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One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

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On Saturday morning, I clicked the Foodbuzz twitter profile, fully expecting to see someone else as the winner of the “best baking blog” award. I never thought I’d see this: Best baking and pastry blog: @ChocCoveredKt

My heart is filled with so much gratitude right now, towards everyone who took time out of their busy lives to vote for me. Because of you, I am the happiest girl on the face of the earth, and I can’t even find the right words to express just how grateful I am to you all.

Note: You can also find a much larger healthy chocolate cake recipe–with secretly healthy chocolate fudge frosting–in The Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook.

A rich & gooey chocolate mug cake you can make in the microwave, under 200 calories for the entire thing! Full recipe:



So instead, I baked you a cake.

I could tell you that I slaved in front of a hot oven all day to make said cake. But the reality is this chocolate mug cake only took one minute to make.

No, really.

If you tried to sum up my blog in a dessert, this cake in a mug would be it: healthy–while still tasting ridiculously delicious, vegan (with a gluten-free option), and chocolate.

"One Minute" Chocolate Mug Cake - This is my go-to recipe, from @choccoveredkt - It is super easy, & really fudgy and gooey

Of course, chocolate.

It wouldn’t be my blog without chocolate.

"1 Minute" Chocolate Cake - For when you're craving something gooey & chocolatey, but still want to be healthy... (under 200 calories)... @choccoveredkt


One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

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  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp spelt flour (or white, or Arrowhead Mills gf)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar or evaporated cane juice (edit: xylitol works as well)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 1 more tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil (Many commenters have said it still tastes good if you sub applesauce or mashed banana. I can't personally vouch for that substitution.)
  • 3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Total Time: 5m
Yield: Serves 1


Mug cake recipe: Combine dry ingredients and mix very, very well. Add liquid, stir, then transfer to a little dish, ramekin, or even a coffee mug. Either microwave 30-40 seconds OR cook in a 350F oven for about 14 minutes. If you don’t want to eat it straight out of the dish, be sure to spray your dish first (and then wait for it to cool before trying to remove it).

*If desired, top with my favorite Secretly Healthy Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Edit: Due to popular demand, I’m finally adding the nutrition facts for this mug cake.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 205 with oil (or 140 without)
  • Fat: 12g with oil (or 2g without)
  • Carbs: 30g
  • Fiber: 6.5g
  • Protein: 5.5g
  • ww points (new system): 6 (or 4 without oil)

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. YAY! YAY!! YAY!!!!! Congrats Katie! We are all pretty pumped for you 🙂 That is truly amazing! Thank you for thanking us with cake. Now we can all celebrate!

  2. Amy says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you won 😀 and THANK YOU for making this recipe!
    Oh boy, I am heading to my kitchen now!! <3<3<3

  3. Congratulations Katie!!!! You deserve the award SO much so I’m really glad you got it!! 😀

    This cake looks so yummy! I’m thinking it would be a wonderful side dish for lunch 😉

    I think you pretty much summed up the best use of a minute! If there’s chocolate involved, it always wins!

    <3 <3

  4. Molly says:

    You *definitely* deserve this! Your work is such a huge help to so many people and your efforts make a difference for tons of us who eat special diets, who choose to eat or not eat certain things, or who just want to eat a little healthier. I hope this win garners some publicity and many more followers for you, though we love your being the ‘girl next door’ that you are. Congratulations, dear. So, so much. 🙂

  5. Tricia says:

    Sooo happy that you won! 🙂 And this chocolate fudge cake is gonna be the perfect addition to my Sunday 😉

  6. Meline Meaux says:

    Congratulations to you on this honor, Katie! I have only recently found your wonderful blog thought Pinterest, and you truly deserve this! Thank you so much for sharing all these delicious chocoholic yummies with us! 🙂

    1. Aww, I’m so glad you found me! 🙂

  7. michelle says:

    YA YOU WON…you deserve it so much…because you have great recipes AND you are so helpful with questions with everyone..congrats
    And this chocolate looks yummy

  8. So happpy for you! This cake is soooo cute! I think I’ll be making this very soon, its too simple not to.

  9. Christine says:

    Congratulations! You (and your blog) deserve it!! 🙂

  10. Tine says:

    I’m not a chocolate fan (but I love your ‘chocolaty’ blog ;)). Can I make this cake just without the cacao? Or do I need a substitute? Some vanilla extract? Apple sauce? Any suggestions? I love the one-serving idea of this recipe.

