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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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Dark Chocolate Chili Mug Cakes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins

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.

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)
  1. Grease two mugs. Then, in a small bowl whisk egg, milk, butter, vanilla and sugar well and set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients - flour, espresso powder, baking powder, cayenne and chocolate chips. Stir well with a fork.

  3. 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.

  4. Serving Suggestion: Before serving dust with powdered sugar, whipped cream or even ice-cream. Enjoy!