The best chocolate vegan mug cake out there! Super fudgy, moist and perfect anytime you need a chocolate fix, quick! Ready in 1 minute.

2 mugs of chocolate vegan mug cake

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.

dry ingredients whisked in a mug for vegan mug cake

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.

uncooked chocolate vegan mug cake in a mug

Yum, yum. Enjoy immediately as is, or you could add a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream for a seriously tasty treat.

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Chocolate Vegan Mug Cake

The best chocolate vegan mug cake out there! Super fudgy, moist and perfect anytime you need a chocolate fix, quick! Ready in 1 minute.
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 1 minute
Servings: 1 serving


  • 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. 



  1. 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. 
  2. You can use natural cocoa powder or dutch processed. Either work fine for this recipe.
  3. Feel free to substitute coconut sugar for the regular sugar, or lower the sugar amount if you want a less sweet dessert.
  4. 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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  1. I make this at least once a month, I use regular flour for my roomies and make a gluten free one for me with bob mills gf baking flour and it turns out perfectly everytime.

  2. My go-to mug cake recipe! It always comes out great – I also like to make it with nut butter instead of the oil in the hope that it will curb my sweet craving for longer, and it works as well. Thanks for this!

    1. You bet, Laura! This quick and easy cake definitely satisfies the chocolate/sweet craving! Thanks for your positive review and feedback!

  3. Hi! The first time I made it, I loved it but subsequent attempts turned out quite dry 🙁 I have a feeling it may have to do with my microwave settings…I have a 900 watt microwave- how many seconds do I need for a moist texture? Thanks!

    1. Just microwave for less time and test it out. Try 30 seconds; if it’s still batter, go for 10 seconds more at a time until it’s right for you. Thanks!

    1. Hi there, sorry about that, the metric measurements weren’t working. I’ve updated it and now you can find the correct measurements by clicking the “metric” button in the recipe card. Hope that helps!

  4. I have been making this recipe for years. My partner absolutely loves it as a surprise dessert. Makes his night.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. First time making a mug cake and it was just enough and delivered a warm hug of moist chocolate cake. Every bite created “yum” sounds of delight. Thank you

    1. You are welcome! I love your fun feedback! Thanks for your wonderful review! This is one of my ‘delightful’ favorites that always hits the spot!

  6. One of the best mug cake recipes I’ve found, not rubbery at all and turns out beautifully !!! I’ve been looking for a good dairy free one for a while !! Thank you for this !

    1. You are welcome, Lexi! I love this one as well – perfect for a chocolate craving! Thanks for your fabulous review!

  7. I’ve made quite a few mug cakes, but this is seriously the best mug cake I’ve had!
    It’s so easy too. And modifying the recipe to do different things (add protein power, add peanut butter, etc etc etc) works really well.


  8. We aren’t vegan, but my 2 yo grandson has milk & egg allergies. I wanted something he could eat to celebrate his Auntie’s birthday since she requested an ice cream cake. This was absolutely perfect! Even his cousins (3 & 5) loved it.

    I made it as the recipe was written. Though we didn’t have dairy free chocolate chips, he didn’t mind. We chose coconut oil and I think that really helped with moisture. His mom wants to make this as an entire cake for his birthday, so any hints on that would be appreciated!

  9. Very easy to make and very delicious.
    I wanted something chocolate but I am vegan so I made this. This is so easy to make, I – as a child- made this. Yum!

  10. Amazing! I doubled it and made it in a large soup “cup” in the oven. The texture is fluffy on the inside with some melty bits of chocolate from the chocolate chips (oatmilk chocolate chips). This will be my forever recipe.

    1. Your cake sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your baking experience and fabulous review! I’m thrilled it’s your forever recipe!

  11. I have never left a recipe review before but I just had to for this. How is something so easy so delicious? Incredible, thank you Nora. I think this will be a regular go-to!

    1. Hi Liz. I know what you mean! I love this quick and easy cake for a chocolate fix! Thank you for your fabulous review and feedback!

  12. I just made this tonight and it was delicious! I used erythritol/monk fruit for the sweetener and only half, it was sweet enough for me. I also added another 15 seconds in the microwave and it came out perfect! I will grind some oat flour in the vitamin next time and use it instead of regular flour. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    1. You are welcome! I’m so glad you loved the cake! I really appreciate your ideas and fabulous review! Happy cooking!

    1. Hi Jane! I agree, this is a perfect size for a chocolate craving! Thanks for sharing your fabulous review and feedback!

  13. Hi Nora,

    First, thank you for all you do in “feeding” my vegan cravings. I’d love to make this cake but want to bake it in the oven as I prefer not to cook my food in the microwave.

    Can you send instructions for oven baking? God bless you and yours, Suzanne

    1. Hi Suzanne. Thanks for your encouraging feedback! This mug cake can be baked at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes in an oven safe ramekin. Enjoy!

  14. This is the best dairy free mug cake I’ve tried so far. I use coconut sugar and it tastes great. Awesome for a quick and easy dessert for one!

  15. Tasty, chocolaty and super quick!! That was Delish!
    Burnt my mouth on the first, second and third bite!
    Will definitely be making it again.

    Very useful notes btw. Thanks.

    1. Hi Myriam. I’m so glad you loved this chocolatey cake! I’ve burned my mouth on it as well, I was in such a hurry to taste it! It’s great to know the instructions are helpful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review and feedback!

  16. so yummy!! super quick to whip up and satisfy a craving. it’s so rich and chocolatey I almost couldn’t even finish the whole serving. def hit the spot!

  17. This genuinely seemed too good to be true but HOLY COW this recipe is INCREDIBLE. I will never buy chocolate cake to have at home OR make a full cake ever again. This is the best!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. This is the first mug cake I ever tried that ended up actually tasting nice! Highly recommend!
    I also put a teaspoon of chocolate spread in the middle before baking instead of chocolate chips, which turned out quite nicely.
    Thank you for this recipe!

  19. I very rarely crave sweet food, but when I do this is an amazingly decadent treat that doesn’t leave me with a leftover slab of cake or tray of cookies to have to make my through. It’s also a decent sized serving, so doesn’t leave me wanting more. 10/10, chef’s kiss!

    1. Thank you for your wonderful feedback and review Ren! I agree this is one of those perfect and easy treats! I”m so glad you are loving it!

  20. I just tried this recipe for the first time! Yum! The good news is that it is delicious, chocolate, easy, quick, one serving, and minimal cleanup! The bad news is that it is delicious, chocolate, easy, quick, one serving, and minimal cleanup so I will want to make it often!!!

    Thank you, Nora, for so many great recipes. I don’t believe I have ever posted a comment but I have made and enjoyed several of your recipes over the last few years! Thank you!

    1. Hi Suzanne. I am so glad you are enjoying my recipes! Thank you for taking time to share your fantastic review and feedback! This mug cake is one of my favorites for a quick chocolate craving fix! Happy cooking!

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