Chocolate Mug of Sadness

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Desserts | 77 Comments

No story today. In this case, truth is stranger than fiction.





I’m a little bit horrified by this thing.







Which isn’t to say it’s not good. It is. It’s rich and dense and very chocolatey. It’s cake, you guys- I don’t mean to sound like it ate my family or anything. We made a batch for the kids at the office- lined up a bunch of our company branded mugs and spooned in the ingredients, launched the microwave and then dropped them off at people’s desks. They ate them. They were pleased, very pleased, and amused by the novelty of it all. But I stood back and watched, not able to hide the horror on my face.







There’s just something so… sad about chocolate cake for one. In a mug. So… not right. It should not be this easy to make your own cake in the microwave, for one thing. Maybe that’s what bothers me- how close I am to making chocolate cake. Every. Day. Just for myself. Just for myself in my apartment. Using my Sleepless in Seattle mug. Swarmed by cats as I dig in, all hunched over it, wrapped in a shawl I knit for myself. Plucking a stray piece of cat hair off my Chocolate Mug Cake for One. Feeling the thick cake hitting the bottom of my empty, loveless womb.  Waiting for death.

So, you know, ENJOY MAKING THIS RECIPE.

Eclectic Recipes via Live Love Pasta (who did not have the same existential concerns. She just ate hers like a normal, functioning, food blogging human being. Also, her blog is pretty, so pretty.)

Chocolate Mug of Sadness

Makes 1 large mug of sadness or 2 slightly less sad servings

Ingredients
4 TBsp flour
4 TBsp sugar
1 egg
3 TBsp cocoa powder
3 TBsp Nutella
3 TBsp milk
3 TBsp vegetable oil

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug (or 2).

Whisk with fork until smooth.

Microwave on high for 1½– 3 minutes.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Or, halfway through baking time, drop in a dollop of peanut butter. (“Baking” time depends on microwave minutes. Ours took about 2 minutes.)

Download and print Chocolate Mug of Sadness recipe

77 Comments

  1. Cinemongirl
    June 20, 2011

    I actually had a mug of sadness last night, minus the nutella, which would probably have made it less sad…because then I would have just eaten the nutella out of the jar instead of lowering myself to eating the microwave quasi-cakelike substance I consumed out of laziness/desperation.
    Also, I love your site.

    Reply
    • christina
      November 7, 2013

      i mixed pb xtra tbs of cocoa and xtra tbs of sugar than mixed that into the cake mix and did not add the nutella.

      Reply
  2. Lydia
    June 20, 2011

    You make me smile, lady!

    Reply
  3. Judi
    June 20, 2011

    I mean, really- this recipe is the real equivalent of Tina Fey’s Brownie Husband on SNL. Thanks for the comments, ladies. 🙂

    Reply
  4. Priscilla
    June 20, 2011

    yummmmm. I want to try this!

    Reply
  5. what katie's baking
    June 21, 2011

    this looks yummy!
    not sad at all… perfect! 😉

    Reply
  6. Shumaila
    June 22, 2011

    I agree that its sad this recipe is so easy to make- there’s no stopping weight gain now :(! I will not try this recipe (or well, maybe once..ahh this recipe is so not right!)

    Reply
  7. Denae
    June 22, 2011

    I made this immediately when I read how easy it was. What a wonderful and yet horrible find. I’m addicted. Kudos

    Reply
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  9. Senny
    June 22, 2011

    hahahaha your post is hilarious. especially the “So, you know, ENJOY MAKING THIS RECIPE.” part xD!!!!

    😛 is there anything I can use to replace nutella? we’re out of it at the moment (and live a good forty minutes away from the grocery store). could i add peanut butter, perhaps?

    Reply
    • Nicole
      June 22, 2011

      You can make it without nutella, some recipes just have cocoa powder so maybe just add a little more cocoa powder- and I also added some peanut butter in the middle it was delicious 🙂

      Reply
  10. Rosa
    June 22, 2011

    I have seen so many recipes for chocolate cake in a mug, but your post finally convinced me to try it the moment I finished reading it. It was absolutely delish! I improvised a little on the self-rising flour, because it’s not sold here in Germany, and added a 1/4 tsp baking powder to the batter. It may have been too much because the cake over flowed when I checked on it. LOL. No biggie. It was the most amazing chocolate cake I have eaten in a long, long time. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I will make this over and over and over again. 🙂

    Reply
  11. Kay
    June 22, 2011

    Can I replace cocoa powdr with milo powder?

    Reply
    • Judi
      June 22, 2011

      You can but I would knock back the sugar a bit, otherwise it might be crazy sweet.

      Reply
  12. cliff@livelovepasta
    June 22, 2011

    Great story and I love your pictures! We were literally at Home Depot yesterday trying to buy stuff to re-create a distressed/antiquey kind of wood surface like what you have in the photos.

