Nutella Mug Cake

by Kiran on October 9, 2012 · 97 comments

in Desserts

When the craving for chocolate hits like a ton of brick, you just want to dash into the drawer looking for the “hidden” stash. But what if the supply is not replenished?

If you are like me, a spoonful of nutella or ice cream might suffice.

I’m sure “might” just won’t cut it.

Baking a whole cake, muffins or cupcakes can be intricate.

Scratch that.

It’s takes a WHOLE LOT OF TIME, which doesn’t translate well especially when cravings are meant to be satisfied on the spot. It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to get it from ingredients to plate to a spoonful.

If that’s the case, make sure you have the necessary stashes well stocked. If not, a mug cake can always come to your rescue.

The first objective is to get it done in no more than five minutes.

The second objective is tackling raw, dry and mealy issues that can be the epic highlights from unsuccessful mug cake recipes out there.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve tried replicating a mug cake recipe taken from so many sources out there. Just the idea of using plain flour, even for a few tablespoon and nuking it for a minute in the microwave — makes me gag!

The tastes of raw flour remains prominent, it’s too cakey and dry. I can go on and on, but I think you know the drift.

The third objective of a mug cake would be to minimize dirty dishes. Who’s with me on this?

Come on.

Now that you’ve tackled all issues, enough said — just go and tackle your sweet tooth cravings.

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  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp nutella
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter chips or chocolate chips


  1. Crack an egg into a large pour-able mug or measuring cup. Whisk it for a minute, until lightly foamy.
  2. Add nutella and whisk until smooth.
  3. Drizzle in vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  4. Add almond meal and pinch of salt. Stir to resemble a thick smooth batter.
  5. Evenly distribute batter into one extra large microwave safe mug (or two medium mugs), by layering a few peanut butter or chocolate chips in between.
  6. Fill mug half full. Do not fill it more than half to avoid overflow.
  7. Microwave for 30 seconds. And if batter doesn’t overflow, add another 30 seconds. The whole microwaving process should be for a total of 1 minute. Be watchful during this process.
  8. Mug and cake would be extremely hot. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Off to replenish my chocolate stash. That includes nutella as well 😉

How do you satisfy sudden food cravings? And what’s your favorite five minute recipe to remedy a raging sweet tooth?


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1 the wicked noodle October 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

I love these easy little mug cakes! And adding Nutella just makes it that much better!
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2 Kiran October 15, 2012 at 3:48 AM

Kristy — thank you!!!

3 Rosa October 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

What a gorgeous treat! So satisfying and sinful.

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4 Kiran October 15, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Rosa — thanks dear friend 🙂

5 Samantha October 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I’ve never made a mug cake but these pictures are making me want to ASAP!
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6 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Samantha — make it!!

7 Anamika | madcookingfusions October 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I have 2 nutella freaks at home and they dont need a reason to gulp in few spoons of it whnever they get chance, I am surely gonna bake this quick option for both my kids :)!
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8 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Anamika — lol, do let me know how it tastes!

9 Simply Vicky October 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I used to eat Nutella straight out of the jar in college…my fav is Nutella + strawberry crepes!
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10 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Vicky — that combo sounds delish 🙂

11 Nik@A Brown Table October 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

That has got to be one of the prettiest and cutest little cake I have seen in a long time. I’m confident it’s equally delicious. Kiran, I got your note too and can’t wait to see what you have done!
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12 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Nik — thank you so much!!

13 Katerina October 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I have made cake on a mug several times and I have posted about it as well, but I have never added nutella! This is such a smart idea! I will try it!
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14 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Katerina — yay, do let me know how it tastes 🙂

15 Vanessa October 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM

This looks delightful!

16 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Vanessa — thank you my dear 🙂

17 Lubna karim October 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Perfect treat for someone who is in mad love with nutella these days….pics are captivating…..i am drooling over and i this I need to rush into kitchen to make this mug cake to satisfy the urge….

18 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Lubna — did you make it?? 🙂

19 Choc Chip Uru October 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

My friend I think we have serious mental connections going – today I will be posting my Nutella mug brownie! 😀
Your cake looks incredible!

