Ana 4 thumb Chocolate Mug Cake {Happy Birthday}

Two years ago today I became a Mother – truly, the best gift EVER. It was the day that I realized what love really was, what caring really meant, and what fear felt like.  

mug cake thumb Chocolate Mug Cake {Happy Birthday}

This morning I woke up bright and early to make a quick cake for breakfast. I wanted to surprise the birthday girl with something that had sugar, chocolate, and more sugar on top.

I was so excited to give it to her, but I was turned down… WHAT?!

She walked away from the table, walked up to the pantry, pointed up and said, “Cookie!”. She chose the Oreos over my quick, sugary, chocolatey mug cake.

 oreos thumb Chocolate Mug Cake {Happy Birthday}

I told her she could have an Oreo only if she would let me take a picture of her. She agreed. (Normally she runs far and away as soon as I pick up my camera… I run after her and snap with it until I get a decent picture).

Ana 3 thumb Chocolate Mug Cake {Happy Birthday}

That’s the money shot.

I really hope she likes the cake that she will have at her birthday party on Sunday. I probably should have ordered an OREO cake, instead. :/

Ana, Happy 2nd Birthday! You are my love, my кукла, my злато, my душа, my срце, my everything. (translation: doll, gold, soul, heart)

Chocolate Mug Cake

You will need:

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar


  • In a coffee mug sift together the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder.
  • Add in the egg and mix, slowly, until well combined.
  • Pour in the milk, the olive oil, and the vanilla, and mix until combined.
  • Put the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on High.
  • The cake will rise over the top, but don’t worry, that’s what it’s supposed to do.
  • Let it cool for a couple of minutes then top with powdered sugar.

mug cake 2 thumb Chocolate Mug Cake {Happy Birthday}


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  1. dianie November 20, 2014 at 2:53 AM - Reply

    this is really nice i made this

    super easy !!

    thanks for sharing

    if we can use butter as an alternative of olive oil , it’s also good

  2. Rosi January 25, 2012 at 5:41 PM - Reply

    Hey! I have also tried making these with my own recipe and they get a bit dry since we bake them in the microwave. So I would suggest to eat with some cream or even ice cream if you have! Improves the taste very successfully!
    Try it out! Nice blog, feel free to visit mine if you like

  3. Elyse@ The Cultural Dish August 10, 2011 at 7:21 AM - Reply

    Hahaha your daughter is so cute! The mug cake does look delicious even though she may have chosen the oreo over your dessert! :)

  4. Kelly August 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM - Reply

    Loved reading this… beyond beautiful.

  5. Claudie August 9, 2011 at 7:37 AM - Reply

    I’m a bit late, but: Happy birthday to your daughter!!! She’s one wonderful little treasure. I wish you and her many many happy moments, both with and without oreo cookies ;)

  6. Magic of Spice August 8, 2011 at 7:41 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your beautiful little angel! Such a perfect shot…what a treasure!

  7. briarrose August 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM - Reply

    Such a beautiful child. :) Love the pics.

  8. Kita August 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your little beauty! I love that she picked the oreo cookie. I think thats hilarious. Me, I wouldn’t (couldn’t) turn down these adorable little cakes!

  9. Vicki @ WITK August 7, 2011 at 7:44 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday to your little babe! Kids are so funny, I think boys are the same way. They want oreo cookies in the face of delicious homemade desserts! Your cakes and photos look beautiful.

  10. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    I hope Ana has a fun time at her birthday party today :-) I can’t wait to see what you did for it! And how did you ever come up with this recipe, Kate? It’s genius!

  11. Ramona August 7, 2011 at 6:40 AM - Reply

    Ohhhhhh! Happy be-lated birthday to your precious little princess. I know how you feel. My life only really blossomed after I had my children. She is a gorgeous little angel. Hope she had a wonderful time on her birthday. I love the chocolate mug cake. YUM! : )

  12. Kim Bee August 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM - Reply

    Aw, she’s beautiful just like her Momma. I was teary eyed reading this.

    As for the recipe, bravo, it’s gorgeous. Such a great idea.

