Oil-Free Mug Cake

chocolate cake in see through glass mug with whipped cream and raspberries on top

Sometimes, I want cake. 

Sometimes, I want just a little cake.

Sometimes, I want cake fast. 

fork full of cake above mug

Sometimes, when I use the word ‘sometimes,’ I am lying. But we don’t need to worry about that right now. Because we have a delicious oil-free mug cake that needs to be made. Like right now.  

overhead picture of bowl of batter with a measuring spoon and cup full of flour and canister of cacao powder

I usually mix everything together in a bowl. I don’t get as good results when I mix it in the mug. Then I transfer the mixture to a mug before I cook it. Or honestly, I cook it straight in the bowl. But if I am serving it to guests I will use a mug. It’s just easier to eat it with a handle. Plus there is the fun factor!

three mugs of chocolate cake on pink background

The secret to making this cake without eggs or oil is to use applesauce. It works like a charm. 

measuring cup in jar full of flour

I make my cakes with sprouted spelt flour, but you could use a gluten-free blend if that is your thing. Let me know how it goes if you do!

empty mug with chocolate cake crumbs and fork

I usually top this with some homemade coconut whipped cream and raspberries. And now I am drooling. brb.

Chocolate Mug Cake – Vegan

This mug cake is perfect for when an unexpected craving for chocolate hits. Dairy-free, Oil-free, refined sugar-free, and egg-free. Also, DELICIOUS!
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1


  • 1/4 cup sprouted spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp plant milk I use almond milk but any will do
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mashed banana or apple sauce
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  • Mix ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Transfer batter to a mug.
  • Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds.


  • I like to mix my ingredients in a bowl because I find that I can’t ever get them to mix as well straight in a mug. You can also microwave your cake straight in the bowl if it is microwave proof. Less dishes!
  • Microwaves vary. The instructions are based off of what works well with my microwave. If the time doesn’t produce the best results for you, experiment until you find a time that works. 
  • This is delicious with some fresh berries or coconut cream (or both) on top!

Let me know how this turns out for you in the comments below!



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