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20 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Uru — I’d love to believe that great minds thinks alike 😉

21 lisaiscooking October 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Tackling sweet tooth cravings is something I have to deal with regularly! This quick cake sounds great with the almond meal and, of course, nutella.
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22 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Lisa — thank you!!

23 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health October 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I have never succeeded in making a good mug cake recipe. I might have to give this a try – it looks delicious!!

24 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Dixya — me too, until now 😉

25 Deb October 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I never found a mug cake recipe that was worthy of being called great either and gave up on the idea. Using almond flour is such a brilliant idea! Most definitely will try your recipe, a very tempting treat!

26 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Deb –thank you dear, do let me know how it tastes 🙂

27 carolinaheartstrings October 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

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28 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

CHS — thanks so much my dear 🙂

29 Carolyn Chan October 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I’d never even heard of a mug cake before – GENIUS !! And looks delicious !
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30 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Carolyn — try it now!!!

31 Sanjeeta kk October 10, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Wow.. flour less in. And look how sparky clean that bowl is..yes, you are a chocoholic, K 🙂
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32 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Sanjeeta — lol, looks like I am 😉

33 Raymund October 10, 2012 at 1:29 AM

That last photo explains it a lot.
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34 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Raymund — 🙂

35 CCU October 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM

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36 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Uru — thank you so much my dear 🙂

37 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 10, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I really need to make this soon. I cannot resist Nutella and this single serving mug cake is tempting ever since you posted on IG… I don’t normally have almond meal but I happen to have it in my pantry. Definitely I’m making this!
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38 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Nami — hope you enjoyed every single bite of it 🙂

39 Priya Sreeram October 10, 2012 at 5:34 AM

licking from nutella or the milkmaid tin does help me most of the times , I wouldn’t mind a whole mug of this droolicious stuff kiran !SLURP
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40 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Priya — I’ve not done the milkmaid tin licking for a while now 😀

41 Sophie October 10, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I love, love Nutella but can’t eat it anymore becaus of the lectose in it. I can use my store bought lactose-free nuttella replacer & it is insanely tasty too! I love your original presentation too with the lovely yellow flower pattels! 🙂 Yummmy!
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42 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Sophie — I am so glad you get to enjoy nutella with a replacer 🙂

43 chinmayie @ love food eat October 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM

That sounds seriously good! I saw the photos and had to get myself a chocolate fix, thank god I had some raw date truffles on hand 🙂
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44 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Chin — lol, chocolates are so tempting!

45 Ina gawne October 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Kiran – this looks fabulous…and it gluten free too! A must try – thanks for sharing! 🙂

46 Kiran October 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Ina — I did not realize its gluten free until now. If you tried this recipe, let me know how it tastes 🙂

47 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Oh this mug cake looks positively divine! Love the Nutella!
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48 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Laura — thanks my friend 🙂

49 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

if my hidden stack of goodies is going low no one is happy in this house :)) Mostly is ice-cream or nutella, but plain chocolate does miracles
Thanks for this flourless quick nutella cake, saving the recipe
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50 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Roxana — you are welcome! Hope you get to try it soon 🙂

51 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

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52 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Matt — 🙂

53 The Squishy Monster October 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

This is brilliance in a cup!!!
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54 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

TSM — haha, thank you!

55 Simply Life October 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

anything with nutella AND pb or chocolate chips will definitely win in my book!
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56 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Gina — ditto!

57 Asmita October 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

All that yumminess in a cup! Wish I could get my hands on it.
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58 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Asmita — 🙂

59 Jen @ Savory Simple October 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Oh this is dangerous!!! Mug cakes get me every time.
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60 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Jen — 🙂

61 cakewhiz October 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

i know exactly what you mean about an insane chocolate craving…hahah

i made a chocolate mug cake last year and i just did not like it. so, i am still hunting for a mug cake recipe i like…

being a nutella lover, i am excited about trying yours. it looks so yummy kiran!