  13. The Farmers Wife August 6, 2011 at 11:13 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday Ana!! They grow up so fast don’t they Kate?!? My little guy would probably have gone for the oreo too… haha!

  14. Julie August 6, 2011 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    I guess my microwave must be more powerful than yours…after 2 minutes at high, the cake had exploded all over the mug, down onto the base of the microwave and had gotten a bit overcooked. Next time, I’ll reduce the power and probably mix everything together first, then pour into two mugs instead of one.

    Otherwise, nice, quick recipe to satisfy a craving..thanks for sharing!

    • Kate@Diethood August 6, 2011 at 11:18 PM - Reply

      Oh no! I’m sorry that happened, Julie. :((((( The microwave should be set on high, which is I believe 1000 watts.

  15. Terra August 6, 2011 at 7:31 PM - Reply

    Your daughter is just beautiful! Love how she wanted the oreo instead, too funny:-) The cake looks perfect! Hugs, Terra

  16. Jennifer Eloff August 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM - Reply

    We make something very similar in the low-carb world – called the 3 minute chocolate cake – but with different ingredients.

    Such cute story and love the lashes on your little girl, Ana. She is going to love those one day! I think Oreo Cake probably would have made sense. lol

    Congrats on Top 9, Kate. :)

  17. Sandra August 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM - Reply

    Yay Kate Top 9!

  18. Becky August 6, 2011 at 3:24 PM - Reply

    What an adorable little girl, and you were very lucky to get the “money shot”.
    As she gets older her tastes will change, and she will keep you guessing. Have a wonderful birthday party!!!

  19. alyce August 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM - Reply

    I love that this recipe allows for a single serving, so I am not left with a delicious cake tempting me every day! Going to try it out. Thanks!

  20. mjskit August 6, 2011 at 2:32 PM - Reply

    First let me say that I LOVE this post! Your daughter is gorgeous and what a great mother you are! Secondly – the cake is AWESOME! I’ve got to make it! I don’t use my oven in the summer, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Ally August 6, 2011 at 1:08 PM - Reply

    What an incredibly adorable & brilliant idea! x

  22. CouponClippingCook August 6, 2011 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    This Chocolate Mug Cake looks delicious and fun. And your little one is adorable!

  23. Ann August 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Congrats on making Food buzz’s Top 9…no surprise – this was a terrific recipe & post!

  24. Sawsan@chef in disguise August 6, 2011 at 9:45 AM - Reply

    Happy birthday sweet Ana..many happy returns
    and if she doesn’t want to the mug cake I would love one :)
    My kids do the same thing..I pick up the camera up and they run for their lives

  25. Liz August 6, 2011 at 6:57 AM - Reply

    You can send any cakes that Ana doesn’t want our way! Happy birthday to your precious daughter, Kate!

  26. Shabs August 6, 2011 at 3:18 AM - Reply

    Happy b’day to you li’l girl , beautiful pics , my kids and i make this all the time , it’s really quik and easy and equally tasty .

  27. Amee August 6, 2011 at 3:02 AM - Reply

    Oh my goodness, she is stunning! I really like the cake as well, really great photos. By far my favourite in the top nine.

  28. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 5, 2011 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    Awww… happy birthday to Ana! Oh yes, that is a great shot of Ana! You know I have the exact same problem with taking kids pictures… my son will put a forced smile if I say cheese, and my daughter just look somewhere but camera. There is no way I can take a single shot of BOTH looking at the camera. Well, I hope you enjoy the birthday party this weekend. Your mug cake is so cute and delicious. If I was near you, I would drive to your house to pick up Ana’s leftover. ;-) Enjoy the special weekend with your special princess!

  29. Kimmy @ Lighter and Local August 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM - Reply

    Your little one is beautiful! Happy Birthday to her!

  30. Shirley August 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    I’d take this chocolate mug cake over an Oreo any day! Happy belated to the little one.

  31. Carolyn August 5, 2011 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    Aw so sweet. Happy birthday to your little one. Sorry she chose a cookie instead of your lovely mug cake!

