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Damn Delicious Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake in 2 Minutes

Vegan Chocolate Espresso mug cake shown in a glass bowl, topped with whipped cream and gold sprinkles

This chocolate mug cake has gotten me into so much trouble lately! Not only is it incredibly delicious, but it comes together in under two minutes using the microwave! I always have the ingredients on hand to whip one up!

Vegan Chocolate Espresso mug cake shown in a glass bowl, topped with whipped cream and gold sprinkles

I made this cake extra special by adding in some fresh, hot espresso! The espresso coffee adds such a beautiful compliment to the dark chocolate.

It elevates this cake to a level worthy of a 1 hour time investment!

I tried to keep the oil low by using a tablespoon of applesauce which I think really adds to the moisture content of this cake.

Being egg and dairy-free, it’s really important to infuse flavor where you can! The espresso coffee amps that up as well!!

Image shows Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake topped with Vegan icing and pink and red heart shaped sprinkles

Why Make Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake?

This cake comes together ridiculously fast-I’m taking 90 seconds! It uses ingredients you already have in the pantry, and it tastes absolutely decadent!

This cake is:

  1. Really easy to mix up
  2. Fast to cook
  3. Tastes rich, moist and like it took way more effort than two minutes to put together!

Ingredients for Chocolate Mug Cake

These are really simple ingredients which you most likely already have in your pantry and fridge!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar. You can swap this for coconut sugar if you prefer.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Canola oil. For oil-free, use additional plain apple sauce instead.
  • Apple sauce
  • Hot espresso coffee. Alternatively, you can use brewed coffee or instant coffee.
  • Soy Milk. We love Silk Soy, but any plant milk will work here.
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vanilla
  • Dark chocolate chips

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How to Make Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake

Mug cake is so easy to put together!

Start by mixing all of the dry ingredients in a microwavable safe container.

I love using my glass bowls from anchor. They’re perfect because if I have any leftover cake I want to save, i can just place the lid on top and throw it straight into the fridge. Easy peasy.

Next, you’ll want to brew your espresso.

We’ve been using the Aeropress for years now. It’s my favorite way to brew coffee at home. It makes a perfect shot of espresso, then I will usually add some additional hot water for a traditional cup of coffee in the mornings.

For this recipe though, we want the coffee to be extra rich and dark, so don’t dilute the espresso first.

Next, you’ll mix the soy milk (or plant milk) with the apple cider vinegar and set it aside until curddled.

Now you can go ahead and mix all of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Then sprinkle with chocolate chips. You can also add in walnuts here for more of a brownie flavor.

Now all you need to do is pop it into the microwave for 90 seconds on high.

Once it’s finished, just set a timer for an additional 2 minutes and let it sit in the microwave to rest.

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4.89 from 9 votes

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake Recipe

This cake is so simple to make! It gets me into trouble far too often than I’d like to admit! It’s super moist, rich and not too sweet. The Dark Chocolate plays off the espresso perfectly and the dark chocolate chips melt to add another dimension of flavour and texture!

Servings 1
Calories 200 kcal
Author Megan Kerry


  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp canola oil or other neutral oil-don’t use olive!
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce fruit flavour is fine-anything but apple cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp hot espresso or use instant coffee (but espresso is better!)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

**These are mixed together separately, then added once curdled:

  • 2 tbsp silk soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar


How to Make Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake:

  1. Mix your dry ingredients in a large coffee cup or dessert bowl

  2. In a separate container mix your soy milk and apple cider vinegar together. This will curdle right away and you can go ahead and add it to your dry ingredients

  3. Add in the remaining wet ingredients and sit to combine

  4. Finally, stir in a small handful of dark chocolate chips

  5. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Allow to sit for an additional 2 minutes before serving.

  6. Serve with vegan whipped cream, your favourite dairy free ice cream or a drizzle of vegan chocolate sauce!

Vegan Chocolate Espresso mug cake shown in a glass bowl, topped with whipped cream and gold sprinkles

I hope you guys love this easy chocolate mug cake! Try not to substitute too many of the ingredients. When you are working on such a small scale every ingredient really counts!

I’d love to see your re-creations! tag me on Instagram or Pinterest if you end up making this recipe!

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Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mug cake shown in a glass bowl, topped with vegan icing and heart shaped sprinkles.

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Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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  1. 5 stars
    It looks so yumyum…my boyfriend will surely love this. Im gonna make this on weekend as we celebrate our anniversary

    1. LOL!! I totally get it! Most mug cakes actually don’t have any eggs (but they usually have dairy which is why I made this one vegan! Probably because of the small amount you would need. I hope she loves it!

    1. Oh that is a shame! Well, stay tuned because I have even more mug cake recipes coming at you!! Cinnamon Spice next!!

    1. Nice to meet you Britney!! I would love to see some of your recipes and meal ideas too!! Thanks for checking this one out!

  2. This looks sooo delicious! I will have to give it a try! Hopefully I can make it right…I can sometimes struggle in the kitchen!!

    1. It would be a very sad world for me if I couldn’t have chocolate and other treats that’s for sure!! Love making them accessible to all!! Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

    1. Awesome girl! Every little bit makes a big impact:) and this doesn’t taste any different from a regular cake. You’ll love it! I promise ?

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