The Craft Patch: The ONLY Microwave Chocolate Lava Mug Cake You'll Ever Need

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Monday, April 4, 2016

The ONLY Microwave Chocolate Lava Mug Cake You'll Ever Need

My sweet tooth can get pretty fierce sometimes. Whiny children, long days and most remodeling projects are usually what bring it on. Sometimes I just want a treat and I want it NOW.

That's where this amazing microwave mug dessert comes in. A few years ago I tested a bunch of different recipes (read about that HERE).

Most of them were different levels of gross.

Then I found this recipe and it is a true gem. It's almost like cheating... you get a decadent ooey-gooey treat exploding with chocolatey goodness in less than a minute!

Want the recipe? It's so simple!

Microwave Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 small pinch salt
4 tablespoons white sugar
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Melt the butter in a coffee mug. Add water, vanilla and salt and stir until smooth. Add sugar, cocoa powder and flour and stir until all the lumps are out. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. If you want less "lava" and more cake you can cook it for 10 seconds more. 

I've made this mug cake over and over again in the last few years and it's perfect as is, but it's also been fun to come up with creative add-ins. Here are a few of my favorite variations. They are just as easy to make. Simply stir up the batter, add the extra ingredients, then cook like normal!

- Peanut Butter Lover. Add 1 teaspoon peanut butter.
Chocolate Covered Berry. Add 1 teaspoon raspberry or strawberry jam.
Gimme S'More. Add 10 mini marshmallows and a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs.
A La Mode. One scoop of ice cream and you've got yourself a rockin' dessert!
Caramel Lover. Add two square caramel candies.
Mint To Be. Sprinkle with mint baking chips or crushed up candy canes.
Nuts For Hazelnuts. Add one teaspoon of Nutella. Oh, baby!
Chocoholic. Add a handful of chocolate chips or pieces of a chopped up candy bar.

Can you tell that I've made this dessert a lot? Just you wait... once you've tried it, you'll fall in love!


  1. I tried adding 1 teaspoon of inst. coffee and it was a little to strong I think it would have been better with only 1/2 or maybe only a 1/4 o a teaspoon of inst. coffee! but will you try and figure out which is better cause I don't make mug cakes very often so can you?

    1. I'm sorry, Kit. I don't drink coffee so I don't think I'll be able to try making it for you. But next time you are in the mood for a treat, try adding 1/4 teaspoon and see how you like it. Good luck!

  2. SR flour or AP?

  3. Just made this and it was DELICIOUS! Super easy and quick to make with basic ingredients that I had on hand. Thanks for sharing! It was just what this pregnant mama needed ;)

    1. YAY! I'm so glad you liked it! Good luck with your pregnancy!

  4. Just made this in my dorm and it's the highlight of my lazy Saturday! Very good, very easy! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Awesome Ciera! Thanks for taking the time to comment. You made MY day!

  5. I've made this multiple times! It's a perfect sweet treat on rainy days :)

    1. I am so glad you like it! I love it after a hard day... it's my reward!

  6. I made this today. It was great with some vanilla ice cream! Yummy

    1. A la mode is my favorite way to eat this! Glad you liked it, MJ!


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