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Mexican Chocolate/Salted Caramel Cake in a Mug

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"I had this at friend's house and had to have the recipe! He didn't know where he got it but he knows the date - it was on the receipt he wrote the recipe on. Great when you want just one serving of dessert."
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12 m servings 633
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 cake)


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  1. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking powder, 1 pinch salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk milk, canola oil, egg, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl; stir into flour mixture. Lightly press caramels into kosher salt.
  2. Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug; top with salted caramels.
  3. Cook in microwave until desired consistency is reached, 75 to 100 seconds.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I mix up single servings and store in an airtight container for a quick snack. You can add wheat germ or flax seed to make it healthier (and you feel better about it). Also, try it with carob powder if you want.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 633 calories; 29.5 88.1 13.4 191 665 Full nutrition

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RE: My recipe - Thanks for the review and I agree that the Kraft caramel was a bit *sticky*. I used an off brand in my trials that were not so sticky. So I think next time I'm going to try ca...

I would give this 3.5 if there was a half-star rating, so I'll give it 4 because it IS better than 3. I liked the flavors of this, but it was rather dense and the caramels stuck to the fork and...

Why do my chocolate chips sink to bottom I even mix them with dry ingredients... anyways . I make this a lot at least 2x month...Best microwave cake I have tried.. Lot of microwave cakes are nas...

I couldn't really taste any of the cinnamon or the cayenne so will probably bump it up next time? I also added 1/2 teaspoon of espresso powder to deepen the chocolate flavor and it was beautiful...

Amazing! Very rich -- perfect size. I baked mine in a ramekin in a toaster oven as I don't have a microwave. Will make this again! Perfect!!!

Made this exactly as written. Best cake in a mug I have had! The cayenne is very subtle, but adds a hint of spice. Delicious!

Delicious! Have made it 3 times yet and I tried using Nestle Chocolate Chips with Caramel in them and it was even better than plain chocolate chips. 95 seconds was perfect timing for our microw...

Everything a mug cake should be. Easy ingredients, simple and quick. And an indulgence. Did not have a caramel so used a bit of caramel topping sprinkled with the salt. I will try the idea of m...

I made this with ghiardelli dark chocolate melting wafers instead of chocolate chips and two chocolate covered salted carmels. It was fabulous!