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Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids: Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Even the kids can make chocolate cake in a mug!

Even the kids can make chocolate cake in a mug!

Mug Cakes

The first time I ever saw someone make this, I was blown away. I couldn't believe how well it worked. Who knew you could make chocolate cake in a mug?

I set out to find a way to make this recipe work even better. I wanted to create a rich chocolate flavor that is so good that you'll crave this cake at 4 a.m. 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.


  • 1 large coffee mug
  • 1 blender


  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 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, 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. 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 cleaning up easier. 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 sitting here right now eating one with a cup of coffee, and it's oh-so-wonderful. Even without 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 whipped cream, 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 do not see 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 grandkids real soon.

I suggest if you know what the person's favorite things are that you can buy a coffee mug say with seashells 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. You can think outside the box and use your own ideas 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.

© 2012 Thomas Byers