    1. Here are a bunch of single-serving cake (or cupcake) recipes that aren’t chocolate:

    2. bob says:

      Tine: For future reference, coconut flour is a pretty good substitute for cocoa powder. Just use a 1:1 ratio and it should work = ).

      1. Randee B. says:

        Hi Katie,

        I had seen your site late year while I was ..’No land animals for Lent’..seeking stuff to eat for my 45 days+…well…I’m back this year and was so excited and craving chocolate so bad …I learned 1) I can use cocoa powder…which will get me away from the candy bars after the 45+days. and 2) The Chocolate Cake in a Cup is ….shall I say…’DIVINE!’ I just finished eating mine and it was VERY good…NOw..I must tell you….I did sub (after beginning and realizing I was out) H2O for milk, Absolute for Vanilla (lol, really I did, figured the alcohol was most important part, lol..was I correct, lol) and Unbleached flour for Spelt.. also, I walked to the other side of the kitchen and as I turned to go back…the 1min timer of the microwave went off. Now, it was still a bit soft in the middle…but DELICIOUS! Thank you so much…by the way I friended you the other day on my Facebook and can’t wait to ask a Vegan friend or 3 do they know you…. 😀

  11. Jennyb says:

    Congrats! I love single serve!! Hopefully i’ll give it a go – maybe tonight as i’m not short of time due to gym classes. I have apple sauce & would probably try that, so i’ll let you know!


  12. Lauren W says:

    Congrats Katie! You definitely deserve it-you put in so much hard work and creativity into this blog! 🙂 I may have to make this cake later to celebrate with you!

  13. Congratulations on the win! You totally deserve it!!! 😀

    Is there any way to bake this in an oven instead? I don’t have a microwave! 🙁

    1. Definitely! I don’t know about how much time, but you can definitely do it in the oven!

    2. Sarah Davis says:

      Let me know how long in the oven if you have figured it out! I am gonna try it tonight too

      1. I made them into… wait for it… SEVEN Mini-muffins!!!!!
        I used applesauce and wholewheat flour and frosted with cocoa powder and pure maple syrup mixed together (really good). They bake for 10 minutes at 350F/ 180 degrees Celsius!! I thought they were kinda bitter, so the frosting balanced it out! That’s because I have a sweet tooth. 😀

        1. oops! I know why mine were bitter! I accidentally added a tbsp of cocoa powder!!!

          1. Anonymous says:

            It says a tbsp plus two tsp, mine was just slightly bitter, like it needed just a touch more sugar, wouldnt make again unless i could sweeten it up.

  14. Ruth says:

    So proud of you for winning that award Katie! I love your blog. Back in July I started a gluten free, dairy free, sugar free diet for health reasons and it has been really hard to find good dessert recipes. I have always been a chocoholic and am supremely grateful to have found your blog. Your recipes are simple and I love the joy you take in sharing your recipes. Keep them coming!

  15. Mandee says:

    You really read my mind! I went to the single lady cupcake page in search of a chocolate cupcake last night and was so bummed when I didn’t find one! Now I can make one!

  16. Aja says:

    Best cake in the whole wide world. I know what I’m having for breakfast today. 🙂 Chocolate for breakfast is always the best.

  17. Laura says:

    Congrats Katie! You deserve it.
    The cake looks awesome. I’ll try it the next time I get a chocolate craving.
    I was wondering if you had a healthy granola recipe floating around..or if you could make one? 😀

    1. Hmmm… I don’t have one 🙁
      I can definitely put it on my list!

  18. Leanna says:

    Congratulations! And thank you for the recipe! 🙂

    1. Katie says:

      Can you fix the pin version so it doesn’t have the oil left out? Every time I check my pin for this recipe, I have to click to come to the real site to get the last ingredient.



      1. Unfortunately, Pinterest generates ingredients on its own for rich pins. I actually put in a request/suggestion about a year ago for them to change that, since it often gets the ingredients wrong. Sadly, no change yet. Please feel free to leave them a request about it as well… if enough people complain, maybe they will change 🙂

  19. Frances says:

    Congrats Katie!
    I’m so happy you won, you really deserved it :)) And thanks for smashing up the stereotypes of Vegans only eating ‘Rabbit food’ I dont think anyone could say that after looking at your amazing, inspiring recipes. I’m made up for you. Well done again!

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