You all know how much I love things with espresso / coffee.
I keep trying to combine coffee and chocolate in my recipes because I just love how it tastes.
Well, here we are. An espresso chocolate mug to give me (and you) that coffee + chocolate flavor satisfaction!
As you all know, I am kind of a big deal with my recipe for chocolate mugs.
It is the most popular recipe on my site because it is so incredibly easy to make and the best dessert with a single serving!
The taste of the mug
I have several mug flavors on my side, so whatever you feel like, you'll be sure to get your quick dessert fix!
- The famous chocolate mug cake
- Vanilla mug cake
- Dark chocolate mug cake
- Peanut butter chocolate mug cake
- Salted caramel apple spice mug
- Pumpkin spice mug cake
And now, this espresso chocolate mug where you get coffee and chocolate in every bite!
Oh you guys, it's so good and so decadent.
Of course, it is wonderfully topped with a beer with vanilla ice cream too!
What is a mug cake?
I still seem to get this question a lot, so I just want to clear it up before we get into the spicy one.
A mug is literally as it sounds. A cake made in a mug.
A microwave safe mug! This is not one for the stove.
Is this one still without eggs?
Yes, this one is still egg free!
Can I make this in the oven?
This recipe for espresso chocolate mugs is specially designed for microwave.
I can't find espresso powder.
You can grind some coffee beans and replace it.
What kind of espresso powder?
Frankly, any kind of thing works in this, since you just mix it with the dry ingredients.
I used instant espresso powder.
Can I paint espresso beans and use it instead?
Yes, I would do a very fine grinding.
Can I pour espresso shots in the dough instead?
You could, but you will probably need to make sure the flour-liquid ratio is correct, otherwise your dough will become really flowing and it will take longer to cook.
Will this crumb cake keep me up at night?
Depends on how sensitive you are to caffeine you are.
If you are sensitive, I suggest using decaf or having a different mug flavor.
Can I put something else in the middle of the mug?
Espresso Chocolate Mug Cake
For all coffee and chocolate lovers out there, this espresso chocolate mug is right up your alley! It's full of coffee and chocolate flavors! Preparation time: 1 min Cooking time: 1 min Total time: 2 minutes Course: Dessert cuisine: American calories: 606kcal
- 1/4 cup altogether
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar (you can add 1 tbsp. More if you like it a little sweeter)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chip
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and the dough has no lumps.
- Pour the dough into a microwave safe mug. Mine was a 14-ounce mug. You want enough space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
- Add mini chocolate chips in the middle of the dough. Just drop it in the middle, no need to push it down and sink it into the dough. It does it on its own when cooking! 🙂
- Put a paper towel in the microwave and place the mug on top (this is to catch any dough if your mug runs over).
- Microwave mug cake for 70 seconds in height (READ NOTES COMPLETELY BELOW)
- Carefully remove from the microwave and enjoy!
Notice that ALL Microwaves are different, therefore can give different results and can overcook this mug if you are not careful. My microwave is 950 watts and I cooked mine at 100% power for 70 seconds *. Knowing this information can help you better judge how long you are preparing and for what power. ** This recipe is specially made for the microwave. I developed it to microwave. I don't know the cooking time or temperature of an oven … I would imagine it would be a very quick cooking time at a low temperature, but since I didn't test the recipe for an oven, I can't give the details. Sorry! No eggs? Correct. There are NO EGGS in this recipe. Why? Eggs are what make the mug cake spongy. If you think about it when baking a full size cake, you typically use 1 or 2 eggs … for a crumb cake to use 1 egg is MUCH! Self-raising flour? I have tested this with self-ascending and it does NOT work. At least I felt it didn't work because it was too spongy for me. You are more than welcome to use it. However, keep in mind that I do not recommend this method. Nutrition Facts Espresso Chocolate Mugs Cake Quantity Portion calories 606 calories from fat 378 % Daily Value * Fat 42 g65% Saturated fat 16g80% carbohydrates 55g18% Fiber 7g28% Sugar 21g23% protein 10g20% * Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate.
Photography by Molly Krebs