Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake*

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake from thenovicechefblog.com

Hey!! Wait, don’t click away! I swear, unlike all those mug cakes of the past this one is actually really tasty! It took me a long time to figure out what was wrong with all the mug cakes. I would see people making them and would try them again and again. They were never terrible, but they weren’t great either. They were just…passable. My biggest problem being the texture. They were always too spongy.

So when my girlfriend Erin of Erin’s Food Files posted a recipe (Banana Nutella Microwave Brownie) that she made up with a leftover half of a banana from her son Elliot, I kind of rolled my eyes. I thought, ya right…I have fallen for the mug cake one too many times. But then I read her description and the recipe was different than any of the others. So I figured what the hell, I will give it one more chance. And, BAM! It was exactly what I had been looking for in a mug cake!

Sadly, I don’t always have a half a banana lying around. To be honest, I almost never have half of a banana lying around! So I started trying to think of what made her recipe so different from all the others…and then it hit me, NO EGG. Sure the banana part is different too, but a banana can be replaced with things like oil and peanut butter. But the egg?! The egg is what had made all the other recipes so spongy! You can make a whole cake with just one egg…so why would we include a whole egg in a tiny mug cake for one??

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake from thenovicechefblog.com

Once I realized the egg was what was holding me back, the options were endless. I have made more mug cakes then I care to admit…but this has been my favorite recipe so far. It’s not too peanut butter-y, but just enough. It’s full of chocolate flavor and has a great texture. When microwaving, it does rise really high and fall. It’s strange and looks  awful, but it’s perfect — I promise! Plus, this recipe is great to build off with other flavor combos. You can switch out the peanut butter for nutella or biscoff spread…or you can add fun additions like chocolate chips, marshmallows or nuts! I promise this is your new favorite midnight chocolate snack. :)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Yield: 1 mug cake

recipe note: sometimes I like to stir in mini marshmallows or some chopped walnuts to add a little something different! Add both and it's like a Rocky Road Mug Cake!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Directions:

In a large mug, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). Add the milk, vegetable oil and peanut butter. Whisk until smooth.

Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds. This recipe will rise a lot and then deflate. I know it's strange, but trust me it's delicious! Serve immediately!

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215 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake”

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — February 21, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Sadly enough, I don’t have a microwave! But I have a good friend that does and LOVES mug cakes–I’ll be sure to pass this along!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 21, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    Knowing how to make this is going to be very dangerous. If my pants don’t fit in a couple weeks you are going to be directly to blame :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 21, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    I love that you stuck with the mugcake trials b/c I agree, they can be realllllllly hard to get right. Either raw, dried-and-fried, gloppy, gummy, or all of the above in one item! No egg, just banana. Reminds me of my vegan cooking days when I used to make all my muffins in the oven without eggs and just bananas. Need to try this!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 22, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Chocolate + Peanut Butter = perfection. I want this right now!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 22, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Is it bad that I’m totally tempted to make this for breakfast this morning? One mug for coffee and one mug for cake! :D Hey, it’s Friday…it’s allowed. ;-)

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    Cheyenne — February 22, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    I have never commented on a blog before, but I had to say this is the best mug cake I have made! And yes, I made it for breakfast and it was delicious! Thanks for FINALLY giving me a way to have a yummy cake in less than five minutes!

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:52 am

      Yay! PS I would totally eat this for breakfast! :) haha

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    Traci — February 22, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    I love those mugs. So bright and colorful. I love the food inside the mugs too.great job.

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — February 22, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Okay, I’m totally sold. I have tried mug cakes in the past and been disappointed but this looks awesome.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — February 22, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    this is amazing because:

    1.) I have all these ingredients laying in my cabinets
    2.) I like when things are easy
    3.) I have become OBSESSED with Peanut Butter & Company’s “Bees Knees” PB and have been dyinggg to bake it into something!

    also, love your mugs. great post! xx

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 22, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I just died.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 22, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    This looks so good!

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    Diana @ Sweet y Salado — February 22, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    I have to admit that I’ve never made mug cakes, I’m just not crazy about making anything in the microwave since I only use it for heating up stuff. Question though, how essential is the peanut butter? I’m not too crazy about it (gasp!), so it would be something I would like to skip. Thoughts?

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      You could sub in something like Nutella or a cookie butter like Biscoff! :)

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    Joanne — February 22, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    who would have thought that one egg could make such a difference! I’ve actually never had a mug cake but I think I’m going to have to start making them after seeing this!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 22, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    LOOK AT THAT GOOEY CHOCOLATE. I die.

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    Erin R. — February 22, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    No, no! You’re coming at the banana problem from the wrong side. If you open one, use half and then show Jorge the poor little spare half lying there on the table, do you think he’d agree to handle it for you? (grin)

    Also, for the first time ever, I’m tempted to try making a mug cake. I’ve only ever heard bad news about them, like they’re one of those fake, weird desserts people make just for the sake of having something chocolaty. It never seemed worth it to me. But this actually looks GOOD! Pinned!

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      SO TRUE! I can just get that banana crazed husband to eat the other half…but since he travels 50% of that time, I somehow always crave mug cake when he’s not home!

