Red Velvet Lava Mug Cake

The Spruce
Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 1 mins
Total: 8 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
333 Calories
16g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 175mg 4%
*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.)

End the night with one of the easiest lava desserts ever. This one-mug wonder combines the richness of a classic red velvet cake with the melt-in-your-mouthness of a soufflé. All it takes is a few ingredients—including truffles for a warm chocolate-caramel center—a whisk, your favorite mug, and a minute in the microwave.  


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  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1/8 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

  • 2 chocolate truffles

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients except the truffles into a large microwave-safe mug. Whisk until the batter is completely smooth. If you’d like a darker red color, you can add more food coloring and mix again again. ​

  2. Press the chocolate truffle balls into the center of the cake batter. Make sure the balls are completely covered.

  3. Microwave the cake on medium high for about 50 to 60 seconds. Microwave strengths vary, but you're looking for it to rise and feel springy to touch. It should also pull away from the sides a bit.