Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Baby Recipe & Mix-in-a-Mug Gift Idea

Do you ever get a craving for chocolate that won't go away until you've broken down and had some?  I have.  If you're like me, you like things that are quick and easy and require little clean up. Here's my 5 minute fix-

I got this idea more than a decade ago from my Mom.  I was addicted to making them for myself for a while.  They make great gifts for co-workers, teachers, college students, anyone that loves chocolate.  We call them cake babies.  I have no idea why, but I hope you try a little cake baby for yourself.  They're so fluffy and chocolaty.  Yummy to the max!

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Baby Recipe
Dry Ingredients:
4 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp chocolate chips or shavings
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
12-16 oz. mug that is not plastic or metal, and is microwave and food safe.
Wet Ingredients
3 Tbsp milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp melted butter or oil
1/4 tsp vanilla (or peppermint) extract

To enjoy this yummy mini cake now, simply mix well the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Add the milk, egg, butter or oil and mix thoroughly.  Add in the chocolate chips or shavings, vanilla or peppermint and mix again well.  Stir til smooth.  Spoon the batter into the mug.  Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.  Let cake stand for a few minutes. Serve immediately. You can even top it with vanilla ice cream, fresh berries, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, whipped cream or topping of your choice.  Enjoy!

C&H Sugar cane image
Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Baby Mix-in-a-Mug Gift Instructions:  
In a food safe plastic bag (I use ziplocks) pour in the dry ingredients listed above, adding the chocolate chips last.  Seal and decorate with ribbon, raffia, or something else pretty like the example above which is wrapped in a fabric square.  Then, type or write up a cute little gift tag with the following instructions (or use the C & H tags HERE, the instructions are the same!):

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Baby:
3 Tbsp milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp melted butter or oil
1/4 tsp vanilla (or peppermint) extract

Whisk together milk, egg, butter or oil and vanilla or mint in a medium bowl.  Add cake mix and stir until batter is smooth.  Spoon batter into mug.  Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.  Let cake stand for a few minutes. Serve immediately topped with toppings of your choice, if desired.  (You can list a few recommendations) Enjoy!  Attach gift tags and gift away!

UPDATE!!!   After searching for my old recipe and typing this post, I made an AWESOME discovery.  The folks at C & H Sugar now have a webpage full of many different "cake baby" mug recipes and the ever popular mix-in-a-jar recipes too!  They've even made cute tags you can download and print so you don't have to type and prepare them, saving you time.  Here's their link: Check it out.  

AND- I have found a gluten free recipe that's almost the same linked HERE.
 Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!


  1. Oh that sounds good ! Thanks for sharing I shall have to give this baby cake a try ! Have a wonderful day !

  2. Love the chocolate cake in a cup, one looks super easy, super quick and most important...... it's CHOCOLATE, Thanks for posting and the web site too.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Country Gal! Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Tombstone Livestock! I agree. I LOVE chocolate too. Merry Christmas!


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