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    Pam C — February 22, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    I’ve never tried (and never wanted to try) mug cakes until now. I know what I’m going to be making for dessert tonight!

    P.S. I hate to be the one to point it out, but “chocolate” is spelled a bit differently in the first photo of the post. =X

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:54 am

      Whhhattt? Don’t you know all the cool kids are spelling it Chocoalte now? Well…it’s either that or my editing software doesn’t have spell check. ;)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 22, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    This is one mug cake that I can get on board with! Chocolate and peanut butter is the best!

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — February 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    OK, I’ll try this one. I’ve stayed away from all of those mug cakes until now!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 22, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    Jessica, this cake looks out of this world! Can’t wait to try this one- we’ve never attempted a mug cake before. Yummm!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 22, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    I’ve been so skeptical of mug cakes that I’ve yet to try it yet but I may just have to now!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 22, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    Yes! I have disliked mug cakes for the same reason. I’m most definitely giving this one a try!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 22, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    SOOOO I had a HUGE chocolate craving 15 minutes ago while I was going through my Google Reader and your post came up and I literally grabbed my phone and went into the kitchen and made this. I ate it so fast. I’ve never had a mug cake in my entire life and you have made me a believer. I don’t think I’ll ever add the egg in because I don’t like spongy textured cakes all too much. ANYWAY, long story short – you are amazing, I love you, and thank you for filling my chocolate craving. That was seriously the best thing I ate this week. I’m hooked. I probably will be making way more of these and adapting them with flavors haha :) xoxo

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 11:24 am

      YAYYY!! It’s always SO nice to hear that someone else liked it too. Were you all kinds of nervous when the cake like almost blew up and then shrank back down? Cause the first two times I was convinced it was going to explode in my microwave… ;-) haha

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    Kitty — February 23, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    I am having my monthly chocolate cravings… and now binge. Thanks Jessica!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — February 23, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    This. Making. Tonight.

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    Agos — February 23, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I just made this for breakfast and it was so good! The only mug cake I’ve tried that had a real cake texture. Although the flavor was too peanut buttery, I almost couldn’t taste the chocolate. Do you think the peanut butter could be replaced with something else?

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 11:25 am

      Sure! You can replace it with something like Nutella for a more chocolate flavor or one of the cookie spreads like Biscoff!

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    Al linder — February 23, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Guess i did not stir enough. Was just a lot of flour. Will try agin.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 23, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    I’m with Julie – I’ve been on a chocolate kick and this totally came up at the Exact right moment – I’m on my way to make it now!! I mean it!

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    Hope @ Hanna Bananas Boutique — February 24, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    My daughter is going to love doing this!
    This is on the menu for girls things to do this weekend! Thanks for sharing, this is awesome!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — February 24, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    I’m with ya on the mug cake debacle… daggum it – now I’m gonna have to try these (I had written off mug cakes all together lol)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — February 24, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    I am with you – mug cakes are always spongy, and just off. But dang, now I am going to have to re think everything!

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    Lauren — February 25, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    You KILL ME with these!! Holy moly.

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    leslie — February 25, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    YES…they are all too spongy!!! Love that you solved the mystery!

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    Sues — February 25, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    How pretty are these?? Seriously beautiful. And I NEED those mugs!!! (and one of these cakes in front of my face right now!!)

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    Karly — February 25, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    I haven’t tried the mug cakes before…I’ve always imagined they’d be spongy! Glad to hear you’ve figured out a way around it so I can enjoy one of these bad boys!

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    Jenn — February 26, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Just made one of these, but didn’t have peanut butter on hand, so I totally used Biscoff spread….immensely tasty and worked perfectly!

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    Lauren — February 26, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    Hi Jessica, your pictures are gorgeous! I just came here from Foodgawker, and I love mug cakes, so this is right up my alley! I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, so I’ll definitely have to try this out! :-)

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    Pocket Pittie in the City — February 27, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    NOM NOM NOM…we made these and they were nom nom nommy!!! I would totally make them again. Though I’m such a peanut butter-aholic that I may up the PB! So gooooood!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — February 28, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    Oh yum! I shall definitely be trying this!! Thanks for the link back too. :)

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — March 1, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Mug cakes are the ultimate dessert of desperation, right? :) I’m glad to finally have a recipe in my mug cake arsenal that tastes as good as it looks–I can’t wait to try it!

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    Victoria V — March 1, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Just made this for a snack today. So tasty! And I loooove that there’s no egg in it. Thanks for the tasty recipe!

    • Jessica replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      Yay! So glad you liked it!! :)

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    Kate — March 1, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    This recipe is dangerous. I’m a student trying to fight off late-night, carb-filled snacks. Guess whose plan just got derailed?

    Some modifications people could try:
    Natural peanut butter instead of the “normal” stuff
    Honey in place of some of the sugar
    Applesauce or baby food prunes in place of some of the oil
    Vanilla!
    Cinnamon?
    Whipped cream or icing or vanilla Greek frozen yogurt on top

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    Jen — March 2, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Where can I get the mugs?

    • Jessica replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      They are from World Market.

