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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cake In A Mug

It’s been a while since my last post! Something came up that took me away from the computer, but things should go back to normal pretty soon. I’m trying to catch up with your emails and recipe questions.

I also finally updated my About Chocolate Covered Katie page.

People kept saying I needed a new photo of me, since the last one was 3 years old! Not that I’ve changed much… Some of my friends look vastly different from their high-school selves, but I think I look pretty much the same as I did even fifteen years ago. Except I had bangs back then!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake - 1/2 cup flour, 2 tbsp chocolate chips, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp... Full Recipe: @choccoveredkt

What else hasn’t changed much?

My love of all things chocolate-chip. So this healthy chocolate chip mug cake—made in less than 5 minutes—will always sound good to me!

cookie cake in a mug

cookie dough

It’s delicious topped with coconut ice cream or my Homemade Frozen Yogurt.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cake In A Mug

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  • 1/4 cup spelt flour, or all-purpose (readers have had success with Bob’s gluten-free)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp xylitol or sugar of choice
  • pinch pure stevia, or 1 more tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1/2 tbsp oil or more milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tbsp chocolate chips


To make the cake in a mug: If using an oven, preheat to 350F. In a small bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Now pour wet into dry, and stir until just evenly combined. Pour into greased ramekins, a little dish, or a mug. (Or two 1/2-cup ramekins.) If using the microwave, cook for 1 minute 20 seconds (Microwave times will vary depending on wattage). Or cook this in the oven for around 14-15 minutes. Let cool before trying to pop out. Makes 2 small muffins or one jumbo muffin!

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Question of the Day:

Do you look completely different from how you looked 5 years ago?

Or do you look exactly the same? And are you a completely different person in terms of personality? Sometimes I look at people who have changed so much over the years, and I don’t understand how that happens… Do they just wake up one day and say, “I think I want to become a completely new person, starting today”?

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Published on May 13, 2013

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  1. Olivia@ OmNom Love says

    This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!
    I’ve changed a ton over the past 5 years. After all, I am a teenager. I’m also a lot thinner than I was a few years ago. Not sure if my personalities changed much, though. But a lot of my friend’s personalities sure have!

  2. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says

    I don’t look TOO different, other than my hair is no longer blonde and I am not nearly as skinny–not a tragic amount of gained weight but enough to fill out my face and look just slightly fuller all over. Other than that, not really! Lol.

    I love the individual dessert recipes. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says

    I love quick and easy, single serve desserts. Sometimes you just need dessert ASAP and can’t be trusted with multiple servings (wait, that’s me pretty much everyday, ha!). I loove a lot different from just a few years ago. I always look at how YOUNG I think I look, even though 2-3 years isn’t that much time.

  4. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    When I look back on pictures from a few years ago, I don’t think I have changed that much. My weight has, I yo-yo’ed a bit and you can tell a lot in my face, but *if* that had stayed the same, I think I’m pretty much the same. Almost embarassing to look at pictures that are 5 years old and realizing I am wearing the exact same shirt as in the pic! Anyone else have that happen? 🙂

    • Maya says

      I still have a dress from the 8th grade that I wear….and I will be 30 this year!!!! Not shockingly, I have not changed much over the past 15 years.

  5. Julia @ hungryandconfused says

    Love single servings because even if I’m baking for two I find that there is often just too much to eat. I have a sweet tooth, but even half a cake/cookie tin can be too much for me sometimes 😉 Plus, this way, I don’t have to share!
    I think my personality is totally different now from 5 years ago, but not necessarily how I look. I still have the same hair colour (although the length changes ) and am a similar weight, but my lifestyle and situation has changed a lot, so I’m different in that respect.

  6. Anonymous says

    Yum, Yum, Yum! Keep these single serving recipes coming!

    Looks-wise, I still look the same as I did ten years ago… which is pretty impressive as (at nearly 33) I’m not exactly a young woman anymore. 😉

    Personality-wise, I HAVE changed. Terrible things happened to me a couple of years ago but it’s made me a stronger person, so I don’t take as much crap as I used to.

  7. Am says

    I think I am very much the same as I was five years ago, only happier. 🙂

    I know what you mean, and I wonder the same thing, about people who have changed a lot. Lol. No problem, but how??

  8. Lisa says

    I’m always a way bigger fan of mug cakes over single serving cakes in the oven. Convenience is my main game.
    Oh gosh, I look SO different from how I looked 5 years ago, I had black hair and my weight was completely different as well. Some people actually don’t even recognize me, which is kind of funny.

