Brownie in a Mug

Some mugs don't microwave well because there is metal in their ceramic glaze. They'll work but they may get very hot. Best to use a plain old everyday un-fancy mug. A regular 12 to 16 ounce mug will do fine.

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one serving


  • 1/4 cup flour (30 g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
  • 2 Tbsp (13 g) cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tiny pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil, vegetable oil, or melted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small scoop of ice cream or 1 or 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream to serve


1 Add the dry ingredients to the mug and stir: Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a microwave safe ceramic mug. Stir with a fork or spoon to mix well and break up any clumps.

2 Add the wet ingredients and stir: Add the oil, water, and vanilla to the cup and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.

3 Zap in microwave: Place in microwave and heat on high until the mixture is cooked through, about a 1 minute and 40 seconds for a 1000 watt microwave, or 1 minute 10 seconds on a 1650 watt microwave.

You may have to experiment and adjust the time for less or more powerful microwaves. If you don't know the power level on your microwave, start with 60 seconds and increase until the brownie is done. It should still be moist when cooked through, not dry.

4 Top with ice cream! Let cool for a minute and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a teaspoon or two of whipping cream poured over.

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  • Anonymous

    You did a great job making this recipe it was magnificent! But In the video it says 1/4th teaspoon and in the directions it says 1/8th teaspoon of vanilla extract and now am confused!


    • Carrie Havranek

      I will look into this, but I can tell you that 1/8 of a teaspoon difference in vanilla extra won’t rock the boat on this recipe! I am always adding more vanilla extract to chocolate based recipes, as a rule, so happy brownie making!

  • Anika

    It tasted awful, I don’t know if we messed up a step which I don’t think we did, this wasn’t very solid and was not tasty.

  • Abigail Bolen

    It felt as if it was missing something…it tasted good but I felt as if there wasn’t alot of brownie flavor


  • marie

    It worked perfectly for me .


  • Destiny

    I put my mug in , 1100 watt microwave for 1 min and 35 sec, was gooey so I put it in for longer and longer until it seemed to me like a brownie. Once cooled it was a giant rock. My friend puts hers in and it’s literally brownie pudding.


  • Kaitlyn

    I wish this worked but for me it didnt I cooked it for 1 min and 20 and it was till kinda mushy and gooey I tried it and it doesnt taste like a brownie it taste like nothing


  • Madi

    I put some Nutella in it and mixed it up and it was a split let amazing with and without it.

    I was wondering though about the nutrition facts for this?


    • Summer Miller

      Hi, Madi! Nutella sounds like a great addition. We don’t currently calculate nutritional information on our recipes. I’d recommend using an online nutritional calculator like this one. Thanks!

  • Madi

    Love this recipe but I was wondering about the nutrition info


  • Charlotte

    Did Not turn out well. Weird flavor, mushy
    cupcake texture.

  • Beth

    I love this! Quick and easy to cure a sweet craving!!!


  • Jesse

    I have always used this recipe as I love love LOVE brownies once in a while. I will go on a sugar/sweet binge and this is a simple to follow recipe made with the ingredients in your home. I would trust my KID to make this by herself!!!! Its an awesome party fixing too with all the coffee mugs I have lying around! Eapecially on a cold day! Anyone that cant make this obviously didnt follow the instructions and it clearly states you may have to experiment with the time in the microwave if you dont know the microwaves watts. Im eating one of these vhocolate bad boys NOW covered with powdered sugar!!!!!!


  • Emily

    Loved it! Was so chocolatey and deliocous. I do recommend putting about a teaspoon of espresso powder in the brownie mix to bring out even more chocolaty flavors. Great recipe!


  • Kaitlyn

    It was a doughish texture and did not taste good at all. When I was done with the mixture I put it in the microwave for the suggest time and when I saw it hadn’t fully cooked more time and it end up being burn in the middle and gooey on the outer side.
    Do not reccomened.


  • Joice Cypriano

    I modified a couple of things. I added about 1 tsp of sour cream, about 1/4 tsp baking soda, some chopped pecans and dark chocolate chips. Served with bourbon vanila ice-cream. It was a super hit!


  • Brenda earsley

    This is the best brownie in a mug ever ! I tried a bunch of other ones and they never work


  • Marnè

    I am pregnant and have been craving brownies all day. In desperation I turned to the internet to find a brownie mug recipe, but I wasn’t getting my hopes up as most of the cake-in-a-mug recipes I have tried before were seriously disappointing. This one exceeded my expectations and my cravings were satisfied beyond what I was hoping. I will be bookmarking this page, as it is by far the best mug recipe I have ever tried!


  • Katey

    Amazing it taste amazing


  • Michelle

    Tastes amazing but it is more like a cake than a brownie


  • Tiffany

    This is AMAZING!! I’m literally scraping the bottom of the mug to get the very last bit out. I’ve made this 3 nights in a row. It’s so easy and so good. Thanks for the easy brownie fix!!!


  • Eliza

    Amazing! Best mug brownie I have ever made! I used butter, heavy cream for the water because I happened to have some to use up and I didn’t use any cinnamon… this will be my go to recipe when I need a quick brownie fix! Thank you tons!


  • Renee

    This is my favorite brownie in a mug recipe. I make it whenever I need a chocolate fix.


  • Nicole

    This is life changing! Thank you!!!


  • Liz

    I made these earlier today, really good. However, I cant seem to find how many calories are in it?


  • Jesse

    It was great just as the recipe said. Some of these negative reviews crack me up. If you mess this up you’ve got bigger issues to handle.


  • Peyton Wietzke

    One second the brownie wasn’t cooked enough….a second later my house was filled with smoke. I don’t think I will be trying this recipe again

    • Summer Miller

      Hi, Peyton! I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work for you. All microwaves are different. It’s very easy for something to go from under cooked to overcooked in a matter of seconds in a microwave. It’s always best to check on a new microwave recipe frequently so you find the perfect time for your microwave’s wattage and power.

  • bl

    Way too much oil. After cooking, the cake was inflated and when pushed down turned to oily mush. :(


    • Summer Miller

      Hi, bl! I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work for you. All microwaves are different. Is it possible it just didn’t cook long enough for the power/wattage of your microwave?

  • Audrey

    It was great. I skipped out on the cinnamon. Put a tad more vanilla (just eyeballed it). In stead of putting 1/4 cup of water just to half water half milk made it so good. I put it all in a 8 oz. cup and I would recommend splitting it in two because the top was gooyier and less cake like than the bottom that way you get better consistency.


  • Lacey

    Best brownie in a mug i have ever had I loved the touch of cinnamon

  • Hannah

    I highly recommending instead of doing the full amount of water to do half milk and water. It makes it creamier and also to ditch the cinnamon and add vanilla extract. I did it for 1 minute and 10 seconds, topped it with ice cream and it was perfect really enjoyed it with my sister :)


  • Lindsey

    If you like more soft brownies or cakey brownies, put some whipped cream on while it’s still hot. The cream kinda soaks into the brownie and makes it softer


  • Ryan

    Have made this several times, it’s my to go to for a chocolate fix. Only thing extra I do is add in a Tbsp of chocolate chips. I suggest lowering your microwave time if you try this, the melted chips hold some serious heat and continue to cook the brownie briefly afterwards. Mines a 1650 watt, and I let mine go for about 45 seconds.

  • Megan

    It was pretty good……. it just felt a little bit dry but overalll it was amazing


  • Liv

    Add half a table spoon vinegar, makes it less dense and more tender. Really good!


  • christina polchinski

    I really liked this recipe a lot, I recommend this for people who don’t have ovens. But I think this recipe could of had more to it, like if someone likes mint chocolate brownies, they could add mint extract in it too. Anyway, I love this recipe and I would make it again.

  • [email protected]

    Do you have to use cinnamon?

  • Julia

    it was delicious only complaints were that it was dry and I didn’t like the cinnamon flavor


    • Carrie Havranek

      You can certainly skip the cinnamon, and maybe your microwave is faster? Microwave cooking times can vary wildly! Thanks for your comment, Julia.

  • Travis

    I’ve been craving brownies and tried this. it Fantastic! Just what I wanted, thank you for the recipe… was soooo easy and took really no time.


  • Trish

    These are amazing…..I used 1 tab of canola oil and 1 tab of melted butter. Awesome rich and simple chocolate craving fix. Now to figure out how to use a sugar free sweetener and how to substitute coconut flour and or almond flour for a healthier version. If not no worries…this should take care of my sweet cravings for a few days!!!

  • [email protected]

    I opened the microwave to see everything covered in chocolate and the oil floating around the cup. :(


  • Tara

    This is a great recipe for a single girl like me. Im down to my last bit of flour and sugar and I wanted something sweet to bake up quickly. Thank goodness for brownies in a mug!
    I used 1 1/2 tablespoons of margarine and a scant 1/4 of sugar and added a 2 teaspoons of honey. I wanted to reduce the saturated fat and refined sugar content. Tastes amazing!


  • Bob Johnson

    Meh. Can’t beat the real thing, but a good substitute for when you are having intense chocolate cravings.


  • Kami

    Delicious! Wasn’t rubbery to me. I cooked it for 1:20 seconds on 1200 wats and it is really good! I would recommend.

  • Velva

    It turned out perfectly. Followed direction exactly.


  • Rosario

    I added chocolate but even then it was slightly dry. I even made sure not to overcook it. For a mug brownie, it was good. I would make it again considering how easy it was


  • Marcy

    Don’t bother. Don’t waste your time or ingredients. It’s not good. Rubbery…and I didn’t cook for the suggested time. I thought the ice cream would help but, no. It’s just not good.


  • Heather

    The consistency was very rubbery and it did not taste rich or chocolatey like a brownie at all. Only ate a couple bites then tossed the rest in the trash.


  • Halo

    it’s good. and super easy


  • Jenna

    very good!! especially with ice cream((: so good for a quick late night snack


  • Scn

    The flavor was bland and didn’t have a brownie texture at all. It is closer to cake but still bland. I wouldn’t make it again.


  • Bri

    For me it came out like tasteless chocolate-ish rubber. Not sure it doesn’t need more vanilla and a true 1/8″ tsp salt.


  • Debbie

    I make mine in a bowl and top with marshmallow fluff, ice cream, and hot fudge.
    My go-to bedtime snack, my poor-me snack, my I-don’t-feel-like-making-supper-and-the-boys-aren’t-home snack, my mid-day work snack.

    Neither of my kids are brownie fans so this is perfect! I might have to give them one bite…but that’s all…and only if they catch me ;)


  • Brownie-lover

    I made it. My sons (12 and 10) said it was very good. They actually asked for recipe so they can make it in the future. We ate with vanilla ice cream. Thank you for sharing your recipe.


  • Grace

    Amazing and so fast! I used 2 tablespoons of melted butter instead of oil. It cooked perfectly and was gooey and delicious!


  • savannah finch

    i only had extra virgan oil but all I had to do was use 1 tbs instead of 2


  • Cassidy Kuhlmann

    I had to microwave for much longer that 1:40. A little dissapounted with how bland it tastes. Even after cooking it for around 2:30, it wasn’t fully cooked st the top and bottom but the middle was decent.


  • Sharisia

    Y’all are overthinking this perfect recipe! This brownie was bomb!!! I used coconut oil and imitation vanilla extract and it was yummmyyyy


  • S. R.

    So yummy! Super easy to make too.


  • DT

    This is an easy and sinful treat. I used coconut oil because it has no taste and I prefer it to vegetable oil. The ice cream is a must. I don’t know that I would have enjoyed it as much without the ice cream We used salted caramel (that’s all we had), but vanilla would be perfect.


  • Gi

    Bland and cakey


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  • Bri

    I didn’t have chocolate powder so I used coffee powder from a coffe machine I had and it actually turned out amazing!

  • Mugdha Gumphekar

    This recipe is amazing and works for me everytime. It’s simple, uncomplicated and delicious.


  • Hanhelhelhan

    It bored after a while but it was okay. I added some chocolate chips which worked fine.


  • carolina

    It was delicious!


  • [email protected]

    I made and it was delicious. Definitely making it again!!


  • Meyoumehi

    It’s not the best, but it’s still good. Great for cooking at 3am when everybody else is asleep….. I subbed oil for butter and water for milk. I also added peanut butter and caramel sauce and mixed it in before I cooked it.


  • Britt

    I loved it I used just a couple teaspoons less of sugar and only 1.5 tablespoon of oil worked great!


  • Kristin

    Just made this in a bowl and doubled it! Checked the inside of the microwave to check wattage (1000), set the cook time to 1min, 30 sec. microwaved for an additional 30 sec and it was perfect!

