Nutella Mug Cake

All too often, I find myself craving over-the-top desserts like this Double Chocolate Mousse Torte. Or this Unbelievable Chocolate Cake. Or this Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake.

Need I go on?

Of course these cravings occur on days I have no business entertaining even the thought of tackling such a dessert. Especially now when I have a list a mile long of projects-to-do-before-baby-comes. And I’m not talking fluffy hair bow projects. I’m talking, clean the ceiling fan projects that are so desperate to be done, the inches of dust are beckoning to me and haunting my dreams at night. In fact, if I calculate correctly, I can complete one project every day and still not finish my to-do list before the baby arrives. And that’s counting on her being two weeks late. I’m having a major lazy pity party while in the back of my mind trying not to succumb to the reality that if I had just kept up on some of these leeetle housekeeping things, I wouldn’t be so overwhelmed now.

Ahem. I digress. My point is – sometimes I want something homemade and chocolatey and divine and decadent but I simply can’t justify the time and effort for a crazy wow-worthy dessert.

Enter this little mug cake. My sister, Em, sent the recipe to me. And I was skeptical. I mean, I just generally don’t mix microwave and baking. Things can get really weird. Fast. But this works. Really works! A handful of simple ingredients are thrown together in a large mug and microwaved for less than 2 minutes. The result is a dense, moist chocolate cake that will satisfy any craving. We’ve made this dozens of times since my sis sent me the recipe and my kids seriously think it is the coolest thing in the world that we can have cake on the table in less than 3 minutes. Actually, so do I.

And for those who also cringe at “baking” anything in the microwave – I promise, this is really delicious. BUT (there’s always a but), eat it immediately and err on the side of underbaking it a bit. The texture gets a little weird after sitting for a while. In our house, it doesn’t sit around long at all, if you know what I mean, but there you have the disclaimer anyway.

Nutella Mug Cake

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Chocolate Nutella {2-Minute} Mug Cake

Yield: Makes 1 mug cake

Chocolate Nutella {2-Minute} Mug Cake

Note: For a PB variation, try subbing peanut butter for the nutella. If you aren't a fan of either, simply leave it out. Err on the side of under-microwaving slightly and eat it immediately. The texture gets a bit spongy and weird upon sitting.


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon nutella
  • Dash of vanilla and salt


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a large cocoa or coffee mug until smooth. Microwave the cake on high until puffed, about 2 minutes, watching carefully as microwaves can vary in strength. If desired, drizzle chocolate syrup or hot fudge sauce on top. Scoop cake onto a plate or in a bowl and serve immediately with a scoop of ice cream, if desired, but which I highly recommend.

Recipe Source: sent to me by my sister, Emily, as given to her by her friend, Suzanne N.

80 Responses to Chocolate Nutella {2-Minute} Mug Cake

  1. Alicia Quackenbush says:

    Oh my goodness! I was craving chocolate cake last night and didn’t want to drive 30 minutes to the nearest restaurant to get dessert… so I looked up this recipe. It did not disappoint! It was so rich, it really hit the spot. It was so rich, I couldn’t even finish it. So I covered it and put it in the fridge. I just had it for an after church snack and it was delicious! It became a rich, decadent brownie. Now I’m in trouble because I can make a personal chocolate cake whenever I want!

  2. Megan says:

    Would this work gluten-free? This looks AMAZING but I have celiac…

  3. Lena says:

    I am 100% capable of eating an entire one of these mug cakes unassisted. I was feeling semi guilty, and wanted to try for a slimmer version. So tonight I made this using nonfat plain yogurt for the oil and egg substitute for the egg, and the taste is STILL amazing. I think the yogurt made it even creamier, more like a pudding cake. Wow.

  4. Diane says:

    Mel… I have made these so many times during my pregnancy. I don’t know whether to bless you or curse you. It doesn’t help that the basic ingredients are (in tablespoons) 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 egg, so I don’t even need to look up the recipe any time I have a hankering for something delicious. Mmmm.

  5. viktoriya says:

    Could I substitute melted unsalted butter or melted shortening for the oil? I don’t have any oil on hand. Would it be less moist or good??