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 4, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    oh my goodness..I committed to a sugar free march…its crazy and I don’t know what I was thinking..Im dyiiing…I have been seeing sweets everyday..(obviously) but this one makes me want to break my promise immediately..chocolate always gets me worst at night…maybe I can make it and start over tomorrow..is that cheating?! Again, What was I thinking?! I can’t wait for this month to be over to try this!! “Pinning!” (Im totally saying that in my best Charlie Sheen voice..nerd alert, I know!) hah

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    Melissa — March 5, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    I just made this mug cake for both my boyfriend and I and it is amazing! I am actually a dietetic intern right now and I think that this is a great idea for people who would like a treat once in a while, but cannot have a whole cake in the house(or they eat the whole thing!).
    I’m all for healthy eating, but we all need a treat once in a while :)
    Awesome! Thank you for the great recipe!

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    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — March 6, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Nice! I’ve made a few mug cakes before and I too hated the sponge cake texture. It was like… ehh… ok.. another fail. But this post makes total sense! I’ll be trying this soon!

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    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — March 6, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    ooo and PS.. I AM in LOVE with those mugs! Like I need that orange poka dot one in my life right now. please tell me where you got them

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    Marilyn — March 9, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    Just made this & it turned out great! I used crunchy peanut butter. Topped it with cool whip. Yummy! Thanks!

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    Kelli — March 11, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    You are a miracle worker! This is by far the most amazing mug cake (possibly cake in general?) that I have ever had. I decided to treat myself for being good today and wow! You made my week. The texture was heaven and there were a few not quite done spots that tasted like melted chocolate chips! Ah!
    In case anyone wants to know….
    Nutrition Facts
    Calories: 491
    Total Fat: 29.4g
    Carbs: 52.6g
    Fiber: 3.1g
    Protein: 9g
    (just what i got plugging it in to my calorie counter)
    Coming from a health nut, TOTALLY with it.

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    Peanut Butter Spread — March 12, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    This chocolate peanut butter mug cake looks absolutely mouthwatering. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

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    Joyce — March 19, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    what if i dont have a microwave?? does that mean i cant make it?? :O can I use the oven instead?? :D

    • Jessica replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      Sorry Joyce, but no it won’t work in the oven. It is specifically made for the microwave!

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    Lipi — March 21, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    You are a genius! My earlier mug cake attempt had failed with a super spongy cake (obviously with egg). I tried your eggless recipe right now and the result is delicious! Thank you so much :)

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    high altitude — March 24, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Not bad at all! I’m at a mile high altitude, and it didn’t even fall!

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    Leira Carola — March 30, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I will try it with Nutella instead of Peanut Butter.

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    Liane Blanco — April 6, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    This is pretty good! I left mine in a few seconds too long – better to leave some gooeyness, I think (is gooeyness a word?)

    Anyway, delicious! Thank you for the recipe. Next time I’m going to add walnuts – super yummy!

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    Stephanie Forman — April 11, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    did you use all-purpose or self-rising flour?

    • Jessica replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

      All Purpose Flour!

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    Sarah — April 12, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    I love this! definitely the best mug cake I’ve had. I substituted the milk for almond milk since we were out of regular and it worked just fine. This will be my go to mug cake from now on :)

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    Carolina — April 25, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    This was, hands down, the BEST mug cake I have ever made. It was so soft and peanut buttery! Lol The only change I made was that I used chocolate syrup instead of powder(because I was out.) And it may have made it a bit gooier than with powder,but it was still delicious! Other mug cakes end up tasting like a flavored sponge–but not this one! I think I have found a new blog to follow because if your other recipes are HALF as good as this one then I will not be dissappointed!
    Carolina (:

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    SuziRoo — April 26, 2013 @ 1:50 am

    I made a few adjustments: rice milk and powdered honey instead of sugar. I also added PB chips. My result was okay. Next time I think I’ll stick with sugar and add chocolate chips instead.

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    Kayla — May 2, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    I could make a simpler peanut butter cake

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    Kayla — May 2, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Netlle much better than peanut butter

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    Heather — May 2, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Just made this and it was SO good! Loved the peanut butter and the fact that it didn’t use an egg. Best mug cake ever and totally satisfied my craving although I think it might be a bad thing that I now have this recipe and all of the ingredients on hand!

    • Jessica replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

      Awesome! So glad to hear it! :-)

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    Heather — May 4, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    This was awesome and it’ll be my go-to recipe any time I have a chocolate craving! Even more amazing is that it’s ready in under 5 minutes. I used Nutella because I was out of peanut butter and can’t wait to try it again with PB. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Geenuhfuh — May 5, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    This may just be the most amazing thing I have ever made and eaten in less than five minutes. Incredibly delicious with walnuts!

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    Alex — May 5, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    Do you need to make this in the microwave? Can you use an oven instead? :)

    • Jessica replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

      Sorry Alex, but no it won’t work in the oven. It is specifically made for the microwave!

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    Kirsten — May 9, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    That was delicious and worked perfectly. I made it with chunky peanut butter so I would feel like it had some kind of chips in it. Yum. Do you know of any good plain chocolate mug cake recipes? My daughter doesn’t like nuts or nut butters and she wants to try a mug cake soon.

