A chocolate mug cake is the perfect solution to chocolate craving and also makes a sweet little last minute gift! Just a few ingredients and you can be devouring a bite of heaven.

I love opportunities to treat my friends and make them feel special. You might like these friendship gift tags. They are a perfect way to give flowers or anything really! If you are let your friend know you are tickled pink they are your friend with these fun tags.
you take the cake gift tag

Chocolate Mug Cake

Turn this chocolaty treat into a cute little gift with free printable gift tags.

chocolate mug cake with printable instructions

Place the chocolate mug cake dry ingredients into a plastic bag and place inside a cute microwave safe mug.

chocolate mug cake ingredients in bag

Print off the tags. They are in black and white so they may be printed on a wide variety of colored card-stock.  Cut out the tags and punch a hole in the top of the tag and attach the tags to the mug handle or the plastic bag. Each mug will get two tags. One that says, “You take the cake!” and one with the chocolate mug cake instructions. If you like they could also be printed front and back to make one tag.

Free printable “You Take the Cake” gift tags and chocolate mug cake instructions

printable chocolate mug cake tags with instructions

I must admit this has become my secret weapon for chocolate cravings. Warm gooey chocolate cake in less than five minutes start to finish! Yum. I personally like it a bit underdone so it tastes more like a lava cake. If you want to cut back on fat and calories 1 Tablespoon of oil works great! Not worried about calories top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! That is sure to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

This gooey chocolate mug cake is egg free and can also be made gluten and dairy free! I like the cake slightly undercooked so it is like a molten chocolate mug cake. It is just like a lava cake. YUM!

you take the cake gift tag
5 from 4 votes

Chocolate Mug Cake

Rich gooey chocolate cake for one made in minutes.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a microwave-safe mug; stir in milk, canola oil, water, and vanilla extract.
  • Cook in microwave until cake is done in the middle, about 1 minute 45 seconds.


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Servings: 1
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper


chocolate mug cake

This recipe is delicious made gluten and dairy free. Because of this easy recipe, I am now able to have chocolate cake anytime! When I make this chocolate mug cake for myself I make the following changes. I substituted water for the mild but I am sure coconut or almond milk would work.l

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Mug Cake

1/4 cup gluten-free flour (my favorite blend)
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil (it also works great with 1 Tablespoon if conscious about fat)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips


you take the cake tag on mug cake

I was asked to bring a dessert to a girls gathering and made these to take.  I was able to gift a cute mug and then we all whipped up our own dessert! So fun and delicious! I loved sharing this recipe and it was a hit with my friends! A great recipe for a single serving cake!

chocolate mug cake gift

My family also loves this Toll House Pie when they need a sweet treat. It is for sure our family favorite.

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  1. When do you add the mini-chocolate chips? On top or right in the mixture?
    Thank you!

  2. Hello Marjolein, if you look I include both options for tags. The cake is richer with two but still tastes as good with 1 Tablespoon oil for those that want to decrease the fat and calories. Let me know if you have more questions.

  3. Hai, Just checking, in the recipe it says 2 tbsp of oil, in the tag it only says 1 tbsp. Is it 2 of 1 tbsp?

  4. Hi Cindy…love your website and all your ideas.

    Can we make this in the instant pot ?

  5. Stop what you are doing and make this right now! So easy a college guy can do it, and it tastes amazing!

  6. Yum! Great idea for anyone. Teachers, friends, children, etc. you can always make several and give with a mug.

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