Make a chocolate cake in a mug

Stockings. Check. Tree. Check. Presents. Check. Whew!

You want to relax. Children are wired.

“Can we set out some cookies and milk for Santa?

Sure. Cookies. Just one too many things to do.

Let me help you simplify.

“Santa might like his own, individual chocolate cake in a coffee mug. What do you think?”

Kids over seven can do this on their own. Kids under seven can do it with supervision.

Three minutes to assemble the ingredients. Five minutes to cook. Promise.

I like the cocoa powder version, because I’m more likely to have cocoa on hand.

Chocolate Cake in a Mug


  • 4 tablespoons flour (cake flour, if you have it, will make it lighter, but all-purpose works fine)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil (vegetable oil, like corn or safflower)
  • 2 -3 drops vanilla


  • In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt
  • Add egg and mix into this dry mixture
  • Add oil and mix well
  • Grease a tall, large mug and pour in this mixture, scraping out with a spatula
  • Place in microwave on High for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes
  • It’s ok if it is slightly undercooked or moist. It will continue cooking a little from the steam when you take it out.

There is also a chocolate chip version.

Be careful  when you take it out of the microwave, though.

The melted chocolate chips are really hot.

If you want to watch someone make it, shows you how.

Santa might have to get the second one.

Merry Christmas.