    • Jessica replied: — May 13th, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      How does she feel about Nutella? If you added Nutella instead of peanut butter, it would just be a lot more chocolatey!

      You could also probably leave out a butter completely, it just might be a little more dry. If it is, add in a splash more oil!

      Let me know how it turns out if you try something different! :)

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    Anne M — May 10, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    This looks good but I have real issues with microwaves and won’t have one in my house – can it be baked in a regular oven?

    • Jessica replied: — May 13th, 2013 @ 10:08 am

      Sorry Anne, but the recipe was specifically made for the microwave. You are more than welcome to try it in the oven, but I have no idea how it would come out.

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    Renee — May 25, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    I’ve just made this and wow – it’s a huge serving! I think I overdosed on chocolate! But the first few mouthfuls were divine :-)

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    Kimberlee — May 26, 2013 @ 12:50 am

    I HATE MUG CAKES! So when I got a huge craving for one, googled it, and happened to pick your post, I must have been out of my mind. Through the fog of insanity, I threw together the ingredients with walnuts into a large mug. I just inhaled your yummy concoction and have to say THANK YOU!!! If I make a full size dessert I will eat the whole thing. Now I have the secret to single serving yumminess! Did I say THANK YOU?!!!

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    Pam — May 26, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Thanks for a fast easy and fun treat! Made these 5 times now and always turn out great! Love the soft fluffy warm texture :-) On my latest one I sprinkled a shy quarter cup of chocolate chips on top the warm cake…the chips softened into a perfect frosting.

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    Pam — May 26, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    I have an idea I hope would be helpful to anyone who doesn’t have a microwave but wants to try this delicious recipe……..make up 2 mugs and take both over to a neighbor who does and 70 seconds later one of you will be diving into this delight while the 2nd person awaits their 70 seconds to be complete! Make sure you bring a copy of the recipe for your neighbor…..they will most certainly want that.

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    Jamie — May 27, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    wonderful! I used coconut oil because I thought it would be a nice touch and it was. Just a note in the background but good. The texture was perfect…moist, light and fluffy all at once, Just like cake should be. Also I tossed a few chocolate chips on top before cooking and didn’t mix in, most stayed on top and it was kind of like a fudge type topping. This is a keeper, Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Ana — June 14, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    It’s not spongy!!! Genious. I cut the sugar a bit for my taste but otherwise it is fabulous!!

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    Paula — June 23, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    I just made this cake. I was very disappointed! It came out dry and did not taste very chocolates at all. It wasn’t that it had too much peanut butter, because it lacked peanut flavor as well! Overall, it was a rather large let down. Does anyone know of a better, fool-proof recipe for a microwave mug cake?

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    Kim — June 24, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    I also just made this mug cake, and unlike Paula (above) it turned out really well. However, I think the original recipe should explicitly tell people to mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl or mug before adding them to the flour mixture. That way you can use a fork “liquify” the peanut butter, or at least break it down until you have little chunks of peanut butter suspended in oil and milk. Then when you combine the wet and dry ingredients, the flour is beaten for as little time as possible…which means a more tender cake! It was moist and chocolatly with just the right amount of peanut butter. More importantly, the portion size was perfect!

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    Kritty — June 26, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    First attempt at a mug cake ever, and I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out! Very tasty, and not too messy, but this may be because I used a bigger mug and watered-down sour cream since we just ran out of milk yesterday. I’m sneaking one into roomie’s lunchbox for tomorrow, so you’ll have another fan soon. Thanks for doing the trials so us lazy folks can get straight to the goods!

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    Diana — June 27, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I found this recipe and it looked super yummy, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t know what happened but this didn’t work out for me! I put the mix in a mug and into the microwave for 1:10. I took it out and it looked the same as when i put it in :( it was raw! It bubbled a lot and eventually settled down. I even heated it longer and it just didn’t turn out right. Any idea of what went wrong?

    • Jessica replied: — June 28th, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      My best guess would be that your baking powder is not good anymore! Hope you get to try it again! :)

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    Nai — June 30, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    Ok…I’ve been experimenting with mug cakes lately & this is the BEST mug cake recipe yet! Next time I’ll try it with a sugar substitute, or bananas hope it works)! Thanks for this :-)

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    kat — July 7, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    how big is the mug supposed to be? How many ounces? This sounds awesome but I can already see the mess in my microwave:-)

    • Jessica replied: — July 8th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      I make it in a large coffee cup (I think like 12 oz) and have no issues!

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    MD — July 11, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    My god … this is sooo extremely good :) I am totally addicted!

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    Mrs Kelly — July 11, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    The flavors are still swirling around on my mouth and settling into my tummy as I type. Wow! That was wayyyy too good! And way too easy too. Vewy vewy dangerous! I did remove a “little” of the guilt by subbing a few things. Used whole wheat flour, honey, coconut oil, and almond milk. Also added 1/4 tsp vanilla, just for good luck. It was sinfully delicious! I need to delete this recipe and never see it again (yea, right)! ;)

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    MsQue — July 15, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    WOW-I have never been a fan of mug cakes. But everything about this recipe appealed to me, and I loved it! Excellent! I had to make a few changes since I was out of milk-used rice milk, sugar-used brown sugar…topped with a lil chocolate syrup and yum. Will definitely eat this again, and again!