  32. megan @ whatmegansmaking August 5, 2011 at 5:03 PM - Reply

    lovely picture! :)

  33. Sandra's Easy Cooking August 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM - Reply

    Happy B- Day to your little girl…kids are the best gift!!! Love you “money shoot” She is so adorable!!
    Awesome cake, recipe and pictures!!! Great job mommy!:))

  34. Adora's Box August 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM - Reply

    Look at that little doll. Everything you said about being a mother is so true. I relish every minute of it. I’m sure she’ll love her birthday cake. Happy birthday, Ana!

  35. RavieNomNoms August 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    What a cutie!! That is a great picture…like something that should be in a magazine or something.

    No worries mom, I am sure she loves you no matter what kind of cake you make her. :-)

  36. PolaM August 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    What a great day! I cannot even begin to imagine how it feels!!

  37. Charlie August 5, 2011 at 10:44 AM - Reply

    Happy birthday to your baby girl :). Beautiful picture! For the first year, my brother loved it when we took pictures of him; the flash made him laugh! So we have a thousand lol. But after he started to hate it because he didn’t want to stay still for 30 seconds :P.
    This cake is perfect for when I want a quick dessert & I’m all alone!

  38. Angie @ Bigbearswife August 5, 2011 at 9:01 AM - Reply

    awww I bet the Chocolate Mug Cake was wonderful! :) Happy Birthday to your little one!

  39. Parsley Sage August 5, 2011 at 8:35 AM - Reply

    …your itty bitty has the most gorgeous eyelashes I’ve ever seen! Money shot, indeed :)

    Don’t beat yourself up, mum. I’m sure that cake didn’t go uneaten! It looks pretty scandelicious to me! Buzzed and Happy Birthday to your little girl!

  40. Apron Appeal August 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM - Reply

    at 2 my daughter would have taken the oreos too, now…like Pooh Bear when Rabbit asks, “Milk or honey on your bread” She would happily say “BOTH!”

  41. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 5, 2011 at 7:55 AM - Reply

    Happy Birthday!! Isn’t is amazing the things we do for our kids out of love! Wouldn’t change it for the world! This cake is such a cute idea, I would have it for breakfast any day!

  42. Emily @ Life on Food August 5, 2011 at 7:25 AM - Reply

    Beautiful girl! I absolutely love that photo.

  43. Yosefa @nonrecipe August 5, 2011 at 5:36 AM - Reply

    I love this idea! Happy Birthday!

  44. Katarina Clapp Tomic August 5, 2011 at 2:17 AM - Reply

    its looks wonderful I am going to try it later…! Thank you and happy birthday to the little one!

  45. alex August 4, 2011 at 11:43 PM - Reply

    what a sweet birthday girl! I’ve actually made a mug cake and was surprised at how tasty it was!

  46. marla August 4, 2011 at 11:18 PM - Reply

    Happy B’day CUTE little precious Ana!! I hope you love your cake but I bet mama will keep a stash of Oreos close by :)

  47. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen August 4, 2011 at 11:15 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your cute little Ana! That’s a money shot, alright and umm…I’ll have that chocolate mug cake if she doesn’t want it :-).

  48. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM - Reply

    wow she is a beauty! love how she wants oreos!! hahaha. i’ve made mug cakes before – they are awesome!!

  49. The Harried Cook August 4, 2011 at 10:16 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful post… Happy birthday to your little girl! Your daughter sounds just like mine, and mine will be two in less than two months… More often than not, she picks store-bought cookies over anything I make (!), and she runs from the camera too… Me, I would gladly take that chocolate mug cake… It looks really yummy! I hope you all have a wonderful time at her birthday party :) Great post!

  50. Tina@flourtrader August 4, 2011 at 9:32 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday to your little sweetie! Don’t worry about the oreo thing, her tastes will change as she gets older.
    That mug cake looks so chocolaty and decadent-yum!

  51. torviewtoronto August 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM - Reply

    happy birthday to your princess so cute

  52. Roxana GreenGirl August 4, 2011 at 9:23 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday Ana! Love the photos! She’s just precious!

