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Looking for a delicious and easy dessert that’s perfect for one person? Look no further than this single-serve chocolate vegan mug cake recipe! This mug cake is made without any eggs or cow’s milk, making it an excellent option for those with a vegan diet. 

Plus, it’s super easy to make – just mix all the ingredients together in a mug and microwave for a few minutes. The result is a rich and chocolatey mug cake that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. So next time you’re in the mood for a dessert but don’t want to make a whole batch, give this single serve chocolate vegan mug cake a try.

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What ingredients do I need to make a chocolate vegan mug cake?

You just need a handful of ingredients you probably already have on hand for this vegan chocolate mug cake recipe. 


  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar (substitute: maple syrup or coconut sugar)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Almond milk (substitute: any other non-dairy milk such as Oat Milk or Soy Milk)
  • Vegetable Oil (substitute: Canola Oil or Coconut Oil)
  • Optional: Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • Optional: Powdered Sugar

What equipment do you need to make this vegan mug cake recipe?

To make this recipe you just need your microwave, a 12 ounce ramekin or mug, a glass measuring cup, and a spoon.

How to make a vegan microwave mug cake?

Can I make cake in the microwave?

Yes, you can make cake in the microwave. To make a cake in the microwave, you will need a microwave-safe ramekin or mug, flour, milk, sugar, and oil.

Start by combining all of the wet ingredients to the dry. Spray your ramekin or mug with cooking spray and pour your cake mix into the dish. Place the ramekin in the microwave and cook on high power for 2 minutes. Check the cake after 2 minutes and if it is still not cooked, cook it for an additional 30 seconds until the cake is done. Allow the cake to cool before serving.

How does microwave cake work?

Microwave cakes work by using the microwave to cook the cake quickly, rather than baking in an oven. The cake batter is placed in a microwave-safe container and then microwaved for a few minutes. 

The microwave’s heat accelerates the chemical reactions within the cake batter, causing it to rise and become fluffy. The cake is cooked from the inside out, so the outside will be done first, while the center may still be slightly under cooked for your single serving cake.

The amount of time needed to cook a cake in the microwave will depend on the wattage of the microwave, the size of the cake, and the type of cake being made.

How do vegan cakes rise?

Vegan cakes rise in the same way as regular cakes, through a combination of baking powder or baking soda and air whipped into the batter. Baking powder and baking soda are both leavening agents which produce carbon dioxide gas when they come in contact with an acidic ingredient such as lemon juice, vinegar, or yogurt.

This carbon dioxide gas is what causes the cake to rise and become light and fluffy. The air that is whipped into the batter also helps to lighten the texture of the cake. Additionally, some vegan cakes may get extra help from egg replacers like aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas) and applesauce, both of which can add structure and help to make the cake rise.

Why is my vegan cake not fluffy?

There are a few potential reasons why your vegan cake may not be turning out fluffy. One possibility is that your cake batter wasn’t mixed together properly. If you didn’t mix together the wet and dry ingredients or didn’t beat the batter enough, it could prevent the cake from rising properly and becoming fluffy.

Another potential issue could be that you over mixed the batter. Mixing too much can cause gluten to form, resulting in a denser cake.

Lastly, check the expiration date on your baking soda and baking powder; if they are too old it can prevent your cake from rising and being fluffy.

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Let’s get cooking this easy vegan mug cake recipe

Single serve desserts are great when you’re craving something sweet but don’t have time to make something elaborate. That’s where a single serve vegan mug cake comes in. 

To make this easy one-serving dessert, all you need is a microwave-safe mug, and a couple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Add all the ingredients to the mug and microwave for about 90 seconds – that’s it! You can serve this vegan microwave cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You’ll know the cake is done when it’s puffed up and slightly firm. Let the cake cool, then enjoy! It’s that simple! And the best part is that the whole cake is a single serving just for you. Let us know below in the comments if you try this vegan mug cake recipe.

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Single Serve Chocolate Vegan Mug Cake

  • Author: The Solo Spoon
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Looking for a delicious and easy dessert that’s perfect for one person? Look no further than this single-serve chocolate vegan mug cake recipe! This mug cake is made without any eggs or cow’s milk, making it an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions. 


  • 4 tablespoons All-purpose Flour (30 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder (15 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar (37 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder (2 grams)
  • Pinch of Salt (1 gram)
  • 4 tablespoons Almond Milk (or other dairy-free milk) (60 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil (15 ml)
  • Cooking Oil Spray (use avocado or olive oil spray with no propellants)
  • Optional: Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • Optional: Scoop of Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Spray a 12oz microwave safe ramekin or mug with cooking spray.
  2. In a glass measuring cup with a spout combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk (or stir with a fork) to evenly distribute everything.
  4. Add in the almond milk and oil. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared mug.
  6. Cook in the microwave on full power for 75-90 seconds. If your microwave is weaker you can go to 2 minutes.
  7. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before eating.
  8. Optional: Dust with powdered sugar to serve.


  • If you don’t have a measuring set consider investing in a food scale for this recipe so you can have accurate measurements and don’t need to dirty extra dishes for this dessert
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Rest Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

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