  6. Cindy says:

    Mel, love love all your recipes! Just whipped this one up with six scoops of ice cream, some hot fudge, and six spoons for the family. Smiles across the board. 3 minutes for chocolate cake? That is what I’m talking about girl!!

  7. Karen says:

    Don’t forget the egg. . .it doesn’t work! It overflowed in the mug and never set. My second try with the egg was much better. Delicious.

  8. Jolena says:

    Dessert. Something french, tasty, and not available in the U.S. πŸ™‚

  9. tharana says:

    just made this n it has totally satisfied my chocolate dessert craving fr d night! its way past midnight, infact almost dawn! i had a bad night putting my baby to sleep. and this has solved all of my problems!!! m gonna make this more often!

    PS: must eat it hot! d cooler it gets, πŸ™

  10. Emily says:

    Unlike other reviewers, I didn’t like this recipe so much. It tasted more like a chocolate cake, and I could barely taste the nutella. Even for a sugar-lover, 5 tablespoons of sugar were too much.

  11. Natalie says:

    I made a few adjustments to this recipe but it was still delicious. I subbed applesauce for the oil and an egg white + a bit of water for the egg. I also used only 3 T of sugar, rather than 5 and it was plenty sweet. Great recipe!

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  13. Yum! This looks superb and so easy!
    Perfect for a movie night in πŸ˜‰

  14. Gen says:

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! I love Chocolate cake! I immediately made two giant mugs of this when I read your post. It was our dessert after we had a dinner of your sweet and sour chicken (big hit!) It was a huge mug so I let my 2 older kids share it. Big mistake because as soon as they finished it, they were asking for one more. I should have just made separate mugs for them.=) My son is constantly asking when I could make this chocolate cake again. I love how convenient that I’ll have chocolate cake in a matter of minutes without all the fussy preparations. Thank you Melanie! =)

  15. Peanut says:

    these mug recipes are usually WAY too much cake for me so i decided to halve this recipe with my husband. i was glad i did because neither of us were really able to finish even the half recipe. don’t get me wrong, it was DELICIOUS. but so so rich. i think next time i’ll eliminiate the chocolate chips and use less sugar.

  16. Cassie Bailey-Harig says:

    I just made this and it was AMAZING! I didn’t have cocoa, but I did have a packet of pre-melted semi-sweet chocolate I use for baking, and the cake still worked just fine. VERY rich, so I recommend sharing with someone. πŸ™‚

  17. Beth says:

    This is great. I didn’t want the extra fat from the oil, so I used 3Tbsp of applesauce instead. It turned out well, definitely worth the substitution.

  18. Deb says:

    Eating this divine concoction as I type this review. Couldn’t wait to post. This is the third time this month that I’ve been pretty convinced you live in my head because the recipes you post are EXACTLY what I’m looking for! Couldn’t be easier to put together and the result is lethal. I agree with the previous reviews that one mug is enough for two people…would make an easy date night dessert πŸ™‚

  19. Jenny says:

    Oh. Wow. My kids and I are already in love with this. I LOVE to bake and I was a little skeptical, too. However, this is fantastic. It tastes awesome!!! I’ve been buying the Betty Crocker Warm Delights. No more! I love that I can make a mug of cake and share it with my kids. It’s instant chocolate satisfaction without the guilt of eating an entire pan of brownies. Ahem… Who does that anway?!! πŸ˜‰ Awesome recipe. Thank you!!!! Just don’t make five mug cakes in a row; if you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰

  20. Mackenzie Byersdorf says:

    I just made this…oh dear. You have come up with a dangerously easy and delicious recipe! What a great treat after a long day!

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  23. i love all of the cakes in mug recipes that are perfect for college!! yumm

  24. tonya says:

    We needed a quick chocolate fix this afternoon – this little gem did the trick!! I made mine with peanut butter & my husband’s with nutella intending for us to swap a few bites. Ha! Not happening! We each held onto ours with a death grip while we all but licked our mugs clean.

  25. Chris says:

    I have to try this! How great that it’s such a small quantity. I like cake, but one piece and I’m good – for quite awhile, so it tends to sit around getting stale after that first piece. No chance of that happening with this!

