Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids: Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Thomas is an award-winning chef known for his barbecue and chili. In 1998, he was named 3rd best chef in Florida.

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.

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.


  • 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 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. 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 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 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 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 to. 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.

You Can Also Make a Brownie!


© 2012 Thomas Byers

Feel Free To Post A Comment About Chocolate Cake In A Mug. And Thanks For Reading.

CakenGifts.in on June 17, 2017:

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

Kaysen on June 09, 2017:

That looks good!

Jasmine on May 25, 2017:

How many calories is this mug cake

Jinkerpunk on October 07, 2016:

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... :(

Jordan on September 05, 2015:

i tried this and it is soooooo good! Super easy and fast. I added a square of a Hershey's chocolate bar before I put it in the microwave. It made even better !

Mj on March 03, 2013:

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

JohnM from Miami Florida on December 13, 2012:

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.

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on October 21, 2012:

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

Kalux from Canada on October 21, 2012:

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!

Tommy Arizona on October 11, 2012:

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.

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on September 25, 2012:

It is very easy to make and it is delicious.

Eden Evergreens on September 25, 2012:

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

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 27, 2012:

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.

The Finance Hub from Portland, Oregon on June 27, 2012:

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

Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on June 27, 2012:

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.

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 27, 2012:

Thanks Thelma I appreciate it.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 27, 2012:

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.

Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 27, 2012:

Thanks I really appreciate it.

L M Reid from Ireland on June 27, 2012:

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

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