recipe; nutella mug cake


Uh, no, I did not go over to my uncle’s house while I was on holiday at my parents’ to bake this for photos because I thought February was a dessert post month. I am not that extra, thanks.*

*Except I totally am that extra and I totally did this.

nutella mug cake

This molten Nutella mug cake – yes, the center is gooey and chocolately and utterly wonderful – is the perfect indulgence for a day you want to feel guilty. I actually have the recipe for a microwaveable version of this cake, but because of health reasons, I no longer use the microwave. Stumbling across an oven-baked version of the cake was the best thing ever. It’s the exact same ingredients, just a different bake time.

I eyeball the amount of Nutella that goes in, so I’m going with my own measurements here, but if you follow the actual recipe, it’s probably a little bit more chocolate-y. (My family has to watch our sugar intake, so I vary the amount for each person, actually.)

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Nutella Mug Cake


  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to between 150 and 175 degrees C, depending on your oven.
  2. Mix all your ingredients in your oven-safe mug or ramekin with a small whisk or a fork. I use a fork because it’s easier to scrape the flour from the sides.
  3. Place your mug on a baking sheet or tray and place in the oven.
  4. Bake for between 15 to 18 minutes, watching carefully at the end. You want the cake to look a little indented and dark in the middle, but not wet.
  5. Let the cake cool for a few moments before eating.
  6. Top with powdered sugar or ice-cream if desired.
  7. Share? I guess? If you must?

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I prefer to make these in ramekins because I know they’re oven-safe, and my mugs aren’t labelled as such. And honestly I just love how ramekins look? But if you make this in a mug, take photos and send them to me so I can see how they look!


I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Fanna

    OMG! This recipe is life! I’m suddenly craving cake and nutella and I’m gonna try this out right now! Wow, thank you so much for posting this, Ara, you’re a hero <3

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