The perfect remedy to all your sweet tooth cravings, this chocolate mug cake is a real treat to the taste buds and what’s even better, is that it’s ready in just 10 minutes. All you need is a microwave and a few simple ingredients, and you are good to go. This is the perfect dessert option when you are short on ingredients as well as time. Even with the fewer number of ingredients, this mug cake manages to satisfy our chocolate desires in the most amazing way.
1/4 cup (31 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (10 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons (40 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Tiny pinch of salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
2 tablespoons (30 ml) canola, vegetable, or melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (14 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips optional
First, take a 12-ounce mug and apply butter inside it or spray some nonstick cooking spray. This is essential as it does not let the cake stick to the mug. You could also put some butter in the mug and place it inside the oven for a minute or two until it melts completely.
Then take some flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and a tiny pinch of salt and whisk them together. The cocoa powder used here is natural unsweetened cocoa powder but you can even go with dutch-processed cocoa powder. The addition of cocoa powder gives the cake its scrumptious chocolaty taste while the baking powder makes sure the cake is fluffy.
Next, add some milk, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil to the mixture and stir it. Keep on stirring until it blends into a smooth mixture. You could use whole milk as well as almond or skimmed milk. However, the usage of whole milk is recommended since it gives the cake a better and richer taste.
Now, pour the mixed up cake batter into the mug. Make sure the mug is greasy enough so that the cake does not stick. After the batter has been poured into the mug, add cream or chocolate chips on the top to add to the yumminess of the cake. Although this step is optional, it is highly recommended since topping the cake with chocolate chips gives it a very unique touch and makes it even more delicious.
Finally, place the mug with the batter inside a microwave and heat it for about 60 seconds. Do not overcook it.
Then, carefully remove the mug outside the microwave and let it cool for 2-3 minutes. After the cake has cooled down, top it up with your favourite toppings. You can also add a scoop of ice-cream which would surely make this cake a heavenly treat.
Things to take care of while making a mug cake
Using self-rising flour. This helps in making the mug cake more consistent. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can make a small batch for yourself by mixing 1 cup all-purpose flour, a pinch of kosher salt, and ¾ teaspoon of baking powder.
Do not fill the mug full. Always fill about half the mug. This is because the batter contains baking powder which makes the cake fluffy. In case of a filled mug, the batter will expand flow outside the mug.
Rather than cooking the cake for straight one minute, heat it in 15-second bursts. This helps in giving an idea of how well the cake is cooked and how much more does it need to be cooked. A well-cooked cake is firm and fluffy, and not at all doughy.
It is common for the mug cakes to deflate. However, even then, the cake tastes equally delicious. So, don’t overcook or overfill the mug when the cake gets deflated.
Thus, this is how you can make the best mug cake at home. This chocolaty lovely treat is perfect for those nights when you have sudden sweet tooth cravings as the cake is ready in literally a minute. Also, topping it up with chocolate chips and ice-cream is the perfect way to add more taste to it. However, you could even opt for other toppings like caramel, whipped cream, melted chocolate, etc.