You probably know those days, when you’re on the road and you feel homesick or you need to recover from leaving that cute boy back in France and there is an urgent need for chocolate cake and no bakery around. Before you send out the chocolate S.O.S. I have the perfect rescue for you: The 5 minute mug cake with ingredients and tools you’ll find in any well appointed hostel kitchen:


  • 1 large coffee mug (I used my beloved Barbie Fanclub mug, but any other microwave safe will do)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
  • A small splash of vanilla extract
 or any kind of coffee flavour or sirup (optional, I used almond sirup)
  • Cream or even icecream (for the ultimate satisfaction)

Add all dry ingredients to your mug and mix them well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly before pouring in the milk and oil. Keep mixing. Add the optional chocolate chips next (who makes that an option, anyway?) and the almond sirup. Mix again.


Put your mug in the microwave and cook for about 3 minutes at 1000 watts. Don’t worry, the cake will rise over the top of your mug. After the “ping”, let it to cool a little, tip it out onto a plate, cut it in two halfs and add cream. Et voila!


Bon appétit!

Of course this cannot replace a real double chocolate cake or walnut brownie, but at least you are only 5 minutes away from a little chocolate satisfaction.


This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at