  • Shelley’s Home Cooking

    I couldn’t find my cocoa powder so I had to use 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips. I wonder who had my cocoa powder away……
    Anyway, the cake tasted a little bit too sweet but still nice. I used groundnut oil and couldn’t taste it. Definitely a good late night pudding when you have cakey pangs :)


  • Allison

    First mug brownie/cake I havnt had to add extra liquid to. I highly suggest sticking to the recommend oils though. I used coconut oil as it was all I had and I can definitely taste it. Not the worst thing in the world but not a flavour I was craving. I also used hot chocolate powder and it worked really well. Ended up finding my coco powder after but oh well haha. Definitely gonna be a frequent treat ☺️


  • Nikki

    Tasted like straight oil to me.


    • Ladyfong

      Wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and I hate to join in on the negativity but I had the same issue. Followed instructions exactly. The taste and texture were nowhere near “brownie”, just oil. Sorely disappointed.

  • Rosie

    Pretty good. Definitely more of a cake than a brownie. Tried to add choc chips but that leaves very runny sections so I would not reccomend this. Nice flavor, light, moist.


  • Bob

    Hi not sure if this rises so please comment so I can try this awesome recipe

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Bob, it rises some, but only because the microwave works by boiling the water in the mixture, and the boiling water produces air bubbles.

  • Kayla

    Very impressed. I used 1/4 cups of coffee to see what it would be like ( I usually add coffee in place of water when called for in brownies or certain chocolate cake recipes. IF you follow this recipe exactly as write, it will NOT fail you. Totally bomb!


  • [email protected]

    I experimented with different times and this is more of a chocolate cake than a brownie. Regardless, it’s not bad considering what it is.


  • Olivia

    I reduced the oil to 1 tsb and kept the rest the same. Was very rich and brownie like. Shared with my daughter. Was jut enough! May add chocolate chips next time. Also like the espresso powder idea. Thanks!


  • Andrea

    Y’know, this is actually pretty good all things considered. Of course it’s not actually gonna taste like a traditional brownie since its one portion thrown together in minutes then microwaved in a standard mug. But it does help a “baked chocolate” fix!

    I added a bit of espresso powder and did the heavy cream on top suggestion. I liked it and would make again. Go bake real brownies if you’re looking for actual brownies. I just wanted some fast chocolate.


  • Stell

    My go to when I don’t want extra brownies sitting around, plus almost instant satisfaction; microwaves a bittersweet relationship we do have :)


  • Anonymous

    As far as mug cakes go they don’t get much better than this.

    If you’re changing the recipe at all understand you might get a different consistency.

    IF you expect this to take exactly like a brownie, with the same exactly consistency, I’d suggest just baking brownies.

  • Courtney

    This recipe was extremely dry even despite the fact that I had to use 1/2 cup of water instead of 1/4 to make the batter stirrable. Ratios are off and I wouldn’t try it again


  • [email protected]

    First time I’ve tried this. It was DELICIOUS – and my husband agrees. I did change a few things: I used butter instead of oil; I substituted Nomu Skinny Hot Chocolate as I had no cocoa; I added coffee to the water which I heated, and I microwaved two mugs together for 2 mins 20 secs. I let it stand for 10 minutes to complete the cooking process. There was a lovely gooey chocolatey sauce on the top, and the rest was like a perfect brownie. Thank you for a delicious sweet treat


  • Carla Smith

    How did this get a 4.5 star review on google? Not trying to be rude, but this recipe was as good as I had hoped (and yes, before anyone asks, I followed the recipe exactly). Very disappointed.


  • David

    Needed a chocolate fix tonight. Did a search and picked this one at random. Made it per instructions okay probably should have read the reviews little on the raw side should have cooked a 15 seconds longer. I personally like desserts not overly sweet so the taste was okay.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi David, every microwave is different, you have to make adjustments for your particular microwave. The best thing about undercooking with a microwave is that you can easily put the mug back in for a few seconds to cook it further!

  • Hailey

    I followed this recipe to the T and it tasted pretty bad. It was very thick in a horrible way and had barley any flavor. Did not taste like anything edible.


  • Areli Manzo

    Great Recipe! I replaced the 2 tbsp of oil with 2 tbsp of melted butter and absolutely loved it! Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe


  • Tyler

    Pretty good, not great. The brownie needs to more chocolatey and sweet. Also it’s a little mushy towards the bottom. Hoping for a new and improved recipe!


  • Pandamommy33

    I tried this tonight and I don’t think I’ll be trying it again. It was thick and rubbery and didn’t taste like chocolate even though I added a little more cocoa powder. It also needs more sugar like several of the other reviewers mentioned. Good idea, just needs a little tweaking.


  • Andrea Woods

    I have made this recipe 2 or 3 times now and I love it! The heavy cream on top makes it perfect. Will definitely be making it again!


  • Nat

    The batters tasty, it overflowed in my microwave though.

  • Lindsay

    Sooooo good! Thanks for sharing!

  • [email protected]

    It is kind of bland…I would have used milk instead of water


  • Joan A Leigh

    Could you give the nutritional information please.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Joan! Emma here, managing editor. We don’t currently calculate nutritional information on our recipes. I’d suggest using an online nutrition calculator, like this one. Thanks!

  • Sujo

    It could have been better, but not the worst I have tried.


  • Megan

    One of the better ‘brownie in a mug’ recipes I’ve come across!


  • Lauren

    Very good! I added some ice cream too. The flavor could use a bit of work though.


  • Jasmine

    I doubled the recipe and added milk instead of the water but it still came out tasting bland. Not awful but not a good brownie by any means

  • Suzie

    Awesome. I made it with carob powder as I am supposed to avoid chocolate. I added 1 tbsp of ground flax to address the lack of structure. I topped it with carob chips when it came out of the microwave.


  • Elexis

    I am so happy I found this recipe!! I used skim milk instead of water and I ommited the cinnamon. Chocolate chips were also a great addition. I’ve tried three other brownie in a mug recipes and this is by far my favorite! Thank you!!


  • sydney

    Not what I was expecting… next time will not add cinnamon. Makes the taste weird. Might try again if I’m really needing a chocolate fix.. without cinnamon.


  • Kennedy lol

    This is amazing I would highly recommend


  • ember

    this was great! I didnt have any cocoa powder so I used 1 tablespoon of cinnamon instead and it was delicious! love it


  • Amy

    I am very confused. I did it for 1 minute and 40 seconds and it was still very soft and raw. i don’t want to heat it up again because I am afraid I will do something to it. What if I do it for 2 minutes? Will it still be good?

    • Kennedy lol

      Yes I put mine in for 2 minutes as well

  • Kim

    It turned out perfect! I put some pecans and chocolate chips to add some crunch!


  • Haylie

    Made this tonight and honestly the BEST Brownie in a Mug recipe I’ve ever had. Super moist, fluffy, and chocolatey. I microwaved it for a minute and 30 seconds and it was perfect. The only modification I made is one fourth teaspoon of vanilla instead of an eighth. Will DEFINITELY make again.


  • Tess

    May this tonight and it was delicious. I used almond extract instead of vanilla. I also adjusted the time and cooked it a little less than suggested.


  • Nella

    Not great, bland tasting, could have done with some more sugar. Also my microwave isn’t as strong as the microwave in the recipe but after 75 seconds, it was over cooked


  • Carter

    Delicioso really good


  • Shantelle

    It was good! It is especially yummy with ice cream and syrups and whipped cream! :P


  • Georgina

    It was absolutely delicious. So moist and tasty.


  • Mason

    Texture was slimey and rubbery. I don’t think I missed any steps, but the taste made me spit it out. I hated it, didn’t cure my cravings at all and just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.


    • Nicole

      I agree, very bland and not a good taste.

  • BoJeb

    It was ok. I thought the texture was rubbery. Taste was ok. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I made it because I was craving something sweet. Yikes just under 600 calories. Next time I will spend my calories on something baked in an oven or from a bakery. I am not a big fan of most mug recipes, but I keep thinking maybe I will come up with a really great recipe.


  • Sandra

    It needs a levening…next time I will put in and egg or baking powder. Also it is really dry…maybe a few chocolate chips will moisten it up a bit.


    • Amy

      wow, it was the opposite of dry for me!

  • Ashley Haynie

    I have made this one for years, super easy and no butter involved.


  • Skatt

    An average-tasting brownie, at best. My 12-year old and I made this tonight, and neither of us were impressed. The flavor was on the bland side; the texture and body similar to a cupcake. Quick and easy for a fast chocolate-fix, but we will continue our quest of a great lil’ Brownie in a Mug.


  • Monica

    This was delicious! Used cold brew coffee in place of water and the taste is amazing!


  • Kelly K

    So fast, so easy, so awesome! Kids love this one.


  • Brandon

    I made it by myself but theres tiny little white spots in it. not sure if its flour of salt. I used malt powder instead of cocoa powder.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Brandon, be sure to mix the dry ingredients really well before adding the wet ingredients, and then mix again really well after adding the wet ingredients. No idea if malt powder makes a difference here, I haven’t tried using it.

  • Leisa

    This was super delicious! I used whole grain flour and maybe a Tbsp. less sugar. It was SO satisfying…..vegan too! Thanks!

  • Lorrie

    I made it for the first time and loved it. Will make again.

  • James G.

    Awesome for a fast easy dessert. This is one of the best recipes. I have ever found for a quick microwave brownie. The rich chocolate and the thick texture of the brownie. Amazes me that it wasn’t cooked in oven by a professional.
    For 700 watt microwaves I used a full power settings. And only cooked it for slightly more than 2 minutes.

  • seisue

    Can I cut the sugar in half if I prefer a “dark chocolate” brownie instead?

  • DJ

    I used Splenda and Coconut Oil…. had no vinilla….but was awesome! A bit cake like….but good!

  • Netagene Kirkpatrick

    Is this plain flour or self-rising flour? Looks like It would have to be self-rising. I see where one lady DID add a bit of baking powder.

    • Elise Bauer

      No, it is plain flour. The microwave causes the liquid in the mixture to boil and bubble, creating its own leavening. You don’t need to add baking powder.

  • Matilda

    I added oats to it and it’s like a mix of the choclate-oat cookie and brownie, and I didn’t cook it all the way. Amazing!!! I’ve used this recipe many many times.

  • Beth

    Well, I love brownies. I enjoy using my microwave. I enjoy doing fast and simple. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I checked out the calories and it’s 579 calories! I believe I would share this recipe with another person, that’s still almost 300 calories for a half serving. I’ve never had very good luck using Splenda in baked products. But, then, it’s brownies, made quickly, in a mug to satisfy a brownie craving.

    • Paula

      We aren’t looking for calorie counts, we want a quick chocolate fix lol

  • Olivia

    This recipe was fantastic! I will recommend it to others.

  • Poppy

    I’ve made this 3x this week it’s so good. I left out the cinnamon and added instant coffee granules. I love gooey/fudgy brownies and this was is it.

    • Mary christopher

      I live in Texas and try not to turn the oven on any more than I have to. I experimented with this recipe last night added mini marshmallows …awesome indeed. Well today I am picking up grand kids from school so I thought I’d make it bigger, and it worked beautifully tripled the recipe , used a glass square pan and had to mess around with cooking time, but in less than 5 minutes total we had brownies hot with a dollop of whipping cream. It took longer to put together than it did to cook. Wonderfully fun recipe. I will work next teach the kids to make their own with supervision of course . Thanks,

  • Alex

    For even richer chocolate flavor use brewed coffee in place of the water.

  • Missy Stevenson

    7 months pregnant in July – wanted brownies :) no 8*8 pan and my bigger one was holding leftovers. The brownie thirst was STRONG!! Happened to stumble upon this recipe and threw it together. I used coconut oil though. Threw some sliced almonds and flaked coconut in it….AMAZING and perfect!! AND (my favorite) no leftovers to munch on or for bigger kids (or hubby) to steal

    • Elise Bauer

      Love your additions Missy!

    • Syara Marfo

      You saved me!!!! I am a night labor and delivery nurse, I am home on call and want brownie but only have olive oil…. never even thought of the coconut oil we use in our smoothies!!! Wow it was fantastic!!! Also used Pyure Stevia blend and you could not tell the difference!

    • Ellen

      6 months pregnant. 10:00 at night. Work in the morning. A major sweet tooth. And utterly exhausted. This recipe saved my life. Lmao

  • Sydney Harold Letz III

    I have made this twice and I liked it both times, but my friend liked it the first time and not the second so I am trying to see what I may have done differently. What would happen if I add a little too much oil? a little too much chocolate? a little too much flour? a little too much vanilla? a little too much or too little water? it was mushy in one of the two mugs. Also does a wide mug come out different from a standard mug? Thank you for taking the time to respond and for the wonderful recipe. Do you have a recipe page?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Sydney, any number of things could affect the outcome of the brownie. It’s a little too mushy, just put it back in the microwave for another 10 to 15 seconds.

  • Susan

    I made these with my granddaughter tonight for the family and they loved it! We added touches to each one to match their tastes ( peanut butter, instant coffee, m & m’s etc). Fun thing to do with your little helpers.

