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QUICK Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

These 2 Minute Mug Cake Recipes are so easy to make with a handful of pantry ingredients – in no time at all you will have deliciously moist chocolate cakes ready to eat! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week. 

Do I have a TREAT in store for you guys today!

If you enjoy indulging in a slice of chocolate cake every once in awhile, but just don’t have the time or patience to make it, don’t you worry…your newest and QUICKEST recipe is here : Microwave Mug Cakes!!

We personally love to make ours in cappuccino mugs they are the perfect size for the cake to come up to the top, where as a normal mug they sink into and don’t look as pretty.

These tasty desserts seem to be growing in popularity, and for really good reason if you ask me!

Chocolate mug cake in white cup topped with icing sugar

The Mug Cake Recipes that I have for you guys are awesome for a few reasons; they take under 5 minutes from start to finish (yep that includes cooking time), they use ingredients that you already have on hand, and they are just simply DELICIOUS ! Guys, don’t just take my word for it…look at them!

Frequently asked questions

Here are just a few of the questions we get about our mug cakes. If you have any questions or suggestions for new flavors be sure to let us know with a comment below!

How do you make the perfect mug cake?

Measure out your ingredients, you don’t want to “eyeball” your baking powder and have a flat microwave cake.
Do not over-mix your batter. We like to mix our melted butter and warmed milk together before adding to the dry ingredients so there is less stirring to combine them.
Pay attention to your microwave power level, you don’t want to have it set too low or too high as this will affect the outcome of your cake. Try to have it set to 70-80% power for the best results!
Make sure you don’t go longer than the suggested time. The mug cake may look a little “wet” when it comes out of the microwave but it does keep cooking once you take it out.

Are mug cakes good?

YES! That’s the short answer! They are perfectly moist, deliciously sweet and can be customized to your tastes easier than a full sized cake. Whether your are in the mood for a Caramel Mug Cake, Chocolate, Strawberry, Carrot or even Banana Mug Cake, the possibilities really are endless.
They are a quick and easy individually sized dessert that can be made any time.
Perfect portions for late night cravings and midday pick-me-ups.
Because they are so easy to make, mug cakes gain extra points in my books. Anything that can satisfy my sweet tooth that only takes 5 minutes is a win-win.

Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder?

No, not with this chocolate cake recipe! Baking powder is made from a combination of ingredients in order to provide a fluffy rise in the cake, if you were to use baking soda in it’s place (which only contains sodium bicarbonate) you wouldn’t get the same outcome.

How do you make mug cakes better?

The awesome thing about a mug cake recipe is that it is completely customizable to your tastes – if you prefer white chocolate chips add those in! If you don’t like peanut butter, why not try Nutella (hazelnut spread) instead?
Be creative with your add-ins and you will always have a delicious mug cake.

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Yield: 1 mug cake

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes - Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie

Easy Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie Mug Cakes - Popular Chocolate Desserts

The quickest and most delicious dessert you can make in under 5 minutes! These Mug Cake Recipes feature chocolate, peanut butter and salted caramel!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes


Salted Caramel Mug Cake

  • 1/4 c Flour, AP
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Sugar, Granulated
  • 1/8 tsp Salt , Sea Salt/Kosher
  • 2.5 tsp Caramel Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Chips, Semi-Sweet or Milk
  • 1/4 c Milk, Heated in microwave for 12 sec
  • 2 tbsp Butter, Melted, cooled.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

  • See above and substitute Peanut Butter for Caramel Sauce, Increase Sugar and eliminate Salt
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter, Crunchy or Smooth
  • 2.5 tbsp Sugar, Granulated


  1. Heat milk and melt butter, set aside.
  2. In small bowl sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  3. For Caramel Mug Cake: add in 1 tsp caramel sauce, milk and butter. Mix well until there are no clumps. Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour half of mixture in mug, add additional 1 tsp caramel sauce and top with the rest of batter.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute, drizzle with remainder of caramel and sprinkle with salt.
  6. For Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake: Steps 1 and 2 above, then add in milk and butter mixing until no clumps. Add in chocolate chips. Pour batter into mug. Gently form peanut butter into log using two spoons and push into the center of batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with icing sugar if desired!


Your mug cake may look a little "wet" around the edges when it comes out of the microwave, and that is PERFECT! You do not want to overcook it which will cause it to be dry! 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1304Total Fat: 65gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 2414mgCarbohydrates: 161gFiber: 8gSugar: 104gProtein: 32g

*These values are reflective of 2 mug cakes. Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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Did you even finish reading the recipe before you started to gather your ingredients (ha!) I don’t blame you, they are super easy to make and really will curb any sweet tooth you have!

Another thing love about any Mug Cake recipes is that you can really customize it to your own tastes. As long as you have your basic ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter) you can really get creative and add in things that you love! Why not try a chocolate coconut mug cake? Or how about a peanut butter and jelly mug cake?! The possibilities are really endless!

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Barb G.

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Had a chocolate craving so I made the chocolate brownie mug cake, so quick and easy and totally Delicious!


Monday 3rd of April 2017

Glad you enjoyed it!! We just finished a salted caramel one! :)


Saturday 11th of February 2017

Yummmmm! I'm all over the salted caramel.


Saturday 11th of February 2017


Amanda | My Gluten-Free Miami

Friday 10th of February 2017

I love mug cakes. It is perfect for portion control and so quick to make. This would be delicious to make when friends drop in unexpectedly. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Chocolate Brownie with Caramel sounds perfect!


Saturday 11th of February 2017

Thanks Amanda, they really are a special treat! We love how quick they are, and the best part is they don't get compromised in flavor!!!

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