Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Mug Cakes. They can be totally awesome because 1. You can make just one cake and are not left with an entire cake on the counter. This is good because it will not result in the totally awkward situation where you know you should just toss the left over cake in the garbage so you do and then you actually feel compelled to go back to the trash and retrieve said cake. Then, once you realize how disgusting you are, you pour dish soap on it to keep yourself away from it. You know, à la Miranda Hobbs.

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

And 2. Mug cakes be prepared, cooked, and in your mouth in 5 minutes. You really can’t ask for more than that, right?

I have been trying to figure out how to make a good mug cake for a long time. Most of them have ended up in the trash. They are not easy to get right and more often than not, they are dry and spongy and the texture is just all off. One thing I’ve learned recently is that adding an egg never works for me and adding things like mashed banana, peanut butter, or in this case, Nutella, makes it all right. This cake is rich, moist, and oh so chocolatey!

Update: I’ve had a lot of mixed reviews with this recipe. One important tip I should mention is that you must make sure you are mixing all the way at the bottom of the mug. It’s easy for flour to get kind of trapped on the very bottom. You can also try mixing it up in a bowl and then transferring it to a mug to see if that helps. Since every microwave can be different in terms of power, it’s hard to know if an issue is due to the microwave or not. If the recipe doesn’t turn out the first time, you can try experimenting with the time and power on your microwave.

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Yield: 1 cake

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (can also use peanut butter)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or coconut oil)


  1. In a mug, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and the cocoa powder. Then whisk in the milk, chocolate hazelnut spread, and the vegetable oil until well-combined. Make sure to mix all the way at the bottom of the mug.
  2. Place the mug into the microwave and cook on high for about 1 minute and 20 seconds or until the cake is cooked through. Top with powdered sugar, fruit, frosting, anything you want!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake



  1. Wow. Your photos have got me insanely in love with your recipe. So crumby and perfect :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Isn’t it fantastic what a five minutes in microwave can make…I love mug cakes. :)

  3. Ahhh, I am just squealing at the thought of having this for dinner tonight! I can’t wait! It looks just amazing! :)

  4. I’ve heard about the ‘mugcake’ cake before but well, I have baked in a little glas jar. Does that count? Seriously though this does look pretty awesome and I have to go and try this myself!

  5. Umm… yum!!! I have a little bit of nutella left in my pantry. I have been thinking of what to do with it, beyond just taking a spoon to it and setting up shop in front of the tv. This is perfecto! Serving for 1 and I’m not sharing! Pinned, thanks girl!

  6. I followed your FB post back here for the recipe. I’m making it right now and have pinned it so I can make it again tomorrow… lol.

  7. This is delicious! Mine didn’t seem to cook through the way I expected. I’ve had this issue with mugcakes before though, and I see lots of positive feedback, so most likely either I’ve done something wrong or am expecting something different than I should be.

  8. This looks dangerously delicious!!

  9. It was good but it definitely needs a pinch of salt.

  10. This was soooooo good! But eeverything with nutella is good isn’t it? So easy and uses ingredients that are usually in one’s kitchen.

  11. Ewwww. This didn’t turn out anything like I expected it to. The flavor was good, but the texture was disgustingly grainy and it was just a gooey mess at the bottom. I followed directions to the T. I’ll never make it again.

    • I’m sorry to hear you had trouble. It sounds like you may not have mixed it enough. When you are mixing it all in a mug, you have to make sure it is thoroughly mixed all the way through. I make sure to scrap the bottom as the flour and cocoa powder can get stuck at the bottom which would result in the issue you had at the bottom.

  12. I mixed it just fine. Was very careful to get everything at the bottom. Like I said, I followed the directions to a T. Even tried 30 extra seconds in the microwave to see if it would help. It didn’t.

    Also interesting the the comment above mine from someone else who didn’t like it has disappeared. So I’m guessing this one will, too.

    • I wasn’t trying to be rude. I was trying to be helpful. There are also comments above from people that enjoyed the recipe. I’m very sorry it didn’t turn out for you. I’ve made it many times myself and have never had the issue you had so I was just trying to think what could have happened.

  13. The question is….how would you know what the health contents are? Nutrition facts would be helpful.

  14. I just made it and it’s very good. Ty

  15. This tastes like oil, not so great. I would reduce the oil content next time.

  16. Hello and thank you for this! I’m pregnant and I was looking for an instant treat. Baking a big cake meant I would over indulge so this recipe comes as a boon! You’re right, adding an egg is what makes the cake really spongy. I reduced the sugar content for a bit ’cause of the Nutella. Yum!

  17. I tried this today, not sure if I did something wrong but didn’t taste that good and it stuck to my teeth

  18. Mine didn’t cook… it kind of exploded in the microwave and what was left in the mug was still gooey. Sounds like it was yummy for some people, did I do something wrong? Thanx

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