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3 Ingredient Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate mug cake recipe only takes 50 seconds to cook in your microwave. Just 3 ingredients to How to Make a Mug Cake with Cake Mix. AND when you press a caramel inside it’s the perfect treat made just for one person. I make these at night when I have a sweet tooth!

Chocolate mug cake

I’ve created a lot of microwave mug recipes on The Typical Mom because well…..they’re so good and easy to do! When you just want a dessert for one in one minute they come in really handy and satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard. Here’s how you make it. (affiliate links present)

My most popular chocolate chip cookie in a mug recipe was SO popular that I try to come up with more single serving desserts each week and this is my latest! The most amazing caramel chocolate mug cake recipe here takes just 50 seconds to cook and about 3 minutes to put together, that’s a huge and yummy win!

3 ingredient Mug Cake Recipe

If you don’t know how to make a cake in a mug it is really quite easy and you can use any flavor you like. Of course we used chocolate here but we’ve used this same concept and made a strawberry cake in a mug too which my kids loved!

chocolate mug cake recipe

Chocolate Mug Cake

For an easy mug cake recipe you just need a few things, those are the very best ones. I did provide options such as submerging a caramel candy in the middle or you could sprinkle a few semi sweet chips in there too if you wanted. Want a hint of vanilla extract in there, just a dash will do. What I use as a base is;

  •  Box of angel food cake – with the dry egg whites already mixed in
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix 
  • Mix these together and save in a plastic container
    • or just make one at a time with 1.5 tbsp of each + 2 tbsp water

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

You could add a few chips into the batter too to make it even more sweet. The Most Amazing Caramel Chocolate Mug Cake is what I call this one because I put a Rolo or a few of them in the center. A quick chocolate bite of heaven is all you get with this one y’all.

  1. Scoop 3 tbsp. of your angel food/chocolate cake mix into a mug
  2. Add 2 tbsp. of water
  3. Stir
  4. Push 3 Rolo candies into the center of your chocolate cake mix (1 put 2 on the bottom and rest the 3rd on top of those)
  5. Put in microwave for 50 seconds
  6. Enjoy this chocolate mug cake recipe!

Now let me answer a question that many have had with my pineapple angel food cake which I use the same box to make. Some have a packet of dry egg whites you have to combine in yourself, I have never seen or used that style so I don’t know if it would work the same. Want peanut butter and chocolate? Try our brownie in a mug.

Can mug cake mix go bad?

If you bought it already mixed in a box there will be an expiration date on it. You should make it before it expires for best results. It won’t hurt you to make it after but it will likely not rise as it should so you may be disappointed. Flavors won’t be as rich after that date as well.

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Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

It isn’t as low calorie but boy we loved this recipe! Just microwave on high for a minute and you can even add mini chocolate chips inside too with vanilla ice cream on top. NO, don’t count the calories but it should be tried at least once in our mug cake creations.

  • Wondering whether the cook times remain the same with this recipe below combining angel food cake and cake mix? Yep it doesn’t matter what flavor you use with your angel food ingredient. You can use vanilla cake vs. chocolate cake mix into your dry ingredients with your water. One minute is all it takes. 
  • NO baking powder or vegetable oil required, just water!

The toppings are endless but a dollop of whipped cream is always a winner. Want to try another one? Try our angel food cake in a mug too. This one skips the other mix entirely which means less calories but a lighter flavor too. I mean still incredibly easy and delish to try for sure but just different and literally one ingredient period other than water.

Can you eat mug cake batter?

No you shouldn’t, just like baking anything else it is meant to be heating before consuming. This is egg free so it isn’t as dangerous but may upset your stomach non-the-less if eaten raw. It just takes a minute to make this or our Our blueberry muffin in a mug recipe takes 2 so no real reason to rush to it, just pop it in and enjoy.

If you want to make something for a group try our dump peach cobbler. Both are really dump, stir and heat it until fluffy and perfect. I love those so even my middle school after snack loving daughters can make without any help. 😉


How to Make Cake in a Mug

Love this idea but want other flavors to make? Let’s talk about other options you might want to try once you fall in love with the combinations below. At the store you will find a lot of flavors but if you go online you can find others as well. Once you have the base angel food style then think outside of the box from there and you can mix and match like;

  1. 3/4 tbsp pineapple + 3/4 tbsp vanilla cake mix for a tropical blend
  2. Use pumpkin cake mix for the Fall months
  3. I have seen cherry which you could use 3/4 tbsp of with vanilla for a cherry cream soda like flavor
  4. Coconut and half chocolate gives you a Hawaiian flavor of sorts
  5. Red velvet is another fun add in which adds color as well as bolder flavor blends

I will say that with all of these I feel there needs to be a dollop of coolness on top. Frozen Cool Whip is our favorite for that. Since the bottom is warm is starts to melt just enough so it isn’t hard any longer and you get the mix of a hot and cold treat together.

Why didn’t my mug cake work?

If you don’t use a large microwave safe cup it may overflow which will cause a mug cake fail. Not cooking it long enough will leave it undercooked and gooey inside. If your machine is very small the wattage may not be high enough so you may need an extra 30 seconds, or your cake mix may have expired so it isn’t rising.

Can you make a mug cake without eggs?

Yes! Ours is egg-free here using just 3 ingredients with water to make the batter. There are egg whites in the angel food cake mix but you can find brands with that separated and instead use a powdered egg substitute if you prefer.

How to make Jell-O pudding frosting

Frosting with Pudding

  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pudding mix (flavor of your choice)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed

Then follow steps on our Cool Whip Pudding Frosting recipe here.

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Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

3 ingredient microwave chocolate mug cake recipe that takes 50 seconds to cook. Bake cake in the microwave in a mug for an individual dessert late at night.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, mug cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 162kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1.5 tbsp cake mix we used chocolate, any flavor works
  • 1.5 tbsp angel food cake mix
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 rolo chocolates optional, if you want to add caramel


  • I mix a whole box of chocolate cake mix and angel food cake mix together and put it in a tupperware container and scoop 3 tbsp from there but you can scoop 1.5 tbsp of each and mix together in your mug.
  • Add your water and stir well.
  • Push caramels in the middle of your cake mixture if you want to.
  • Put in the microwave for 50 seconds and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 162
% Daily Value*
Sodium 345mg15%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 23rd of March 2017

Oh my goodness that looks delish!!!


Tuesday 3rd of April 2018

Where do you find Angel food cake mix please?

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