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    Beth — July 18, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Just made this and it was awesome! Such a great epiphany on the effect of the egg. I subbed almond milk for dairy milk and it turned out great.

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    Hana sindi — July 21, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Holy Lord. I have been looking for a decent mug cake for ever! Then i found this and HAD to try it! Fell in love HARD! its delicious its nothing like other mug cakes! thank you so much! ahh best think I’ve had all week! this will be a recipe i am going to remember! <3

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    Betti D. — July 24, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Holy moly! I just came across this blog and recipe when I googled “cake in a mug.” And I’m SO GLAD I did!! I made one for myself, the hubs, and my son and we are all super happy campers. I love, love, love this recipe :)

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    Lisa — August 11, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    Okay…”The word for the day, boys & girls, is DANGEROUS. Can you say DANGEROUS?” Seriously, I have NEVER had an amazing cake mug experience. You NAILED it! I will pin this & probably quit looking for any other recipes. Your new challenge is the “cookie” in a mug…bleh:( But, this is TOPS! Will certainly share the recipe with anyone looking for the best ever cake in a mug!

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    Genevieve Shifke — August 13, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    This is hands-down the greatest mug cake I have ever tasted. Bookmarking, pinning, and never using another recipe. Pure heaven in a mug!

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    Kelsey — August 22, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    This actually works, and made the most delicious chocolatey cake that totally hit the spot!! I used almond butter and threw in a few chocolate chips ;)

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    Crystal — August 31, 2013 @ 4:02 am

    Followed the recipe to a T and it was the best mug cake… EVER

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    Blueinthesky — September 11, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    I’ve always had the same problem with mug cakes as you. That was, until I found this recipie… It’s amazing!! I actually enjoy eating the mug cakes I make now!

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    alice — September 14, 2013 @ 4:14 am

    YYYYYYUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Laura — September 14, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Microwave for thirty seconds and it becomes a heavenly lava type thick fudgey cake.

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    Soobin 3mma — September 26, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    yo yo this recipe is radddd chek it out :-P B-D

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    Hope Rene — September 27, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    Found this recipe…made it…eating it right now. DELISH!! Perfect topped with little scoop of ice cream. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Anita — October 1, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    I am eating the cake while typing this. Oh God, it is so… good and so… easy. Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Kaira — October 6, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    I made this but didn’t bake it! It’s a great tasting batter!

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    Jennifer — October 21, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    OMG this is awesome!! I tried something similar previously but it didn’t have the peanut butter mixed in. That makes a huge difference!! Also, I used hot chocolate rather than plain cocoa. I like it much better. Next time I’ll stir in some chocolate chips too. ;)

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    Paula — October 27, 2013 @ 12:05 am

    I made this with a couple of modifications and loved it! I used almond butter and grapeseed oil, and added 1/4 tsp of almond extract. I also used natural cocoa, rather than Dutch-processed, for the chocolatiest flavour. It is great! DH loves it!

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    Jenni — November 2, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    Love this mug cake!!! Not a huge fan of chocolate, but this had a great consistency and love the peanut butter. I was out of butter so used coconut oil. Can’t wait to try again! Also subbed in one TB of brown sugar. So yummy. Thank you!

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    Honey What's Cooking — November 2, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    Looks amazing, I’ll be making this. I made a chocolate mug cake a few weeks ago and it was SO dry… so I hear ya!

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    Chante Coutinho — November 7, 2013 @ 5:32 am

    Was really amazing! Thanks so much! And easy to make too!

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    Jaimee — November 9, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

    Would this still work without the peanut butter? I’ve actually made this several times and it’s the best mug cake I’ve had hands down. But I was thinking about possibly making little gifts out of this. Putting the dry ingredients in a bag with a mug for a gift with a list of the wet ingredients and directions. But i’m wondering for those that don’t like peanut butter if it would still turn out as good without it.

    • Jessica replied: — November 11th, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      What a cute idea Jaimee! To be honest, I have never tried it without peanut butter. I would test it and see what you think. If you take out the peanut butter, you might want to up the oil just a little.

      Or, you could suggest they use Nutella in place of peanut butter if that’s not their thing!

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    Eqin — November 12, 2013 @ 2:22 am

    Hi there… I am pregnant and craving for chocolatey peanut buttery goodness.. but I am on modified bedrest advice by d doc. So I cant drive to my fav cupcake store or make a full blown cake [i bake alot before this.but a full blown cake is too much work. i am supposed to be in bed.. not standing by a mixer..huhu..] but this is PERFECT!!!! 3mins standing at the counter and I am back in bed with a warm mug in my hand… Love it!! I bake it in a large mug and it does not deflate as u said.. I add choc chunks for extra goey-ness. I want to add nuts the next time I bake this.

    btw, i use the baking time to clean up and keep things back in the cupboard. No mess!! Super perfect!!!!!!