  • Bonnie

    This is amazing I made it for my brother and he loved it same with me we added some powder suger and it was amazing I tried outher recipes and it didn’t work and this recipe worked i love this

  • Whitney Weber

    At first I thought this would be a fail but after doing I was very im enjoying it right now with a bowl of vinella ice cream

  • Ashley Murphy

    This recipe was just what I needed today! I love in Texas, and because of the heat, I didn’t want to turn on the oven, yet I desperately needed a brownie! I added a teaspoon of peanut butter to the mix and it turned out delicious

  • Sara

    This recipe was perfect it tasted so moist and the chocolate wasn’t overpowering it was really good I did add some chocolate chips to it though mixed them in and then before I threw it in the microwave I sprinkled some on top it took me 3 minutes but I have an old microwave so that might be why definitely will recommend this recipe to someone else amazing!

  • Wunter

    This mug brownie didn’t turn out great. The flavor was very bland. I expected way better things from this recipe.

  • Mk

    I’ve always been a baker, but sometimes there’s that day where you come home and everyone ate all the cookies… that you made yesterday. This was the perfect recipe to soothe my sweet tooth!

  • Scarlet

    I’ve tried many mug brownie recipes but this one by far works the best. Instead of vanilla extract I used almond extract and it tasted great enjoying it with a glass of milk right now

  • Lily Jenkins

    I don’t know where all the bad comments are coming from, this was the first mug cake i tried and the only one that has worked for me!

  • Trudy T

    Yumm…I just finished scraping my bowl. So…I followed the recipe exactly but made 3 substitutions:

    I used soy flour
    I used splenda sugar blend ( only needed 2 tbsp to be equivalent to 1/4 sugar)
    I used soy milk (instead of the water)

    I microwaved it for 1 minute & 10 seconds and it was PERFECT.

    I’m thinking next time to use half protein powder and half soy flour. I’m trying to make it as low carb as possible.

  • Lauren

    I mad it exactly the way the recipe called for, and it turned out amazing!! I put two scoops of ice cream on top too and it just added to the creamy texture of the brownie!! So thankful for the recipe

  • Xan

    Scrumptious to distraction… albeit with a few modifications:
    – used spelt flour,
    – replaced cocoa with cacao,
    – substituted water with milk,
    – replaced recipe’s oil w/coconut oil,
    – replaced sugar with seville orange syrup; next time will try maple syrup,
    – added 1/2 egg (reconstituted from powder)

    My post-prandial delight was never this good.
    Thanks for the inspiring recipe.

    • Virginia

      Good substitutions. I used almond flour and flax meal, just one TBSP of brown sugar, a little extra salt, and melted butter. O. M. G.

  • Robert

    Followed recipe exactly…1m 20s in microwave. It was gummy in texture, and kinda bland. Not worth the time or calories.

  • Lauranne

    This little mug cake is big on flavor! Came. Out. Perfect. Made few changes…used a wee bit of peppermint flavoring, used better batter gluten free flour, so i knew i could use extra liquid so…used one large grade AA egg, used coconut oil (not melted), and added 1/4 tsp baking powder. The rest was the same, the measurements were the same, this was cake! Thank you for posting this awesome dessert!


  • Food lover

    Followed the recipe as instructed and it turned out pretty good. Loved it! For late night cravings, this recipe will come handy.

  • Leslie

    Hi Elise~

    Do you have a timing guideline for making 6 at a time?

  • Danae

    This recipe was easy and delicious. You need to top the brownie with ice cream or whipped cream because it is very chocolaty. It was smooth and I liked that it required no special ingredients.

  • elizabeth d

    I have made this a few times now and absolutely love it and it’s easy to make diet friendly for a diabetic. My only thing is there are 2 different measurements for the water. One says 3 tablespoons the other days 1/4 cup. I have found that 3 1/2 tablespoons works just fine. Used melted butter for the old gonna try to use coconut oil next time I make it.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hello Elizabeth, my instructions only indicate 1/4 cup of water.

  • Tessie

    I tried to make this recipe multiple times and it never really came out as well as it looks.

  • kinga olson

    This literally took 5 minutes to make and was deliciously chocolately – a quick treat that is even better with a drizzle of orange or loganberry liquor and a shot of whip cream. I used an orange infused Olive Oil for half the canola. Cooked in the micro for exactly 1 min. Plan to mix the dry ingredients in a bag with the recipe to send in the next care package for my college kids – perfect late night study treat. thanks for sharing!

  • stella

    i didn’t add any cinnamon, and sprinkled in some chocolate chips. it was delicious and if i were to have one criticism it’d be that the canola oil threw off the taste a little, so next time i might use unsalted butter instead.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Stella, if your canola oil is throwing off the taste it’s time to ditch that canola oil. Canola oil should be tasteless. Canola oil does go rancid pretty easily though, so if that is what you are tasting, it should be thrown away. Butter is a good option in any case!

  • Leslie

    Not very sweet but definitely hit the spot for something quick and with little clean up. I used sweetened cocoa and cut down on the sugar just a tad. Next time I’ll use a little more sugar than what it calls for and still use sweetened cocoa. I had mint chocolate chip ice cream but vanilla would have been even better. I say it’s a keeper!

  • Lynette Foxen

    Don’t Give Up!!
    Firstly, I have tried many of these recipes and have found that they all start to burn before 60 seconds is up with my microwave. I would highly suggest starting at 40 seconds to begin with. After many trials I have found that melting the fat with the sugar beforehand yeilds the best tasting results. Using butter or coconut oil is going to taste best, as vegetable oil contributes nothing flavor-wise toward this simple recipe’s construction. Once the butter and sugar have combined I add the water and the cocoa, then lastly the flour and flavorings. I have learned to watch this nuked treat very carefully using my nose rather than my eyes. The cake/brownies will continue to cook once removed and while it is cooling it is also drying out. To be sure that your method produces a nice, moist treat do some testing and don’t give up. It is very worthwhile once you have figured out how to best use your microwave for this super quick chocolate fix. My first few were terrible but I stuck with it, gave it a few tweaks, and now I am a pro at quick brownies and cakes any time. There are no hard rules to this method either. If you find it is constantly too dry, up the fat or the liquid. Milk can also be used. In addition to the cocoa powder you can add chocolate or other flavored chips. Pouring over a dollop of heavy cream is great for cutting the sweetness and adding a wonderful creamy flavor to the chocolate. Just be sure that your container is big enough to accommodate the batter and the options are endless. I even added an egg yolk to one trial and it came out very rick and delicious! Good luck and have fun!

  • Melanie

    This is my go-to recipe for a brownie in a mug. It’s really yummy and quick to make. I follow the recipe exactly. No, it doesn’t taste as good as pan brownies….but let’s get real, if we had the time an inclination to make pan brownies, we wouldn’t be looking for how to make it in a cup. It’s chocolate and it’s quick. Mine is warm, moist, and yummy, and it doesn’t require a trip to the store. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • Mara

    Mine turned out very bland and not very good tasting. i added some frosting and chocolate which made it better but it overall wasn’t that great. wish i had read the comments before attempting. Would not make again

  • Carol

    Was totally disgusting!!

  • Don

    Added chocolate chips, cayenne and Bailey’s

  • Isabelle

    Pretty good, but it was a little too thick to be a brownie (someone suggested adding baking powder to make it fluffier, so I’ll try that next time!). My main problem is that it was a little bland. I wanted it to be sweeter or more chocolatey, so I have a question: what kind of sugar should I use? I tried half brown and half white. Will one of them make the brownie sweeter? If not, I think I might add a little more sugar next time. (I also didn’t have any ice cream, and I’m guessing it normally makes up for the lack of sweetness). I really like that this recipe doesn’t have eggs though – it’s a little easier to make and I don’t have to worry if I try some of the batter before it’s cooked:)

    • Haley

      Brown suger is sweeter than normal white sugar so if it was not very sweet do half white and half brown sugar, baking powder does make it fluffier and bigger so you can try that… my brownie was fluffy but bland i sugest adding chcolate chips into it for more of a chcolatey flavour, Hope this helped! (btw for the oil i used coconut oil)

  • Jess

    Started to make this and realized I didn’t have any sugar, so I substituted 1/4 cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and skipped adding more cocoa. After it was done I topped it with caramel syrup (as I had no ice cream or whipped cream either) and it was actually really good.

  • Katherine McArdle

    This turned into a catostrophic mess. It ended up spilling over and all over the mug. It did turn out delicious but I’m glad I put a plate under it.

  • Lena

    Just made it omg awesome n perfect!! Ty

  • Hannah

    I have made this so many times i’ve lost count hahaha. I loooove the brownie in a mug idea and tend to add chocolate chips or buttons hehe

  • MallowChick

    When I tried this I was so excited for an after school snack but everything just went wrong…… I still ate it

  • Merewen

    Delicious! Ended up cooking for 2 minutes as my microwave is an 800 watt. Used some leftover vanilla from a vanilla bean, instant coffee, and stevia to make it “diet friendly” (if you like me were browsing the comments to see how much stevia you should add, 1/4th of a cup of stevia and a tablespoon more should make it sufficiently sweet). Or at least as diet friendly as a brownie could be. I had such a strong craving for something warm and chocolaty and this hit the spot.

  • Cayleen

    I read the comments while devouring my first attempt at this. Contrary to some of the reported results, this came out perfectly for me. (I made it exactly as written.) It’s probably a dangerous recipe for me to have on hand for these gray, chilly days when I tend to crave something warm and sweet!

  • Bridget

    Is there any way to make it more of a moist, fudge, sweet brownie? It came out kind of dry and almost… dull. It wasn’t very sweet, and I didn’t get much of a chocolaty brownie feel… I may add some chocolate syrup or something of that sort, but the brownie itself was… disappointing. I was hoping to sink my teeth into a chocolaty brownie but it kind of tasted… Earthy? It was just off and kind of odd.

  • Maylah

    This recipe turned out well for me are usually compilation of butter in oil and it was the perfect little brownie treat.

  • Arella

    I have tried many different mug cookie/brownie/cake recipes with little to no success, but as I’m bored on my day off I decided to try this one. This is it. I was really nervous about over cooking it, or potential ‘exploding’ but mine came out quite delicious and fudgy at 1:10. I may try cooking it a little bit longer next time but I’m talking like 10 seconds. This has made me so happy on this bleak day. Thank you.

  • Clarissa

    I didn’t add cinnamon or salt but added milo and peanutbutter… Turned out absolutely amazing ! So soft and moist… So effortles! Will definitely recommend this…

  • Elizabeth

    First of all, I have a 1000 watt microwave and followed the directions word for word, and it turned out tasting like dirt. It was powder-y and wasnt very good. I’ve tried tons of recipes for mug brownies and this was by far the worst one I’ve ever made. Secondly, I gave it another chance and added a little more baking powder. Again, not very good. Really should have looked through comments before making this. And no offense, but the comment policy is messed up. Be real, accept negative things-to a point- yeah mean and overly offensive comments aren’t cool, but really? Negativity is part of sharing anything ever.

  • K

    I was craving a brownie but didn’t want to go through the effort of making an entire pan. This really hit the spot. The texture is a little more cakey than a dense brownie, but it was still excellent.

    I didn’t have any oil so I used 2 tbsp of melted butter instead. Everything else was the same. It needed 1:45 in my 600watt microwave. Came out perfectly! Definitely going to be my go to when I’m having a craving in the future. Thanks!

  • Ashley

    This is a great recipe! I do modify it a bit – I cut the recipe in half (because otherwise it is a little too much for me!). And to mine I added about 1/8 tsp of baking powder to get it to rise a little and become a little fluffier (more cake-like). 50 seconds in my microwave was perfect for timing!

  • Nicole

    I followed the directions and its not gross…its just chocolate sand pretty much….did i make it wrong…

    • Billie

      Did you add water? XD

  • Lily

    I dont know what all the bad comments are about your recipie is grat i add pretzle bits and hershey hot fudge sauce

  • Jill

    I did everything exactly like the recipe said and mine turned out horrible! Butter and icky!

  • Devon

    Wish I would’ve read the comments before making 2 batches of this but it was nasty. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable but I really don’t think that’d make such a huge difference, it just did not taste like a brownie AT ALL and made my mouth sad. Ended up throwing it out and now I gotta scrub it out of my mugs.

    • Savannah

      I’ve tried a different recipe before and I thought I’d give it another try, and that’s exactly what happened to mine Devon. Maybe other people liked it but it’s not my thing. It just didn’t taste.

  • Piper

    I don’t know what to call this but brownie or lava cake is not even close to what came out as a result. It was like chocolate sand smooshed together. I followed the recipe. I’ve made cookie in a mug before and that was good, so I looked up to do a brownie. I don’t know what happened here but this was really gross.

  • Tara

    I dont know what happened, but I followed this recipe to a T – a TEE – but it never solidified. This nightmare was not the “lava cake” that people are commenting about but instead a volcano in my microwave. Do not recommend this recipe!!

