Nutella Mug Cake

Nutella mug cake with a spoon full of cake

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 7 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
458 Calories
19g Fat
62g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 458
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 202mg 16%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 345mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mug cakes are a lot of fun and a quick and easy way to indulge a craving without making an entire cake. You can make them with anything you've got on hand, from peanut butter to apple. It's an offer that's hard to refuse: In about 60 seconds, your favorite heatproof coffee mug will hold a rich and decadent cake, thanks to a quick turn in the microwave. There's no mess, no fuss, and very little waiting, which is always the hardest part when you're craving something sweet. It's the perfect treat for one.

You've probably got all four of the ingredients you need for this cake: milk, flour, baking powder and, of course, Nutella, that chocolate hazelnut spread that's delicious on just about everything, and in everything, from cheesecake to a French toast grilled cheese. If you don't have any, but you have the chocolate, hazelnuts, and other ingredients for it, you can try this do-it-yourself Nutella recipe. There's even a vegan version you can make, too, that involves using non-dairy milk such as soy.

Because microwave ovens vary so much in their power, it's important to keep an eye on the cake for the last 10 to 15 seconds and check it so it doesn't become tough and overcooked.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup whole milk (or 2 percent milk)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 cup Nutella

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Nutella mug cake
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  2. Combine milk, flour, and baking powder in a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug. Whisk until smooth.

    Add flour
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  3. Add the Nutella and stir until the batter has no lumps.

    Whisking Nutella into the mug cake ingredients
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  4. Microwave on high for about 45 to 60 seconds.

    Microwaved Nutella cake in a mug
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  5. Continue microwaving slowly in 15-second intervals. Microwaves vary, but what you’re aiming for is that the cake looks set and dry, feels springy and fluffy to the touch, and the edges pull away from the side of the mug. It will probably take an additional 30 to 60 seconds in total.

    Microwaved Nutella mug cake
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  6. For best results, serve immediately.

Can You Reheat a Mug Cake?

Yes, you can reheat a mug cake. Microwave oven strengths vary, but start with a 10- to 15-second interval, being careful not to overdo it, or it will burn.

Variations

If you'd like to make this a little fancier, feel free to try some of these variations:

  • Dollop some whipped cream on top.
  • Add a tablespoon of chocolate chips to the batter to enhance the chocolate flavor.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter before you add the Nutella.
  • Top the cake with sprinkles when it comes out of the oven.
  • Dust it with powdered sugar.
  • Top it with fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries.
  • Garnish with chopped hazelnuts.