    THANK YOU!! =) one happy baby in d tummy…

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    Isabelle — November 15, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! This was such a good mug Cake! Most of the ones I’ve tried from other sites/blogs turn out undercooked and kind of Gross! Yours was Great!

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    I-Lin — November 17, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I made it tonight, and it was so easy and delicious! The first mug cake recipe I’ve ever tried, and it came out beautifully! Light and fluffy and not too sweet. I used crunchy peanut butter, so it baked up with little bits of peanuts throughout the cake.

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    3Cherryboys — November 19, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Yay a mug cake with no egg! I always crave cake when I have run out of eggs.
    I substituted with cashew nut butter as the kids ate all the peanut butter. I also replaced the oil with extra milk as there is oil in the cashew nut butter.
    I mixed all the dry ingredients then mixed in the milk before adding the cashew nut butter.
    I had fantastic results. Much lighter than other mug cakes I have tried

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    Angela — November 25, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    Best mug cake I’ve ever made! The texture is just like real cake.
    I used crunchy peanut butter and the peanut pieces were great. I also added in some chocolate chips for extra chocolatey goodness! My microwave is pretty powerful so I only cooked it for 45 seconds but I liked how I didn’t have to worry about thoroughly cooking it like I do for recipes with egg in them.
    Thanks so much!

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    Anne Marie — November 27, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    I love this recipe! I have one question though. Should it actually read baking soda? The first time I made it I used baking soda and it came out great. The next time I realized it said powder and I adjusted accordingly, but it didn’t rise. I knew one made things rise and one didn’t but I wasn’t sure which was which. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Anne Marie — November 27, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Or maybe my baking powder is just old!! Lol. That’s very possible.

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    dec-int.com — November 29, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    goodbye diet
    I can’t resist to these delights

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    Buttercup Bento — November 29, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I think I hate you! This is a seriously chocolately rich yummy cake. My 1990s microwave needed 1.30 minutes but I think a little less time next time will make it moister and yummier. The biggest downside is that I always have these ingredients in and my will power is non-existence…

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    Sara — December 1, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    First time making a mug cake. The texture-which to people seemed like a problem in general for a mug cake- was very soft and fluffy. However, there wasn’t much taste. I was hoping for a chocolately, creamy with a touch of peanut butter, but had none. It’s decent and i don’t really mind stuff, but i thought i’d share. Perhaps i should add a handful of chocolate chips on top or so? Thank you anyways!

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    Nastassia D. (@TasciaD) — December 2, 2013 @ 1:29 am

    I’ve only ever made one other chocolate cake in a mug but I have to say your recipe tastes a lot better and the the texture is better too. My only problem is I wish it was sweeter so the next time I’m adding more sugar to it, and perhaps some chocolate chips too.

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    Harold in lancaster — December 3, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    I just made this for my wife. She was craving something sweet and hot. This recipe delivered! Next time I think I’ll add a bit of chocolate candy in the bottom or middle then invert on a plate.

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    Jaimee — December 13, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    Hi, just wanted to let you know I featured this recipe on my blog if you would like to check it out. Thanks!

    http://carpediemkindoflifephotogblog.blogspot.com/

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    coconutz — December 15, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Quite excellent! I’ve made it 3 times. Must have ice cream on top, or at least a big glass of milk. I did only make one before with egg and I like that too, but I appreciate what you are saying about this more velvety soft crumb. My friend has egg allergy and this is excellent for her.

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    Nofri — January 6, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    I have been up all night long, watching crazy baking shows and drooling over various desserts. Unfortunatly, we are snowed in, so a trip to the grocery store was not much of an option.

    MUG CAKE TO TH RESCUE!

    I had heard about these fun little recipies recently, but never bothered to give them a try. Glad to have come upon this recipie first, as the finished product was FANTASTIC. I used crunchy peanut butter, so the nuts gave it a nice soft crunch.

    I doubled the recipie to make it for my boyfriend and i. Now, maybe i just have big mugs, but dare i say you can even quadruple this recipie?! Each mucch was a little less than half full of this light, fluffy bit of heaven, when doubled.

    Fantastic recipie, super fun and easy to make!!!

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    Meari — January 10, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    I’ve made mug cakes before, too and thought they were spongy. Mine didn’t have egg in them, though. So not sure what makes them that way. I’m going to try this recipe… it sounds good.

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    Greg — January 11, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

    These were really gross. Sorry.

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    Colleen — January 19, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    Should I spray mug first with cooking spray do I can turn it up side down on plate and serve it ala mode?

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    Quinetta — January 22, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    Oh my goodness. Being on bed-rest and having a sweet tooth, I immediately thought of a mug cake. I substituted hot chocolate mix for the cocoa powder and it is so good. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you so much for this post.

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    Lynet — January 22, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    This is a pms buster! So dangerous because it’s easy, fast and amazingly delicious! I’m going to make this in cute mugs and give them to my boys teachers during teacher appreciation week! Thanks :)

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    jaycee — January 23, 2014 @ 1:53 am

    Just tried it and used almond butter instead of pb! Great recipe!

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    Alma — January 23, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    I’m your biggest fan from Tunisia!

