Nutella Mug Cake

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This fudgy, gooey Nutella mug cake is somewhere in between a warm brownie and slice of your favorite chocolate cake. The cake batter is made with Nutella, and there’s a dollop of Nutella in the middle to give you a warm pocket of chocolate hazelnut spread as you dig in. Made in the microwave and ready in under 10 minutes.Nutella mug cake, with a spoonful taken out.

**This post was updated April 9, 2024 with new photos and a slightly updated recipe for a fudgier mug cake**

If I could officially declare Nutella as its own food group – I 100% would.  So today I’m sharing this easy Nutella mug cake (because I assume you love Nutella just as much as I do). It’s quick to make, extra fudgy, filled with Nutella and tastes delicious with a scoop of ice cream for the perfect single-serving dessert.

The ingredients are whisked together in the mug that you plan to eat it in, and then it goes straight into the microwave to “bake”. You end up with a delicious chocolate treat that’s somewhere in between a brownie and a fudgy chocolate cake. I like to add an extra dollop of Nutella in the middle before it goes into the microwave. That way, you get a warm pocket of Nutella as you dig in with your spoon.
Nutella mug cake topped with a scoop of ice cream and strawberry slices

How to Make Nutella Mug Cake

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 5 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 large egg – this can be substituted with 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • plus an extra spoonful of Nutella for dolloping in the middle

Make sure you have a large mug. I recommend choosing a mug that’s very wide, as I find that the cake will bake more uniformly.

  1. In the mug you plan to use, whisk together the Nutella and egg. I do this with a fork.
  2. Then whisk in the flour, cocoa and baking powder until you no longer see lumps of cocoa or pieces of egg. This can take a minute or 2. Mug with Nutella and an egg, and mug with Nutella and egg whisked together with flour, cocoa and baking powder added
  3. Drop a small dollop of Nutella into the middle of the cake.
  4. Pop the cake into the microwave and microwave for 90 seconds on medium power – do not use high power, as it can burn the edges of the cake, but leave the middle raw. After 90 seconds, carefully check the cake. If the top still looks raw, microwave for additional 15 seconds on medium power until the top is slightly springy to the touch. Unbaked Nutella mug cake, and baked Nutella mug cake

How to Make 2 Mug Cakes

This recipe can easily be doubled. Double all the ingredients, and whisk them together in a bowl. Pour/spoon the batter evenly between two mugs and microwave as directed in the recipe.

This Nutella mug cake is fudgy, gooey and such a delicious chocolate single serving cake! Serve it with ice cream, or an extra drizzle of Nutella. Single serving Nutella cake in a mug, topped with ice cream and berries with glass of milk

For more mug cake recipes, try these other favorites:

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Nutella mug cake topped with a scoop of ice cream and strawberry slices

Nutella Mug Cake

This fudgy, gooey Nutella Mug Cake is somewhere in between a warm brownie and slice of your favorite chocolate cake. The batter is made with Nutella, and then there's a dollop of warm Nutella in the middle. Made in the microwave and ready in under 10 minutes.
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 cake
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Equipment

  • mug

Ingredients 

  • 5 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella

Instructions 

  • In a large mug whisk together the 4 tablespoons of Nutella and the egg.
  • Whisk in the cocoa, flour & baking powder.
  • Drop the additional tablespoon of Nutella into the middle of the cake (you don't need to push it down).
  • Microwave for 90 seconds on medium power (not high power). Carefully check to see if the cake is done (the mug will be hot) - when it's done, the top should no longer look raw on top. As needed, continue to microwave for 15 second intervals on medium power until the top looks set and feels slightly firm or springy to the touch.

Notes

  1. Egg Substitution: The egg can be substituted with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (or canola oil and 2 tablespoons of milk.
  2. Nutrition: Details provided are an estimate only and based on 1 mug cake, with the recipe as written without ice cream. 

Nutrition

Calories: 709kcal, Carbohydrates: 79g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 34g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 186mg, Sodium: 119mg, Potassium: 706mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 60g, Vitamin A: 273IU, Calcium: 199mg, Iron: 7mg
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