  • Michelle

    I made this mug cake as written before and loved it! I had a craving for it tonight so I mixed it up… then realized my microwave was broke. I added 1/4 tsp of baking powder and filled three cupcake liners with the batter. Baked it at 350F for 14 minutes and they were so good!! I also subbed coconut oil as someone else had suggested. I would make them in the oven again if ever in a pinch!

  • Millon

    It tasted decent and I would make it again. However, I must have did something wrong because it didn’t taste like a brownie.

  • Nicole

    I just made this in my giant mug. Followed the recipe verbatim and it was so good! Like lava cake. I cooked mine for 1 min 30 seconds. So moist!

  • Good-Cook

    I followed the instructions word-by-word and this exploded in my microwave. Just be careful that you don’t blow up your microwave……….. No, never using this recipe again. Sorry

    • Fairis

      The same thing almost happened to me. To keep it from exploding, watch it and stop the microwave whenever it starts to rise and wait for it to fall again. Do this until it’s done cooking.

  • Sean Erwin

    I made it as instructed but added a big spoonful of peanut butter and cooked it for 1 minute and 40 seconds and it’s amazing!!! It’s still fluffy and moist with a molten peanut butter middle so good

  • Blaise

    I usually put a little more liquid in it to make it fluffier and if you slightliy undercook it, it will give you a very decent lava cake.
    Switching the water for an espresso shot makes it even tastier!
    Also instead of ice cream, make a lemon topping with some mascarpone whipped with sugar to the taste, the zest of one lemon and the juice of half a lemon until you get a whipped cream texture!

  • Tiffany

    This was really quick and easy. I added some instant coffee and peppermint pieces, yum!

  • Talyn

    This is amazing. I’m 12 and love to experiment with food. Thank you!

  • Paige Bell

    I added 1Tbsp of desiccated coconut, and it tasted amazing

  • Chriss

    WOW! I made this and added some diced caramel candy pieces, and topped it with crumbled pecans. I had a taste for my turtle brownies i usually make, but didn’t want to go through the hassle in the middle of the day. This was perfect. i cooked it on 2 mins and it was delicious. thanks for sharing :)

  • Julie

    Hi, I made this recipe for the first time a few days ago… DELICIOUS!!! I am 12 and enjoy trying new things, and this is definitely one of the best mug cakes I have ever attempted. (It was superbly better than my old brownie in a mug recipe.)
    Our microwave turntable thing doesn’t turn, so I put the brownie in for 30 sec. on 3 sides and it still came out great!


  • josie kay

    i recommend using powdered sugar instead of regular sugar, using a little less cocoa powder and putting some chocolate syrup on top after it’s cooked

  • Sarah MacDonald

    It was a bit bitter to me. it didnt taste like a brownie from scratch like i was hoping. did i do something wrong or is it supposed to taste more bitter?

  • Gianna

    I replaces flour with a partir of almond flour and coconut flour, used light cocoa and diet sugar. Still tasted Awesome!

  • amy

    Can u do this with box brownie mix

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Amy, I haven’t tried making this with a mix, but if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you!

      • Kelly S

        With brownie mix (or cake mix), you just do 1/4c mix, 2 Tbsp oil, 2 Tbsp water. It’s a common thing to make on weight watchers, since you can enjoy the sweets without the temutation of going back for seconds. ;) of course, on weight watchers, it’s made in a Dixie cup, and the amounts are 1/2 of this. Lol

  • Lily

    Extra virgin worked fine for me. I recommend adding more cinnamon and using ground cloves aswell. great with triple choc ice cream and Hersheys fudge sauce

  • Lily

    Great recipe I could eat it every day! No flaws just perfection I love it (=

  • Sarah

    ……I followed everything and this was the grossest thing….do you guys have tastebuds?

  • Lafayette

    Just made one and this is beyond what I was expecting.
    Well still I can’t believe this worked, but it did. Sorry for doubting you!

    Minus the lack of crunchy edges and slight difference in flavour (which I’m guessing is from the lack of egg?), I can’t find a reason to be disappointed.

  • Vicky Lynn

    I’ve eyeballed this recipe for several months, always skeptical that a mug cake can deliver an actual brownie. But when you want a browine *now* you do whatcha gotta do. And I have to say, this more than delivered. I added a few chocolate chips and chopped pecans but otherwise followed the recipe closely. This one is a keeper.


  • Gergan

    Amazing! I didn’t believe that will work! I microwaved it for 2 min. It was delicious, easy and really fast :) Now I have to buy a microwave :)) Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  • Kendall

    I’ve tried so many mug cake recipes in the last year or so and this is the one! It turned out incredibly moist and delicious! I added a couple of chocolate chips also. Make sure you mix the ingredients fully!

  • Teemotejon

    I just tried it, and it worked really fine!!! P.s. i put the cup (with the mixture) inside the microwave for 4.30 minutes at 350 °C :)

  • Brownies Lover

    You can ad Nuttela!This recipe is soo amazing!

  • Kimberly Jimenez

    I followed the recipe, once I took it out of the microwave to wasn’t cooked like its supposed to… it came out squishy,raw and I tried it doesn’t taste bad, its actually pretty good.. I am bummed out ’bout it and not sure why this happened. It could’ve been the mug I used,recipe or my microwave. My microwave I believe is 100 watts so thats probaly got something to do with it.

  • Emma stone

    I made some for Mother’s Day but my mom refused to eat it after one bite. I did everything right so I’m probably just a bad cook.

  • Kayla

    This recipe was delish! I used dark cocoa powder, only about 1 tbs real sugar then a few packets of splenda (came to aporoximately 1/5 cup sugar mix) and followed the directions the rest of the way. Microwaved for 50 sec on high wattage microwave. The dollop of whipped cream on top made it! Thank you for the recipe. *As previously mentioned, the single serving is large* Thanks for the awesome post!

  • Lover of Easy Cooking

    Hi there! I looked at this recipe and it looks AMAZING!! I can’t wait to try this! The only problem I have is that I want to make this in a small ramekin that can hold 1/3 of a cup, and this recipe can’t be made in my ramekin. Do you mind giving me measurements to me so I can make this myself? If you can, thank you in advance!

    • Elise Bauer

      Your guess is as good as mine on this one.

    • Lover of Easy Cooking

      I guess I could probably mix the recipe in a bowl and divide the batter amongst the ramekins! Can’t wait to try!

  • ILoveBrownies

    Great recipe! Thanks!!

  • Laura Ryan

    At first I was using lots of whipped cream with the brownie, but I figured out that it also tastes very yummy to just pour a little milk in the mug, after cooking. I use a little less sugar, too.

  • Annie

    This is the best brownie in a mug recipe I’ve found…and I’m a dessert in a mug junkie! A few tips: use a white or lite colored mug. I’ve found the best bake is with that. Also, stir the dry ingredients really really well to remove clumps of cocoa and flour! Definitely DON’T use olive oil…the taste is so incredibly overpowering.
    Lastly, this makes a large single serving. You can successfully half the recipe and put it in the micro for about 50 seconds at 1000 watt if you want a half of a serving. Pair this with ice cream and you’re in heaven!


  • Samaneh

    Wow this recipe is fabelous for a guy whom is addicted to brownies.
    I found them super easy and delicious


  • kate

    Amaaaaaazing!!! I use coffee sometimes in place of the water and have experimented adding almond and vanilla extract, little scoop of chocolate chips, nuts, etc. I’ve also halved the sugar and still find it delicious! The texture is so moist, definitely the best brownie in a mug recipe I’ve tried. I cook for 2 min and top with ice cream for a perfect sweet tooth satisfier!

  • Angie

    I don’t know what the negative comments were about but this is a good recipe. I , personally would shave off some of the sugar or maybe add Splenda as another commenter did. It is a really good late night snack or craving. I had this with coffee. Satisfying. Thanks for posting, will keep this on hand.

  • Linda P

    Try using coconut oil instead of the oil. It is delicious:)

  • Paige

    Came out so delish! You have to be careful to stir all the dry ingredients well into the liquid, but it was a success. I have tried several other brownie in a mug and this is by far THE best! Thanks

    • Emma

      I totally agree

  • Chrissy

    I’m made 2 last night for my husband and I we added a little walnuts and put a scoop of lactose free ice cream on top! They were so yummmyy definitely something I’m making again

  • Collen

    Came out great! My 12 yr old made them for us.

  • Maureen Page

    I have made this several times and it is easy to put together and absolutely delicious!
    I toss in a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips and some walnuts and use dark cocoa powder. Thanks for such a great recipe. Smells great when cooking. I microwave for 1 minute 40 seconds, Perfect!

  • Shona

    Coconut oil!!

  • Bri

    This recipe is wonderful! Just the right amount for a sweets craving. I replaced the sugar with splenda and microwaved it for 1 minute 20 seconds. The brownie came out incredibly moist! Topped it with white chocolate ice cream and it was fabulous. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  • Judith

    Wow that just taste really good”. I don’t have ice cream just plain it’s perfect for a chocolate craving. Thanks a lot and really easy to do.

  • Kathleen

    I’m so surprised at the negative comments that I had to add my positive one, the recipe came out really well for what it is. I used avocado oil (which makes it healthy ) and followed the recipe ingredient for ingredient. This came out well and was delicious with some vanilla ice cream. I think I may reduce the sugar a bit if I make it again. All in all, a much better option than making an entire batch of brownies when you want a sweet treat late at night.


  • Barbara Plunkett Turner

    OMG! I just made this and for lack of ice cream I put some nonfat cream cheese and a little butter melted on it and wow! Delish! So easy! I love love love dark chocolate and keep Hershey’s dark cocoa on hand plus tons of baking goods and this is super easy! If you haven’t tried this, try it soon! You won’t believe it! Luscious!

  • Kathy Ward

    Excellent! Not too sweet. Good with peppermint, too!

  • Kelly

    Best thing ever!!! I didn’t have any cocoa powder and used hot chocolate mixture and it still tasted amazing!!! My husbands new fav recipe!!

  • Brianna

    I tried this with hot chocolate mix (because I didn’t have any cocoa powder) and I added chocolate chips and it actually still tasted pretty good!

  • ErinM

    Delicious! Used almond extract since no vanilla on hand. Texture is unbelievable! Super Moist. Chocolatey. Perfect! Will make again and again!

  • Julygirl

    This is unreal!!! It’s so moist and delicious!!! Dangerous recipe for those trying to lose weight though :) My children loooooove this brownie!

  • Imraan

    Totally awesome recipe, last minute decision to make with kids and it turned out perfect. Thank you so much for a quick incredible recipe

  • Sarah D.

    I’ve never tried one of these recipes before and living alone and trying to watch my calorie intake, and I have low self control… so I decided to give this one a whirl when i didn’t feel like making a full batch of brownies. I LOVE it. Can’t think of anything negative to say for it. I put a couple spoonfuls of frozen coolwhip and it totally rocks. :)

  • Rebecca Anne Rea

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am 13 and have tried so hard to find a really good mug brownie that isn’t to sticky, doughy, dry, or floury and have finally found it! It is perfect for those evenings when you are tired and just want something quick, simple, and chocolaty! No wonder everybody loves it! Out of all the chocolate brownie mugs out there this is the only one that tastes good! LOVE IT! YOU MUST TRY IT!



    Too much cocoa and not enough sugar

  • nada and salma

    It’s AWFUL I tried to do it but it was jelly I don’t think that its my problem its the recipe’s problem …. I am now struggling and I have to eat it …… DISGUSTING!!!!

  • Michelle

    This recipe comes out very gummy and starchy as there is too much flour in the recipe. There is also not enough chocolate flavor. I would suggest putting any regular brownie recipe in a mug rather than using this one.

  • Karen c

    Put a scoop of cream cheese for a cream cheese brownie.. it’s good!

  • Erin

    Story time…. I tried to make this recipe for my little sister, and, having tried multiple variations of brownies in a mug, I wasn’t expecting much. However, this was HORRIBLE. First of all, when I made it, the batter was insanely dry. But the kicker was when we went to cook it. Our microwave is fairly high powered, but after about a half-minute of cooking, the thing started to smell. I stopped the microwave and it was not burnt, so I continued to cook it. AT ONE MINUTE (Still forty seconds to go) it started to smell AWFUL. I again opened the microwave, but this time a big puff of smoke came out of th microwave. THIS THING WENT FROM COMPLETELY RAW TO BURNING IN LESS THAN TEN SECONDS. My entire house smells like the pillsbury dough boy lot my house on fire. I have no idea what the hell went wrong. I followed the recipe exactly, and all it got me was ten minutes of watching my ten year old sister jump around with a towel trying to fan away smoke from the smoke detector.

  • Kay

    This is a good starter recipe but the ingredients need to be tweaked a bit. Substitute melted unsalted butter for the oil, rounded 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1/4 tsp of vanilla. I don’t measure my salt but I prefer a bit more than a pinch because it rounds everything out better. :) Great for my late night sweet tooth attacks!

