Easy Dessert Recipes For Kids: Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Updated on January 12, 2017
Here's a recipe that even the kids can make. And the cake is really good.
Here's a recipe that even the kids can make. And the cake is really good. | Source

The first time I ever saw someone make this, it amazed me. I couldn't believe how well it worked. I've endeavored to find a way to make it work even better and have a rich chocolate flavor that is so good it will have you up making this cake at 4 A.M. Just be sure to have some vanilla ice cream on hand because it is the vanilla ice cream that makes this cake so delicious and yummy. You can also add chocolate syrup, a whipped topping, or maraschino cherries.


  • One Large Coffee Mug
  • One Blender
  • Four Tablespoons Flour
  • Four Tablespoons White Granulated Sugar
  • Two Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
  • One Large Egg
  • Three Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • Three Tablespoons Chocolate Chips
  • One Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  1. Be sure to use a blender to mix your cake ingredients up in. I found that if I used a blender to mix my ingredients up in that the cakes came out perfect every time and is lighter and fluffier than when you don't.
  2. Grab the large coffee cup that you need to make this in. Soup mugs make the perfect thing to cook this in. Keep in mind that it's normal for the cake to come up and out of the coffee cup as it cooks. You'll know it's done when it sticks out of the top.
  3. Prepare your cup by spraying the inside with vegetable cooking spray. You want spray the inside of the mug with a good quality vegetable cooking spray. This will make it easy to get the cake out, and it will make clean up easier later. I always use Pam because I think it is the best product to use. Remember: you get what you pay for.
  4. Put a napkin or paper towel onto a microwave safe saucer, set your cupped treat on it, and microwave for three minutes. If your microwave has a high setting, put it on high. After three minutes, you will have a delicious treat like in the above photo. With a serving of vanilla ice cream, you have one of the best chocolate cakes you will ever eat. I'm setting here right now eating one with a cup of coffee, and it's oh so wonderful. Even with out the vanilla ice cream, the cake is moist, chewy, and oh so delicious. I worked at one Florida cafe where we sold a hundred or more of these in a night.
  5. Serve this with vanilla ice cream and top it with cool whip, or some chocolate syrup, or a maraschino cherry on top. Let me tell you made that way the cake is almost sinful.

Give It as a Gift:

Put all the dry ingredients, including the chocolate chips, in a little plastic bag that you can seal. On a little label, put a list of the other ingredients the person will need to make this particular version of the recipe. You're welcome to print this entire article off or the below instructions and include them with the plastic bag of ingredients. People just love getting these as a gift. When I do it, I even include a microwave-safe, large coffee mug that people can make their cakes in. I get thank you's all the time from people I send these to. I'm surprised I'm not seeing these little kits sold at Walmart or similar places. If you follow the recipe exactly, it will turn out perfect each and every time. So be sure to try this with your kids or grand-kids real soon.

I suggest if you know what the persons favorite things are that you can buy a coffee mug say with sea shells on it ,cats or puppies and then you put the coffee mug, the little plastic bag of ingredients and the instructions in a little box that you can wrap and give as a gift. I guarantee you that this will be a unique and fun gift that the person receiving it will really enjoy.

I know I would be happy to get one of these gifts and I bet you know a lot of people who would like a Chocolate Cake In A Mug gift box to. You can think outside the box and use your own ideals for the gift. I recently found a little shop in Charleston South Carolina selling a gift box complete with the coffee mug, ingredients, and instructions.

Keep in mind that these are easy desserts that kids can make. Just caution them that the cake will be hot when it comes out of the microwave. With little kids especially those under 12 an adult should help them with making their chocolate cake in a mug.

This is how your chocolate mug cake will look when finished.
This is how your chocolate mug cake will look when finished. | Source

You Can Also Make a Brownie!

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        CakenGifts.in 11 months ago

        I must be pleased for sharing your ideas. Thank you for the good writes up. It’s a brilliant job.

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        Kaysen 11 months ago

        That looks good!

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        Jasmine 12 months ago

        How many calories is this mug cake

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        Jinkerpunk 19 months ago

        I can't wait to make this with my six year old. Just a word of caution: keep the video on mute unless you want your kid picking up a few new words... :(

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        Mj 5 years ago

        Was good although next time be better with melted butter instead of olive oil....

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        JohnM 5 years ago from Miami Florida

        I made both the chocolate cake in the mug and the brownie in the mug. Both were wonderful. In fact I was amazed at how great the chocolate cake in a mug was. I know I will be making both of these wonderful recipes again and again and again. I can't believe I never thought of trying this before.

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        Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        It is so tasty and wonderful. Thanks for the comment.

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        Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

        oh my goodness, I'm so excited but having mixed feelings. On one hand this is great-seems really quick and easy and I loooove chocolate cake but on the other hand, I may gain a few extra pounds just because I read this hub. hehe!

        Voted up!

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        Tommy Arizona 5 years ago

        This is the best recipe for the chocolate mug cake I have ever seen. It's very well done. You put a lot of effort into this. Thanks very much.

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        Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        It is very easy to make and it is delicious.

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        Eden Evergreens 5 years ago

        Wow! This sounds so easy and delicious! I am definitely going to try this right away!

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        Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        I tell you what I had one of them earlier with a cup of coffee and it was truly one of the best things I've ever had. So yes they are for kids of all ages. I may be 63 but in my heart especially eating this oh so tasty dessert I felt about 10. Yes they are indeed that good. One of the best things you'll ever eat. And they are really easy to make.

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        The Finance Hub 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

        Mmmmm good stuff! Are you sure this isn't for adults? I'm gonna try it! Voted up!

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        Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

        This is brilliant ... voted up useful and interesting. I am definitely going to try this recipe and use it this xmas as a little gift surprise for everyone. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

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        Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Thanks Thelma I appreciate it.

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        Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

        It is definitely the hot of the day. It´s easy to make and very handy. So cute and gorgeous. Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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        Thomas Byers 5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Thanks I really appreciate it.

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        Wow this is a new recipe I am going to make with my great nephew when he comes to visit this summer. Chocolate cake in a mug, he is going to love it!

        It certainly does look delicious and addictive, not that I need that much pushing where chocolate is concerned lol

        Shared on Twitter and voted 5 stars