Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze

This mugcake is for those times when you just have to have chocolate. And cake. Or brownies.

And you need it all within 5 minutes.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

The mugcake is part rich chocolate cake, part fudgy brownie, and it’s so fast and easy. It’s a very dangerous little trick to have up your sleeve.

The batter is whisked together in a minute, and the cake cooks in under 3 minutes.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

MY OTHER RECIPES

I’ve made mugcakes in the past on my blog and in my cookbook, and have experimented with my fair share of microwave cakes over the years.

Many cakes and goodies made in the microwave tend to be dry with a weird texture. And the surface is pock-marked with crater-like holes, which don’t exactly persuade me to dive right in.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

This, however, is the best microwave cake I’ve ever made because it’s not dry in the least.

There’s butter and Greek yogurt in the batter, which helps it stay moist.

And the easy vanilla glaze that’s poured over it seeps into the open, tender crumb, boosting the moisture level even more.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

There’s only a small amount of flour, which also keeps the mugcake on the fudgier and denser side. Just the way I like my cakes.

Light and airy is overrated.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

There’s both melted chocolate chips and cocoa powder, making it very chocolaty.

I like to add a pinch of instant espresso granules to my chocolate cakes and brownies because it really brings out the chocolate flavor, and it doesn’t make them taste like coffee.

It gave this little cake extra chocolate oomph.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Because microwaves and mugs vary, you may have to play around with things to find the sweet spot for your setup.

I used a 14 ounce mug which is bigger than most, and cooked for 3 minutes. If your mugs are smaller, divide the batter between two mugs and cook separately for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes.

Do not fill your mug more than halfway full with batter because it’ll overflow. It’s amazing how much puff these things get, and you need to leave major room for expansion.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

All that stands between you and brownie-cake is 5 minutes..

There’s no catch. It’s dangerously fast, easy, and is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze - Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze

This is the best microwave mugcake I’ve ever made because it’s moist and not dry in the least. The texture is a cross between soft, moist devil’s food cake and a fudgy brownie. Both melted chocolate chips and cocoa powder give it plenty of rich chocolate flavor. The buttery vanilla glaze seeps into the porous cake, adding even more moisture and flavor. For times when you just have to have chocolate and need it in less than 5 minutes, make this. It’s dangerously fast, easy, and is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

Ingredients:

Mugcake2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
3 tablespoons vanilla or plain Greek yogurt (1/4 cup buttermilk may be substituted and if using buttermilk, omit the 1 tablespoon of water)
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional (but recommended to boost chocolate intensity; make sure they’re instant so they dissolve. Instant coffee granules may be substituted)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
scant 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (a little less than 1/4 teaspoon)
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Vanilla Glaze
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
about 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
splash of cream or milk, only if necessary for consistency

Directions:

  1. For the Mugcake – Prepare a large mug (at least 14 to 16 ounces) or two smaller mugs by spraying the inside with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and stir with a fork or whisk until melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, heat for about 10 seconds if your chips are resisting melting.
  4. Add the egg, yogurt and water (or buttermilk, and omit the water if using buttermilk), sugar, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, optional espresso granules, and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, optional salt, and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared mug(s). Do not fill your mug over halfway full with batter because it will overflow in the microwave. Use two mugs rather than one if you’re on the fence because mugcakes need ample room for expansion because they puff dramatically during cooking.
  7. For 1 large mug, cook on high power for about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until firm yet springy to the touch. For 2 smaller mugs, cook separately for about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes, each. For my 1 large mugcake as shown, I cooked for 3 minutes. At the 1 1/2 minute mark, the cake puffed up over the top of the mug by about 1 inch, where it stayed and ‘hoovered’ above the mug for the duration of microwaving. Immediately upon powering off the microwave, the cake fell, by about 2 inches below the top edge of the mug. Your mugcake will deflate considerably while it cools. While it cools, make the glaze.
  8. For the Vanilla Glaze – In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  9. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and stir with a fork or whisk until smooth and combined. If necessary to achieve desired glaze consistency, add a splash of cream or milk.
  10. Pour glaze over the cake(s). It’s amazing how much glaze the cake will soak up so don’t be alarmed if it looks like you have a lot. If you do have extra glaze, it will keep airtight for many weeks in the refrigerator. Mugcakes are best eaten fresh, but will keep airtight for up to 2 days at room temperature.

