some brown sugar or maple syrup to the batter.

To make the batter, you start with the banana, egg and vanilla extract. After those wet ingredients are combined, you can add all the dry ingredients at once. Just mix it up until incorporated and your cake batter is done.

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Microwave or oven?

At first, I wanted to develop a recipe for a mug cake you could make in the oven as that was something I got asked for a lot. But I decided to try and make this recipe for the microwave as well.

​I’m happy to say this recipe can be made in the microwave and in the oven, I’ll share the directions for both options.

Microwave banana mug cake

If you have a microwave on hand, this is the quickest way to make your mug cake. I baked it for 140 seconds (2 minutes and 20 seconds) at 800 watts. The cooking time may vary due to the strength of your microwave.

Oven banana mug cake

Bake the mug cakes for 20-25 minutes at 180 °C/350 °F. Don’t bake them too long, as you want a moist cake and baking it too long may result in a dry banana cake.

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Questions about banana bread mug cake

Which mugs should I use?

The most important thing is to choose a microwave-safe mug that is large enough (250-300 ml/8,5-10 oz). The cake rises in the oven, so make sure there is enough room for the batter to rise.

How to serve this healthy mug cake?

​While the mug cake tastes amazing just as it is, I like to add a scoop of (Greek) yogurt and some banana slices for breakfast. If I make a dessert out of it, a scoop of ice cream is a great addition

How to store a mug cake?

The mug cake is best when it comes out of the microwave and is still warm. As it cools, it dries out and is not nearly as tasty.

 

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Healthy banana bread mug cake recipe

The most delicious healthy mug cake for breakfast: the banana bread mug cake. Quick and easy to make.
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 small bananas or 200 grams of banana
  • 1 egg L
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 25 grams almond flour
  • 45 grams whole wheat flour
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Mash the bananas (I used a hand blender, but you can also mash with a fork) and mix together with the egg.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients and a pinch of salt into the banana-egg mixture and mix with a whisk or spatula until combined. Divide between two oven-proof/microwave safe mugs.
  • OVEN: Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180 °C/350 °F (convention).
  • MICROWAVE: Bake for 140 seconds (2 minutes and 20 seconds) at 800 watts.
  • If desired, serve with a scoop of yogurt and some slices of banana or other fresh fruit.