  9. J. says

    Katie, I’m gonna straight up answer your question and say, “Yes, I do wake up one day and decide to be different!” 🙂 I get a kick every once in a while to totally change how I dress and how I do my makeup and hair. It’s not super drastic from my style before, it’s just noticeably different.

    Plus I fluctuate in my weight alot, which I’m trying to fix by exercising and eating better. But I just always make sure I try to change for myself first before others or what I think others would like me to look like. Love you Katie! 🙂

  10. Jenni says

    I love your single serving recipes because so often I only make food for myself. I’ll come across a recipe that serves six and I’ll think: “Okay, so what’s 1/6 of a 1/3 cup?” Haha! You know how to please the single eaters! As for changing, I think we all evolve as individuals over time, but nobody ever really becomes a different person! I’m still myself; I’m just a different version of myself than I was five years ago.

  11. Michelle says

    I look the same lol always long brown hair… Ever since I was little… Boring
    This looks great

    Btw one of your ads was showing a turkey sandwich… Not complaining I’m vegan… I see ads like that but I know bloggers try to have vegan type ads 🙂
    I’m always coming here…

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Thanks for letting me know! I recently switched ad networks, so we’re still working out the kinks! I’ve asked for no direct meat ads, so the only thing that *should* pop up sometimes is if it’s a grocery store ad or something, and the grocery store has a picture of meat.
      Unfortunately, it might also be a google adsense ad (they run when my ad network doesn’t have anything to run). I don’t think I can do anything about those… apparently they are set up to post ads based on individual readers’ browsing history 😕

      • Michelle says

        No biggie just thought you should know…
        Since I’m vegan I’d hope I wouldn’t have browsing history for meat… Lol
        It was the first thing that came up this morning… Like I said I love all your recipe and am not going anywhere 😉

  12. Alex says

    This looks amazing. I saw something like this for a single serve chocolate cake once, but I can’t remember where. And I look exactly like I did in kindergarten. Fortunately, my personality has changed since then.

  13. Jessica says

    Love mug cakes and small microwave cakes. It keeps things small so I can try the next thing.

    Other than losing weight, I haven’t changed since before high school. I have a job where I run into people all the time. Mostly I don’t recognize them – they recognize me! My 4th grade teacher even recognized me. It’s ridiculous!

  14. Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake says

    Katie, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me hungry with your tasty recipes.

    Chocolate for breakfast? You’ve got me hook, line and sinker.

    I haven’t made a mug cake before. I keep meaning to.

    I totally look different than five years ago. I won’t go into too much detail in a comment but that’s when I got really ill with mono and then my eczema got bad, so I bloated with steroids and put on weight. So, in a nut shell I’m healthier, happier and slimmer five years on.

  15. Danielle says

    This is a great recipe idea! My hair has changed a lot in the last 5 years lol… but otherwise maybe I look a touch older. I feel like I’m starting to develop fine lines, so I’ve been obsessed with skincare lately.
    – Danielle

  16. Jane says

    I think I’ll make this as an after-school snack for my little guy tomorrow. Thanks!

    My life has changed a lot in the last 5 years: I have become a mom three times over, I left my full-time job to become a stay-at-home parent, and my love of all things domestic has grown exponentially!

  17. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen says

    Great recipe! So whenever I make one of these microwavable desserts, they always turn out more like a pudding then a brownie or cake. I cook it for several minutes too. The top part of the mix is usually cooked right but everything else is pudding like. Any tips on how to make it less pudding-like? 🙂

      • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen says

        Mug cakes in general- I was thinking I should try using a wide bowl instead of a mug to even out the cooking. I’m excited to try this recipe that way!

        • Julianne says

          Yes, I made this tonight and while it tasted yummy there was still batter nearer the bottom and all the chocolate chips had sunk, so I think I’ll put it for about 2 mins in my microwave next time. I’ll also divide the batter between two ramekins because this cake completely filled a mug to the top and was a bit too much for little ol’ me!

          • Amy says

            Yeah I ate it all >< and now I feel sick! I had to cook mine for 2.5 mins. 1/4 a cup of flour is way too much for anyone I think. And flour isn't really that healthy anyway. I wonder if it would work with a little bit of almond meal…

  18. Rebecca says

    This looks amazing! I have everything except for chocolate chips, so I’m going to have to wait and pick some up tomorrow. Oddly enough I look about the same, which is great because I turn 30 in a few months! If you ask me, looking like I’m still a twenty something is awesome!

