Nutella Mug Cake {5 Minute Dessert}


You would probably laugh but my most popular post that I’ve ever posted is this Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake, yes thank you Buzzfeed! It’s been a while since I’ve made a mug cake so I figured it was about time I posted another one. I just happened to have about 3 Tbsp of Nutella in my cupboard and what do you make when you only have a few tablespoons of Nutella left? Mug cake of course! When you are only down to a few last tablespoons of that precious stuff (until you can make a trip to the store to get more), you better put it to good use, right? That is just what I did with the last of mine and now I plan on buying another jar of it so I can make plenty more of these, because this is totally my new favorite mug cake! I mean, it’s loaded with Nutella so how could it not be?

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Yes, I still struggle to make a mug cake look good, but at least I attempted to right :)? Let’s just say they taste much better than they look. Just make sure you use a large coffee mug, mine was a little too small and as you can see it spilled over the sides a bit. It’s not a big deal because I stopped the microwave before it could spill all the way over and that’s all I really care about – that I don’t have to clean up a mess in my microwave because that would kind of defeat the purpose of a mug cake, which is simplicity and less mess to clean up.

If you love Nutella and a super simple, irresistibly delicious dessert, be sure to try out this recipe. It’s sure to impress. It’s amazing what the microwave can do sometimes. Enjoy!

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Nutella Mug Cake {5 Minute Dessert}

Yield: 1 mug cake - about 2 servings

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes


  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Nutella
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. In a large coffee mug, whisk together milk, Nutella, applesauce, vegetable oil and egg until blended. Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and stir to combined. Heat mixture in microwave on HIGH power until cooked though, about 1 1/2 - 3 minutes. Serve warm, if desired top sweetened whipped cream or powdered sugar, and raspberries.
  2. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Eclectic Recipes


  • Jannie: I don’t have applesauce at home – do you have any idea what i can substitute for it?
    Thanks! February 16, 2014 at 6:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could do as the recipe I adapted it from lists and just use 3 Tbsp veg oil (I just used applesauce to make it less fattening). February 16, 2014 at 6:24pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: You had me at 5 minutes! February 17, 2014 at 12:43am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: This mug cake looks insanely awesome!! February 17, 2014 at 4:44am Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: Can you believe I have never had a mug cake? You’ve done a perfect job of making this look gorgeous! February 17, 2014 at 5:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jessica! February 17, 2014 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: This cake is the perfect use for those last few spoonfuls of Nutella! February 17, 2014 at 9:23am Reply

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!: I agree – mug cakes usually taste a lot better than they look, but yours looks absolutely delicious! The only thing you had to mention was Nutella – love that stuff! Can’t wait to make it :). February 17, 2014 at 3:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kathi! I love your blog – those beignets look incredible! February 17, 2014 at 3:47pm Reply

  • Alyssa @ My Sequined Life: The one time I attempted a mug cake it was a complete disaster, but yours looks so amazing I’m definitely going to try again! Now there’s only the issue of saving those last few tbsp of Nutella instead of eating them straight up from a spoon… February 17, 2014 at 9:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha indeed :). I hope you do try it Alyssa! February 17, 2014 at 10:05pm Reply

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen: Those raspberries look like perfection, and Nutella cake in 5 minutes! That’s the best February 17, 2014 at 11:02pm Reply

  • Amanda: I new recipe for my Nutella obsession! :) Love it :) February 18, 2014 at 7:47am Reply

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant: I can’t believe I’ve never made a mug cake! I love Nutella, so this is going on my list of desserts to try! February 18, 2014 at 1:27pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Yes please to only 5 minutes and Nutella bliss! February 18, 2014 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Toni: Hi, and a big THANK YOU. I just made this, and it made me feel so much better, after having two teeth pulled today. I’m from Germany and was raised with Nutella. What can I say. Never made a Mug Cake before, what a wonderful idea. And just one note for having Nutella: I never have just a few spoonful left, I buy new glasses before I’m down to one… February 20, 2014 at 9:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this mug cake Toni! I like your note about having Nutella – I need to start stocking mine better :). I hope your mouth gets feeling better what a bummer! February 20, 2014 at 11:01pm Reply

  • robby: I didn’t have applesauce so made it with 3 Tbsp veg oil. Divided the mixture between 2 mugs about 1/3 full. Cooked on high for 1.45 minutes in microwave. Let it sit for 10mins approx. while I softened some nutella in the microwave then added about equal parts cream, good stir and nutella sauce! Poured on top then added cream on top of that. Very yum. And a cup full left for next time. had such a mess when I used just one cup last time I tried. our cups must be smaller in Australia February 21, 2014 at 3:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback Robby! I’m so glad you liked it. The Nutella sauce sounds perfect for this! February 21, 2014 at 11:39am Reply

  • April: Just made it with my kids. LOVE IT! February 26, 2014 at 5:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you made this with your kids, I love to cook with my kids (most of the time :)). Thanks for letting me know you liked it April! February 26, 2014 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Katie: None of the stores near me sell cocoa powder, do I need to use it? Or do you know what I could use instead of it? June 10, 2017 at 5:09pm Reply

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