Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

This article has links to products that we may make commission from.

This Chocolate Lava Mug Cake is the perfect one serving dessert with moist chocolate cake and a chocolate lava center that definitely satisfies your craving.

» Chocolate lover? Also try our small-batch chocolate chip cookies and these amazing Magic Bars.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Don’t you really love the chocolate lava cake you can order at the restaurant? It comes out all steaming hot and when you break into the center, the chocolate oozes out onto the plate. It’s so decadent and rich. And it usually comes in a 1-2 serving size, which is perfect for dessert.

Now you can make that chocolate lava cake at home the microwave. There’s no need to order it 30 minutes in advance so it can be cooked properly. It literally takes under 2 minutes to make this delicious chocolate cake.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

There are oven versions if you don’t like to cook in the microwave, but this recipe, which I first encountered here, is designed for the microwave. In my 800-watt microwave, it cooks in 1 minute and 20 seconds and the center turns out perfect.

There is one extra secret key to success, which you might not believe, but it works!

What is a Mug Cake?

A mug cake is just that – a cake made in a mug. It’s a single serving cake that you cook in a mug (or ramekin) in the microwave. It’s quick and easy to make and turns out just the way you want it to, without all the fuss of cooking in the oven.

If you like to make dessert once in a while, but don’t want to make a major production out of baking a whole cake, taking all that time in the oven, then having all the left overs that you’ll surely eat because it’s there – then a mug cake is perfect for you. We also love this chocolate chip mug cake.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Ingredients in Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

You’ll need the typical cake making ingredients for this mug cake, though in much smaller measure. The most important parts are quality chocolate chips and that last magic ingredient, water.

You’re also going to need a microwave-safe mug or 10 ounce ramekin to cook it in.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Water

How to Make a Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

This is pretty easy to make. Just mix the ingredients together in the mug, add the chocolate and water, then microwave.

In a 10 to 16-ounce microwave-safe mug, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and stir together with a fork.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake dry mix

Add in the melted butter, milk, egg and vanilla. Stir it all up until it’s a nice smooth batter.

Drop the chocolate chips in one pile in the center of the mug. Don’t push them down, just drop them in. They will sink to the middle of the cake during cooking.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Drizzle the water on top of the batter. You don’t want to pour on the water, you just want it to set right on top of the batter.

Microwave on full power for 1 minute… plus maybe 10 seconds. My microwave is 800-watts power and 60 seconds is perfect. You really don’t want to overcook the cake, so if you have a more powerful microwave, 1 minute might be too much, or for a less powerful microwave, it might need the full 1 minute, 10 seconds.

For the first time making this cake, I always recommend stopping it at 1 minute to check the progress. Do this quickly. Just peer in and see if the top still looks wet. If so, put it back on for 10 seconds and check again. Then do another 5 seconds at a time until it’s cooked.

“Cooked” for this cake means it’s no longer jiggly or wet in the center. The top of the cake might still look a bit wet, but if you touch the top, it won’t stick to your finger or be gooey. If you cook it too long, it will lose that sheen and will look dry on top.

Cool for 5 minutes before eating. This part is very important too. First of all, the chocolate is actually molten at this point and you’ll burn yourself, but it also gives time for the cake to set up properly.

» For low-carb mug cakes, visit our sister site Delightfully Low Carb.

chocolate lava cake

Tips for Making the Perfect Mug Cake

Here are a few tips to ensure that your mug cake comes out perfect.

  1. To half the egg, just whisk it in a bowl and scoop out roughly half of it with a measuring spoon. It doesn’t have to be exact.
  2. Don’t over cook it. This can be difficult to gauge the first time, because all microwaves are different and yours might cook faster than mine does. I find that 1:15 is perfect for my microwave. It’s always better to undercook then overcook. If you overcook it there’s no going back. The cake will be dry and the chocolate might even get scorched.
  3. Don’t over stir the ingredients. You just need to stir to incorporate. There’s no whisking or beating necessary. Just stir until the ingredients are combined.
  4. It’s always best to use a mug that’s too big than one that’s too small. A 10-ounce mug is the smallest you can use for this or the ingredients might overflow.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Like this recipe? We’d love for you to share it on your Pinterest board! Click to follow our Pinterest boards so you can find all our recipes! 

Instagram it! If you try this recipe please tag #AFoodLoversKitchen on Instagram or Twitter. We love to see your photos of our recipes! Also follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up on what we’re cooking up.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

This Chocolate Lava Mug Cake is the perfect one serving dessert with moist chocolate cake and a chocolate lava center that definitely satisfies your craving.
No ratings yet
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flour 15 grams
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 25 grams
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 6 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoon butter 21 grams
  • 1 ½ tablespoon milk 22.5ml
  • ½ egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 0.5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks 14 grams
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  • In a 10-ounce ramekin or microwave-safe mug, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and stir together with a fork.
  • Add in the melted butter, milk, egg and vanilla. Stir well to fully combine.
  • Drop the chocolate chips in the center of the mug. Don’t push them down.
  • Drizzle the water on top of the batter.
  • Microwave on full power for 65 seconds
  • Cool for 5 minutes before eating.

Notes

  • To half the egg, just whisk it in a bowl and scoop out roughly half of it with a measuring spoon. It doesn’t have to be exact.
  • Timing will vary according to your microwave, so you’ll have to experiment until you find your perfect cooking duration. If the center still looks raw, give it another 5 to 10 seconds.
  • The cake will fall slightly after it comes out of the microwave. Don’t overbake to ensure the interior stays molten.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg
.

Like it? Pin it on Pinterest!

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Send this to a friend