2-minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

If you have a food blogger for a wife, chances are she won’t ask you get her a Louis Vuitton bag or Jimmy Choo shoes when you go on a business trip abroad. She’ll probably ask you for glass noodles, sauces, exotic dried fruit, and random other props for photography. And if you’re an encouraging food blogger hubby, you will do just that, although you know there’s no place in kitchen or pantry to put the requisitioned items. Grin. See where I’m going?

MK got me this beautiful tea set from Hong Kong last month. I’ve been wanting to use it since I touched it for the first time. Given a very un-nappy and over-inquisitive toddler, however, actually sitting down to tea using a tea set is a task impossible. Just this morning, she climbed up to the table, pretending to shower love, and dipped her hand in my mug of tepid tea, instead. Thank god the tea was a good 20-minute old, and the cup wasn’t exactly something to write home about.

But back to these goregous, gorgeous tea cups. I fell in love with them. Including the lovely satin-lined box that they came snug packed in. I spent many stolen moments peeping into the box, wondering when I could bring them out, what I’d pour in them.

Then, on a rainy day, I discovered Sneh’s blog. This jaw-droppingly awesome blog with jaw-droppingly awesome photographs and lovely, personal writing that invites you to sit with her over a cup of tea and talk about life. So anyway, I found this fantastic recipe for a 2-minute Microwave Nutella mug cake. (Mug cakes seem to be all the rage these days. And why shouldn’t they be? They’re super-quick, you don’t need to crank up an oven, you don’t need to use any gadgets, and they’re utterly satisfying!) One look at it, and I knew what I’d be using my new toy for.

And then, just the day I wanted to make it, Rushina posted her take on the mug cake. With these domestic goddesses beckoning you to try the recipe, why on earth would you wait? I got Avanee and her nanny to play a game of hide-and-seek, and ran to the kitchen to whip up magic. It was done before I knew it!

I made my own changes, taking a bit from both the ladies, and was very, very happy with the result. The cake rises and then falls a bit, but it is gooey and yet light, not too sweet, and had a brownie-like sheen and crust on the top.

These definitely work well for a single-person rainy day treat, but I think they would also make for super-easy, dainty little desserts for an impromptu party. Top with fresh cream (as I did) or vanilla ice cream. Or, as Rushina recommends, even custard!

2-minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe


  • 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. Nutella
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. flavorless oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. coffee(use 1 tsp. if you’re using instant powder; I used my filter coffee decoction)
  • a pinch of baking powder
  • 1 egg


  1. Measure out everything in the largest mug you own, and whip up using a fork or small whisk.
  2. Place in the center of the microwave and give it a 2 minutes on High.
  3. Stay armed with a spoon.
  4. Test with a skewer or toothpick; if it comes out clean, you’re ready to dig in!

Comments (14)

  1. Kitchen Flavours June 10, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Love that Nutella touch…looks delectable….nice presentation….perfect to satisfy that untime chocolate hunger…:-)

  2. The knife June 10, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I am just entering a baking phase. great to see this specially as we don't have an oven. What was the consistency like?

  3. Snehal June 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That looks scrumptious especially sitting in those gorgeous cups!!
    I'm wondering if this could be made using baking chocolate instead of cocoa powder. I have some sitting in the house that needs to be used up. This looks perfectly simple!

  4. Anonymous June 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Awwww!!! That tea set is gorgeous!!! You are one lucky girl! I love the idea of a mug cake and its perfect for the times I crave a quick chocolate fix. I think I am going to need a fix tonight! LOL!

    – Priti

  5. Sneh | Cook Republic June 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    That is a darling tea set. And you cake looks gorgeous! Thanks for the plug 🙂

  6. 加納 愛/Ai Kanoh June 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Oh Saee, this is what I wanted… Sounds easy, quick, and sounds like it's possible for me to bake. I am about to get chocolate powder now. I love your tea cups!

  7. Saee Koranne-Khandekar June 11, 2011 at 3:55 am

    @Kitchen Flavors: Thanks!
    @The knife: The texture was gooey and brownie-like. Very satisfying! Although I must confess, it doesn't keep well in the fridge–goes hard. Having said that, you wouldn't end up with any leftover if you're a chocolate lover!
    @Snehal: I don't see why you couldn't! Although if you're using a bar of chocolate, the cooking time would probably increase by another minute or so, because you'll have to first melt the chocolate. Try it and let me know how it turns out!
    @Priti: Thanks! Did you make it? How did it turn out?
    @Sneh: You're welcome!
    @Ai: I was thinking, you could make this at work as well! Keep the dry ingredients at your desk and the eggs in the fridge, and whip a cake up anytime anyone in the team feels like it! I can already imagine everyone going "Oooooh!" Man, I miss Cactus. 🙂

  8. Anonymous June 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Saee, I am out of Nutella! I am sure it adds to the taste and texture so I dont want to just omit it. Is there something else i can substitute?


  9. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy June 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by.You have a lovely blog too.I know the kind of sabudana khichdi you are talking about – had loads of it in my Pune days.But I prefer versions with tomatoes. I hope you try it n like it 🙂

  10. Snehal June 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Saee, I tried this cake – all I have to say is OMG! As simple as it seemed and so scrumptious!! Check out my post:


  11. Saee Koranne-Khandekar June 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

    @Priti: Try peanut butter! Or a jam, maybe! But then, just add a tad extra oil. The peanut butter and Nutella both have their respective nut oils, the jam won't.

  12. Sarah Naveen June 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful clicks..loved the tea set 🙂

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  14. garima June 27, 2012 at 12:55 am

    nice blog, i got the link frm healthy feasts by Amita.

    Can you give a recipe fr a pound cake/ b’day cake to b baked in a microwave?

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