  19. Sarah says

    I just started following your site, and I have to have something chocolate while I read your recipes andcommentary, sorta like when I watch the movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” lol!

    I feel like I look exactly the same as I did 5 years ago. As far as my personality, I am essentially the same person, but my spirit is now routed through a mother’s heart : ) I have a 4 1/2 year old, and I am due any day now with baby boy #2. I feel such a greater sense of peace and gratitude than I used to in a lot of ways. But I am still fun, carefree, and LOVE being a vegan and a chocoholic!!

  20. Sophia says

    Not really related to this post, but I have been looking for this.
    So, I am an high intensity runner(HS level) and I’m fed up with drinking bad chocolate milk (Nesquik, Olgeltine). Chocolate milk is an amazing post workout drink that helps replenish vitamins lost in workouts (not to mention, great tasting!). Do you have a good chocolate milk recipe that’s easy to make?

    • Anonymous says

      She has a chocolate nutella milk recipe made with hazelnuts (cashews would work, too), or the chocolate protein milkshake is great if you’re okay with tofu!

  21. Rachel says

    I just made it and it was seriously amazing! Congrats on another great recipe 🙂
    I have changed over the years. Personality, appearance, weight, you name it. I still believe I am fully the same person I always have been, I have just grown with time and experiences. I believe it’s the same way with most everyone else too!

  22. Diana says

    Hi Katie!
    I just made this and it is the most delicious cookie cake EVER. I used white whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 T of xylitol, and 1 T of brown sugar for a more cookie dough taste. I microwaved it and came out DELICIOUS. I now know what dessert I’ll be eating everyday for the next month 😉

  23. meg says

    It was super tasty, my husband and I enjoyed them after the kids went to bed (doubled the recipe) and used some whole milk instead of oil. We will definitely make these again!

  24. Anna @ Your Healthy Place says

    Can’t wait to check out your new About Us page! This cake looks like it might be getting in my stomach tonight! Topped with that chocolate frosting you linked to…yum!

  25. Danica @ It's Progression says

    -just pinned this to try sometime soon!
    -I look a lot different than I did 5 years ago…thank goodness 🙂

  26. Claire Elizabeth says

    OH YUMM!!! This looks absolutely scrumptious, Katie! Beautiful pictures, too! I am BEYOND excited for your cookbook! I am definitely going to get it! So much chocolate in one delicious book! Hah! I can’t wait!!! Great recipe! 😀

  27. Laura says

    MMM, can’t wait to try this with GF flour, makes a nice little single serving treat!

    I’ve definitely changed a lot over the past few years, living away from home for university and going on two international exchanges helped me grow up fast and gain confidence.

    As well, major dietary changes (no gluten, no dairy, no processed food) means I feel MUCH better now that my IBS is under control. I also altered the ratio of my diet and eat a lot less carbs, lots more veggies, berries, quality protein and healthy fats. Reading your blog and making your recipes have helped me become less ‘afraid’ of fat and learn that eating healthy fats has made my hail and nails much stronger. Thanks Katie!

  28. Laura says

    Just tried this using a microwave and a mug. So delicious, can’t believe it’s only 169 calories (I’m hoping that includes the oil!). I’ve just had a huge meal but couldn’t resist trying this out. Used xylitol, white flour (run out of spelt), and almond milk and it tasted great! I did put a tiny dollop of caramel sauce on because I’ve got some left over and I just had to! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  29. Marie says

    I made this last night and it was fantastic! I divided it between two ramekins to split with my husband and there was plenty.

  30. Hanah says

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for all the great recipes! This one will definitely get made tonight. There is a bag of chocolate chips burning a hole in my pantry. I can’t tell you how many times I have made something delicious from your blog. It is much appreciated.

    As for the 5 years ago question, I am 36 and don’t think much changes between 31 and 36 (so, yes, I look exactly the same). But, I ran into some friends I haven’t seen in ten years and when we parted they said “I don’t know if it’s appropriate to comment, but you haven’t aged…It’s creepy.” That felt pretty good, even if the implication was that I had practiced some witchcraft. No witchcraft, just a good healthy diet. Made tastier thanks to you. 🙂

  31. Sarah Taggs says

    Love the mug desserts! Perfect way to stop yourself from eating a little too much.
    As for me five years ago.. I’m completely different. Including my appearance. I decided four(ish) years ago that I didn’t like who I was and I’ve spent every day since making progress to completely change myself. Now I’m proud of who I am. 🙂

  32. Kerah says

    I seriously love your blog. I want to try every single one of your recipes, they always look so good! I’ve tried the mocha cake and I could eat it every day, all day! Can’t wait to try more!