    Reply
    • Judi
      June 22, 2011

      Thanks! We obviously wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for you guys. We’re in Chicago too- maybe we should set up a local bake sale with your lovely sister-in-law! Sadness Cakes for everyone!

      Reply
  13. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    June 22, 2011

    This looks danerous but so good!

    Reply
  14. AQR
    June 22, 2011

    Ahhh… So funny!
    Shawls are hard to pull off, aren’t they?
    Especially when combined with cat hair.

    I showed my children how to make their own sad mug cakes. They loved the idea. Like a crazy science experiment. My 9 year old preferred the uncooked version and asked could she just eat it like that? Ewwwww. I promised to show her how to make chocolate mousse instead.

    Reply
  15. rae
    June 22, 2011

    Is there a substitute you can use for cocoa powder? Like nutella possibly?

    Reply
  16. Jen
    June 22, 2011

    What a cute recipe!! I saw your recipe and immediately went to try it since I had the ingredients. I tried using less oil to cut the fat a little, but the cake turned out a little more brownie-like. I also cut 1 T of sugar and it still was awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    Reply
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  18. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    June 23, 2011

    So sad and so funny at the same time. Love it. Great blog!!

    Reply
  19. Stacey Miller
    June 23, 2011

    Want to hear something even more pathetic? I’m the author of two books on single-serving microwave mug cakes. Not to hawk them here, but the first (featured on “The Rachael Ray Show”) contains 101 recipes for microwave mug cakes (and, no, they don’t all use cocoa powder, I’m pleased to report!) and the second contains 101 recipes for gluten-free microwave mug cakes. So, basically, I’ve spent about 2 years of my life inventing a total of 202 recipes for single-serving microwave mug cakes. Sad? Well…maybe. But I do love, love, love, love, love these recipes! To sample a couple of free microwave mug cake recipes, please visit my web site: http://www.microwavemugcakes.com. Click on the “Try One Yourself” link (in the last cloud, right above my photo). Enjoy!

    Reply
    • Judi
      June 23, 2011

      Stacey- wow! Well, clearly it’s not sad at all- look at how happy you’ve made all these healthy, well-adjusted people!

      Reply
  20. Michelle
    June 24, 2011

    Thanks for the laugh, you are very funny! And don’t fret, I’m a long married Mom and I too would be sitting around with my hand knitted shawl eating cake for one.

    Reply
  21. Leyla
    June 25, 2011

    I made this sans Nutella, and added a tablespoon of strawberry jam and some mini-marshmallows. Heaven!

    Reply
  22. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    June 26, 2011

    Hahah hilarious post. I can’t say I’ve ever made brownies in the microwave. Nor in a mug for that matter. Love the idea.

    Reply
  23. nadiaa
    June 30, 2011

    hi, i was wondering can i use nestle carnation rich and creamy powder instead of the cocoa powder

    Reply
  24. Adam Green
    July 1, 2011

    http://adampaulgreen.com/

    This recipe looks amazing! When my recipes call for “Chocolate chips,” I substitute them with “Xocai Healthy Chocolate.”
    Their “chocolate” is full of “flavinols” and “Dark chocolate” has actually been proven to be good for you!
    Because “Xocai” “cold presses” all their “cocoa,” the “good stuff” is preserved and packed full of “heart healthy antioxidants!”

    ~Adam Paul Green
    http://mxi.myvoffice.com/cacaopow/
    http://myxocai.com/1030-1/human-health
    http://myxocai.com/1030-1/chocolate-news
    http://myxocai.com/1030-1/xocai-vs-candy-chocolate

    Reply
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  27. Haley
    July 26, 2011

    Made this last night…something (I’m assuming the egg) exploded ALL over my kitchen and face. Can we say ouch? It looks delicious though!

    Reply
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    August 22, 2011

    I tried them! I love them! Easy to make and oh so great! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Claire @ keepsmeoutofmischief
    August 27, 2011

    Surely it’s better to make just a single serving of cake than to make a whole cake that just sits there saying ‘eat me, eat me’… Unfortunately, I discovered these a couple of months ago and find that I make them far, far too often!

    Reply
  30. Lina
    August 28, 2011

    This is the first time I’ve made a recipe as soon as I stumble it. Usually, I bookmark them for later…this just looked too good 🙂

    Reply
    • Roxanne
      February 12, 2012

      I’m the exact same way. I have 200+ recipes bookmarked for “later” but I’m heading into the kitchen right now to make this!

      Reply
  31. Lisa
    September 3, 2011

    i made this last night. but mine turned out to be too hard..and while cooking, it rose above and almost spill out of the mug..what do i do? i used all the ingredients as directed. what made it turned out this way? anyone help! plsease.tq.

