Quickie Molten Chocolate Cake For One

This post is for all the chocolate-loving, cake-craving, sweet tooth having food lovers out there. And this recipe? It’s for those afternoons when all you need is a quick chocolate fix but don’t want or need a whole cake  (or a batch of cupcakes). It makes one perfect, moist, molten Nutella filled cake just for you.

You are so welcome.

What I love about this recipe is that not only is it super fast (you can make this in about five minutes – start to finish), but it’s made with pantry items that you probably have on hand already. And the flavor — rich, chocolatey bliss — is just perfect.  The cake is lightly sweetened (just enough to enhance the chocolate flavor). And in the center is warm, gooey, molten Nutella.

Look, there are times when you just need that little sweet fix (or, at least I do!). When it strikes, pull out a mug or a ramekin and whip this up. It totally answers that craving and leaves you satisfied with a perfectly portioned treat.

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Quickie Molten Chocolate Cake For One
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Serves: serves 1
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar (coconut sugar works great too)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp nonfat milk
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp canola oil
  • ½ tbsp Nutella
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)
  1. You will need either a ramekin or a standard size mug for this recipe.
  2. In the ramekin or mug, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Add the milk and canola oil, stirring well until smooth. Be sure to scrape the edges as you stir to ensure that no flour mixture gets trapped below the batter.
  3. Drop the Nutella into the batter and spoon batter over to cover.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute. Let sit for 2-3 minutes. Then dust with powdered sugar.
  5. Devour.

Note: Recipe adapted heavily from Made from Scratch.


  1. Julie says

    I am 40 weeks pregnant today and I NEEDED a chocolate fix. This was perfect. Bonus: I know exactly what’s in it unlike those Betty Crocker micro cakes

    • Sarah W. Caron says

      YAY! So glad you tried it and it hit the spot. Also, CONGRATULATIONS!! Best wishes for a safe, healthy and speedy birth!

  2. Melissa says

    Turned out great! I made a few changes: I used nonfat vanilla yogurt instead of the oil. I left out the sugar but added about 2 tbsps of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Yum! Thanks so much


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