  26. Laurie Nihiser says:

    Mel – Nutella is actually Italian. There’s a whole Nutella Facebook page in Italian. I don’t understand much but all of their recipes look delicious AS DOES THIS! I cannot wait to try it! Also can’t wait to hear all about your baby girl once she gets here!

  27. Mel says:

    Stephanie – nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread with German origins, I believe. Anyway, it is widely available in most any well-stocked grocery store but if you don’t have it, I think the super chunky peanut butter would be just fine and add great texture. This seems to be a pretty adaptable recipe.

  28. Stephanie says:

    I don’t have nutella, in fact I’ve never bought nutella in my life. What is nutella? And, the only peanut butter I have on hand is the super chunky kind. Do you think that would work? I’m dying to try this!!! I think it would be an excellent after school treat for my kiddos.

  29. Dana says:

    Ben and I whipped this up last night–delicious!! And I could really go for one right now…darn you! πŸ™‚

  30. Beth says:

    I was skeptical of this one– baking in the microwave? But last night when the husband had meetings and the kids and I did an easy supper, I started thinking it might be fun to whip this up with them for dessert. Five minutes later, the three of us all shared it with a scoop of frozen yogurt and it was delicious. I think the chocolate chips make it. It may be a dangerous thing to have chocolate cake this readily available . . .

  31. You just inspired me to not only make this cake, which by the way was delicious and easy peasy, but also to clean my ceiling fan blades. Done! and Done! Why do we torture ourselves staring at the disgusting pile of dust for weeks, months, maybe years when it only takes 10 minutes to clean? I now feel much better. Thanks!

  32. Sandra says:

    I had this picture in my head of everyone looking at your new recipe pics and making the Homer Simpson drooly noises. πŸ™‚ Great recipe as usual!

    I recently bought an attachment for my Bosch mixer – I’ve named “her” Helga – and I think that you need to buy one for yourself . Your unborn child would want you to have one. πŸ™‚ It’s a Bowl Scraper for Universal Plus Bosch and I found the best price ($15.00) on Amazon.
    Happy baking!

  33. Heidy says:

    I can’t wait to try this! My baby cravings say, “Thank you!”

  34. grace says:

    excellent–a little bit of magic contained in a mug. πŸ™‚

  35. denise mcentee says:

    I just tried my first mug cake last month- and it wasn’t great. I KNOW your recipes are great so I’m SOOOO looking forward to doing this! Thank you!

  36. Ariane says:

    We made these last night, 2 in mug and 1 in a bowl. Using the bowl was easier and it didn’t rise too much so it was fine. Very cool idea because I always have nutella around and can always use an easy dessert to quite my villagers!

  37. jackie says:

    made these with my acheivement girls tonight. it was a hit! they loved it and it was the perfect easy snack for them. they were so excited to go home and make them for their families. thanks mel!

  38. Vickie says:

    Oops! I shouldn’t have made this! It was TOO good, now how am I going to stop?

  39. Andrea says:

    Just made this for my daughter. I substituted peanut butter for the nutella as she is allergic to hazelnuts. So wonderful!!! She has a big history test to study for tonite and this really made her happy. It is so very yummy. Will definitely be making again soon. My hubby and I are sharing the other half. Thank you!

  40. Diane K says:

    So, I made a mug cake that almost wasn’t this mug cake at all (cooked in a bowl, no less), because I lacked key ingredients. I did use the basic idea, and it was delicious! But they really are much better under baked than even a little over baked. Fun fact: I threw a pulled-apart caramel square on top, and it definitely didn’t do what I expected. It sort of sank to the bottom and make a really delicious chewy base. Mm.

  41. I’m so proud!!! I gave the recipe to your sister…now I know she really did like it!! Yay!! I made your blog!!! (which I LOVE by the way!) This naughty little mug cake has rocked my world! It has become a quick fix for all! I substitute applesauce for the oil and almost cut the calories in half. We love it…you will too! Don’t be afraid!!! Just don’t overcook it!!! πŸ™‚

  42. Marijke says:

    Congradulations on the baby,

    Quick question, ( I didnt see it asked in previous commens but if I missed it I apologize) I dont have a microwave, have you ever done this recipe with a convection oven? It looks tasty

    • Mel says:

      Hi Marijke – I have never used a convection oven for this so I’m afraid I don’t know conversions to the recipe but if you try it with good results, let me know!

