Quick and easy chocolate mug cake recipe (no egg)

Posted: February 6, 2024
Quick and easy chocolate mug cake recipe (no egg)

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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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


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


  • 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 😉.

You can top your mug cake with a scoop of whipped cream or some red fruit, but it is also delicious on its own.
How to store

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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