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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Baking, Chocolate, Desserts, Valentine's Day

Midnight Mug Cake for 2

Midnight mug cake for 2 topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Perfect for Valentine’s Day or date night, this double-chocolate mug cake for two comes together in just 15 minutes.
This dessert application developed out of a recipe I had for lava cake, you know, that little cake with chocolate that squirts out. They were all the rage in the 90s, so I made them once, then never again.
However, most of these ingredients can go into something I do make: midnight mug cake for 2 and, yes, I know mug cakes were all the rage in the late aughts, and no, I don’t care.
Best served with ice cream, whipped cream, or... just eat it out of the mug, you animal.
This recipe first appeared in Season 2 of Good Eats: Reloaded.
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  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons high-quality semi- or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk

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2 (10-ounce) coffee mugs
Midnight mug cake for 2 topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


  • Whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder ,and salt together in a medium bowl. Then, in a second bowl, whisk together the egg, oil ,and vanilla.
  • Evenly divide the chocolate chips and milk between two 10-ounce microwave-safe mugs. Nuke on high for 30 seconds. Meanwhile, stir the egg mixture into the sugar mixture to thoroughly combine.
  • Carefully extract the mugs and whisk the chocolate-milk mixture until smooth. Then divide the batter between the mugs and stir to combineI usually use a fork for this..
  • Park the mugs on a paper plate or paper towel in the center of the microwave carrousel, and just let them sit therefor 3 minutes. (Don’t skip this step — it’s giving the baking powder a head start!) Then, microwave on high for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Be sure to gaze in wonder as the batter rises soufflé-like right up out of the mug only to sink safely back into the confines of the mug moments before the final bell.
  • Carefully remove the mugs and either turn out into a bowl to devour with ice cream or — as I do because I have the discipline to wait — cool almost to room temp and devour out of the mug with whipped cream.
  • You’re welcome.
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