  43. Jnl2211 says:

    Make a nutella frosting!! πŸ™‚

  44. Vicky says:

    This was definitely tasty. Much better than the mug cake recipe I have been using, which is rather spongy but good enough for an emergency craving. This cake turned out pleasantly cakey! I’m curious about the type of cocoa powder you use. Do you have a preference? The only minor complaint I had was that the flavor of the Nutella didn’t really shine through for me. Any thoughts on that?

    Good luck with your to-do list. It has got to be hard with four kids to look after. I’m sure you’re doing better than you think.

    • Mel says:

      Vicky – I usually use Ghirardelli or Hershey’s cocoa. I’m not much of snob about baking cocoa, I have to confess. I think adding a dollop of nutella to the top of the warm mug cake would do wonders to helping the nutella flavor shine!

  45. d says:

    I have tried a similar mug recipe but I used half nutella and half bischoff spread. You know, the bischoff cookies like the ones they give you on Delta flights? They now have that in a spread that is similar to nutella texture. Absolutely amazing!!!

  46. Mandi R. says:

    I just made this (like, I’m still eating it). One recipe goes a LONG way, which is saying a lot for this chocolate cake lover. I would make 1 mug to split between two people. Plus, it’s very rich, ice cream would have been nice to help cut the decadence of the chocolate. I’ll have to get some vanilla ice cream next time.

    It was certainly very quick and easy to make, thanks!

  47. Shannon says:

    I am adding this to my ziplist right now, which keeps gettting longer! I tried microwaving brownies in the microwave one time and they were hard and gross and I said it can’t be done. But this looks possible and yummy and fun. My boys would love it too! And I think I’ll try the subbing applesauce variation since I need chocolate but I don’t need fat!

  48. Alyssa B says:

    It’s funny you posted this today, as I just found a couple of recipes for mug cakes that I have been wanting to try. Yours has a few more ingredients than the ones I’ve seen, so now I will have to try them all:)

  49. Michelle says:

    The mind-meld continues! I just made a mug cake for the first time last week. The recipe I used was a little different but basically the same (no nutella, though). What I wanted to share with you and your readers is that the second time I made it, I halved it and used applesauce in place of the oil. (Can you see I’m trying to justify this treat on a regular basis?! πŸ™‚ It was still delicious so feel free to play around with it. Thanks, as always, for your wonderful recipes and inspiration. Menu planning would be much less fun w/o you!

  50. Mame M says:

    Dear your sister Emily,

    Thank you. This looks AH-MAY-ZING!!!!!!!!! And perfect for my cravings. My taste buds will thank you my waistline will not!


  51. Kristin says:

    First, I could eat Nutella straight from the jar and I love chocolate cake, so this looks so yummy! Second, I hate microwaves, so I’m glad you added the disclaimer. πŸ˜‰
    Third, I found your blog through a link on Bold Turquoise’s blog post about menu planning. You have tons of yummy recipes that I will be trying. Thank you! This is exactly what I have been looking for since I have really been struggling with feeding my family lately. I think I’ve pinned at least ten of your recipes so far on my Pinterest. I’m so excited to try all these.

  52. Natalie says:

    So excited to try this. I have chocalate cravings all the time and this just might do the trick!

  53. Mackenzie Byersdorf says:

    This looks amazing! I’m a new mom so this will be wonderful when I only have a few minutes to make something sweet. Thank you!

  54. Mel says:

    Andrea – we’ve made this recipe a million times (ok, not that many but it feels like it) and with all my kids’ hands in the mix, it definitely doesn’t get made the exact same way every time, which basically means it seems to be a very adaptable recipe – so yes, I’d say go ahead and sub in the hot fudge sauce (or use another type of “butter” like soy butter or sun butter) and give it a try! The real key is just not to over”bake” it. Good luck!

