Hot cocoa isn't the only yummy chocolate treat you can make in a cup. Whip up a perfectly sized portion of delicious molten chocolate lave cake in a mug, and you'll warm up even the most dreary winter day. These little cakes may taste decadently rich, but they won't break the bank. With just a few dorm room staples (and your favorite ceramic mug) you can have an amazing homemade chocolate cake in minutes. 

Molten Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4 mugs
  • Fruit optional
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF.

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  • Step 2

    Measure all your ingredients.

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  • Step 3

    Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything has been fully incorporated.

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  • Step 4

    Spray non-stick spray into each of the four mugs and pour a thin layer of batter into each mug so the mug bottoms are covered.

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  • Step 5

    Put a dollop (1 tbsp) of hazelnut spread in the middle of the mug on top of the thin layer of batter. Cover the hazelnut dollop in each mug with the remaining batter and put the mugs in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

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  • Step 6

    Decorate fruit with melted hazelnut spread.

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  • Step 7

    Plate the cakes and fruit elegantly. Enjoy!

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