Hit Your Cake Craving With The Microwave

June 4, 2013   58 Comments

Snack Girl is probably the last person to attempt to cook in a mug in the microwave.

Chocolate Banana Cake Mug

I’m just not that hip.

The truth is that I tried some egg recipes and they turned out rubbery, so I decided to forget it. Then, I had a bunch of readers share their cake mug recipes and I changed my mind.

I like my cake in slices (preferably with lots of frosting) so I wasn’t sure I was going to like this. All of the ingredients were in my pantry and it takes less than 4 minutes from start to finish.

(I was a little disappointed that I had to use a bowl AND a mug because I don’t like to clean up.)

Guess what? This tastes pretty good. I liked it so much that I scarfed it down after I had just eaten breakfast. Cake for breakfast? Why not if it is only a banana, egg, cocoa powder, and sugar. I'm doing much better than if I had a bowl of Lucky Charms.

The downside here is for the banana haters out there. This does taste like bananas. I will keep working on this concept if it is well received because not only is it easy, but it is fun to turn out a cake in 3 minutes.

Have you tried making cake in a mug? Please share.

Chocolate Banana Cake In A Mug Recipe

1.8 from 25 reviews

(makes 2 servings)

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1 medium banana
1 egg
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons sugar


Mash banana in a small bowl until it turns into liquid. Mix in egg, cocoa powder, and sugar. Divide into two coffee mugs. Cook in a microwave, one at a time, for 1 minute until firm on the top.

Eat immediately or store in the fridge for later consumption.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories, 3.1 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 20.8 g carbohydrates, 11.7 g sugar, 4.4 g protein, 3.1 g fiber, 32 mg sodium, 3 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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You have outdone yourself. I cannot wait to make this. What range of ripe can the banana be? Thank you Snack Girl!!

Do you think this would work well with a sugar substitute like Splenda...sadly I can't tolerate sugar? Look forward to more variations too!

Wow with a banana! I love this idea! So perfect!!! I am making this tonight!!

I haven't tried this but I do make the cake mix & canned pumpkin cakes. Why couldn't you use pumpkin in place of the banana? I think it could work!

Ok so since I hadn't had bfast yet I gave this a whirl. First I used a small cereal bowl and left mix to cook in that cause I too hate dishes. I started premashing my banana in the peel. Then finished with a fork in the bowl. I added 2 tablespoons of Justin's choc. Hazelnut butter instead of coco powder and sugar. It's like Nutella only less sugar more nuts and tastes great! I added egg and put in micro for 30 sec to soften butter so I could really mix it all well. I then cooked for a min....this came out really goooood!

My husband loves a piece of cake with his coffee and I am on WW. I mix together a box of angel food cake and a box of any flavor cake mix. I store this in a plastic bag. Whenever we want a piece of cake I mix together 1/2 cup of this mixture with 3 TBS water in a coffee mug. Microwave 45 seconds, add a dollop of cool whip and it's done. You can make it fancy by turning it out on a plate and adding fruit with the cool whip.

I have tried a few mug cakes and brownies, but none were really low-cal, except the last one I tried. It's the same one mentioned by @Fran Steidel. I was actually going to mention this one because I'm also on WW and found this recipe on their site (a fair number of people there posted it, however, there was quite a range of point values). I cannot figure out what an accurate point value should be. If @Fran could let me know what she uses, that would be great. Or, if @SnackGirl could figure it out... I'm not too sure how to do the math. Just like Fran mentioned, you take a box of Angel Food cake mix and a box of any other cake mix (I used chocolate) and mix them together really well. Then, when I want to make a cake, I take 3 TBL of the mix and 2 TBL of water and mix them in a mug and then microwave for 1 minute. I've seen on WW that the point value is anywhere from 2-5 points. @Fran uses more mix - 1/2 cup, but that may be for 2 servings since she mentioned making if for her husband too. If anyone can help figure out the points, I would be immensely grateful since I love this cake.

That being said, I'm definitely going to give this banana one a try too. I love chocolate and banana together so this has got to be good!

@Jennie - it can be medium ripe - it just has to be mashable.

@Carol - I think adding ZERO sugar would work and I think Splenda would work. Think of this recipe as a base.

Thanks for your questions!

If you do a variation without bananas, I would like that ! It would probably work with apple puree ?

I do a great healthy muffin in a mug in the microwave. It includes 1/4 cup ground flax, I egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cane sugar, 1.5 tsp unsweetened apple sauce, 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins. Put it all together in the mug and mix with a fork. Put it in the microwave and cook on high for 60 seconds. Enjoy with your favorite nut butter!

I wonder if it would would work with pumpkin as someone else mentioned or applesauce.

I tried it with 1/4 cup of egg substitute and alttle salted Carmel sugar free syrup,and a little protein powder( and of course the banana & cocoa powder). Cooked for 1 minute and 15 seconds. So yummy, made it for breakfast. Now I am on the way to the gym, full. Thanks snack girl, great idea. I can imagine a ton of variations from this base recipe.

what could you use for an egg replacement?

I like banana, but not with my chocolate (give me that straight up please!). I would like to play around with combining the banana with the muffin idea above to come up with a banana bread/muffin in a mug.

Does this have a typical cake consistency to it? I'm thinking sponge cake or a "typical" birthday cake base.

Your hardly the last person to use mug recipes. The original Hungry Girl does them all the time .

WW points for cake mix in a mug.Fist time I made this I figured out the points for the whole box excluding the add ins. When I mixed the two together I counted how many half cups it made and divided that into the points. I came out with 4 pts.. For myself I only use 1/4 cup mix and 11/2 TBS water and take 2 pts. Hope this is understandable???

I know we all love the microwave but please google

Microwave test, and you will cut back on using it as I have.

It chemically changes food, as a simple water test can prove.

Love your snacks though, they rock!!

Looks so good and healthier than one of those betty crocker microwave ones! Thank you!

I bet if the banana has been (peeled and) frozen and thawed, this recipe won't even need the sugar! Looks great - thanks!

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