  53. Kristy August 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday to your little beauty! It’s amazing everything that motherhood teaches you and brings with it, isn’t it?! Someday she’ll appreciate your cake over an oreo. I have no doubt. :) Enjoy the rest of the day.

  54. Jenny @ Savour the Senses August 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday! You have a gorgeous daughter =)

  55. Sandra August 4, 2011 at 7:58 PM - Reply

    Oh Kate you almost made me cry with those precious pictures of your baby. You are truly blessed.

  56. Ann August 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The cake looks delicious, but your daughter is so sugar sweet in that picture….

  57. Michelle August 4, 2011 at 7:44 PM - Reply

    I love this mug cake! I’m totally going to try making it sometime!

  58. Happy When Not Hungry August 4, 2011 at 7:37 PM - Reply

    Your daughter is beautiful!!!! My sis just had a baby girl 2 weeks ago and I can already tell how she’s changing our family. What a wonderful cake and beautiful daughter you have Kate!

  59. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah August 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM - Reply

    what a gorgeous shot of the birthday girl… kids are so easily pleased, aren’t they? ;) happy birthday to your precious daughter!

  60. cakewhiz August 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM - Reply

    awwww… happy birthday to your little girl! she is so cute :)
    your mug cake looks very moist and chocolatey and soooo easy to make!

  61. Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM - Reply

    I totally forgot about the actual cake while reading about your lovely daughter. Congratulations and happy birthday Ana! I hope she enjoyed that cake!!

  62. Patty August 4, 2011 at 6:46 PM - Reply

    Congratulations! I’m loving your very fun chocolate cake;-)

  63. Curt August 4, 2011 at 5:48 PM - Reply

    Aaaawww, that’s awesome. Parenthood is without a doubt the greatest thing theat ever happened to me in life! That is a money shot indeed. I hardly noticed there was a recipe in this post.

    Of course, my daughter was born 31 years ago. It never changes though. She’s still my everything!

  64. Susie August 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    Sometimes you just can’t beat an oreo they are that good. Happy birthday to your sweet little girl.

  65. Lindsey@Lindselicious August 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM - Reply

    She is a smart girl, I would let someone take my picture for an Oreo… LOL love the pic you got of her, her eyelashes are so pretty! AND Kate I love this cake, as someone who lives alone- I dont need a whole cake for myself! I need to make this!

  66. Rita D K Simmons August 4, 2011 at 5:28 PM - Reply

    That’s real cute and worth a try. Thanks!

  67. Valerie August 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM - Reply

    Happy B-day to your little girl! She’s gorgeous!! A wonder!!

  68. Julia August 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday baby girl!!!!! I became a mom 6 months ago. Yep, these past 6 months have shown me what love REALLY is, in so many ways!!!!!

    • Kate@Diethood August 5, 2011 at 9:22 AM - Reply

      It’s amazing!! And it just gets better! :))

  69. Stephanie August 4, 2011 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    This is so sweet! Happy Birthday to your little girl :)

  70. kitchenarian August 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter. I love your photo of her. Today is my dad’s birthday and tomorrow is my son’s birthday – he will turn 18. Enjoy the moments Kate, it goes by in a flash.
    I am going to make my child this chocolate mug cake for in the morning! Maybe I should make two of them!!

  71. Melissa@EyesBigger August 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM - Reply

    That is a beautiful photo of her! Worth the oreo in my opinion :)
    Little kids march to their own drum and I wouldn’t have it any other way – it’s what makes them so interesting. lol Happy birthday Ana!

  72. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} August 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM - Reply

    What a doll! Happy Birthday to the beautiful babe and now I must go to the kitchen to try this!

  73. Goce August 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM - Reply

    Happy birthday from “tato” !

  74. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels August 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM - Reply

    Awww your daughter is absolutely beautiful! I hope she has an amazing birthday. How funny that she wanted an Oreo over the cake. I think it looks incredible and I’ll glady eat all of it! :)

  75. Happy birthday you beautiful little lady! Beautiful and knows what she wants; I like that combination. You’re right. That is the money shot. It’s absolutely perfect, as is she. I’d have eaten the mug cake with my cup of coffee, you know.

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