• Stephi Durand

The Ultimate Chocolate Mug Cake

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This recipe is adapted from BBC Goodfood's chocolate mug cake recipe. You can find the original here.

Ever since mug cake recipes appeared on the internet, I've loved it. I've had my mugs overflow from the rise I wasn't expecting, attempt mug cookies, and try to squeeze some ice cream onto the top, hoping it doesn't fall over the edge of the mug.

I love mug cakes, but there is something I love more. Making mug cakes in bowls.

A chocolate sponge cake cooked in a pink bowl on a black background
Chocolate Mug Cake, in a Bowl

But bowl cake doesn't have the same ring to it.

Making it in a bowl instead of a mug, I get a guarenteed even cooking (no soggy bottom in the base of my cup!) it's still one serving, and I have plenty of space to add ice cream. Or whatever topping you might prefer. Ice cream is the best pairing though.

While it is optional, I highly recommend taking your favourite spread and adding it to bottom of this cake. Giving you a gooey surprise when you get to the middle of the bowl. You could also drizzle some on top of the cake too!

This is a brilliant cake for when you want something good (tasty, not healthy) to eat but don't have anything on hand.


The Ultimate Chocolate Mug (Bowl) Cake


  • 4 tbsp Self-Raising Flour

  • 3 tbsp Sugar

  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

  • 6 tbsp Milk

  • 1 tbsp Oil (I use Veg or Olive)

  • 1-2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1 heaped tsp spread of choice (optional)

What You Will Need:

  • Mug or Bowl

  • Tablespoon

  • Teaspoon

  • Whisk

  • Microwave

How To:

Step One: Combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder together. Mix until combined. Then add the milk, oil, and vanilla extract.

Step Two: Whisk thoroughly until you have a smooth mixture. If using, take a heaped tsp of the spread of your choice and place it in the centre of your cake, gently pressing down. (It doesn't need to be under the mixture, as that will rise around it)

Step Three: Microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds on 800 watts (make 30 second adjustments for stronger or weaker watt microwaves) Serve with topping of your choice, or as is.


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