  • Jordan

    I enjoyed the cakey fudgy texture, but it was very bland and not sweet at all.

    • Renee Chau

      I agree, this it was really bland. Even Nutella couldn’t save it

  • Mary

    I just tried this. turned out great. Was delicious and moist. My daughter loved it as well. Tried some other recipes from top websites with big names (it was a no go0 My daughter agrees. Yours is the best. Thanks for sharing this recipe,

  • Molly

    Thank you so much! I love adding chocolate chips and a caramel drizzle… perfect for a quick sugar rush while my two very littles take their midday nap!

  • Brenda

    I discovered this recipe about 9 months ago and, I must admit, I make it a little too often. It’s my most, most favorite dessert-in-a-mug!

  • Richard Dickens Cox

    Works great also with 2 tbs peanut butter instead of cocao and with a llittle bit more flour and less oil.

  • Joker

    Hey there, I just tried your receipe, it is great! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Charlotte

    This was very tasty.

  • Alex Sean

    I found that the recipe tastes a little better with milk rather than water and a 1/8 of a cup more sugar…

  • jay

    the inside was quite soft as i needed but the top was quite curstad-ish…anyway i replaced the oil with melted margarine and milk instead of water…but all in all i’m just gonna melt some chocolate on em later on and let it swim in em…thanks alot tho…saved a craving college student…

  • pam

    this looks so easy, i.e., hubby proof. XD

    although i’d try melted butter & gluten free flour (plaintain right now)


  • Mydah

    This was pretty tasty but even after using brown sugar, it was quite sweet. A lot of calories taken in there!

  • Samantha

    I really enjoyed this recipe. The texture and flavours were all good and rich. The only changes I made were lessen the time by 15-20 seconds (to avoid dryness), and I also added dark chocolate chips to the top when it was out of the microwave. Too good :)

  • Maria

    I tried to make these. I have an incredibly powerful microwave, but I’m not sure how many watts it is. The first time I did it for 1 minute and forty seconds, it started smoking and I had to wave at it with a towel so as not to set off the smoke detector while people were sleeping. Needless to say, that attempt was burnt horribly. I tried it again, this time for only one minute. It cooked okay, and I was feeling optimistic. But it just tasted like sugar, flour, oil, cocoa, etc, and the texture was that of sugar with a little bit of water mixed in, or just super grainy brownie batter… Super disappointed! I guess it must have been my microwave or something. Thanks for the recipe though, it was an adventure. :)

  • Sharon

    Made this… Put it in the fridge until cooled and it tasted exactly like a little debbie cosmic brownie (Without the icing of course) Absolutely delicious I make it all the time.

  • Stacie

    It was a flop

  • joanna

    this turned out great!! i made it in less than 5 minutes and it was cooked in 60 seconds! i topped it with some fresh raspberries from my garden.

  • Luna

    I replaced the coaco powder with a teaspoon of vanilla and it was DELISH!

  • Adrianne

    My favorite mug recipe, hands down! Topped it with some Cookies’n’Cream ice cream and am now fighting the urge to make another one! ;)

  • Jocelyn

    Yum. Nice treat on a cold winter night with nothing much in the cupboards. Topped it with yoghurt instead of ice cream

  • Danielle

    Maybe it was the lack of egg or something, but I personally didn’t like it. :( I just made it right now (the only difference is I cut the sugar by half and added mini chocolate chips), and the texture was similar to that of a dish sponge. Although it was soft and definitely not rubbery, the texture turned me off. Also, it was more cake-like, and I was looking for something more dense. Nonetheless, this recipe worked for many people, so do give it a go :) These are just my opinions.

  • Shannon N

    I just tried your recipe with a few swaps. I don’t eat processed sugar so I swapped the sugar for 3 Tbsp of honey and I used melted coconut oil for the oil. Tasted delicious. I found the coconut oil heated up really fast and 60 seconds was just enough. I might even try it for 45 next time as the top seemed a little too cooked. I got WAY different results using good quality cocoa (camino) vs cheap cocoa (fryers). Just saying. Would be delicious with some whipped coconut cream or with a Tbsp of natural peanut butter added in.

  • Samantha

    This turned out to be SO RICH. I could hardly make it through half the mug.
    It’s still really tasty though!
    Perhaps I’ll try to cut the recipe in half next time.

  • Smita

    Can we use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Smita, should work. I haven’t tried it yet with brown sugar though, so if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you!

  • Anonymous

    So I tried it… THE best dessert in a mug recipe I’ve yet to find! I’m on cloud 9! :)

  • Christine Walker

    Hi, Elise. Thanks for another great recipe. I have read your blog for years and appreciate your well thought through, well written and delicious recipes. I read all the comments to get ideas for add-ins and had to laugh at the few people who were so negative. Apparently, your terrible and flawed recipe almost burnt down one person’s house and its failings made another person’s children cry for 3 hours! You just can’t make this stuff up. Oh, well–you made me and a ton of others very happy with this recipe. I guess just we all made some kind of mysterious error and the recipe worked like a charm for us!

  • Diana

    You made my day, thanks!!! I was having a chocolate craving and no brownie mix in the house :( Tried your method and YEAH!!!

  • Tami

    We did this in class and it was fun. my classmates and I enjoyed it! Pluse my teacher had no mess, It made every ones day.

  • shaney

    I have made this 5 times with my family and it is scrumdiddlyumptious

  • Sara

    Just my experience but I find half a recipe to be plenty for me, especially if topping with a teaspoon of peanut butter, then ice cream. So delicious! Also, I’ve usually used 1/2 the amount of sugar called for (so 1 Tbsp for 1/2 recipe, which is plenty of sugar for me. :). In my microwave I cook for 25 seconds and am left with a nice moist brownie. Too long and it dries out very quickly! And, you can use butter in place of the oil.

  • eva

    Hi, it is very nice!! Just a bit much oil!! you could also put a reicpe for people you dont have microwaves

  • Paige

    I loved this recipe! Thank you. I have tried this two times, and both times it turned out awesome! I didn’t have any ice cream (sadness) so i put powdered sugar on top (yay!). It worked really well, and I will definitely try this a third time. This recipe is perfect for stormy nights to cuddle up with, or for sleepovers. I really recommend this. :D

  • Mica

    I was craving brownies so bad but didn’t want to bake an entire batch (I suffer from binge eating) and this mug brownie did the trick just fine! Man, you don’t know how many recipes I’ve tried. It came up perfect. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Sweet Mel

    Made this last night because I was craving something sweet. We don’t own a microwave, so I intended to eat it raw. Used coconut flour and coconut oil in mine and threw in some semi-sweet chocolate chips and just ate it right out of the bowl! I also only made half the recipe and it was plenty. THANK YOU!

  • Kelly

    Holy cr*p, it actually worked! I followed the recipe exactly and it came out pretty damn good. Of course not as good as regular brownies but delicious for how fast it took to make it. Can’t have it without Vanilla ice cream though!
    Thanks for the recipe! My family loved it !

    • Sharon

      I add coconut, chopped pecans, sometimes carmel sauce, or even mini marsh mellow add what you like but remember if it is something dry you are adding then increase moisture. Have fun with it! Not all microwaves cook at the same rate so you may have to experiment with time. I love to top it with vanilla ice cream or real whip cream. This is addictive stuff but oh so quick when kids are around you can make it into a little brownie in a mug party, while each is working on getting theirs ready put one in microwave. Two minutes tops depends on your moisture. There is now a cookbook for mug desserts ” Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth ISBN-13: 9781250026583 paperback $17.47 Book Nook $10.99

  • Roxane

    Just made these and OMG, delicious was a hit!!
    Will be making these again, we all had a sweet tooth and didn’t want to go anywhere to get something!!


  • esprit

    Only olive oil in pantry; so added 2 tbsps of melted butter. Also added some fine unsweetened coconut. Truly to die for. Many thanks for this small guilty pleasure. :-)

  • Chloe

    OMG I just finished making it and it tastes AMAZING!!!!?


  • Sidney

    Also really good with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and I’ve even used caramel Hershey’s kisses!

  • Erionna

    Wrong! My brownie burned big time could’ve burnt down my home
    Made it right to

  • Tonnette

    OMG!!! I just made this literally 10 minutes ago. It was soooooo good. I didn’t have any ice cream so I put chocolate chips in then chocolate syrup on top when it was ready. It was oooey gooey delicious!! Thanks for the recipe I can’t wait to try it again. Next time I will have ice cream.

  • Kimmi

    Hi, I absolutely love this , I just made it and i feel like im in heaven!! :)


  • Toni J

    Thank you for this great little recipe. The kids and I made it together (10 and 4). We are enjoying it as we eat. Perfect for an evening activity with the kids. Totally delicious too.


  • Mabel Dalais

    I just made it. It was so good. I used cornflour (gluten free if it is made from corn and not wheat) instead of white flour and halved the sugar. I could actually scrape the mug, it did not stick to the cup. Thanbk you

  • Melanie

    Love this recipe. When I want a treat but don’t want to destroy this kitchen, it’s my go-to.


  • sravani

    hi…first of all great recipe.but i was wondering if i was to add chocolate to it ,in what quantity couldnt assuming ill be using the same measurements as the above recipe.

  • Issi

    Hello :)
    I just wanted to say thankyou so much for by far the best instant cake/Brownie recipe on the internet!
    After many rubbery, bland or exploding! Past attempts from different recipies this one is by far the best! A fudgy chocolately triumph!
    Just what you need when all that will do is a bit of chocolate cakey something or rather :)


  • Tooba

    i did this. I think I put in too much sugar or 1 too many drops of vanilla extract. it was terrible. I had to sit there and eat it otherwise my mom would get mad for wasting ingredients :(

  • Roz

    Saved me from dying due to lack of chocolate. Thanks

  • Kendall

    Replace cocoa with hot chocolate mix, makes it amazing and more fluffy.

  • unknown

    i tried almost every microwave dessert and it tastes like rubber, the oven is better

  • Blair

    So good! Its a good thing I have many brothers so we shared the calories haha


  • jennie

    Love this wish I’d heard about it years ago. Lol my daughter made it 4 me 1st who is 15

  • Jazz

    This looks soooo good. Unfortunately it has 444 calories, 46g carbs, and 30g fat :( Wish I could eat this every day!

  • Albert

    This turned out like a gummy cow turd. Worst “Brownie” ever.

  • Madhvi

    This was the perfect single-serving sweet tooth satisfying treat! I actually don’t think I’m doomed…just the opposite! This saved me from making a whole pan of brownies which would then sit in my kitchen and I’d be obligated to eat and probably finish off all on my own.

    I put it in my microwave for 1:20, it was perfect. I also forgot to put my cinnamon in but sprinkled it on top…totally fine. 3 things I’d do different is use coconut oil instead of canola, use half coffee instead of water, and add a couple pinches of salt.

  • Catherine

    Ive tried 5 kinds of brownies in a mug, and your’s is the best by so far ! Thank you for the delicous treat. :3


  • Paige

    Thankyou so good!I tweaked it just slightly by using half and half instead of waterand butter instead oil.i also left ou the cinnamon.i added 6 drops of tastes a lot better this way!after you have done the top things i posted you can make a sweet sauce to go with it.1/3 cup half and half,1/4 cup confectioners sugar,and 1 tablespoon of white sugar.add those ingredients together then whisk for about 5 min..rake the brownie about 5 times then pour sauce in.PERFECT!!!

  • Christine

    OMG! Tweaked just slightly. Left out the cinnamon, because I used Orange extract instead. Used Xylitol, which can be substituted in most recipes one for one…has much less calories and good for diabetics.

    Started with 60 sec. then added 20, then 20 more. So, 1 min 40 sec.

    Amazing! We will have this with homemade choc chip ice cream later :)

    Thanks for posting…so easy and delicious.

  • Angela

    Yum! This is my new favorite recipe! Thank you so much for posting/sharing! I also made “white” or vanilla “cake” with 1/4 c self rising flour, 1/8 c sugar (so half of the sugar), 1 tbsp (dry, unprepared) vanilla pudding & pie filling mix, pinch of salt, 1/4 c water, 1 tbsp vegetable oil (so half of the oil), 1 tsp vanilla extract. I split it into 2 small ramekins and microwaved each for 1 minute each.

  • Carolyn

    Just tried this for the first time. Great with a heaping spoon of marshmallow cream on top instead of ice cream. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Rida

    Just made this! It was soo good.


  • Yosra Elshaafi

    Can I put milk instead of water
    the brownie sounds delicious,
    I am trying it out tonight

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Yosra, I haven’t tried replacing the water with milk. But if you do, please let us know how it turns out for you!

