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Chocolate Mug Cake Trio

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Learn how to make a trio of Chocolate Mug Cake recipes!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

This holiday season, I’m very excited to share my Big & Bold Chocolate recipes that I know you’ll love. And because I know you love my mug cakes, I thought what better time to indulge in some over-the-top Chocolate Mug Cake recipes than Christmas. These are some of the best mug cake recipe I have ever made including Molten Lava Cake, White Chocolate & Raspberry, and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mug Cakes.

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I consider myself a mug cake connoisseur because I’ve made over 30 varieties, including cookies, breakfasts and cheesecakes. And from what you Bold Bakers tell me, you’ve had great success with them.

When it comes to Chocolate, I am no stranger. We have become well acquainted over the years. My favorite would have to be bittersweet chocolate recipes.

We are going to kick this off with something that your probably you didn’t know you could make in the microwave, and it’s gluten free: it’s the much-requested Molten Lava Cake. Whether you are entertaining others or just treating yourself, everyone deserves a mug full of chocolate love!

Molten Lava Mug Cake 

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Molten Lava Mug Cake is smooth, velvety and insanely good. This quite possibly could be one of my best Mug Cakes to date.

Gemma's Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)

4.44 from 122 votes
Molten Lava Mug Cake is smooth, velvety and insanely good. This quite possibly could be my best Chocolate Mug Cake to date.
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Molten Lava Mug Cake is smooth, velvety and insanely good. This quite possibly could be my best Chocolate Mug Cake to date.
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 1 - 1 ⁄2 teaspoons Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • Toppings (optional): Vanilla Ice Cream Chocolate Shavings

Instructions

  • Place the butter and chocolate in a microwaveable mug (roughly 1 cup measurement). Microwave until melted, about 30-45 seconds.
  • Mix in the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and salt, and stir until smooth.
  • In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer or whisk, whip the egg and sugar until thick, roughly 3-4 minutes. It takes a little bit of elbow grease by hand.
  • Pour the egg sugar mixture into your microwaveable mug containing your melted chocolate and butter and mix until smooth. Add in your chocolate chips on top and push them into the cake. This will give you your “lava” center. If you don’t want to cook them off straight away, then place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Microwave for 45-60 seconds. Take care not to overcook as it will dry out your lava cake. (Timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)
  • Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then scoop on your vanilla ice cream and finish with some chocolate shavings.

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 23
WW PointsPlus: 14
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 216mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

White Chocolate & Raspberry Mug Cake (Egg Free)

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This White Chocolate & Raspberry mug cake is a well-balanced marriage of both sweet and fruity.

Gemma's White Chocolate & Raspberry Mug Cake

4.37 from 19 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon flavorless oil (canola oil/coconut oil/sunflower oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add in the white chocolate and milk. Microwave until melted, around for 30-40 seconds
  • Stir in the oil, sugar, flour and baking powder until combined.
  • In a microwavable mug (roughly 1 cup measurement), add your raspberry jam to the bottom and pour the cake mix in on top. If you don’t want to cook them off straight away, then place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Microwave for 45-60 seconds or until the center is no longer wet. (Timing is based on my microwave so your timing might vary)
  • Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes and then pipe on your whipped cream. Finish with fresh raspberries and white chocolate shavings.

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 23
WW PointsPlus: 14
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 216mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mug Cake (Vegan)

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The Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mug Cake is gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan. I am crazy for these two flavors right now. It’s a harmonious blend of sweet chocolate and salty peanut butter.

Gemma's Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mug Cake

4.45 from 29 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3 tablespoons flavorless oil (canola oil/coconut oil/sunflower oil)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients minus the peanut butter.
  • In a microwavable mug (roughly 1 cup measurement), scoop in your peanut butter and then pour your cake mix on top. If you don’t want to cook them off straight away, then place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Microwave for 45-60 seconds. (Timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary). Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  • Mix together whipped cream and peanut butter then pipe it on top of your mug cake. Finish by sprinkling over chopped toasted peanuts.
  • Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 23
WW PointsPlus: 14
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 216mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

And while Mug Cakes make great single-serving treats, they can also be perfect desserts for dinner parties and holiday events. So in addition to a Mug Cake for one, I’ve included recipes below for 6 servings so you can impress your family and friends with these simple, decadent desserts.

Gemma's Molten Lava Cake Mug Cakes for 6

4.64 from 19 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons (3⁄4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 3 ⁄4 cups Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 egg
  • 1 ⁄3 cup white sugar
  • 6 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 6 tbsp Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • Toppings (optional): Vanilla Ice Cream Chocolate Shavings

Instructions

  • Place the butter and chocolate in a large bowl. Microwave until melted, 60-90 seconds.
  • Mix in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and stir again until the smooth.
  • Using a hand mixer or a hand whisk whip up the eggs and sugar in a bowl together until thick, roughly 3-4 minutes. It takes a bit of elbow grease by hand.
  • Pour the egg sugar mixture into the melted chocolate and butter and mix until smooth. Add in your chocolate chips on top and push them into the cake. This will give you your ‘lava’ center.
  • If you don’t want to cook them off straight away then place them in the fridge for up to 24 hours 6. Microwave 1 at a time for 45-60 seconds. Take care not to overcook as it will dry out your lava cake.
  • (Timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary). Cook one at a time so they each cook evenly.
  • Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then scoop on your vanilla ice cream and finish with some chocolate shavings.