  55. What an amazingly fast substitute for your awesome decadent chocolate dishes πŸ˜€
    Definitely need a recipe like this to whip up!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Marbled Muffintopcookiecake Hybrid

  56. Andrea says:

    This looks divine!! Do you think I could substitute hot fudge sauce for the nutella? My daughter is allergic to nuts and so nutella is a no no. I would hate to make this for the rest of us and have her miss out. Thank you.

  57. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a mug cake. I bet this was delicious!

  58. Stacy K says:

    Congrats Mel on your baby girl arriving in April! I’m sorry to admit that I have been living in a haze for the last few months (because I will be having a baby any day now), and didn’t even realize you were expecting. I too am worried I won’t get to a few things that I still have remaining on my list.

    I am excited to try this recipe, though it seems a bit dangerous that it’s so easy to make and will give me chocolate cake whenever I crave it!

    Thanks again for all the great recipes!

  59. Michele says:


  60. I really need to try out one of these mug cakes-this one with nutella looks awesome!

  61. I just discovered mug cakes and they are DANGEROUS. Love this recipe!!

  62. Jess says:

    My kids are going to LOVE this! I can already picture them taking this recipe with them for their away-at-college arsenal. My oldest is only 13 but I want them to be aware that they’ll have to sustain themselves somehow.

    My plan is to teach your 4 meatball recipes to them so they can impress future friends and boyfriends. Teriyaki, pineapple, sweet and sour, and your favorite…with cream sauce.

    Wink. Oh and, thanks to your sister Emily!

  63. Mel says:

    Yep, it’s a girl! (Or say they say…I’ll believe it when I see it!)

  64. Jenn says:

    HOW did I not realize you were pregnant?!

    and this sounds YUMMY!!!

  65. Jessica says:

    You are an evil genuis! Can’t wait to try both variations!! πŸ™‚

  66. Sarah says:

    The BEST present I received when I had my twins was a cleaning service for three months – one month before and two months after birth. It was awesome.

  67. Lien4424 says:

    Thats what I was wondering…girl? πŸ™‚

  68. Oh, YES! This looks amazing, Mel. Great recipe and really droolworthy results… Gotta try this!

  69. Tracee says:

    Number 5? You are a very brave woman! Does talk of hairbows mean it’s a little girl? I just love your website and you gave me the courage to jump off the high dive and start making all the bread needs for our family…of 3. Just this weekend my chinese daughter was rolling out some perfect flour tortillas, and the hubs was suggesting ingredients to add to the focaccia dough. I love the way it has brought all of us in the kitchen together!

  70. amy m says:

    What are you waiting for? Call a maid and get started on those fluffy hair bows!

  71. Brinestone says:

    Yeah, the more pregnant I get, the less able I am to get stuff like that done at all. It’s just too hard and too painful to move around.

    Of course, the day I gave birth to my third, I cleaned ALL day long, almost without stop. I should have noticed I’d suddenly gone manic and figured out something was up.

  72. Stefani says:

    This sounds like so much fun. My kids are on winter break this week and I’m thinking this will be a hit if things get really out of control. Anyway, Mel my advice to you on the whole baby to do list is to just hire a maid for a one-time deep cleaning. Being pregnant is not easy in the first place and it’s even harder when you have other children and an awesome food blog to keep up on. Or just enlist the help of your VT. That’s why we have them.

  73. twisterfish says:

    I have a few Nutella-loving friends who will be so happy when I forward this to them. Looks yummy!

  74. Kathy says:

    Might just have to have dessert after breakfast this morning! Thanks.

  75. You just made me nutella addicition way worse……

  76. Kim in MD says:

    Mel- don’t worry about the dust on the fans and all of that other cleaning stuff. I promise you the baby won’t notice it or care one bit if you haven’t gotten to it! I totally understand the need to “nest” before the baby comes, but given the fact that you have four young boys to care for, I think you deserve a pass when it comes to the dust bunnies! πŸ™‚

    This chocolate mug cake looks so easy and delicious! I have to confess that I have never baked anything in the microwave. I won’t be afraid to make this, though, because if you love it I know I will love it, too!

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