  • Ashley B

    OH MY GOD this is the most delicious thing I’ve ever had in a coffee mug… I have a major sweet tooth and brownies are my favorite thing to bake. Being able to make this (and actually have it taste phenomenal) is a big win for me! I can eat a whole pan of brownies to myself…which is HORRIBLE whey you think of it….but this is PERFECT. One mug, one delicious brownie…craving satisfied. I made one for myself tonight and had my older brother try it and he practically begged me to make one for him….total win…thank you SO much for the recipe Elise!


  • Hannah

    BEST microwave brownie recipe I have tried so far!! Thank you!!!


  • Teresa

    On my this was so good. I loved the recipe thank you

  • Kelsey

    I finally made this tonight and I am glad that I did. It is delicious! When I try it again, I think that I will add some freshly grated ginger. Another alternative could be some toasted coconut. Nothing wrong with the original recipe, though.

  • Cass

    I was super pms-ing and out of ingredients to a full on chocolate cake so I thought I’d try this. I was loathe to see that much oil in a cup and took a chance on a mashed banana… OMG!! Not sure if it’s cooked enough because it’s a bit more to the gooey side but I’m in heaven. Whipped up 2 tablespoons worth of coconut icing on top. It got all melty. Chocolatey/banana/coconut heaven :)

  • Emily

    Tried making this and it turned out great! Thnks for the recipe! :)


  • Ellie

    I accidentally used self raising flour oh no..

  • Marcia Angeles Baca

    Instead of cocoa can it be chocolate powder??

    • Elise Bauer

      I’m not sure what chocolate powder is. Cocoa powder is unsweetened. If chocolate powder is already sweetened, then if you try to substitute, you’ll want to omit the sugar and increase the amount of chocolate powder. You’ll have to experiment to find out what the right ratio is for your ingredients.

  • Belle

    Mmm this looks lush!
    Could I use cadburys hot chocolate powder? As ive ran out of coca powder

    • Elise Bauer

      I’m assuming the hot chocolate powder already has sugar in it? If so, you would want to increase the amount of powder you add and decrease the amount of sugar. Good luck!

  • Sharon W

    This was fantastic just loved it. I did add chopped pecans to it and topped it with whipped cream. Thank you so much you hit the mark. I was having a chocolate craving so bad and this was just what I needed.

    • Christine

      Just wondering, did the pecans end up on the bottom?

  • Louise

    I love these, I actually like the flavour that extra virgin olive oil gives to them, I prefer it!!!

  • mm browniee

    This came out perfect, I’m serious. At first I wasn’t so sure if it would come out okay in the microwave (last year I made a cake and it was blehh..) but mine came out exactly as said and fudgey and fluffy and my sister drooled – thank you! :)

  • queen

    I REALLY want to try this but I don’t have a micro wave? Can I do it I an oven or grill? If so what temperature would you say also how long should it be in there?? Thanks

  • ciara

    i accidentally made play doh. i dont know what i did wrong

    • Eric Zhang


  • Bella

    This is the best microwave brownie recipe i ever had plus it didnt even blow up


  • Hayley Swinson

    Oh man, I just tried this recipe. I have a whole new respect for the microwave now!


  • Wim

    Thank you so much. It’s great


  • amanda cipres

    can i discard the cinnamon?
    please reply ASAP

  • Fatimah

    Hi! I’m from South Africa. Just tried this, well a tweaked version anyway. Replaced cocoa with Nesquik & oil with melted butter. I left out the vanilla extract – we don’t have vanilla extract so readily available & didn’t want to use (synthetic tasting) vanilla essence. Oh, I also added some sliced almonds & whisked ingredients as opposed to just stirring. It turned out wonderful! A little more chocolate cake than brownie, but still awesome. I’m thinking tomorrow night I will add some choc-chips or a little melted chocolate to see if I can get it “fudge-like”. I’m so glad I decided to google egg-poaching today & found your website.
    P.S. Poached egg came out perfect in plain, swirling, boiling water!

    • Jeanie

      I’m loving these variations people are posting! Thank you!

  • Astrude

    I use powdered instant oats instead of flour, 1/8 sugar only and use dark chocolate to reduce guilt…it taste wonderful and moist

    • Jeanie

      What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeanie

    Any idea of the calorie count? (It’s Lent, you know.) ;-)

    • Elise Bauer

      1 million calories! Just kidding. I don’t know, but I’m guessing with all that sugar, it’s better to not even ask. Or have a plan to burn it off quick!

      • Jeanie

        Thanks. That’s a bit of a surprise. I’d have guessed around 300.

        • Alex

          It has about 580 calories. It also has about 50g of sugar. That’s roughly equivalent to 10-11 Oreos.

  • Connor

    These are the best brownies and what a great idea!!

  • Mark

    Made the recipe to the letter today. Delicious!


  • Alicia

    This recipe is amazing! I only have a 700W microwave, so I cooked/baked my Brownie in a Mug for 2 minutes :)

    • Aled

      I was wondering how long to bake it at, because I had a 700W microwave!
      Thanks :)

  • Karen Early

    This is a instant treat. Thank you.
    I didn’t think it needed so much sugar – used only 2 Tablespoons of sugar and it was still sweet and chocolately. And for what it’s worth, my microwave cooked perfectly in 1 minute 30 seconds.

  • Ami

    Hey, I know an even easier brownie in a mug recipe. You just take 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, mix the dry ingredients, add 2 tablespoons canola oil, and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix well. Microwave for about 1 minute and 40 seconds and Voila.

  • Lily

    This would be delicious with chocolate chips in it!

  • The Raisin Girl

    Hands down the best brownie in a mug I have had. It came out to more of a cake consistency, but it was a light, fluffy cake. I used French hot cocoa mix instead of plain cocoa and a little less sugar to make up for the sugar in that. The result was sinfully good.

  • Rebecca

    I just made it and it was great. I added a few mini marshmallows into the mix once it was smooth… a rocky road approach…delicious

  • Kevin

    i didnt have sugar or cocoa so i just used 4TBS of NesQuick and it did the trick.

  • Jeanie

    I hate to sound like every other person that leaves a comment on a food blog, but this recipe really is great. I’ve made it a handful of times, and I didn’t come across it very long ago. Thanks for this. I’m following now!


  • Pamela

    I just tried this tonight. My only variation was an addition of espresso powder, just a pinch, and let me tell you….this was divine. Really hit the spot!


  • mangomama

    I tried the recipe as written– my husband said it was “bland”– so after a couple more attempts this modification was deemed “delicious”– use 1/3 cup brown sugar instead of white sugar, use 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt, use 1/4 cup weak coffee instead of water– and add about 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate chips or broken pieces of a chocolate almond candy bar. Rest of recipe is the same. I divided the mixture into 2 cups and microwaved for 1 minute. Yummy after removing from microwave, yummy after cooling and yummy the next day.

    • Elise Bauer

      All of those modifications sound fabulous! I often add a touch of instant coffee, salt, and even cayenne to chocolate desserts, to intensify the chocolatey-ness and to give it some zing.

  • Emily

    Just made one with coconut oil, and it tastes really complex!

  • Stefam

    I just made this. It’s freaking amazing and soooo yummy. However, i didnt have the main ingredient, cocoa, so i added nesquik instead and it still tastes amazing. I also added a pinch of baking powder to make it grow just a little bit. It is so yummy and very very easy to make. I recommend this for everyone to try.

  • caleb

    So good! Can you put chocolate chips in it?

  • Michelle

    made this and added 1/4 tsp instant Hazelnut coffee then topped with a marshmallow for the last 30 sec :)

  • Bill McGonigle

    Thanks – I got rave reviews on this. Recipes with eggs weren’t so well received (it’s too much for a small batch, I think). We only had brown sugar and coconut oil around on this particular evening and those worked out well.

  • Sangelia

    I’ve also put powdered sugar on top just before sticking it into the microwave.

  • tegan

    hi I have a question, what kind of sugar do u use ? is it brown sugar caster sugar etc. … ? what is the best recommended sugar ? aslo is there any good tips to use ? plz respond asp as I would like to make them this weekend x :P

  • Kalli

    Perfect for girls on their period… just saying c;

  • David

    Living proof this can be done by a man. Turned out delicious after the first attempt failed on pouring about 10 grams of cinnamon. :D As an engineer specifically the amounts were useful, keep up on the good custom of giving amounts in grams, this way every meal could be man-proof. :)

  • Rachelle Pearce

    One of the best Brownie in a mug recipes I have tried yet. Made it just then and it is very much like a brownie texture. Thank you for posting such a wonderful recipe, both myself and kids love it.

  • Barbara

    I don’t own a microwave and tried to make this in the oven, as a reader suggested.
    The taste was great, and hot out of the oven with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream was fabulous.
    But the consistency was soup.
    How can this wonderful concoction be made in an oven?

    • Elise Bauer

      I don’t think it can. It needs the microwave to “boil” the moisture in the batter creating air bubbles which become the leavening. You might look for a standard brownie recipe and cut back the ingredients to the point that they fit in a mug if you want to make it in a normal oven.

  • HordeQ

    You can also substitute sugar+cocoa powder+oil for 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just used it and it worked fine. Wife also substituted the cocoa+sugar for cocoa drink mix.

  • Debrickishaw

    Me and my friend tried this recipe and we felt it was a little bland and we got stick of it. I recommend using an egg to get the brownie taste…

  • Shelly

    I cut the recipe in half. That translates to 2T flour and 2T sugar which makes it easier to remember plus I feel less guilty eating it. I also use half ww flour and half white and a little less than 2 T brown sugar for a more moist brownie. I use coconut oil and add maybe a 1/2 t instant coffee and a few chocolate chips for that melty, creamy chocolate in each bite! Microwave for 30-40 seconds.

  • Hannah

    It smells like a alpaca farm ands tastes like it too! DONT reccomend!!

    • Elise Bauer

      Hello Hannah, I wouldn’t know about that, having never been to an alpaca farm. BTW, it’s “an” alpaca farm, not “a” alpaca farm. And it’s “and tastes like it too” not “ands tastes like it too”. That said, if it smelled to you as bad as I would expect an alpaca farm to smell, then I suggest that perhaps you are either not making it correctly or you are using old, rancid ingredients. Yes, it’s not as good as a regular brownie baked in the oven, but it’s not bad either, especially with a little cream or ice cream.

  • Carly F.

    WOW! THESE ARE AMAZING! I thought it was not going to work but it did!…and they are great! Thank- you!

  • hannah

    Eh. not the best recipe out there.

  • Jessica Noelle

    Thanks, this was so good! Just a tip, you can substitute the unsweetened cocoa for sweetened hot cocoa mix. Just did it because I couldn’t find cocoa in my house and it came out great. I didn’t put in 1/4 cup of sugar, only put in a pinch because I thought it might come out too sweet between the sweetened cocoa mix and all the sugar. And I added a pinch of nutmeg! So great, thanks again!

  • Bh

    Sounds wonderful! Any way to single package these as a little gift with a mug? Thinking of my daughter in college.

  • Bean

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I did find the (canola) oil taste a bit strong the first time I made these so I switched it to melted butter and omg, manna from heaven. Thanks again. :)

  • Simon

    Tried this last night and loved it! Gonna start working through the variations suggested in the comments!

    And for the grinch just above this, it has to have a different ratio of ingredients to compensate for the different cooking method.

  • sarad

    I hate to be the grinch here, but … 2 tablespoons of oil for one brownie? Yikes! Using the USDA Nutrient Database, I calculated this recipe to contain 28 grams of fat and 581 calories (excluding the vanilla extract and cinnamon – and ice cream, of course). That’s not as bad as, say, the Triple Chocolate Meltdown at Applebee’s (48/820), or the Brownie Bowl at Uno’s (53/1160), but it’s still more than I’d want to indulge in very often. I’d suggest trying applesauce for at least partial replacement of the oil. A “regular” brownie recipe doesn’t have that much fat in one brownie, so I don’t see why this needs so much.

    Also, I have to agree with the commenter on the taste of canola oil. Canola oil does not have to be old or rancid to taste nasty. I have always found canola oil to have an unpleasant flavor (that is different from rancidity) and never use it myself. I would suggest rice bran oil, coconut oil (as others suggested before me), or “light” olive oil, which has none of the strong fruity flavor of extra virgin olive oil. (It’s “light” in flavor, not calories or fat content.)

    A final note — it’s not a brownie, I know, but a good healthy “fix” for a chocolate craving is chocolate soy milk, hot or cold. I’m partial to the Pearl brand from Kikkoman, which has intense chocolate flavor and is organic to boot. An 8 ounce glass gives you 8 grams of protein and has only 4.5 grams of fat and 150 calories. (No, I don’t work for them — I just love the stuff!)

    • GC

      Soy? Healthy??? Might want to do some research on soy and it’s estrogen inducing properties – estrogen dominance/hormone imbalance. My understanding is that unless it’s fermented soy, it’s probably not as healthy as we want to believe. Almond milk seems to be a better alternative, but avoid any with carageenan.

