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Cooking cake in the microwave feels rebellious.  Kind of like eating dessert first (I do this), skipping church (I do this too) and buying extra shoes at a Nordstrom sale (I’m a first class offender).  Nutella Microwave Cake is dense, chocolate and sinful.  While it can’t replace Dad’s Chocolate Cake or Nutella Mascarpone Icebox Cake for special occasions, its perfect in a pinch.

Nutella Microwave Cake

Makes 1 mini cake.  Probably it’s it’s 2 servings but feel free to eat by yourself


  • 4 T flour
  • Pinch baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 T sugar
  • 3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 T Nutella
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T chocolate chips


Find a large coffee mug or small microwave safe bowl.  I have a 2 C pyrex dish from a set of storage dishes.  Make sure any mug or dish is microwave safe.  It says on the bottom.

In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients.  Mix well.  Use a hand mixer if needed.

Using a spatula, scrape into microwave safe mug or dish.

Microwave for 2 1/2- 3 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave.  Mine took 2 1/2 mins.  Top with vanilla ice cream and sprinkles.

Adapted from “Nutella Mug Cake” by Angie McGowan,, 2011

Anna Lookingbill

Anna Lookingbill

I'm a self-taught Betty Crocker. Food should be pretty, delicious and have sprinkles. Professionally I'm a clinical social worker. Follow me on Facebook and Pinterest- Sugar and Spice Baking Blog- for great recipes, amazing restaurants and culinary adventures.

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