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For those times when you really need a chocolate fix, but you’re not loving the idea of making a whole cake, try this recipe for Dark Chocolate Chili Mug Cakes! The dark chocolate blends blissfully with a little kick of cayenne for a spicy sweet treat. You’ll find yourself making these time and time again. If you’re sensitive to foods with heat,  just add a pinch of cayenne or substitute cinnamon instead for an equally delicious result. Once everything is mixed, these mug cakes bake up in just over a minute in the microwave.

These cakes are delicious on their own, but to serve you may like a little powdered sugar, a dollop of fresh whipped cream or even a scoop of ice-cream. A drizzle of caramel sauce would be divine!

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easy one minute microwave dark Chocolate Chili Mug cake recipe

Dark Chocolate Chili Mug Cakes

These mug cakes are perfect for when you need some chocolate in your life but don't want to make a whole cake. Cayenne adds a little kick for a sweet and spicy dessert you can make in small batches. Try substituting cinnamon if you're sensitive to spice.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablepoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (try half white, half brown)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional)


  • Grease two mugs. Then, in a small bowl whisk egg, milk, butter, vanilla and sugar well and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients - flour, espresso powder, baking powder, cayenne and chocolate chips. Stir well with a fork.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix well and then divide the batter between the two mugs. Microwave one at a time on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds or until the top of the cake looks dry. Remove from the microwave and let cool 1-2 minutes. (Note: The cakes may fall after cooking. This is normal.
  • Serving Suggestion: Before serving dust with powdered sugar, whipped cream or even ice-cream. Enjoy!
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