  • Sangelia

    I have found out that for my kid and me. That extra virgin oil does work ok. But then, I tend to use it alot in cooking.

  • Sarah

    Just lov it sooo much!!! great sweet treat for kids after school its tasy and rich!! everyone should try it


  • Janess Lopez

    SO BAD. did not work. i repeat it did not kids cried for 3 hours. but i appreciate the effort :)

  • Totchos

    Not sweet enough and too spongy but a good starting point I guess. I’ll have to experiment.`

  • Mack

    A quarter cup of sugar, in one serving??!! Oh my. Any suggestions for a suitable substitute for those who don’t want that much sugar?

    • Elise Bauer

      You might try that new sugar stevia blend that they’re selling these days. Stevia is a naturally sweet herb. I’ve even grown it myself. C&H is one brand I know of. My mom has been using this blend to make her hot cocoa. Careful on the substitution though, I think you need less of that mix for the equivalent amount of sugar.

  • jen

    Just made this, halved with half milk and half cold coffee in place of water, dutch cocoa, and brown sugar for white. Such a tasty, moist, quick treat, and super topped with a scoop of raspberry sorbet. Thanks for this!

    • jen

      Ok, made this again today. This time used coconut oil and regular cocoa. Results were not cakey, but remarkably fudgey and brownie like. What a delightful and dangerous little novelty!

  • jessica

    it exploded in my microwave. why?

  • Neryssa

    You can sub the cocoa powder for Nutella, just don’t use oil. It’s still just as good ;)

  • Sammy and Paige

    Made two looking fab lol cannot wait to tuck in

  • Cheryl

    OMG this is soooooo good! Thank you so much for sharing this. I have tried others and they were not nearly as good as this one. WoW! My new fix! haha Simply delicious and so easy! Love it!

  • Chit

    I have been enjoying this Brownie In a mug recipe…so handy when craving for something chocolatey after dinners….however I don’t put it in a mug for better look! Try it in a white shallow bowl just enough to reach the brim..more appetizing!


  • Miko

    All I could taste was the canola oil, it was foul. Maybe it’s supposed to say 2 TEAspoons? Except that picture sure looks like a tablespoon of oil.

    • Elise Bauer

      2 tablespoons it is. If you are tasting the canola oil, that is an indication that your canola oil may be old and a bit rancid. Canola oil shouldn’t taste like much of anything on its own. But it does go rancid rather quickly.

  • Mikey

    double this recipe in a bowl or I prefer a measuring cup as it has a spout and pour evenly into 8 kid’s size ice cream cones. Make sure you have the flat bottom ones, as they stand up easier. Cook all at once with a plate or something under them for 2min 20 sec on high (1000w) and let stand for 3-5 min. Serve with a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top and you have a killer snack with out having to clean up a nasty mess out of a coffee cup.

  • jemm

    these were vile tasted like rubber

  • Gracie

    These were not very good. Waste of ingredients.

  • Sarah

    I didn’t have Cocoa, or all purpose flour, and I wanted to use coconut oil instead of canola so the items I used were

    around 3 table spoons Carnation Good Start Chocolate breakfast mix (LOL)
    1/4 cup Wheat Flour
    1.5 table spoons Coconut Oil
    2 table spoons of sugar
    a little more than a pinch of cinnamon (it accidentally spilled out)
    a little more than 2 drops of vanilla extract (didn’t have a dropper)
    and a pinch of salt.

    I also used a small bowl instead of a mug since most of my mugs seemed too small for the mixture. It took about a minute and 30 seconds or so. The result was extremely moist so the texture isn’t like most brownies, but I still liked the taste. I know it isn’t your recipe exactly but I followed your recipe as much as I could, so Thank you for sharing :)

  • Julie

    Just made it & it is wonderful! Thank you! My baby is allergic to milk & soy so finding a dairy free brownie I can make in minutes was a God send!


  • Kawal

    Just came across this the recipe and had yo try it for my son (he is eating it up right now). Made it in less than 5 mins. Taste great. Definitely keeping this handy for quick craving. Thanks for the great recipes. Love your site.


  • Deb

    Made this with no cocoa, and used butter for the oil and brown sugar for the sugar. Blondie in a mug! NOM NOM NOM

  • Sarah

    I tried this recipe, and it doesn’t turn put so good. it tastes like it wasn’t mixed. im kind of upset with the results.

  • kayla

    tried this just 1 min ago its yummy :) thumbs up


  • george

    I have been making this cake for about 4-5 times since you have posted it and I t t was delicious and never failed although I wasn’t sure about the quantity of some of the ingridients.And anyways I just wanted to thank you about converting them into grams , I also wish you could make some other recipes that are not in cups or quarts because grams in my opinion is much easy to work with.

  • Cassaundra

    I think I totally failed with this. I tried it two ways, one with no egg- it was ok, but seemed more of a paste than a brownie. The second was with an egg and it seemed like a chocolate bread pudding. It was too eggy. What did I do. Full disclosure, the container that my flour was in wasn’t labeled, ( and i have the worst memory), so i’m not sure which type of flour it was inside. I know, I know, I’m such a bad baker! Was the mystery flour the culprit, or just my fail cooking skills?

  • abi

    I loved it great recipe super fun and easy! also i left my mug in the microwave for 1 min and 30 secs and it was quite burnt so maybe put it in for less? Have fun super yummy and great guidance! good luck xo

    • Elise Bauer

      Microwaves vary in their power, so yes, for your microwave, you will need to zap it less. Start with 30 seconds and work up.

  • Marie

    Must admit i have never commented on anything. and after many many attempts at microwave brownies this is the absolute best i have tried, soo awesome ;-D


  • Dan

    FYI, I took out 1 spoon of the oil and replaced it with a spoon of peanut butter…also replaced 1/2 spoon of cocoa with a 1/2 spoon of hot chocolate powder, and put in a little less sugar…turned out awesome!!

  • molly

    this is tasty recommend it 4 sweet tooths!

  • Bo

    I loved my mug cake but I added chocolate frosting when it was finished. It tasted really good you should try.


  • Josh

    Tastes pretty good, did this with Cadbury Mint chocolate powder, was the only thing we had around, tastes a bit too minty but yeah that’s my own fault.. Texture was a bit too hard, but still tastes pretty good. I wish it’d be softer!

  • Filippo

    I just made it. My mum loved it, it was just perfect. In addition I used yeasted flour so that it rose a little bit, and didn’t put any cinnamon (didn’t have it). The only thing she complained about was it was too much :)
    Thank you a lot for sharing!

  • Tenisha

    I approve of this entirely. I didnt have the vanilla it was still good though. took only a minute for my microwave

  • Stacy Fenders

    This does not work! Looks like charcoal.

  • Payal

    Tried it today turned out really yumm I added a lil bit baking powder

  • M

    I used one egg instead of flour. It turned out great.

  • Or Weissler

    while going to my bed i tried this recipe and prepared a lot of yummy desert.i enjoyed alot while watching television.


  • Nicola

    Even an eleven year old could make them!

  • Susanna

    We are all slightly less doomed, since I have determined it can be successfully halved :)
    2 Tbsps: flour, sugar, water
    1 Tbsp: cocoa powder, oil
    Microwave for :45
    Also a liberal pour of kahlua over the whole thing is nice.
    Thanks so much for this recipe, the blog & everything you do Elise!

  • JT

    Hi, Elise. OK- 11A and I hadn’t had breakfast so I thought – breakfast and lunch? My senses took over (oh those promises of going on a diet) – so I chose to use Equal instead of sugar. Tasty…but I’m certain the 1/4 cup of sugar would have definitely made it a serious “we are doomed” treat. :) Great for late night chocolate fixes. Thank you!

  • Alisa

    D: perfection

  • Qwertyz

    I love it! Absolutely stunning!!!

  • Will

    Great recipe! I tiped mine over in a bowl and added Coconute milk and Vanilla ice cream ! It was unreal !! Thanks again


  • David

    This recipe is great and provides you with a real brownie – no messy sludge. Tastes just like your traditional cocoa brownie, but takes only a few minutes to be done.

    I made one change to the recipe, which was to add a 1/16 teaspoon of baking powder to the dry mix, to make it cakier. Also, this brownie is a big single serving, I was surprised how much the batter expanded!

    Thank you for sharing this – will be using a lot!


  • Brian

    You are EVIL…and I love it.

    instead of a tiny pinch of cinnamon, i added a huge pinch, and instead of water, i used skim milk.

  • nicole

    Yeah…. Both my kids wanted one, and another one, and another one (they got one each and had to share a second one). I love that it’s lactose (and fructose) and egg free! I’ve been having so much trouble lately due to various food allergies and intolerances and what not, but now at last I can have a sweet chocolate something I won’t regret an hour later!

    I’d like some troubleshooting help though, ours turn out very rubbery, even if they’re not fully cooked. Do I have to cook them longer or is that just the trade off for cooking them in the microwave? It’s not a huge deal because they’re so fast and really more of an “emergency treat”, but if there’s a way to make them less rubbery that would be awesome!

    • Elise Bauer

      If they are rubbery, I would cook them a little less. They definitely have a different texture than regular brownies though, so you may have to make do. I do recommend pouring cream over them or serving with ice cream. If you’re dairy free however, then perhaps adding soy milk?

      • nicole

        Allergic to soy *lol* I swear, food is trying to kill me :-D

        I actually suspect it’s the flour I’m using as I’m in germany. I’ll try swapping some of my flour for starch and see if that makes a difference, and I may start mixing them in a bowl and pouring the batter into a mug in case I’m stirring them too long. If that doesn’t work I’ll go the other direction and try a flour with a higher gluten content.

        I also wanted to say that I often make cupcakes in small jars, the trick to getting a good seal is to remove them from the oven one at a time and have the lid right there, some will not seal, so we eat those first. But those that do seal well, really retain a lot of moisture, so if they’re chocolate they’ll be really dense, almost like a flour-less chocolate cake. They are amazing when you heat them in the microwave (remove the lid first!) and top with ice cream or ganache (just heat some cream in a small dish along with the cupcake, add chocolate, stir until melted and mixed well). So, if all else fails a stash of cupcakes in jars is a definite option :-)

  • Kayla

    Is it suppose to be so mooshy? And it’s kind as if I’m eating molasses TT . TT did I do something wrong or am I just not loving what everyone else is?? I tried cooking for longer after I found it way too mooshy and it didn’t do anything >___<

    • Elise Bauer

      If it’s too mooshy, you probably need to cook it longer. Also, if the taste is off, check your oil and make sure the oil isn’t rancid.

  • Sharlene

    I just made this for my four year old and he told me I’m the best cook in the world. Thanks Elise for this and all your other wonderful recipes that have become favourites in our home.

  • Sandi

    “Oh my. We’re doomed.”

    Four truer words were never spoken. This was so yummy. God Bless You!!


  • The Kitchen Magpie

    This is so easy, it’s evil. In a good, go straight to my hips way!


  • Chit

    Wow this is just great recipe! My 4 year old granddaughter did it! A bit crumbly when forked by who cares…can be eaten with a teaspoon and with ice cream….super!
    I think a smal shallow and bit wider bowl would be great for serving instead of a mug….now I will be hang up n looking for that perfect sized bowl for one recipe! Thank you!


  • Sanjay

    What about a rising agent like baking powder or soda ?

    • Elise Bauer

      If you want the brownie more cake-like and less dense or brownie-like, then yes you could add some baking powder. But it’s not necessary for this recipe.

      • Ellen

        Thanks for this idea!! I just experimented with a chocolate cake mix I had on the shelf – used 2/3 cup cake mix, 1/3 cup water, 2 Tbs canola oil and splash of vanilla….Cooked in microwave for 1 min 20 sec and it came out fudgy and DELICIOUS!! Thanks for the great idea :)

  • Katie

    Just tried this. Wow! So good. I have tried a lot of other brownie and cookie desserts in mugs and they always came out way too dry. This one came out just right. I topped it with melted Nutella to make it even better!


  • cheri

    I just made this last night. It was delish! I am wondering if there is any way to make this less cake like and more like a chewy brownie. Thanks!


  • Claire

    For those of you out there who are unable to eat gluten like myself, I found that substituting the flour to self-raising gluten free flour of the same quantity worked really well. It produced a light delicious brownie that was still soft and sludgy!
    Claire :D

  • Lana

    Andrea, I used Stevia instead of sugar, and it was delicious!

  • ang

    I found your blog through the link on The Pioneer Woman and decided I had to stop by. I love “mug cake” with a dollop of melty peanut butter in the middle, but haven’t tried mug brownies yet.
    Off to pin this, thanks for sharing!

  • Alicia*

    OMG, I am now a microwave-brownie-in-a-mug junkie. I have been making this almost daily changing/tweaking ingredients to see what brownie monster I can create next. I put a pinch of baking powder in the mix and was surprised how much the final product rose to, but not over, the rim of the mug. Soon I will be adding Kahlua in various amounts to see what I prefer, and if it gets too dry…spritz it with Kahlua . When I run out of cocoa, I guess I’ll have to go cold turkey!


