This Chocolate Berry Mug Cake is a quick and easy way to get your chocolate fix! The bottom layer consists of a sweet and juicy berry sauce (that uses frozen berries!). Then, the berry sauce is topped with a rich, fudgy chocolate cake. Because this single-serve dessert is made in the microwave, the whole thing is ready in about 10 minutes!
Sometimes you're craving a special dessert and store-bought cookies or ice cream just won't do. If you're short on time or you don't want a ton of leftovers, that's a perfect time for a mug cake! And this Chocolate Berry Mug Cake is one of my absolute favorites. This is no ordinary mug cake - it pulls out all the stops! Fudgy chocolate cake with chocolate chips, AND a juicy, sweet berry sauce at the bottom of the mug!
Plus, you can make this dessert with mostly pantry ingredients and frozen berries. So, you can make this recipe without any pre-planning, and at any time of the year, as long as you've got a bag of berries stashed in the freezer!
Here's what you'll need for this Chocolate Berry Mug Cake:
- Frozen berries: any kind will do - I used a mix of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Cut up any large strawberries before using in the recipe.
- Granulated sugar
- All purpose flour
- Cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Oil: any light oil will work, like vegetable oil or canola oil
- Milk: any kind, I used whole milk
- Chocolate chips: I highly recommend not leaving these out! They melt into the cake and help create a rich, fudgy texture. You can use any kind of chocolate chips you have in your cabinet. You could even substitute chunks of chopped chocolate if you don't have chips.
- Pinch of salt (not pictured)
Can I substitute fresh berries?
I will be totally honest - I have not tested this recipe using fresh berries. And that's simply because I can't get any at the moment! That being said, I don't see any reason why you couldn't use fresh berries, although it's likely the texture or amount of juiciness may be a little different. This will also depend on the kind of berry you choose.
If you want to use fresh berries, I would just microwave the berry layer for a much shorter amount of time - say, 15 seconds instead of 45. The berries at this stage just need to be juicy and the flour and sugar should be dissolved.
Hopefully, I will have the chance to give an update here when I'm able to make the recipe using fresh berries. Or, if you make the recipe with fresh berries, please let me know how it turned out!
Here's a few helpful tips for making this Chocolate Berry Mug Cake:
- If you want to unmold the mug cake, spray the mug with non-stick spray before you add the first berry layer, making sure to get the sides really well! Or you can grease the mug with oil or butter. Also, I recommend pouring the batter over the berries slowly and gently, which will help keep the berries on the bottom rather than pushing them to the side. This way, when you unmold the cake, the berries will be beautifully displayed on the top!
- Next, make sure you mix the flour and sugar into the frozen berries really well before microwaving. You don't want any pockets of dry flour in the corner. It may not seem like all the flour and sugar will incorporate at first, but as you keep mixing, it will start to combine with the moisture from the berries. Mixing well at this stage will ensure the berry sauce is nice and smooth!
- Finally, in order to avoid a big mess in your microwave, you need to use a mug that's large enough. You don't need a huge one - the one I used holds 12 oz. and it fit the cake well. And make sure your mug is microwave safe!
Here is what each step of making the mug cake looks like. The full ingredient amounts and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post, this is just to give you a visual idea of each step:
- Add frozen berries, ½ tsp. flour and 2 tsp. sugar to the mug. The flour helps to thicken the berry sauce. (Greasing the mug first is optional - see helpful tips section!)
- Keep stirring the berry, sugar and flour mixture until no dry pockets of flour and sugar remain.
- Microwave for 45 seconds, or until berries are warm and juicy. Stir again.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry.
- Whisk with a fork until most of the lumps are gone. Add in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the chocolate cake batter on top of the berries and microwave until done. The top should be firm with no wet parts remaining, check the sides too!
- If you want to and you've greased the mug, try unmolding the cake into a bowl or plate. Enjoy!
I really hope you like this quick and easy chocolate mug cake! If you follow my blog at all, you may know I really, really love mug cakes. So of course, I have quite a few other mug cake recipes that I hope you will also try! My favorites are this recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Mug Cake and this one for Fudgy Mocha Mug Cake.
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You can use berries straight from the freezer, plus a few other basic pantry ingredients, to make an indulgent, rich and fudgy cake with a tangy and sweet berry sauce at the bottom of the mug!
- ¼ cup plus ½ teaspoon all purpose flour, divided
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, divided
- ½ cup frozen berries (any kind)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch salt
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil (canola oil, vegetable oil, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (any kind)
- Optional pre-step: If you want to unmold the mug cake rather than eating it right from the mug, spray the inside of the mug with non-stick cooking spray or grease it with oil or butter.
- In a large, microwave-safe mug, add the frozen berries, ½ tsp. flour and 2 tsp. sugar. (If using strawberries, cut up any large ones into bite-sized pieces before adding.) Stir well to combine, there should be no remaining pockets of dry flour or sugar at the bottom of the mug.
- Cover the mug with a folded paper towel to avoid splatter. Microwave the berry mixture on high for 45 seconds, or until the berries are juicy and warm (they do not need to be hot, just not cold!). Stir the berry mixture again and set the mug aside.
- Meanwhile, in a separate small bowl, combine the remaining flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, and pinch of salt.
- Add the oil and milk to the dry ingredients and whisk well with a fork until most of the lumps are gone. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the cake batter over top of the berry mixture. Do not stir. Replace the paper towel on top of the mug and microwave again on high for 90 seconds. Check the top and sides of the mug cake. If you see any wet batter remaining, microwave again in 10 second increments until the cake is cooked through. When checking for wet batter, make sure you aren't looking at a melted chocolate chip instead! (My cake needed the extra 10 seconds after the initial 90.)
- Unmold the cake onto a plate or bowl, or enjoy straight out of the mug!
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