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 23
WW PointsPlus: 14
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 216mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Gemma's Classic White & Raspberry Mug Cakes for 6

4.57 from 16 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1 ⁄2 cup Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
  • 1 1 ⁄3 cup milk
  • 6 teaspoon flavorless oil (canola oil/coconut oil/sunflower oil) 6 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1 ⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon raspberry jam
  • Toppings (optional): Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • White Chocolate Shavings

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir in the white chocolate and milk. Microwave until melted, around for 60-90 seconds.
  • Stir in the oil, sugar, flour and baking powder until combined.
  • Divide the mix evenly between 6 mugs.
  • If you don’t want to cook them off straight away then place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Microwave 1 at a time for 45-60 seconds. (Timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary). Cook one at a time so they each cook evenly.
  • Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes and then pipe on your whipped cream. Finish with fresh raspberries and white chocolate shavings.

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 23
WW PointsPlus: 14
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 216mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Gemma's Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mug Cakes for 6

4.5 from 16 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup 2 tablespoons Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1 cup flavorless oil (canola oil/coconut oil/sunflower oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
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  • Toppings (optional):
  • Whipped Cream Peanut Butter Toasted Peanuts

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients minus the peanut butter.
  • In 6 microwavable mugs (roughly 1 cup measurement each), scoop in your peanut butter and then pour your cake mix on top.
  • Divide the mix evenly between 6 mugs.
  • If you don’t want to cook them off straight away then place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Microwave 1 at a time for 45-60 seconds. (Timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary). Cook one at a time so they each cook evenly.
  • Let the cake stand for 5 minutes before eating. Mix together whipped cream and peanut butter then pipe it on top of your mug cake. Finish by sprinkling over chopped toasted peanuts. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 23
WW PointsPlus: 14
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Molten Lava Cake)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 216mg9%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Thanks to Ghirardelli for helping me bring you these over-the-top Chocolate Mug Cakes. For more of my exclusive chocolate recipes, go to Ghirardelli.com!

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Millican Pecan
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3 months ago

You had me at “Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips”. I’ve used them in chocolate recipes and they have the best taste…rich and wonderful. I will be making this! I love all your mug recipes…what a great idea for a fun and flavorful meal!

Humafatima
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Humafatima
4 months ago

Hi Aunt Gemma!
I am a 7 y/o girl and I have great passion for baking… I am gonna make this mug cake for my mom’s birthday and would of course let you know how they turned out.

Amy Chu
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Amy Chu
7 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I really like your mug cake recipes. I made the chocolate mug cake and it tasted so yummy. I want to ask you if I can make multiple mug cakes and cooked them in microwave using the same cooking time all at the same time together?

Thanks,
Amy

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LadyIreland
8 months ago

Hi Gemma;
I am a yard sale junkie as that’s where all the great mug cups can be found. Sometimes I’m not sure of how big the mugs are so I filled a Ziplock baggie with 3/4 cup of rice. If the baggie fits in the cup I know my mug cakes and meals will too. Different mugs are great for entertaining as people can choose/fill their own and if it gets put down you’ll know who’s the owner. Happy Baking!!!

cristinagenet
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cristinagenet
10 months ago

It’s just me and my husband for tonight’s new year’s day dinner so I thought of doing something yummy and simple. I know you make the best mug cakes so I searched for your recipes. I did your molten lava mug cake. I omitted the sugar and it’s perfect for us. Thank you & more super recipes from you. Happy new year.

Binu
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Binu
11 months ago

Hello, I made your chocolate n peanut butter mug cake. Replaced peanut Butter with homemade cashew butter. Replaced sugar n water with – 4 tbsp of date syrup and 2 tbsp water.
Baked for around 12-15 mins for 170 C. Came out like a fudgy brownie????, mildly sweet. YUM.
Trying to replace sugar in my baking. 🙂

Grace11
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Grace11
11 months ago

Gamma I’m just wowed by the mug baking! Simple amazing. I made, so far Mac & cheese and fudge with the peanut butter. Yummy!,

Ariella
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Ariella
1 year ago

Hi Gemma. Can I make these receipes in a to-go disposable coffee cup too?

Cathy53
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Cathy53
1 year ago

I made the molten lava cake today (for the first time) for company– brave, I know. But your recipe is wonderful. I tripled the recipe and then divided the batter into five custard cups, which I put in my 1100 watt oven for 60 seconds each. They turned out perfect! (I should note that I really didn’t want the “lava” in the middle, so they turned out perfect for me…45-50 seconds would have most likely kept the middle gooey.) I love this cake for three reasons: #1, it has no dairy, which my husband has a sensitivity to; #2, it… Read more »

L. Wall
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1 year ago

Thank you for your recipes. Noticed the chocolate mug cake (molten lava) recipe does not include flour. Is that correct?

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