Chocolate Chip Mug Cake


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This chocolate chip mug cake is light, fluffy, and moist, with plenty of chocolate chips! Made without eggs and without dairy, it’s a single serving dessert perfect to satisfy the sweet tooth! Under 200 calories for the entire mug cake.

chocolate chip mug cake

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

We all love an easy mug cake recipe. Currently on my rotation is a pumpkin mug cake, gingerbread mug cake, and this easy chocolate chip mug cake.

While I am all for the fancy cake and dessert flavors, most of the time, the simple flavors are what tantalizes my taste buds. I think that is why a vanilla cake will always be my favorite kind of cake. That is also what inspired me to make a single mug cake version of it!

This is my current favorite dessert to make when I’m craving a little something after dinner. I’m not someone who enjoys having lots of dessert leftovers in my fridge, so having the possibility to make a single serving version has been a lifesaver! It requires less than a minute to prep and just a minute to make in the microwave! When you want a decadent and satisfying dessert in less than 5 minutes, this is your answer.

It uses simple and easy ingredients and no dairy or eggs whatsoever. That is perfect for those wanting a vegan dessert, and it can also be made gluten free.

Don’t worry if you don’t use a microwave- this recipe comes with instructions to make it in the oven!

mug cake with chocolate chips

How do you make a chocolate chip mug cake? 

The Ingredients

  • All purpose flour– Either plain flour or gluten free flour. If you use gluten free flour, be sure to use a brand that has xanthan gum added to it. 
  • Baking powder– Gives the mug cake some fluffiness and rise. 
  • Granulated sweetener of choice– Any sweetener can be used. White sugar, unrefined sugar, or even sugar free substitutes, like erythritol or monk fruit sweetener. 
  • Vegan butter– Use vegan butter from a block, and not from a spread. The latter variety often have added water to them, which can affect the overall texture of the mug cake. If you don’t follow a vegan diet, traditional butter or margarine can be used. 
  • Milk of choice– I used unsweetened almond milk, but any milk of choice will work. 
  • Chocolate chips of choice– Use a mix of mini chocolate chips and traditional chocolate chips so the chocolate chips are distributed evenly in the cake. 

The Instructions

In a small mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, and mix well. Fold through the chocolate chips, reserving a few to top the mug cake with. Transfer the cake batter into a microwave safe bowl or ramekin (6-8 inches) and microwave for 1 minute. If the cake isn’t cooked, continue microwaving in 10-second spurts until done. 

vanilla chocolate chip mug cake

Can I make this in the oven? 

If you don’t own a microwave or would prefer to bake this in the oven instead, you can easily do so!

Simply grease a 6-inch ovenproof ramekin and bake at 180C/350F for 10-12 minutes, or until a skewer comes out the center clean. 

Tips to make the best chocolate chip mug cake recipe

  • Depending on the power capabilities of your microwave, you may need to cook your mug cake longer than indicated. If it isn’t cooked completely after one minute, continue to microwave in 20-second bursts until done. 
  • Use a mix of mini chocolate chips and standard chocolate chips so they disperse in the mug cake evenly. 
  • Easily double or triple this recipe if you’d like a larger mug cake or want to share it with a special someone.
  • Do not prepare the batter in advance- make the cake just before you intend to eat it. 

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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

5 from 227 votes
This chocolate chip mug cake is so moist and fluffy, you won't believe it is made with no eggs or dairy! Ready in just one minute, this simple mug cake can easily be made in the oven!
Servings: 1 mug cake
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 2 minutes



For the microwave version

  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add your softened butter and milk and whisk until combined. Fold through the chocolate chips.
  • Grease a large mug or microwave safe ramekin generously and pour the batter in it. Microwave for 1 minute.

For the oven version

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 6 inch ramekin with oil and set aside.
  • Follow directions as above and once ready, bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.


* white sugar, brown sugar, or sugar free substitutions, like monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. 


Serving: 1mug cakeCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSodium: 192mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 355IUCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 16g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Can’t believe how delicious and easy this was! I used gluten free flour and topped with a bit of vanilla ice cream. New favorite snack.

  2. 5 stars
    Satisfying. Small but if you’re not PMSing makes a quick light dessert. I added a pinch of salt and vanilla. Went all out and used half and half, but don’t use that bc sat fat and calories.
    Will use almond milk next time like a good girl

  3. Hello I have a question….is this vanilla cake …in your pictures… baked in a microwave OR… baked in an oven ?


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