Easy Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake

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This fluffy Chocolate Nutella Mug cake is so easy to make and the perfect single serving dessert! Top with whipped cream or ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce for the perfect treat.

A nutella mug cake in a cup with whipped cream

You may have noticed that we have a thing for mug cakes. I mean, what’s not to love about a single serving cake that you can make in under 5 minutes?

It all started with our Vanilla Mug Cake, which can also be made into a Snickerdoodle Mug Cake. Then we created this easy Chocolate Mug Cake.

Now, I bring you our favorite way to dress up a chocolate mug cake: by turning it into a Nutella Mug Cake!

A nutella mug cake with a scoop taken out topped by whipped cream

After a plain chocolate mug cake, I’d say this Nutella version is the one we make most. With warmer weather upon us the s’mores variation is definitely giving it a run for its money, but it’s hard to beat the combination of Nutella + chocolate… especially when it’s topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. If you’re feeling really decadent you can add vanilla ice cream to the mix too. Why not?

A mug filled with nutella mug cake

What Makes this Nutella Mug Cake Different From Our Other Mug Cakes?

The process for making mug cakes is pretty much the same for every flavor we make. Our vanilla, snickerdoodle and chocolate mug cakes all start by combining the egg yolk, milk, vanilla and sugar in a large mug. Then you add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and cocoa if its chocolate). Mix it all up and pop it in the microwave.

The only difference between our other mug cakes and this one is the fact that we add three tablespoons of Nutella and have adjusted the other ingredients accordingly. This mug cake recipe has slightly less sugar because the Nutella adds sweetness of its own. But if you have a sweet tooth, you could use up to a total of 3 tablespoons of sugar.

A nutella mug cake with a scoop taken out topped by whipped cream

Tips for Success

Mug cakes are one of the easiest desserts you can make, so I don’t have a ton of tips. But there are three things I always recommend:

  • Use a microwave safe mug. I can’t stress this enough. You want to use a microwave safe mug so that it doesn’t crack or explode in the microwave.
  • Use a large mug. This Nutella mug cake needs room to rise! If you use a regular 11-oz mug the cake will definitely expand beyond the top of your mug. Now, this may or may not be a good thing. My kiddo loves to use a smaller mug because he gets a kick out of seeing cake rising out of the cup. He just scoops the cake into a bowl when it’s done cooking and adds his toppings to the bowl. For me, I prefer a larger, wide mug like the one you see here. A regular 15-oz mug would be great too.
  • Mix well. Bits of the dry ingredients can sneak into the corners of the mug, so get your spoon in there and mix them in. The Nutella also needs some good mixing when you add it to the batter.
  • But don’t over mix! You basically want to mix your cake batter just until there are no dry bits left. If you keep mixing beyond that then gluten will start to form in the batter (like with bread dough), which will make your mug cake chewy.

And that’s really it! This Nutella mug cake is fluffy, moist and perfect for toppings like whipped cream, ice cream and caramel or chocolate sauce. Happy mug cake making!

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Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake

A nutella mug cake with a scoop taken out topped by whipped cream

This fluffy Chocolate Nutella Mug cake is so easy to make and the perfect single serving dessert! Top with whipped cream or ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce for the perfect treat.

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 mug cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive or canola)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella

Instructions

Combine the wet ingredients. Add the egg yolk, milk, oil, vanilla and sugar to a mug. Mix well.

Add the dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix briefly.

Add the Nutella and give it a real good mix. About 15 seconds, so that the Nutella gets worked into the batter.

Microwave the cake. Place in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave. I usually cook mine for 2 min 30 seconds.

Cool and serve. Give it a moment or two to cool, it will be hot! Then add your favorite toppings and dig in.

 

Keywords: nutella mug cake, chocolate mug cake, easy mug cake

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Sandy May 18, 2021 - 7:32 am

5 stars! This mug cake was really good!

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