5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

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As it is for many families, our summer has been full on. Weeks with no nursery and a pair of toddlers to keep busy. I filled our time with adventures and puddle jumping, exploring castles and seeing the sea. We’ve been to parties and worn pretty dresses, we’ve shopped for new shoes and made cakes. I’ve tried to cram in work and blogging and time with friends. As we come into Autumn, with me a bit frazzled, I’ve realized that a bit of time doing nothing is needed too.

So when the lovely people at Sanctuary told me about the concept of #LetGo I could have kissed them. Reminding ourselves that we don’t need to be and do everything? Music to my ears. Taking time to just be, spend time enjoying the life we’ve made? Oh YES please.


So, how does cake come into that I hear you cry? Well, I spend a lot of time baking for other people, it’s my love. But sometimes I need a treat just for me, a reminder to spend a few moments doing nothing. To ignore the washing pile and forget the dinner that needs to be made. Just for 5 minutes. What better way to spend that precious time than enjoying a piping hot little cake, with no room for sharing.

Here’s my chocolate mug cake, I like to enjoy mine with a magazine and a grown-up colouring book. How will you enjoy yours?!

Chocolate Mug Cake


(Makes 1)

4 Tablespoons of Self Raising Flour

4 Tablespoons of Soft Light Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Good Quality Cocoa (I like Green & Blacks)

Pinch of Salt

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon of Sunflower Oil

3.5 Tablespoons of Semi Skimmed Milk

To serve:

A spoonful of Nutella

Chocolate chips


  1. Mix your self raising flour, sugar, cocoa and salt together in a large mug until you can’t see any lumps at all.
  2. Add the egg, oil and 2 tablespoons of the milk.
  3. Mix until very smooth and no lumps remain. Mix in the remaining milk to make a lovely smooth batter.
  4. Pop into the microwave for 90 seconds. It may not quite be cooked in the middle but as the cake stands for a second or two before you eat it, it will continue to cook. Don’t over cook this cake or it will turn rubbery.
  5. Top with a dollop of Nutella and some chocolate chips.
  6. Serve with a side of magazines and peace and quiet.


Love this recipe? Find lots more on Sarah’s website TamingTwins.com


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  1. Kate says:

    what a great idea to bake in a mug… I’m going to try a tea cup size for my forthcoming Marie Curie teap party…thanks!
    Just wondering… do you butter/four the mug pre-cooking?

  2. I’ve tried three different mug cake recipes and they were all rubbery. But this one is fab. I’ve made it twice in the past week. Such a treat!!