This Chocolate Chip Kahlua Mug Cake Is The Perfect Boozy Treat

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This quick and delicious Chocolate Chip Mug Cake features Kahlua for a kick of boozy, coffee flavor!

The next time your sweet tooth is acting up, whip up a quick, single serving mug cake!

With fudgy, chocolatey cake and melty chocolate chips, this is a decadent dessert that cooks up in under 2 minutes.

This mug cake with chocolate chips and Kahlua is a fantastic treat that’s quick to prepare and cook!

It’s also beyond easy to prep. You’ve probably got most of the ingredients in your pantry already.

Unlike other mug cake recipes, this one adds a splash of Kahlua for a unique boozy twist and a kick of coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the chocolate.

Why You’ll Love this Easy Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

When a craving hits, it’s not always possible or logical to make an entire cake. All of the prep, the baking time, and the cleanup just for a bit of chocolate.

That’s where this chocolate chip microwave mug cake comes in! Combine all of the ingredients in a single mug, then quickly cook in the microwave for a decadent treat.

This chocolate mug cake with no egg combines deep and rich chocolate flavor with Kahlua for a complex and delicious dessert for one. Best of all, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already.

This chocolate chip mug cake with Kahlua is a decadent dessert recipe!

With lots of suggestions and options for toppings and variations on this mug cake with chocolate chips, this will become a go-to recipe when you need something sweet and you need it fast!

Ingredients for Chocolate Kahlua Cake

A countertop with chocolate chips, flour, and measuring spoons.

Chocolate chips make this mug cake melty and decadent, so it’s sure to hit the spot!

  • Milk – I recommend using a dairy milk if possible, but a non-dairy substitution can also work.
  • Oil – use an oil without much flavor for best results. I recommend canola oil or coconut oil.
  • Flour – all purpose flour works best here, but you could also use a gluten free option like almond flour if you like.
  • Sugar – regular granulated sugar is what I used.
  • Baking Powder – ensures that the cake rises and takes on a nice, fluffy texture.
  • Cocoa – use a high quality cocoa powder for best results. I recommend unsweetened.
  • Kahlua – this blend of rum and coffee liqueur provides a unique boozy kick and pairs perfectly with the chocolate flavor.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – semi-sweet chocolate chips are typical, but you could also use milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

Ideas for Toppings

Helpful Tools and Supplies

  • Microwave Safe Mug – Make sure the mug you prepare your cake in is safe to put in the microwave. You’ll want a decently sized mug, like these beauties.
  • Microwave

How to Make a Mini Kahlua Cake from Scratch

  1. In a 12 ounce microwave safe mug, add milk, oil, flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, mini chocolate chips, and Kahlua. Stir well to combine, and place in microwave for 1 minute.

    Adding baking powder to a mug.

    Be sure to properly mix your batter, but if you overmix the cake might not fluff up or cook properly.

  2. Remove mug from microwave, and if the top is a little jiggly, or looks really shiny, or half way runny, place the mug back in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  3. Remove from microwave, and let stand for 2 minutes to cool slightly.

    Chocolate chip mug cake on a green plate.

    Eat this mug cake as is or add your favorite toppings for the ultimate chocolate dessert!

  4. Top with chocolate fudge sauce, ice cream, whipped cream, or caramel sauce – or whatever your favorite toppings are. Add more chocolate chips on top before serving.

Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  • Add a pinch of salt to counteract the rich sweetness and bring out complex notes of the chocolate and coffee flavors.
  • For a slightly healthier version of this recipe, use sugar free chocolate chips, a dairy-free milk like almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk, and leave off additional toppings.
  • Make this mug cake richer by substituting melted salted butter for the oil.
  • Mix in peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips along with the regular chocolate chips for more flavor.
  • Pour in a splash of vanilla extract to balance out the chocolate.
  • Give your mug cake a deeper, more complex flavor by replacing half of the sugar with brown sugar.
  • Pair this rich and hearty dessert with some White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries; the fruity sweetness will help lighten up the fudgy cake!

Expert Tips

  • Add the dry ingredients to the mug first. Use a fork or spoon to combine and eliminate clumps.
  • Be sure to use a large enough mug. The batter will expand as it cooks, so if you mix everything together and the mug seems full, transfer the batter to a larger mug.
  • Give your mug cake a few minutes to cool off, then eat immediately. I don’t recommend storing this in the fridge or freezer. It’s made to be eaten right away!
  • Don’t add too much baking powder. If you add too much, it can cause the cake to puff up too much and then collapse. This leads to a dense, chewy texture.
  • If you want to double the recipe, be sure to use either a very large mug, or cook in a microwave safe bowl.

Chocolate chip mug cake on a plate.

Topped with caramel, hot fudge, and more, this delicious mug cake with chocolate chips and Kahlua is the perfect last-minute treat!

Recipe FAQs

Why did my mug cake turn out rubbery?

This can happen if you add too much oil, or if you overcook the cake. Microwaves vary in terms of how fast they cook.

If you find that your mug cake isn’t a texture you like, try starting with a shorter cooking time.

Why are mug cakes so dense?

Because most mug cake recipes don’t include egg, it tends to yield a denser texture. This is perfectly normal.

One of the things that makes mug cakes delicious is their thick, decadent texture! If you love dense and fudgy desserts, I also recommend this Easy Chocolate Fudge as well.

Why is my mug cake rock hard?

This is another result of cooking for too long. Keep in mind that the cake will continue to cook a bit once it’s out of the microwave and sitting.

You can use a toothpick to check if the interior is fairly cooked through.

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Yield: 1 12 ounce mug cake

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake – Kahlua

This mug cake with chocolate chips and Kahlua is the perfect way to enjoy a quick and decadent treat with a boozy twist!

Prep Time
3 minutes

Cook Time
1 minute

Standing Time
2 minutes

Total Time
6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa
  • 3 Tablespoons of Kahlua
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. In a 12 ounce microwave safe mug, add milk, oil, flour, sugar, cocoa,  baking powder, mini chocolate chips, and Kahlua.
  2. Stir well to combine, and place in microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Remove mug from microwave. If the top is a little jiggly, or looks really shiny, or half way runny, place the mug back in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave, and let stand for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
  5. Then top with chocolate fudge sauce, ice cream, whipped cream, or caramel sauce – or whatever your favorite toppings are.
  6. Add more chocolate chips on top before serving.

Notes

  • Don’t overfill the mug or it will make a mess in the microwave.
  • Add other mix-ins like peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or nuts.
  • Top with sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel sauce, ice cream, whipped cream, and more.
  • This recipe can be doubled or tripled and made in a larger, microwave-safe dish like a bowl.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 451Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g

Yield: 1

Serving Size: 1

This article originally appeared on Cocktails&Appetizers and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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