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100 Calorie 2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

By Angie McGowan |

Mug cakes have been taking the web by storm. I set out several months ago to make my version of the perfect mug cake, and created a Nutella mug cake you can find here. It’s been my most popular recipe to date. It is good, really good, but it’s high in fat and calories. I actually didn’t realize just how high in calories it was until a reader broke it down for me, it’s over 850 calories. That’s almost half the calories we should be consuming in a day, so I set out to makeover the mug cake.

My Nutella mug cake post had lots of comments from readers saying how good it was, but there were also comments saying the serving size was too big, it was to fatty, tasted eggy and was too high in calories. So for this mug cake I decreased it’s actual size, used apple sauce in place of the oil, replaced the sugar with stevia, used an egg white instead of a whole egg and left out the high calorie Nutella spread. This mug cake comes in, according to the package information of my ingredients, at exactly 100 calories. I topped these with nonfat whipped cream out of a can, which adds 24 calories per serving. The whipped cream is completely optional, but does add something special to the cake.

100 Calorie Chocolate Mug Cake


2 tablespoons self-rising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons stevia for baking
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoons 35 calorie per serving unsweetened almond milk
1 egg white


1. Add all ingredients to a large mug. Whisk well with a fork.

2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

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About Angie McGowan


Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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17 thoughts on “100 Calorie 2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

  1. Nicole says:

    Your Nutella Mug Cake was/is BY FAR the best mug cake there is. It is big but I usually share with my sister or my boyfriend eats a whole one. I don’t think it was eggy at all, in fact mine would always turn out “runny” so it was like a lava cake (not sure if it was intentional) and it was excellent; I won’t make a mug cake unless I can follow your recipe. I have high expectations from this 100 calorie version! I can’t wait to try it!!

  2. Koreen says:

    Thank you very much for this. I do enjoy the mug cakes but like others I was concerned about the high calorie count.

  3. Nicole says:

    It’s worth eating salad for the day!

  4. Maryanne says:

    My son is allergic to tree nuts, can the almond milk be subsituted for 1% cow’s milk? I know the caloric intake would increase, but I’m wondering if it would affect taste?

  5. Manna says:

    Delicious. I don’t care at all about calories or needing to “eat salad”.
    It’s not like you eat the Nutella Mug Cake every day.
    By far, the best there is. I might try this one as well though.

  6. marisela says:

    Yes! I was wondering the same thing about the milk. Can the milk you have listed here be sub. with regular milk (non fat or 1%)

  7. Q says:

    I don’t have self-rising flour(AP?), should I add something to regular flour?

  8. Angie says:

    Q – If your using regular flour, add a pinch of salt and 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

    Marisela – Yes, you can sub any type of milk you like

  9. B says:

    Can you use melted marshmallows instead of an eggwhite? Also, My supermarket does not sell applesauce, what can I use to substitute it?

  10. Elle says:

    I just whipped these up for hubby and myself – so quick, easy, delicious :) Thank you!

  11. Mary says:

    You can substitute applesauce with canned pumpkin or mashed banana, but the pumpkin will keep it moist.

  12. Kate says:

    This is great! Just made this and it’s tasty and turned out well. Just a heads up it’s more like 135 calories – but still a GREAT deal! :) Make sure you use a big mug – mine puffed right over the top!

  13. Cathy D says:

    Here’s a calculator to figure out nutritional information, including calories, in a particular recipe: You simply plug in your recipe and it calculates all the info. You can do a search to find some others too. It takes the guessing out of it, being a more precise method of calculating nutrients, if that’s important to you.

    @B, if you don’t have applesauce, you can make your own. Peel and cook some apples then use a potato masher or food processor to get the consistency you want (or google ‘how to make applesauce’ for further instructions). If you substitute pumpkin or banana, you will change the flavor of the cake. Applesauce doesn’t flavor it and is in the recipe as a low fat replacement for oil. You can just add the oil back in your recipe if you don’t have applesauce. :)

  14. Libby d says:

    Just a tip…if you take one tablespoon of angel food cake power and two tablespoons of any other flavor cake with like three tablespoons water and cook in the microwave for about a minute and half..super low in calories and a GREAT treat. Just don’t use the plain angel food cake…its gross

  15. Mary Hill says:

    I just made the reg nuttella cake and it was simply great. However my husband does not like chocolate cake, can I just leave out the cocoa powder and will it still work?
    ps didn’t realize the calorie count will have to try this version instead.

  16. Monica says:

    Just made this. Topped with just a Tbsp of marshmallow fluff (didn’t want to whip up a butter cream and waste the wholesomeness). It was delicious and VERY filling. 100 calories well spent. ^_^

  17. Kassandra says:

    Just made this with Bob’s Gluten Free flower and coconut milk instead of almond milk. Probably not as tasty as the real version but still hit my sweet spot! I didn’t do the cream on top.

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