  33. Alice says

    I will try this cake for todays donner 🙂
    Well, i look completely différent from five years ago because I was ten years old back then, but I think that people, when they change in older ages, change because something in their lifestyle changes, either slowly or suddenly and quick. Like different eating habits, a different job or something like this 🙂

  34. Justin says

    ooofff these single serving desserts you are posting are “dangerous” 😉 I think I’ll make this this week! I definitely look a lot different from my 5-years-younger self. I had long mop top hair (I ask myself why everyday) and I was a little chubbier than now! Personality wise I think I’ve changed too. I think it has to do with the people I am around for long periods of time. Love the updated about me pic!

  35. Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog says

    Wow! This recipe looks so delicious, yet easy to make! I’m so impressed with your creative and convenient recipes every time 🙂

  36. Steph says

    First, I cannot wait to try this for dessert tonight. I have all the ingredients just waiting to turn into this delicious little bit topped with some vanilla coconut ice cream…..

    Secondly, “Do they just wake up one day and say, “I think I want to become a completely new person, starting today”?” – Sometimes, yes, I think some people go against the grain and make a decision in the moment, and continue to stay in the moment. I was just reading this article today, it’s about Rich Roll, a vegan athlete who did just that. When from overweight and unhealthy to ultra ironmaner & on of Men’s Health Top 25 Fittest men.

    As for myself? I wouldn’t say completely different. I was 10 pounds lighter, didn’t keep up with my highlights or eyebrows as well though. I wore different glasses, so that always makes you look different. And looking back I was usually holding a cigarette, that’s changed too (yay!). If you could see the changes on the inside as easily as the outside, now THAT would be a change 🙂

  37. Barefootcookingirl says

    Hi CCK! love your new site graphics and the way it’s laid out – so pretty! Can’t wait to try the choc chip cake in a mug! Yum-o!

    Question – have you ever used Oat Fiber in any of your recipes? I am about to make some Oat Fiber Almond Milk pancakes this evening using that ingredient and wondered if you know of it and use it yourself? I don’t see any reference to it when I search your yummie recipes.

    Any thoughts would be great.

    take care and keep on with the chocolate!

  38. Ana says

    Hi Katie!
    Thanks for this recipe! I made it today for my son and used 1 tbsp PB in place of the oil to make a PB and choco chips cake. He absolutely LOVED it!! It was so easy and so good, the texture came out amazing (which we were both impressed since when we tried mug cakes before they came out too dry).
    Thanks again!!

  39. Michelle @ Michelle's tiny kitchen says

    I don’t think I look all that different, except I wear my hair a little bit shorter and my skirts a tiny bit longer. I definitely have changed personality-wise in the past few years, since I went vegan for animal rights reasons. I think going vegan naturally comes with a little personality shift. I like to think that I was always a compassionate person and an animal-lover, but something about going vegan makes you open your eyes and your heart a little bit wider when it comes to any stories of injustice.

  40. RhubarbJamGirl says

    I love the idea of single serve cakes and muffins, for when you just want ot treat yourself.
    I look quite different from 5 years ago, as I’ve lost 4 stone. Personality wise, I have a lot more confidence, and know myself better than then.
    That was a great question, it got me thinking.

  41. Shauna says

    Sometimes I wish I could become a whole new person… Until that happens I’ll console myself with this cake 😛

  42. Janine says

    I love these little cakes, so perfect when you just want a little snack.

    I look the same as 5 years ago but really different from 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds so the difference is quite noticeable.

  43. Amy says

    I missed seeing your recipes in my inbox, so I’m glad to see a new chocolate one! I hope everything is okay and that you’re able to get back to “normal life” soon.

    I look exactly the same as I did 5 years ago! Well, okay, I had bangs back then too… Guess that was the popular thing to do! I haven’t even grown in height since 6th grade, and my feet haven’t grown since 3rd… I’ll be a size 3 in kids shoes forever!

  44. Anonymous says

    CCK, I love your website and your recipes, but it is not possible that the entire recipe has only 2 grams of fat if it has half a tbsp of oil and 1-3 tbsp chocolate chips. I know you are not promoting calorie counting, but for those of us to whom it matters, it would be tremendously helpful to be specific if you allow variances in your recipes to specify how they are made. This one would have to be w/ the milk instead of the oil, correct? And only one tbsp of chocolate chips? In order to equal your analysis. Please correct me if I’m wrong….

