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Nutella Lava Mug Cake

Nutella Lava Mug Cake

Here’s what you can do with a mug, a microwave oven and some Nutella.
By Nashira Usef

nutella mug cake

I’m sure you have heard of cakes that can be made in the microwave in less than 5 minutes. I’m also sure you have seen, perhaps even tried a few recipes storming the web for quite sometime now.

I’ll be honest: I’ve tried two recipes before this one. But sadly, they turned out to be disasters—they were too dry, eggy and mostly tasted like a mug-shaped rubbery trash, eek. Even a good serving of vanilla ice-cream did nothing to improve the taste. My experience was so disappointing that I thought 5-minute cakes were a hoax.
2 minute lava cake!
So naturally, I was skeptical when I saw this recipe. Until I made it, that it. Man, I was sold in less than 5 minutes. The cake turned out so wonderfully—sinfully scrumptious with warm chocolate oozing out when I dug in with a spoon, mmm!

This recipe is incredible. Sinful. Gooey. Fluffy. Warm. Microwaved in less than 2 minutes. And, tastes like a dream! It’s so good, you won’t believe until you give it a try. It takes just a few basic ingredients—add nutella and you have a dreamy delight that yells to be devoured—something like a molten lava cake—by far one of the best I’ve tasted, 2 minute or 12 minute.

The only downside is the number of pounds it packs—it’s seriously high on the calories. So if you are calorie conscious, make smaller servings in small mugs so you can share it with others. I’d suggest doing three small mugs instead of 2 medium ones.

I sifted the flour and cocoa, stirred the ingredients in a bowl, and then poured the batter into mugs to ¾ full. I watched it like a hawk while microwaving, stopping every 30 seconds to check if it was done, plus whenever I thought it almost overflowed. Result? Irresistibly incredible!

The best part is, you don’t even need a topping like whipped cream or ice cream to enjoy this dish, it’s absolutely delish on its own. I did the cream topping just for the photographs—scooped it out before enjoying the cake with pieces of fresh strawberries, my style.

So go grab your jar of nutella and chocolate, and get to this crazy yummy recipe. It’s a must try!

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Nutella Lava Mug Cake

  • Author: Nashira Usef
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x


2-minute gooey, molten lava cake—the best chocolate treat ever! It’s splendidly simple, works like a dream and totally swoon-worthy.


  • 4 tablespoons self rising flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted?(I used Cadbury’s)
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive, or vegetable oil (I used olive)
  • 23 teaspoon chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips)


  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a bowl. Beat well with a whisk until smooth and blended. Divide the batter between 3 small microwave safe mugs, or two medium mugs. Important thing is to fill mugs up to just ¾ full, if not the cake will overflow when it rises. Then tip in 1 teaspoon chocolate chips into each cup and push it into the batter until completely covered.
  2. Microwave on high power for anywhere between 30 seconds to 3 minutes—I did two cups, together. Please note that cooking time will depend on microwave wattage. Mine took 1.5 minutes (850 watts oven), whereas the original recipe says it was done in 30 seconds—so watch out. The key for the perfect lava cake is not to overcook the batter. The cake should rise a bit, ideally with a moist, fluffy, gooey texture, and glossy, fudgy top. The more you cook, the cake will toughen up and dry—so slightly undercook and keep an eye on it the whole time.
  3. Top with whipped cream, if you like. And of course, serve with strawberries or raspberries—the perfect partner for chocolate. Enjoy!


*Heavily adapted from Nutella Mug Cake recipe at Family Kitchen

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins

View Comments (32)
  • this is so good! I halfed it because I was just making one for myself! I didn’t even have chocolate chips so I just added a dollop of Nutella in afterwards as well, although I wouldn’t call this a ‘lava’ cake it all melted to the bottom and it is such a nice moist cake! thank you for sharing xx

  • This. Just this. If theres a zombie apocalypse, this is all I need to survive. So thank you.
    By the way, I live in Qatar too! Virtual high five!

  • Very weird – just came across this site, looking for a mug cake recipe, and guess where I am? Qatar as well! Is there a nationwide Nutella craving taking place?

  • Just made this! OMG! This is THE BESSSSSTTTTT mug cake ever! Sooo moist n chocolatey! Thnku soo much for this :)

  • This was so good, although I swapped a spoon of oil for milk and didn’t add the choc chips and it still came out great. I also stirred it half way through cooking to layer the ‘lava’ after my first one was too cakey
    Great recipe, thank you

    I’ve had such bad experience with microwave pudding but this one rises beautifully and the bottom is all chocolaty goodness!!!
    I didndnt have any choc chips so I just used a cube of block cooking chocolate.
    I STRONGLY recommend this.
    maybe even good with a scoop of icecream or whipped cream? who knows??

  • OMG I love this so much finally I found THE PERFECT one. Thank you lol. It’s soooooooooooo good. Now if you excuse me while I eat my cake in a mug.

  • This recipe is truly amazing! I only had plain flour so I added just a teeny pinch of baking powder and added 1/4 tsp coffee emulco to intensify the chocolate taste (personal preference but this recipe is delicious without it too!) and divided it into two mugs, one cooked in a microwave for 1 min and the other in a toaster using a ramekin for approx 6 mins. Both were delicious! The microwave version had a fluffy cake-like texture with not much gooeyness but still moist! whereas the toaster version had an awesome brownie-like texture on the outside and amazzzzzing gooey goodness inside! Yum! thumbs up :)

  • Hot damn. That is not only the best mug cake I’ve ever had, it’s one of the best cakes, period.
    Well freakin’ done, mate.

  • Can you actually do it in an oven? Because the microwave is really unhealthy, me and my boyfriend don’t like to use it (and I wanted to make it for him for a surprise breakfast, but he won’t really like it if I use a microwave :D ).

  • This Mug cake tasted so horrific! It was like I was eating a savory cake but it was chocolate! But I believe you shouldn’t add only 1 teaspoon of oil and substitute it for another tablespoon of nutella to make it sweeter.

  • Tried it, verrrrryy good! Especially with raspberries and whipped cream! However, make sure you stir it enough, as I didn’t and had some egg chunks that I didn’t break up well enough. Oops :P

  • It was so delicious!!! But i sugest only I spoon of oil
    Thnx ssoooooo much!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • I have tried many different cake in a mug recipes and they have been truly awful.

    This recipe is amazing wow!

    It was so nice a made a second one to eat right away!

    Great with ice cream!

  • wow the most moist and fudgy thing ever thank u for this recipe i was recently craving something chocolaty and this really did the trick

  • Wow! Just tried this recipe and it was a great success! The whole family loved it! Very easy and delicious!

  • Thank to giving the best recipe and review, i have more experience about making nutela cake. I hope you will continue providing more important information.

  • I did the exact same recipe as you did I put mine on for 2 mins and my microwave is 800w but some of it burned and it’s dry

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