    • Remy

      I just made this using a little more than 1/8 cup of Kahlua and a little less than 1/8 cup of water and it came out absolutely perfect!

  • lesle

    Ohhh these are the BEST!!!!


  • Caria

    This was great. Need to work on the time since I have an older microwave. Things take a little be longer.


  • Archana @feedingthefoodie

    I love this because its eggless. I’ve seen several recipes for cake in a mug with eggs. Complete turn off for me. Thanks for this.

  • Hannibal

    In my earlier post above I mentioned I have a recipe for Microwave cake. Here it is.

    This is not a mug cake, but a small round glass or corning baking dish cake.
    1/4 c. Hershey’s cocoa
    2/3 c. hot water, divided
    3/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    1 c. sugar
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. baking powder
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 egg
    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    Grease round micro-proof baking dish, 7 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches or 8 x 1 1/2 inches; line bottom with plastic wrap (it doesn’t melt). In small micro-proof bowl combine cocoa and 1/3 cup water; microwave on high (full power) 40 to 50 seconds or until slightly thickened.
    In medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add oil, remaining 1/3 cup hot water, egg, vanilla and chocolate mixture; beat until batter is smooth and well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    Microwave on high 5 to 6 minutes (time is for 600 to 700 watt microwave ovens (reduce time for 1000W or greater microwaves) without turning 90 degrees until cake begins to pull away from sides (some moist spots may remain but will disappear on standing). Let stand 5 minutes, invert onto serving plate. Peel off plastic wrap, cool. Frost.

    Make two and you can have medium-round chocolate cake and you can frost and decorate it like any larger cake.

    This is a pretty foolproof recipe I make when I just have to have chocolate cake. Enjoy. By the by I don’t know whose recipe this is as I’ve had it for six years or so, so feel free to modify it and make it your own. I think adding a few tblsps of coffee and/or chocolate chips or chopped Andes Mints or cut up Reese’s Mini Pieces to the batter would be interesting modifications. I have used smooth and crunchy peanut butter to the in between layer frosting and deep semi-sweet chocolate frosting for the outer. Delicious. Email me if you do modify it so I can note them.

  • Hillary

    Being a normal pregnant woman, I have craved something chocolate all day, but I knew I didn’t have the ingredients to make a good, chocolatey dessert… or so I thought. I just happened to run across this recipe while reading through my Flipboard about ten minutes ago, found every ingredient necessary to make this, and was enjoying a brownie in 5 minutes. These were all ingredients I keep in my kitchen at all times, so I’ll definitely use this recipe again when another chocolate craving attacks! I loved how quick, easy, and delicious this was.

  • Katie

    I like to top mine with Nutella. Yum!

  • Diana

    I made it last night and it was amazing. Now I am afraid that my 7 year old will beg for it every day (although I think I actually liked it more than her). You are right, we are doomed.


  • Todd

    If you want to nuke more than one (say 4) at once, will that increase cooking time? I may be forced to do multiple tests… :)

    • Elise Bauer

      I’m pretty sure that will increase cooking time. I find in general that when I add more things to the microwave, it takes longer to cook.

  • margaret mc farland

    Use coconut oil. It’s a wonderful complement to the cocoa in this brownie. :p

  • Kiran @

    Yummy! I love adding nutella too. So so good :)

  • SusieMT

    I love these, just a quick something to satisfy your sweet tooth and lots of mix and match with flavors, perfect !

  • Gail

    I have one teensy complaint: once the brownie was gone, I couldn’t lick the mug clean :) Yummy. I am thinking it needs some chopped pecans in it. My list for the next trip to the grocery store will definitely have pecans on it…Thank you Elise


    • Diane

      Pour your morning hot coffee in the mug after eating the brownie. It soaks the mug clean and makes some yummy coffee!

  • Jane

    Just tried this recipe tonight. The cup got very *very* hot in the microwave, to the extent that the glaze on the half of the cup that was not exposed to brownie developed a fine line of cracks (“crazing”). Highly recommend using a pyrex or commercially produced mug as pictured.

  • Andrea

    Any tips on reducing the sugar in this recipe or using substitutes? Thank you.

  • Christina

    Elise, this was so fast and delicious -thanks!! I have to tell you though, when the microwaved beeped I was hesitant to open the door; I truly thought there would be cake brownie all over the interior. This is awesome!!


  • joe ferguson

    My grandson (14 yrs.) makes a similar concoction. You forgot to mention letting the mug soak in soapy water as part of the cleanup.

    • Elise Bauer

      Indeed! Yes, soaking the mug in soapy water is essential. The brownie gets a bit caked on.

    • Lynn

      I didn’t find that it was needed to soak the mug. I just rinsed it out with hot water and wiped it with a dish rag and it all came out.

  • Leslie

    So I accidentally grabbed the wrong bag of flour and did this with self-rising. It scared me for a minute as it puffed up well over the top of my mug as it cooked, but results were still very tasty! More chocolate cake in a mug than brownie, but delicious all the same, and now I have an excuse to make it again soon to test the real recipe. ;)

  • Mallory

    This recipe is much too simple, thus much too dangerous for a chocoholic like myself! Yikes!

  • Alison

    I learned how to make this years ago, and my revamped recipe includes an egg, along with other changes:

    1/4 c. Unbleached Flour
    3 Tbsp. White Sugar + 2 Tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar, for the “sugar”;
    2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. Unsweetened Hershey’s “Special Dark” Cocoa, for the “cocoa”;
    1/4 tsp. Salt
    1/4 tsp. Freeze-dried/Powdered Instant Coffee
    1 Large Egg
    3 Tbsp. Nonfat Milk (notice I use nonfat, but it still turns out decadent)
    3 Tbsp. Canola Oil
    2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
    The longer you cook it, the less fudgy it gets, and the more cake-like it becomes. We like cooking it until the top starts to look “cooked,” with a bit of gooey fudge “sauce” at the bottom. Delicious with ice cream, or whipped cream!

    *Note: I ALWAYS use a bit of coffee whenever I make something chocolate, as it helps the chocolate taste “richer and deeper.” You use just enough to enhance the chocolate, without actually “tasting” the coffee. I learned it from chef Ina Garten.

    • Gail

      Do you use plain or self rising flour?

  • mantha

    This is great for kids in dorms.
    If I wanted to branch out to a gingerbread-flavored mug treat (no molasses — too gummy), would I just up the flour and oil amounts a little to make up for the volume of the cocoa powder?

  • sheila

    My son makes these all the time to cure his sweet tooth!

  • Michelle

    Oh my!! This looks delish!! I’m thinking it would also make a cute gift to mix the dry ingredients in a bigger batch and give it w/a mug including instructions to add water, oil, and a few drops of vanilla. Thanks Elise for another great idea!

  • Peggi Brown

    Do you use self-rising flour, or does it need some baking powder to make it rise a bit?

    • Elise Bauer

      You just use plain all purpose flour and you don’t need baking powder. Oddly there is no leavening in this recipe. I think the microwave boils the moisture creating bubbles which are the leavening in the brownie.

      • Willow

        Also, most regular brownie recipes don’t have any baking powder or other leavening either. I guess that density is part of what makes them brownie-ish instead of chocolate cake.

  • Melanie

    For more ‘in a mug’ recipes, check out Excellent for making out at the lake/cottage/cabin.

    • Sandy S.

      Thank you for this link Melanie! All I can say is, WOW!

  • Sandy S.

    So who needs structure? I just want MORE! How fun and wide open for playing with your food! Even for us GF people. I want to try spice cake, lemon cake and pineapple up side down cake. Of course, I will be making brownie-in-a-mug all the while… just to keep my strength up. Let’s see, one could try carrot cake, ginger cake, oh and Kiss-me-pie in a mug!

  • Anita

    So good and way too easy:)


  • Donna

    There is a super simple cake-in-a-mug recipe that’s something like 1 box of angel food cake mixed with 1 box of any other cake mix. You put some of the cake mix in a mug and some water, then microwave. The key is the angel food cake, as it has powdered egg whites in it. Just a thought for those looking for an egg substitute…

    • Suelin

      I just made this the other night. It’s 1/3 cup of the mixture, and 3 TBSP of water, then microwave for approximately a minute. So easy, and good! Put the mixture in an airtight container, and it will last for a long time.

      • Lola

        I have made this many times. SO simple. It is actually called 3-2-1 cake: My recipe is 3 Tbl cake mixture (as described above), 2 Tbl water then mixed well, microwave for 1 minute. And yes,chocolate chips and chopped nuts have found their way into the mug too (usually right after taking out of the mic). Have left the cake powder mixture in a plastic zippie bag for months with great longevity. Two mugs of cake, coming right up!!

  • Irena S.

    Thanks!!! It is a great and easy recipe and you two are so cute!

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala

    Been there and still there. This thing is completely addictive for the simplicity and the richness of it. And when topped with some vanilla ice-cream and sprinkles or chocolate chips or caramel or chocolate syrup.. okay maybe I should stop now!

  • Paul

    Any chance of giving us the quantities of flour and sugar in ounces for us Brits that read your site? Thanks!

    • Elise Bauer

      I updated the recipe to include the metric measurements. Thanks for asking!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    So awesome, so easy, so needed :)

  • Jessie

    My roommate and I are eating these as I type this! THANK YOU!! You saved us from a night deprived of chocolate!

  • Apronless

    I made this tonight and it was very nice to take with me tucked into the couch. I will say that as the recipe’s written, they’re definitely cakey rather than fudgy brownies!

    • Kristi

      It’s actually better to add two spoons of Nutella instead of the cocoa, and put just a little less sugar…. Heaven on earth!

  • Karlyn

    Just tried this. So yummy!! I used whole milk instead of water, added chocolate chips, and drizzled caramel over the top. Absolutely yummy! Thanks for this!!


  • Whonoze

    Sounds fun – some one wants egg, my guess is 4 BrwninCup wouldn’t add much time, one egg added to liquids for 4 couldn’t be bad, coffee would be a must and 2 or 3 semi-sweet chocolate chips(Ghirardelli unquestionably best chips and their boxed mixes are very tough to improve on.) on top of each would work.

  • Hannibal

    I have a recipe for cake in a mug, but not brownies. The difference is in the ratio of flour to sugar and the cake mix has some baking powder and baking soda. I wonder if you could also add some walnuts or pecans to this? I’m going to make some tonight. Thanks Elise!

  • Terry Oliver

    I want to do this, with a gluten-free flour mix. Sounds so EASY and yummy! I figure, coconut oil and dark cocoa.Small recipes like this lend themselves to gluten-free so fingers crossed!

  • Ginger

    Can you make those in an oven? I do not have a microwave?

    • Elise Bauer

      This recipe is for use in a microwave only.

    • mirjana

      Yes you can,but you need bake it around 10 minutes…sorry for my english !

  • Rachel

    Well, shoot, Elise, I was going to be well-behaved tonight. . . but what’s the fun in that? So yummy!

  • Julie

    I was going to go to bed, but I saw this recipe posted. I just tried it. It is delicious!

  • J Wynia

    If you wanted the structure the egg brings, you could probably use on of the EggBeaters style products that’s actually eggs, but then you could add a fraction of an egg (a tsp or so?) which matches the other ingredients and their small proportion.

    • Maria Newman

      My recipe called for an egg and 3 tablespoons of milk and 3 tablespoons oil. You can also add mini chocolate chips. It cooked for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.

    • Jammi

      I tried a cookie in a mug this morning and it called for just the yoke of the egg…. wonder if that will work too….gonna try it tomorrow

  • Maxine Slater

    Just made this. I used only 2 Tbsp sugar, and it was sweet enough for me. Also used coconut oil. I also used dark cocoa powder, because I prefer it, and it is better for one! I will be doing this again, just exactly the way I made it this time!

    • Sara

      Agreed, it’s sweet enough with half the amount of sugar…just think of eating 1/4 cup sugar in one dish!

    • Georgie

      I just tried this with coconut oil and it didnt work out? its like the coconut oil didnt blend in with the rest and it didnt taste like anything just glue… :/

      Where did I go wrong?

      • chip

        melt the coconut oil first

      • Abby

        I did that same thing and it was gross. It tasted like how glue smells and overall gave it an odd taste.

        • nada and salma

          you are right when i cooked it it became like-jelly structure

  • Chris


    I have been thinking of this recipe recently.
    The first time I saw it was 10… 15?? years ago when it made the email circuit and I mentioned it to my fiance a few weeks ago but just couldn’t remember how to make it!

    I recommend people trying it, it is EASY and really nice, was great for those late nights when you felt like something sweet to nibble on

  • Ann

    This is amazing!

  • Debbie

    Looks fun! Do you cover the mug when you put it in the microwave?