  45. Kate says

    I am a completely different person than who I was five years ago. Then, I would have never dreamed that I would be baking vegan things, or baking anything other than a boxed mix!

    I was a smoker, an alcoholic, and a sneak. I totally hid how much I was drinking. I was surrounded by the wrong kind of friends, people who talked down to me and encouraged my self-destructive behavior. I wasn’t doing anything I loved, I worked a stream of dead-end jobs. I was in a loveless marriage with somebody who cheated on me right under my nose, and I didn’t even realize it.

    I smoked and drank for 15 years!! That is a long time to waste your life away!!

    The first thing I did was quit drinking, a decision my husband and friends treated like it was a joke. Several months later, I had my “moment of clarity” (so cliche, I know, but it is a real thing!), and I realized that I was a hot mess and I needed to liberate myself. That is exactly what I did. I kicked my husband out (who didn’t really put up a fight), ditched my “friends”, and became closer with my family. A year later I quit smoking. I have gained weight, I grew out my hair (and went back to my natural color- I had forgotten how beautiful it is!), I mostly wear dresses and skirts now (I used to dress like a tomboy), I landed my dream job– which everybody in my “old” life told me I could never have, and I am surrounded by AMAZING friends who love me and empower me to do great things.

    All because I woke up one morning and decided to become a different person.

    Actually, now I am pretty much the same as I was BEFORE i started drinking & smoking. I was a very sweet girl. I worked with the elderly a lot, donating my time to make the world a better place for them. I had forgotten how much joy elderly people bring me, and how much joy I bring them. It’s so nice to do what you love.

    It feels good to be a different person! If there is something you don’t like about yourself, change it! Change is good. Not as good as cake though. Ok, maybe it’s a little better than cake. Not by much. Plus, cake is easier, especially recipes like this! How about a compromise? Mug cake first, then change. Mmmmmm…. sweet, delicious compromise…

    It is SO true what they say about recovering from alcoholism– sugar is your new best friend. The reason I love this blog is that now I can have healthier versions of the sweets I have come to love since quitting drinking, and because Katie is cute and witty about presenting her recipes. It’s not only the recipes, but Katie’s charm (and the pictures!!!!) that keeps me coming back. Thank you, Katie!

  46. Chris says

    I’m commenting in case this might help others figure out the “goo at the bottom” problem… I finally tracked down a 12-ounce ramekin. Yep, a little more width and everything gets “cooked” more evenly! I’m g-free and worked with a brownie-mug-muffin recipe I found…used you as inspiration…with coconut oil and coconut milk…and added a little dried coconut just because I could!! WOW!! I can’t make them more than once a week! (Oh, and 5 years ago I was at least 6 sizes larger…so…I can completely relate to that “epiphany moment” where you wake up and decide to become someone else. Of course, it took me months to actually reach that point… I, too, have people I saw every week not recognize me. And that suits me just fine!)

  47. Jennifer says

    Can I use a 1/4 cup of oil instead of a 1/4 cup of applesauce, or would that make the cake mix too thin?

  48. Ginnie says

    I look pretty much the same as I did 10 years ago, but by the grace of God, I am a very different person. For some people, we wake up one day and realize that we’re not happy with the way we are, and yes, we do just decide to change. Some people seem to think we are who we are and there’s nothing we can do about it, and that acting differently than we always have in the past somehow makes us fake. I reject that idea. If we’re not happy with the way we are, then we have the right and the power to change it.

  49. Bing says

    For the “chocolate chips” in your recipes, are you using unsweetened or semi-sweetened? Sorry if you may have answered this question from someone else before. BTW, I love your recipes. The first few weeks I was making your deserts, I gained almost 5 lbs because I was just eating too much! I am better at regulating my CCK dessert intake now. Thanks for sharing all these goodies.

  50. Lauren says

    5 yrs ago? I was 27…I definitely look different now. Gosh it’s crazy to think back and reflect. Three years ago I joined an incredible local fitness program in my hometown, a small college town in Indiana. In a year I was down 100 lbs, in 4 more months I was down another 20. It’s weird when my mom double takes and doesn’t recognize me at first. Had it not been for the program, I wouldn’t be here checking out your healthy versions of tasty goodies!

  51. Courney says

    I made this last night and it was soo good. Applesauce is not my favorite, so instead I used half a banana and did the “melted banana trick”. I also melted some peanut butter with it and mixed those together. For my “milk” I used coconut creamer. I cooked it in the microwave, not sure for exactly how long. I started with 1 minute and then shorter intervals. The top looked a bit wet and spongey so I was worried it wasn’t cooking through, so I stuck a fork in it and realized it was perfectly cakey. And delicious.

