You guys: Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes!!! And yes, I was slow to jump on the microwave cake train because I just feel so strongly about cake (also because I am a reformed cake hater–I know, I lived a sad childhood) and my thought was that cakes should be baked, not nuked.
Well, friends, I stand corrected.
Because these beautiful little mug cakes are pretty much paradise in an individual serving.
And I suppose this is a good time to mention the molten Nutella core.
Yes: molten Nutella.
I was hesitant about microwave mug cakes because I worried about the texture. But these took probably 3 minutes total to whip up and I had myself essentially a chocolate souffle of awesome complete with a molten Nutella core.
I just cannot reiterate how amazing that core is. Because it melts and mixes with all that chocolate-mocha goodness and creates such decadence, I could not even speak, just sigh in the glory of it all.
Also: whipped cream. Totally necessary.
I put this cake in the microwave with all sorts of doubts leaning towards the “this will be a disaster” variety. 70 seconds later I dug my spoon into this hot mess and my life changed irrevocably for the better.
I’m already thinking of all the variations that should be mug-caked. Red velvet with a molten white chocolate core is next on my list!
Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
- 1/2 cup flour
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- whipped cream for topping
- In a large glass measuring cup, measure the milk and oil. Add the coffee and stir. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until all the lumps are gone. Spray two 8 oz. coffee mugs with nonstick spray. Pour half of the batter into each mug and add a dollop of Nutella (or peanut butter!) to the center of each. Microwave for 60 seconds on high. You might need to zap it for 10-15 more seconds. Top with whipped cream and garnish with cocoa powder.