The best chocolate vegan mug cake out there! Super fudgy, moist and perfect anytime you need a chocolate fix, quick! Ready in 1 minute.
What is a mug cake?
This might seem like a silly question, but if you’ve never made one before, you’re probably thinking, “what the heck is a mug cake!?”
A mug cake is literally a single serving cake, made in a mug and cooked in the microwave. Basically the best invention ever!!
I wanted to create a super chocolatey vegan mug cake that was also incredibly simple to throw together when you need a chocolate fix and quick! I was testing the recipe when my twin 10 year olds got home from school one day last week, and they wanted to try making their own. They successfully followed the recipe and couldn’t get over how delicious they turned out! If a 10 year old can do it, I’m confident you can, too. 🙂
How to make a vegan mug cake
It’s so easy. Get a mug out of your cupboard. Add the dry ingredients to it and whisk or stir to combine: flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking powder.
Now add the wet ingredients: oil, non-dairy milk and vanilla. Stir with a spoon until combined. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, and microwave for 40-60 seconds. I prefer 40 seconds, because it’s nice and gooey in the middle at that point, but you could cook it a little longer if you want.
Yum, yum. Enjoy immediately as is, or you could add a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream for a seriously tasty treat.
Want more vegan chocolate dessert recipes?
- The Best Vegan Chocolate Cake
- Best Ever Vegan Brownies
- 5 Minute Vegan Hot Chocolate
- Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Chewy Vegan Brownies
Chocolate Vegan Mug Cake
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon canola oil, melted coconut oil or vegan butter
- 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder to a mug. Stir or whisk to combine.
- Pour in the oil, non-dairy milk and vanilla into the mug with the dry ingredients and stir well with a spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
- Cook in the microwave for 40 seconds. It will likely be a little undercooked in the middle at this point, which is my preference, but if you want it cooked more, microwave it another 10-20 seconds.
- Serve immediately.
- I think the mug cake tastes best with white flour, but you can use whole wheat flour, or a gluten free flour mix. I wouldn't suggest using all almond or coconut flour.
- You can use natural cocoa powder or dutch processed. Either work fine for this recipe.
- Feel free to substitute coconut sugar for the regular sugar, or lower the sugar amount if you want a less sweet dessert.
- For the oil, you can use canola oil, melted coconut oil, vegan butter or any other oil you prefer. You could also substitute applesauce for oil free, but it will not be quite as rich tasting.
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This was perfect! I did not make any swaps, just sugary chocolatety happiness in a mug
So glad you liked it! Thank you for the wonderful review 🙂
Can I replace the oil with applesauce or banana?
Can I use oat flour rather than wheat?
Oat flour might change the texture and rise of the cake because it’s lighter than whole wheat/all purpose flour. You might just need to add an extra 1/4 to 1/2 tablespoon of flour if you make this with oat flour. Hope this helps!
Amazing. I can’t believe something so simple can taste so great.
Your photo had me hopeful, but after 60 seconds, it looked shiny and solid so I stopped cooking. It was actually liquid like eating warm chocolate pudding. Delicious, but not what I was craving. All my coffee mugs were in the dishwasher, so I subbed an individual crock (in which you might serve onion soup). That’s the only thing I can figure that must have caused the texture fail.
I like it a little gooey on the inside, but you could try cooking it for a few seconds longer for a firmer texture.
I’ve never even left a recipe review before. By God this is delicious! Custardy, rich, just enough cakey-ness to not be a pudding, but an actual mug cake. Gonna go make another asap!!
Hi Ollie. How awesome you LOVED the mug cake! Thank you for taking time to share your wonderful feedback and review! Wishing you happy cooking!
Calorie count? It’s yummy!
I have to tell you, your recipes are so consistently SO GOOD that it’s gotten to the point where if I search something like “vegan mug cake” and see that you have a recipe for one, I HAVE to choose yours because I know it will be amazing! Thank you for sharing your incredible cooking prowess with us!
Hi Marlene! Your positive words are so encouraging! Thanks for sharing your wonderful feedback and review. I’m thrilled you are loving my recipes! Wishing you lots of happy cooking!
Fun, easy, and YUMMY! Loved it!! Served with low fat French vanilla and T.J.’s hot caramel on top.