  52. Allie says

    I’ve made a bunch of recipes (and I’ve loved every one!). This one was delicious. I definitely agree with the people that said to split it between 2 ramekins – it made a huge difference in the texture for me. The first time I made it I used oat flour which I definitely don’t recommend. It was terrible, but I’m glad that I decided to actually try the recipe again without random substitutions since it’s one of my new favorites.

  53. Laura says

    I made this and it was really good!! I used mashed banana instead of applesauce and it came out with a delicious chocolate chip banana flavor, which I loved (also only used 1 T raw sugar and no stevia for the sweetener and it was plenty sweet). I might also try subbing pumpkin for the applesauce for a fall flavor.

  54. Marie says

    yum yum yum! I’ve made this twice already, it’s so good. I didn’t have a big enough mug, so i made it in a cereal bowl :p Topped with coconut yogurt, and melted chocolate chips with peanut butter, because it clearly need MORE chocolate.

  55. Madison @ WinoBeeroFoodo says

    This was delicious! I finally figured out why my mug cakes KEEP FAILING! The mug! I have been trying to make your mug cake recipes in my 16 oz, pretty thick mug and could not figure out why I kept getting raw, gummy dough in the middle. I used a thinner, smaller mug this time and it came out perfectly! I substituted whole wheat flour, pecans for chocolate chips, and greek yogurt+a little butter for the 1/4 applesauce. I preach about your blog all the time!

  56. Eryn says

    LOVE this recipe but I am out of applesauce ) : Any substitutions that can be made? I have plain yogurt….

  57. Chocolatesushi says

    really love your single serving recipes, just stumbled across your blog today and it is so cute, have yet to try them, but once we get a dessert craving we definitely know where to look for a recipe at! 🙂

  58. Hannah says

    I had great success using half brown rice flour/half almond flour for a gf version! I had to cook it about 30 seconds longer in the microwave, though. 🙂


  59. Jaque says

    Well the texture was different from what I expected but either way, it was still so yummy~
    I really enjoyed it and I didn’t even add the chocolate chips!

  60. Taryl says

    This recipe is soooo delicious. I used whole wheat flour, no oil (just skim milk), white sugar and a mashed banana in place of the applesauce (I didn’t have any) and it turned out awesome! Thank you for this recipe

  61. Kim says

    This is a great recipe and tastes awesome! I’m just not sure 169 calories is accurate. A quarter cup of spelt flour alone is 120 calories, plus the applesauce, chocolate, and if you add sugar & oil. Can someone explain??

  62. Diana says

    I just microwaved my first cake in a mug ever :), but instead of spelt- I used wholegrain buckwheat flour. It was delicious!!! Also, I didn’t add any sugar, only stevia, but I did use the 1 tbsp of oil (sunflower). Done in 5 minutes total. Thank you, Katie!

  63. Tracey says

    Hi, I made this recipe and it was yummy and hit spot! Thank you! I also put the ingredients into the WW Recipe Builder in eTools and it calculated 8 pps. I used Bob’s gluten-free all purpose floor, brown sugar, and 2 tbsps of chocolate chips. Luckily, I divided the batter into 2 ramekins so I only ate 4 pps worth yesterday and the other portion today.

  64. Gina says

    This was very good! I made it almost as soon as I saw the recipe. Nice that you can have a treat without a ton of leftovers! Mine HAS to have more than the calories listed since 1/4 ww flour said 100 calories, and my chocolate chips said 70 calories per tablespoon. But I’m not personally all that concerned with calories, and really enjoyed this!

  65. MLR says

    made this the other night and it was gr8! just the right size!

    I used Rye flour instead,and maple syrup as sweetener (~1.5 tbsp) and coconut milk+canola.

    But if I want to use oil instead of the apple sauce (don’t always have at home) do I sub the whole amount for oil or is it a different ratio?


  66. Kendra says

    I am obsessed with your recipes. This one in particular I eat at least once a day (which is wreaking havoc on my diet, but I can’t help myself). Tonight I was in the mood for something Christmasy and created a gingerbread version!
    1/4 cup spelt flour
    2 tsp dark molasses
    1/42tsp baking powder
    1/8 tsp baking soda
    1/8 tsp salt
    1.5 tbsp xylitol or sugar of choice
    pinch pure stevia, or 1 more tbsp sugar
    1/4 cup applesauce
    2-3 tbsp milk of choice
    1/2 tsp ground ginger

  67. Vicki says

    This recipe was great! My 5 year old enjoyed it soooo much! Will definitely make again. One thing though, I had to cook it for 30 minutes before it set. Thanks for the great recipes!!!!

