For those of you who don’t know, mug cakes are the perfect dessert for a college student. They’re quick, easy, cheap, and if you do any sort of baking, you always have the ingredients on hand to make one. 

Mug cakes are perfect for late-night stress eating, random chocolate cravings, or anytime you’re looking for a quick dessert. The fact that you have to assemble it yourself provides just enough of a barrier that you (hopefully) don’t eat them too often. This is great for me because if I buy a box of cookies, I will eat the half the box in one sitting (this has actually happened).

My obsession with mug cakes has led me to experiment with more mug cake recipes than I can count: those with milk, without milk, with peanut butter, with swaps for oil, etc. This recipe is my favorite because it finds a happy medium between having a good texture and being healthy, delicious, and easy. It also uses protein powder, which is great if you don’t eat enough meat

Chocolate Protein Powder Mug Cake

  • Prep Time:2 mins
  • Cook Time:1 min
  • Total Time:3 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cookie-flavored protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 splash vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips optional
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  • Step 1

    Add dry ingredients (excluding the chocolate chips) in your favorite mug.

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  • Step 2

    Add wet ingredients to the mug.

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  • Step 3

    Mix it all up!

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  • Step 4

    Optional but recommended step: mix in chocolate chips. If you're feeling sophisticated, you can create a divot in the center of the cake and only put the chocolate there, producing a molten center.

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  • Step 5

    Microwave for 1 minute.

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  • Step 6

    Revel in your culinary prowess.

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