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    Mary Kate — January 25, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

    Tried these a minute ago and followed the recipe perfectly, it was…..edible I suppose. It was not moist enough, and kind of tasted like eating a piece of bread but not even that moist.. Sry I personally didn’t like it at all.

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    Cassie — January 26, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    I just made this, was so excited after reading all the reviews. It was bad. It was bland, no peanut butter taste at all and was a dry cumbly mess, and definitely not sweet enough. Sorry, I wanted to love it. :(

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    Marie — January 28, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    This is by far the best cake mug recipe I’ve found. The texture is perfect– you really did avoid that awful spongy texture you described!

    NOTE: For those having difficulties, I strongly suspect you’re measuring flour improperly. Most people do. You CANNOT scoop it out of a bag into a tablespoon and call it done! That will pack the flour densely result in almost twice as much flour as you need. Your cake will be ruined. Pour the flour into the tablespoon from another spoon, then gently level off with a straight edge (back of a knife words great). The light, fluffy flour will be the right amount. Google if you don’t believe me– there are tons of resources for how to measure flour properly. While you can get away with doing it the wrong way in a big cake, in a mug cake the tiniest mistake makes a BIG disaster.

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    Mish — January 29, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    So Yummy! I actually love it the way it is but when craving a little extra pb, I put a glob in the middle just before microwaving then it sorta makes it a little lava cake almost.

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    Akamar — January 31, 2014 @ 2:05 am

    Just wanted to pipe in and add that I ran into this a couple weeks ago. It’s a complete fave. My favorite midnight cheat presently. (that said, I’ve only made it twice…)

    about to again, I think.

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    Ivana — February 2, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    Just tried these and they came out perfect! I worried about them spilling over but they didnt. I added some more chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. Will use a little bit less flour next time though. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Sarah@themagicalslowcooker.com — February 3, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Looks so good! And I LOVE those mugs :)

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    breana — February 3, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    just made this and it was AMAZING. perfect texture, like normal cake! i used about a tablespoon of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and some mini semi-sweet chips and it was perfect. Maybe i’d add a little more peanut butter next time, but so great, didn’t even taste like a mug cake! great job.

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    alexhya — February 7, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    This was is really good. I’m eating it right now. I had to add 40 seconds to the microwaving time. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Calleah — February 9, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    I tried it, its not the best cake I’ve ever eaten but for a microwave cake its really good especially with ice cream and peanut butter on top :)

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    Shanice — February 18, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Jessica, can I make this without the chocolate?

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

      I can’t say that I have tried it without Chocolate, but maybe add a little vanilla for flavor. ;-)

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    Lynne — February 18, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    I too dislike most other mug cake recipes I’ve tried, but I’ve got to say this one was great! It was so much better in texture then any I’ve tried before and the chocolate and pb go great together. Thanks!

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    AnnieOk — February 26, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

    This was outstanding! Not too much peanut butter and the perfect amount of chocolate. I added a few chocolate chips and pushed a kiss down in the center. It made for a really nice creamy center almost like a lava cake. Thanks so much for this!

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    azazella — March 1, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    it’s 22:42 over here and i craved cake!

    and normally all the recipes for cake in a mug were to eggy and blah so i googled and found yours and it’s really heaven!
    My bf said it was to dry for his taste but i love it! it’s really much better then all the cake in a mug recipies out there!
    thank you so much!!!!! :D

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    Kelly Williams-Hobbs — March 3, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

    It’s a snowy night. We’re stuck and home and I really wanted chocolate something. I saw this and 3 minutes later we were eating delicious, warm chocolate cake! I did use crunchy PB because that’s what we have! I loved the little crunchy bits. Thanks for keeping up with the tests because this was absolutely delicious!

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    Ayla — March 5, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Woah! This is so good! Even though mine just totally failed(left it in the microwave for too long) is still yummie!!

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    AliaaD — March 11, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

    I just made this!!! It is perferction. It is chocolatey and it melts in my mouth and since I used chunky peanut butter, the nuts added texture to make it my most successful first try in “baking” ever!

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    Ivy — March 15, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    Sooooooo yummy

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    Miranda — March 17, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

    I just made this, and you have another fan! This is fantastic. The peanut butter is a great touch.

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    Sue — March 22, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    This cake did not disappoint! I wanted a small helping of dessert and I luckily found this. I substituted whole wheat flour and Splenda for the flour and sugar and it was still very good. Of course, with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream it was AWESOME!

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    Chelle — March 24, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    Hi! I’m not really good at baking and cooking, and if I did try it always end up a disaster! So, this mug cakes really got me curious. Oh gosh! Im so happy I tried your recipe, it’s awesome. My mug cake was a success. XD thank you very much. :)

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    Honie — March 27, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    Hi, I want to make these sat night x4 so can I multiply the amounts x4 and divide or does it work better making each one separately

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    Abby — March 27, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    Last night, I DREAMT of cakes…all kinds of cake…marble, red velvet, chocolate galore….all for me. Best. Dream. Ever. Until I awoke to no cake in the house and found my reality a nightmare.