  68. abby says

    I’ve changed a lot, I cut my hair (dontayed) lost weight Nd. Grown. Can we subbanana instead of applesauce. Sorry if this doesn’t make sense I have a concussion

  69. Rio says

    I’ve lost 50 lbs in the past 3 years… I’m in the best shape of my life, I’ll never go back to being so unhealthy – that’s why I love finding healthy dessert blogs like this 🙂 looks yummy!

  70. Avery Coleman says

    Hi Katie, I’m trying this with M&Ms and chocolate chips. I may have overdone it with the chocolate chips and M&Ms. I hope it’s good.

  71. Denese Depeza says

    Another great option to the protein shake is Shakeology. Shakeology comes in several flavors and also a Vegan formulation. The benefits of drinking protein shakes are well known in the health and fitness world, but Shakeology knocks all other protein shakes out of the park due to the formulation. Doctors are now recommending the product to their clients and that says a lot.

    Here is a direct link to my Shakeology site

    Feel free to reach out to me on this and any other wellness issue.

    I like this page a lot, but I do make modifications to some of the recipes. Good job Katie all we have to do is work on one person at a time, one meal at a time and help one person at a time.

  72. Jessica says

    I have been following you on Twitter for a while, and this is the first non-protein shake recipe I’ve tried of yours. 🙂 Question…mine was running over the top of my HUGE mug in the microwave. How do I get more of a cake consistency?

  73. Karolina says

    Hi Katie! I absolutely love your website and recipes!! Quick question- if I increase this recipe(perhaps 4x) to make a bigger batch in a muffin tin, will it work? Thank you !!

  74. heather says

    I used oat flour… it worked great. It was extra moist… but still good. This was my last food before fasting for an ultra sound… thanks.

  75. Megan Meints says

    I tried this recipe today, but I didn’t have apple sauce. Instead I used pumpkin purée and it was absolutely to die for! Who doesn’t love a good fall adaptation on a flawless recipe? (:

  76. AZJackie says

    This recipe is fabulous! A perfect chocolate chip cookie. This is the perfect serving. The recipe is quick in preparation and you only wait 1 minute 20 seconds to enjoy its greatness. Thank you for the recipe!

  77. Chloe says

    Just wanted to mention– I make these mug cake recipes from this site regularly and it consistently takes 30 minutes in a conventional oven.
    I think I make this one the most because I find it requires less sweetener than the cocoa-based ones. (although I love those too! ;))

  78. Brenda says

    I made this recipe today substituting butterscotch chips for chocolate chips and apple butter for apple sauce since that’s what I had in my cabinets. It was delicious, kinda like a spice cake. Thanks so much.

  79. Julia says

    I’m so glad I found this. I love using applesauce as a sweetener. I think I’ve made this 5x in the last week and a half…I didn’t have gf all-purpose on hand so I used various ratios of brown rice flour & almond meal which was more like bread pudding but the fluffiest one I made was just brown rice flour. Using a wide mug or bowl also helps!

  80. Stephanie @ I Hate Dry Food says

    Oh my goodness, this is so freaking delicious! I’ve tried a few mug cakes in my day, and this is one of the best. I used whole wheat pastry flour, brown sugar, and almond milk, & it turned out like a little cup of slightly fruity molten cookie dough. My boyfriend is trying to avoid carbs, so this is the perfect “omg I need a baked good ASAP but don’t want to mess him up” recipe. Thanks! 🙂

  81. Katy says

    YUM! I subbed 1/2 TBSP melted peanut butter for the oil because I like peanut butter more than just about anything (except chocolate!), and it was an amazingly delicious choice. 🙂

  82. Mary Pawelko says

    I’m in my fifties, so you wouldn’t think I’d change too much, but I think I’m quite different than 5 years ago. They say that as you age your waist broadens and your mind narrows. I’ve experienced the opposite. I like who I am and accept my aging body, but I push myself harder than before. I feel time slipping away and I have so much more to accomplish before my time is up. I’m more accepting of failings, myself as well as others, though I still strive for perfection. I’m open and nonjudgmental.