62 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Cakewhiz — thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed every morsel 🙂

63 Julia | October 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Your cake in the mug looks so chocolaty and gorgeous! No wonder the mug got emptied pretty quickly judging by the photos. 🙂
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64 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Julia — hahaha, so true 🙂

65 Kim Bee October 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

This looks fabulous and decadent. Love that it’s quick and one serving. I’ve been know to cook marshmallows over top of my gas range when a sweet craving comes on and I don’t want to go all out. It’s hilarious. I stand there with a little fondue fork and my marshmallow, then wander off smiling with a golden treat.
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66 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Kim Bee — oh my, I definitely am envious of a gas range. We have an electric stove here in Florida. Hate it.

67 Charul @ Tadka Masala October 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I loved the idea of almond meal. I have posted the 3 minute cake recipe and yes you are right, this 3 minute cake doesn’t taste exactly like a properly baked cake. But, I am not sure I will get almond meal in India, so wanted to ask if I can make that at home?
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68 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Charul — you can definitely make almond meal at home. Just blend skinned raw almonds until coarse. Don’t make it too powdery. Let me know how it tastes 🙂

69 Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice October 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I’m so glad to have seen this post, and yet so threatened by the deliciousness forcing me to the grocery store! Ha.

Looks sinfully good. I adore your photos of the mugs.
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70 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Yasmeen — lol, thanks! Hope you mustered some strength and tried this recipe 😉

71 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 12, 2012 at 5:28 AM

I love mug cakes! I think my mug cake is one of the most popular recipes on the blog! They’re so quick and great for an emergency 🙂
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72 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Lorraine — I need to try your recipe!

73 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 12, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I almost dare not to open a bottle of nutella, because I usually end up finishing the whole bottle before it’s too late. This mug cake looks fantastic!
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74 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Angie — haha, my kind of chocoholic!

75 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I am so in love with your photos. That picture of the Nutella on the spoon? Oh, I just want to eat it! I have been on a mug cake lately and this will definitely be one to add to my rotation!
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76 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Kiersten — thank you so much, my friend. Hope you get to try this recipe soon 🙂

77 Kristi Rimkus October 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I love this idea. It’s perfect for those of us watching our calories – automatic portion control!
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78 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Kristi — ditto!!

79 dassana October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

lovely photographs kiran… now who wouldn’t want a mug cake that is ready in a couple of minutes.
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80 Kiran October 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Dassana — thanks dear, and I totally agree with you 🙂

81 lizzie - strayed from the table October 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

What a fab idea, I have never heard of a mug cake. Awesome. I am fortunate to not have sweet tooth cravings. Though if I need a fix I always make popcorn with loads of butter and a good pinch of salt. I love anything with a crunch.
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82 Laura October 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I plan on making a little gift basket for my Nutella nut daughter with a mug, ingredients, and recipe card. She’ll love it! Thanks so much for a great recipe! 🙂

83 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings October 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Kiran, this is absolutely home-y and oh-so-wonderful. I wish I had a mug of this right now! We always have Nutella in our pantry – it everyone’s fave here!
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84 Hani August 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Best mug cake I’ve made and eaten. Gurl, this recipe is going into my Family Heirloom recipe book under the heading “For cold nights and bad breakups”

85 Pdawg March 7, 2015 at 11:27 PM

I just made this and it is horrible – I halved the recipe so I might have overcooked it, but it is way too dry and eggy

86 Krithika March 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

I was looking out for a mug cake recipe n found yours really interesting.
As egg is not allowed in my house what will be the substitute for egg?

87 julie May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Could regular flour work? And would the amount need to be altered?

88 Julie May 30, 2015 at 7:10 AM

What can I substitute for almond meal? Can I use all-purpose flour?

89 Kiran June 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM

Julie — yes, you can try. but it might not be as gooey or moist because AP will absorb a lot more of the moisture. let me know how it turns out 🙂

90 Foodislife March 20, 2016 at 1:55 AM

The recipe seems like a pretty cool recipe but when I tried this cake it didn’t rise in the microwave, what made it rise for you Kiran?

91 Kay February 1, 2017 at 12:46 PM

What is the calorie content?

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