    Since I’m six months pregnant and apparently growing the Incredible Hulk, I knew that I couldn’t bake a cake lest I eat the entire thing. I was about to resign myself to an empty, sad, cake-less day when I stumbled upon this recipe. I’ve tried mug cakes before, which would satisfy most chocolate cravings but not a cake craving since they all turned into funny-textured mounds of chocolate chew, but in desperation, I thought I’d give it a try. Plus, peanut butter is good for babies. Or something.

    I devoured this and marveled at the beauty in the world once again. This, my dear, is a recipe that dreams are made of. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    sophia — March 28, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    yay!! Finally a mug cake recipe that works. I must say it hit the spot! Absolutely divine. So much better without the egg!

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    Nana — March 30, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

    A huge improvement over mug cakes with eggs! Light texture and very good. Definitely add a handful of chocolate chips! Yummy!

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    Yariwari — April 1, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

    Ok, I have a confession to make. I have spent 6 day in this blog. Reading EVERY recipe and even printing them to try them and make notes. I have tried a chocolate mug cake before and it was pretty good, I saw the link on jessicakesblog on Facebook from some other blog i can’t remember. After that I started looking out for a Vanilla mug cake recipe and there are none, at least no one that works, most of them taste like bread to me and wront texture. As you are my new recipe guru, I plead you to develope one! You are so good in this, really, every single desert that I’ve done from your blog turns out PURRFECT! What can we substitute to turn this into a mother recipe and adjust to any flavor and thing? How about red velvet mug cakes?! Goshhh! I think I love you…

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    april — April 16, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    oh my goodness! this is awesome!!!!

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    Erin — April 26, 2014 @ 7:04 am

    This was so good! I’ve tried a couple of mug cakes lately this was by FAR the best, great texture and nice and chocolaty without being overly sweet. I used butter instead of oil because I don’t like the taste that you get with oil, I also decided to put the peanut butter in the middle of the batter not mixed in which was so good it came out all gooey and yummy. I microwaved mine for 1 minute in a 1100W microwave and served with some cream on top. This was so perfect I’m actually contemplating another!! THANKYOU!!

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    Prajna — May 15, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Can I male this with oats??

    • Jessica replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      I have not personally tried it with oats (or know anyone who has). Let me know if you do and what the results are!

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    Cakekraver — May 18, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

    Is it ok if I use crunchy peanut butter

    • Jessica replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 10:35 am

      Yup, perfectly fine. Of course, just know it will add some crunchy texture. ;-)

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    Shannon — May 21, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

    I tried this on a whim. have never been on this site before, just googled mug cakes because id seen them somewhere before and was craving a goodie. I think I screwed up with the chocolate, because mine is seriously lacking in the chocolate department – however, it tastes like a peanut butter cookie, so im not upset ^_^

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    hendrina — May 22, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    my first attempt at microwave cake and all i can say is wow!!!! yum yum yum, i love it. I had to add a bit more milk than the recipe suggests though (because it was looking a bit too dry), but it was the right softness.

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    Esen — May 22, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    Oh my God! This is the first time I’ve ever tried to make/eat a mug cake. I wanted to create a mini surprise for my husband while we were working and did not have many time or ingredients handy. We loved it! It is so easy to make, so you don’t have to disappear into the kitchen for hours for that sweet tooth surprise and it just might be the best cake I’ve had for a long time! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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    Elise — May 23, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

    Can you use water instead of milk or will it just taste awful?

    • Jessica replied: — July 1st, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      It would loose some of the creamy factor, but I don’t think it would be totally awful. However if you are just trying to avoid lactose – you could definitely use coconut milk or almond milk instead!

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    Claire — May 28, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    I found this recipe whilst browsing for something to help with my peanut butter and banana craving. Just made it for myself and my husband, I added a 3rd mashed banana to each and a teaspoon of peanut butter on top and pushed down slightly just before microwaving which resulted in a yummy melted peanut butter core. Used the rest if the banana as slices on top. Totally hit the spot and hubby was impressed too x

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    Dena — June 6, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Tried this last night after trying the red velvet the night before. My daughter and I were disappointed with this one. It was drier and you needed a drink after every bite. We will stick w/ the red velvet :)

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    Rey — June 7, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    As of today, I have made this three times. After seeing how good it was the first time, I quadrupled the recipe and started putting the mix into ramekins. Quadrupling allows me to do 6 ramekins, for sharing … Or for eating the next day.

    I played around with it as well, now I really load it up with peanut butter, which I think makes it super moist. I also put in some chocolates and marshmallows for the sheer fun of it.

    I love it.

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    Tianna — June 9, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

    Hi I’ve made this mug cake i don’t know how many times (love it that much) but do you have a recipe for making it in a bigger quantity, like a full size actual cake? I’d love to have it if you do!

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    stef — July 5, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    I have made this cake last night and tonight!..I have never made a mug cake before but was looking for a simple recipe.. well i found the awesome recipe and it is absolutely delicious!!.. When I made it this evening I topped it up with some melted chocolate and marshmallows. Yuum!!

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    Ashley Robbins — July 18, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    NOW this is good!!! Wow, just made this and it totally satisfied my sweet desire! Thank you!

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