  83. Aksel says

    I NEEDED THIS so badly this afternoon, but I didn’t have any applesauce so I used plain homemade yoghurt instead. I also only used 1 tbsp of sugar because I don’t like things too sweet. Oddly, it came out like a very soft, pale steamed bun- very little crumb structure at all. Definitely not cake-ish. Still tasted great, but a warning to anyone who reads this, don’t use yoghurt if you really want a muffin!

  84. Meagan Raymer says

    I’ve been eating this for a few weeks and it’s delicious. However, I do have a concern I hope you can clear up for me… I’d been calculating it as 4 points plus, but when I added the recipe into my Weight Watchers recipe builder, it was actually 13 points plus. Where am I going wrong? I do use ingredient substitutions, but they’re the ones you mention in the recipe. 🙁

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Hi, I’m not Katie, but have you read her FAQ page? There is a section on that page that talks about how she gets her nutrition facts. Hope that helps!

  85. Vail says

    I have a question about xylitol as sweetener, I read a bit about it and …. well, I guess i’ll just ask outright, has anyone had abdominal issues with it? I know that is a “side effect” of so many sweeteners, even a laxative effect. This looks so yummy and I miss baking with no one to bake for so the single servings are really great!

  86. Kelly says

    Are you sure about these nutrition facts? A quarter cup flour is about 100 cal. 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips a 70. So that’s 170 right there, doesn’t include the applesauce, milk, oil, or two additional tablespoons of chocolate chips.

  87. Sarah (& Ari) says

    Katie, my toddler wanted an apple cake, so we used a snack cup of apples and substituted apple juice for the milk and chopped up apples (food processor) for the apple sauce. We’re eating it now, and it’s divine! We omitted chocolate chips. Seriously, you should try it!

  88. Sarah (& Ari) says

    My toddler asked for an apple cake, so we used this recipe and a snack cup of apple bites to make her an apple mug cake. We used the apple juice instead of milk and apple bits (food processed) instead of apple sauce and chocolate chips. It was so good!! I hope you try it

  89. Jennifer C says

    This was delicious….but I got a way different nutritional summary when I put it in MFP. Are you sure about these numbers?

  90. Lauren says

    Can I just say that this recipe is FANTASTIC! I’ve been using it for a long time now and I’ve used pumpkin purée and mashed banana in place of the applesauce when I didn’t have it in my fridge and they have all turned out so good! Applesauce is the best, then banana and then pumpkin 🙂

  91. Jen F says

    Hi Katie! Just had to comment–my husband and I love this cake! I make it at least once a week. Last night I thought about one of my favorite cookie recipes (from Keepin It Kind–a chai chocolate chip cookie). I thought, what if I made this cake into a chai chocolate chip cake!?!? So I opened up a chai tea bag, dumped it in and put about 1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon in the cake. Oh my goodness. AMAZING!! If you like chai, I’d highly recommend!! Thanks for all your recipes!!

  92. Susan says

    Your recipes get me so excited but them I plug the ingredients into my loseit app to get the calories and usually get about double the calories you claim. This one is more than double even with the minimum amount of chocolate chips.

    • Jason Sanford says

      I’m getting close to what Katie posted. What specific ingredients are you plugging in? Be sure to remember that optional ingredients are never included in nutrition labels unless specifically specified!

  93. Stephanie Rodriguez says

    These were so good!!!! I didn’t have any applesauce so I used 2 tsp of Canola Oil (I know, I know, not healthy!!!) and a smide of apple cider vinegar to give it a little buttery flavor. And muah. Delicious Thanks!!!!

  94. Cheryl says

    “This looks amazing.” That’s about the most misleading review I have ever read. Rate a recipe after you make it! I did. The microwave version of this recipe s a complete and utter flop. Into the garage it went. Tastes like raw dough.

    • Jason Sanford says

      I’m not sure if you just didn’t see that there are more than one page of comments, but there are a lot of reviews on here from people who have actually made the recipe if you go to page 2 and beyond of comments. If yours was raw dough, just cook it longer next time, as microwave cook times vary greatly by wattage. -Jason

  95. katherine says

    i’m a little late, but this recipe is fantastic! i didn’t have applesauce, so i subbed a flax egg (1 tbsp of flax and 3 tbsp of water). i also reduced the sugar. i just use white sugar, but i don’t like very sweet things so i actually just added 1 tbsp total of white sugar and no other sweeteners. i might use 1.5 tbsp next time and see if it’s even better, but with the chocolate chips in it, i found this to be a pretty good level of sweetness (more like a muffin!) i also topped mine with peanut butter and cinnamon.

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