Post-Finals Recovery: Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake

Oh man, finals are over. Thank goodness, it’s time to celebrate. And to all of you new graduates, you get to do adult things now! Three cheers for responsibility!

Now that it’s all over, let’s have something indulgent and easy. And what better way to do that than with a mug cake? Well, here’s the thing. Mug cakes have been in hot water lately, because people say that there’s no point, since half the time you have to mix the ingredients in a separate bowl and add the batter to the mug. THE HORROR!

I’ve seen plenty of those Pinterest and Buzzfeed mug cakes where you do everything at once, and the results are quite mixed. What’s cooking up on that mountain I’m standing on, you ask? Not mediocrity. That’s what.

This flourless chocolate cake is rich, dark, and really easy to make. Even if you do have to use that extra bowl. Deal with it.


~everything needs to be at room temperature~

¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspon salt
1½ tablespoons dark cocoa powder


Melt chocolate in microwave, checking at 20 second intervals until smooth, let cool while mixing other ingredients. In a small bowl, don’t use your mug, cream butter and 2 tablespoons sugar together until light and fluffy with a whisk. Cream it REAL GOOD MMMMMMMMmmmmmMMmmmMmm. The sugar should almost be dissolved, but don’t over cream it, then it’ll feel like a facial scrub. Add in egg, extra yolk, and vanilla, salt, and whisk together until combined. Slowly fold in cocoa powder, it will fly everywhere if you’re not careful. Mix the melted chocolate into the batter, and gaze at the velvety glory.

Grease your mug with a small pad of butter, add the rest of the sugar and roll the mug around until the inside is fully coated. Pour the batter into the mug, say a few Hail Marys that your microwave will work correctly, and cook for 75 seconds on high. I used a 1200-watt unit, your mileage may vary, you just want the top to barely be jiggling. Let the cake cool for minute, and if you want your presentation game to be 💯💯💯💯💯💯, flip it onto a plate and dust some powdered sugar on top.


Now that’s a mug cake.

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Written by Zach “it’s lit fam” Jordan
Sophomore // Structural Engineering, Communications
Cooking Instructor


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