    Reply
    • Nicole
      September 5, 2011

      I think each person’s microwave is different, I would try microwaving about 30 seconds less, stop and check it. It probably got too hard because it got overcooked- I had that problem the first time. You also can divide the batter into 2 mugs if it’s spilling over. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  32. laguna
    September 5, 2011

    i think, it so hard to eat it…LOL

    Reply
  33. Amanda Perkins
    September 16, 2011

    I LOVED this blog!! Laughing outloud all the way through! Thanks for great recipe and your wonderful writing style!

    Reply
  34. Alison
    September 23, 2011

    OMG. I laughed out loud until I cried while reading the pre-amble to your recipe. Well done. You made my day, on many levels.

    Reply
  35. Liz
    September 26, 2011

    OMG you are a genius, I am consuming now. I feel both incredibly depressed and insanely ecstatic, THANKYOU!!!

    Reply
  36. ITALIAN GIRL
    November 28, 2011

    I just tried this right after reading it.. it is good but a little gummy… add a little extra milk maybe and lots of hershey kisses to make it chocolate…thanks for sharing it..

    Reply
  37. laurene
    December 1, 2011

    I’m about to try this now. Where did you get the mug though? It’s absolutely beautiful.

    Reply
  38. YB
    December 8, 2011

    Does the recipe call for AP Flour or Self Rising/Cake Flour?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Nicole
      December 8, 2011

      i just used AP flour and it worked fine 🙂

      Reply
  39. Ryan
    December 19, 2011

    1150 calories a cup, for those who are wondering.

    1300 if you drop in the PB.

    Reply
    • Shelby
      June 23, 2012

      no we weren’t wondering… sometimes ignorance is bliss.. let us have our cake!

      Reply
  40. Felicity Nuzum
    December 20, 2011

    I think it could be a bit sweeter. I just made it and besides the sweetness issue, I thought it was pretty good.

    Reply
  41. Bonnie
    January 7, 2012

    No not sadness…gladness!! = ) followed the directions with the exception of i used 3 tbsp. of caramel instead of the nutella. YUMMY, my pullet eggs are perfect for this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
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  43. Angie
    January 17, 2012

    My husband and I loved the story that went along with the cake and so had to try it. As I’m gluten free I substituted the flour for self-raising gluten free flour. Other than that I used everything in the recipe. It was so delicious! My husband didn’t even realise it was gluten free! I think we’re going to talk about a ‘cup of sadness’ as a euphemism for choclate around the kids from now on.
    Thank you so much for the recipe and the laugh!
    Here is the post on my blog with chocolatey photos!
    http://timeforataylor.blogspot.com/2012/01/date-night-and-cup-of-sadness.html

    Reply
  44. Maddy
    January 22, 2012

    I just made these. They were gross. I might as well have just gotten a Kids Cuisine with the brownie that comes with that. Very bland. Wont be making these again, but nice try.

    Reply
    • Nicole
      January 23, 2012

      Hmmm, that’s odd that it didn’t turn out good for you, they turned out delicious for us! Are you sure you didn’t leave anything out? 🙂 Maybe add some extra nutella for sweetness

      Reply
  45. Eva
    January 26, 2012

    Wow! I’ve probably made over 20 different recipes for mug cakes, this one is by FAR the best!! 🙂

    Reply
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  47. Amanda
    February 17, 2012

    This recipe is BRILLIANT. Thank you so so much–I added peanut butter and some M&M’s and it was absolute perfection. The website is beautiful as well–an inspiration to a beginner blogger!! 🙂

    Reply
  48. Ayci
    February 24, 2012

    This post cracked me up! Now I have to try this, but first I must get a couple of cats and a sleepless in Seattle mug. 🙂

    Reply
  49. van chica
    February 25, 2012

    My empty, loveless womb thanks you for the gift of chocolate… I’m going to go embroider a footstool with hand-dyed cat hair now.

    Reply
  50. Veggie Wonder
    February 26, 2012

    Wow, these are some beautiful photos. I’ve experimented with mug cakes a lot recently too – I think they’re wonderful! I’m really impressed with how you got the cake to puff out over the mug.

    Reply
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    March 10, 2012

    can i replace the nutella with some icecream fudge?

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  55. a teenager named sian
    August 4, 2012

    do you have to use self-rising flour? i used AP but they turned out hard (probably overcooked) and didnt rise :/ i saw in an earlier comment and you said that you just used AP but in the picture they look perfect and fluffy! help! i really want to perfect these!!

    Reply
  56. sandrine
    August 25, 2012

    Amazing cake, in french I say “Incroyable, ça fonctionne et c’est bon !”
    First time I use my microwave for cooking cake but now i’ll do it again and again and again 🙂 !

    Thank’s from Belgium 🙂

    Reply
  57. Addielyn
    February 3, 2013

    I just made these with my brother because I was bored and had a chocolate craving. OMEHGOSH! THEY ARE AMAZING!!!! I altered the recipe a bit and made it in a souflee cup. thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply
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