Recipe from Averie Cooks. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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103 comments on “Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze”

  1. Perfect for my 1:30am chocolate craving when I need to go to bed! ;)

  2. I have had terrible luck with mugcakes. So much so that I stopped making them because I wasn’t ever satisfied after eating them. (Choking them down, really.) But this recipe actually looks unique and different – way to find something that actually works!

    I LOVE that mug!!!

  3. *Love* your gorge blue mug (and this cake)! It looks super-fudgy…not at all like something that came out of a microwave. Genius! xo

  4. I live mug cakes but they are dangerous in my house because I am always tempted to eat them around the clock or whenever I have an extra 5 minutes!

  5. Oh my goodness, Averie….this is sooo good and yet sooo dangerous that I am a microwave ding away from a rich, warm chocolate fix!

  6. Wow this looks AMAZING!!! I would love to make this with my boyfriend but he has an egg allergy; he can eat baked goods with eggs in it like cakes and brownies but he cant eat scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, etc. Does the egg cook all the way like an egg in a cake (is it safe for him to eat it)?

    • The egg cooks through completely in this, yes. It’s not raw!

      On other matters, normally if someone is allergic to eggs, whether the egg is cooked, raw, in a baked good, scrambled or fried, or baked into a casserole, it wouldn’t matter. Egg is egg. So just do as you know is right for your own dietary needs and situation!

  7. It’s also good for those times when you just have to eat out of a mug. You just have to. XOGREG

  8. LOVE this recipe. I’m SO into mug desserts! This will be a favorite for sure!

  9. I used to make mug brownies and completely forgot until seeing this. Such a great cake, love the glaze!

  10. Ooh! Another genius recipe, Averie! Love the shot of the mug with the criss-crossed spoons, too…so blue and purrrty. Just beautiful. Even more beautiful is how you formulated this recipe using Greek yogurt. Moist and no big dry air pockets. Looks like perfection! Mmmm. Thanks for sharing, m’lady!

    • Thanks for the photo compliments. There’s only so many ways you can photograph a mug so I tried to goof around with the spoons :)

      And yes, no weird dry air pockets and wonky texture in this one like most microwave food!

  11. Easy and so much chocolate. What’s not to love here?!

  12. Mugcakes are the best! So easy and no need to mess up multiple dishes to make a full batch of cookies or cupcakes :)

  13. SO yummy, SO brilliant-and that mug is SOOO pretty!

  14. I LOVE mug cakes, but yeah, it can be dangerous to have these recipes on hand. On the plus side, hey, I’m not making a full pan of brownies! But then: oh, I can make one of these after dinner every night! And I totally will.

  15. I love the gorgeous mug, Averie. Seriously girl, I should NOT have read this post. Now I’m going to be making this mug cake every five minutes cause that’s how often I want.need.crave chocolate cake, lol.

  16. You just gave another idea for a great dessert. I am passing it to my teen who loves making mug cakes.

  17. OMG OMG! This looks amazing!!! I literally cannot wait to whip this up! I hate when it’s late at night, you are craving chocolate have none left! This recipe will solve that dilemma! Thanks :-)

  18. The only thing that prevents me from weighing 300 pounds is pretending that mug cakes don’t exist :) I love how easy it is!

  19. That blue stoneware makes this mug cake look GOOOD! I don’t have a microwave and so I think I am the last person on earth to try a mug cake but this post makes me want one somethin fierce. Gorgeous photos and awesome mug Averie!!

  20. How gorgeous is that mug?! I mean the cake is amazing but that mug – SO CUTE!

  21. Averie, this is about the . . . third time that I’ve visited your blog to drool over this mug cake! It looks SOOOO good! Thank you so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays!! Pinning this one!

  22. one can never have enough mug cake recipes…amazing as always averie

  23. Just made this–sooooo tasty! I accidentally doubled the water, but ultimately I think that was a good thing because it was VERY soft and gooey (how I like my chocolate desserts) but not liquid. It has a tang from the yogurt that went really nicely with the vanilla glaze. Thanks for the awesome easy recipe!

    • Thanks for the great comment Rachel & so glad you liked it – despite doubling the water. A happy accident that sounds like it worked out well and everything turned out just right. Glad you loved it! :)

  24. Ooh- going to have to try this for sure. Love the mug. Where did you find it?

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