Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

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Satisfy your sweet cravings in minutes with this rich chocolate vegan mug cake. You can make it with just a handful of ingredients that you probably have on hand!

I try to limit myself to only making desserts when I know I have someone to feed them to. I live in a two person household, so having a whole vegan chocolate cake sitting around can be a bit…problematic.

Well I haven’t had as many people to pass my desserts off on over the last year, for obvious reasons. So we haven’t had as many sweets around here, which means sometimes I get a craving and there’s not much around to satisfy it.

This vegan mug cake is the three minute single serving dessert I make when those cravings hit. It’s not exactly like a conventional chocolate cake. The texture tends to be softer and more gooey — think somewhere between a regular cake and a brownie. It’s absolutely delicious and couldn’t be easier to whip up!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

I bet you already have all of these on hand!

  • Flour. I’ve only tested the recipe with all-purpose wheat flour, so I can’t guarantee results with anything else. I suspect that an all-purpose gluten-free blend like Bob’s Red Mill’s would work.
  • Cocoa powder. Use the unsweetened variety.
  • Baking powder.
  • Cinnamon. This is totally optional, but really adds to the flavor.
  • Salt.
  • Non-dairy milk. Just about any variety will work, just make sure it’s unflavored and unsweetened. Soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk and oat milk are all great options! Need help choosing? Check out my guide to dairy free milk.
  • Maple syrup. You could also use another liquid sweetener, such as agave.
  • Oil. The recipe calls for canola, but you can use whatever variety of baking oil you have on hand!
  • Vanilla. You can leave this out if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Chocolate chips. These are also optional, but highly recommended. Make sure they’re vegan! I used Enjoy Life brand.

Tip: While certainly not a requirement, I highly recommend grabbing some vegan ice cream to serve with your mug cake.

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll down if you’d prefer to skip right to the recipe!

Grab a 10 ounce or larger microwave-safe mug.

  • Stir your dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt).
  • Pour in the liquid ingredients (milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla).
  • Stir everything together until completely mixed and a batter is formed.
  • Stir in your chocolate chips.
  • Zap your cake in the microwave for a minute.
  • Take a look at it. Does in look done? You can carefully touch the top to see if it’s set. If not, keep microwaving it in 15 second intervals until it’s ready.

Tip: The cook time might vary depending on your microwave — they’re all different! Take note of how long your mug cakes takes for future reference.

Let it cool for a minute or so, then dig in! I topped mine with a spoonful of vegan vanilla ice cream.

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