grand marnier molten chocolate mug cake

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Who loves chocolate? Mug cake recipes are floating around on the internet like mad, but I was reminded that I wanted to try this little dish of decadence when I saw THIS POST by my friend Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls. She adds red wine to hers, which I just love…and it got me thinking about all the different ways you could dress this mug cake up! What a pretty conclusion to a fancy dinner party or tea event! I was afraid to microwave my fine china, so I headed to the nearest thrift store in search of a pretty, microwave-safe mug. I LOVE desserts served in teacups, but I don’t think microwaving fine china is a good idea. I found the mug pictured above. There was only one on the shelf. Kismet 🙂

Mug cake is oh-so-moist, chocolaty and delicious! So pleased I discovered this easy dessert!

In a medium-large, microwave-safe mug, combine:

4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch salt

Mix well…and then add:

3 Tablespoons whole milk

3 Tablespoons melted butter

1 slightly beaten egg

3 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 teaspoons Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)

Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. The cake should be cooked but very moist. Garnish with more chocolate chips, orange zest and a dollop of real whipped cream!


add 2 teaspoons chambord and garnish with raspberries!

add 2 teaspoons creme de menthe and garnish with mint leaves and chopped up Ande’s mints

add 2 teaspoons banana or coconut liqueur and garnish with toasted coconut and a little umbrella

add 2 teaspoons Bailey’s irish cream…

add 2 teaspoons Kahlua…

the possibilities are endless!



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  46 comments for “grand marnier molten chocolate mug cake

  1. November 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    WOW! Fresh gourmet chocolate cake in one-and-a-half minutes. These are so amazing- you MUST try them. YUM!

    • Melissa
      November 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks Hubby 🙂 Glad you like them! xoxoxo

  2. November 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    You dress up a mug cake so beautifully Melissa! I’m so excited you were inspired by my red wine chocolate mug cake.

    • Melissa
      November 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks for the inspiration sweet Ann! 🙂 xoxo

  3. Beverley
    November 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    you both inspire me and this recipe is one I know I’m going to love making over and over…thank you both

    Beverley xoxo

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      aw! thanks Beverley! enjoy 🙂

  4. Susan
    November 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Melissa, the mug cake looks so yummy and I will try to replicate it. May I know the capacity of the mug (300ml or larger)? How can I adjust the sugar content for a pre-diabetic to enjoy? Thanks.

    • Melissa
      November 13, 2012 at 1:33 am

      I’m not sure about adjusting the sugar content for diabetics… but I use big, 10 oz mugs for this dessert 🙂

    • Ruth Cobb
      May 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I’ve used the Splenda for baking for some muffins I made. It tasted really good without any artificiality. Perhaps that would be possible for you. You use half the amount of Splenda for the sugar.

      • Melissa
        May 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        thanks for the tip, Ruth! 🙂

  5. January 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I had seen the mugs-o-dessert…hadn’t tried any yet…but with Grand Marnier involved, how can I not?? 😉
    And I LOVE all the additional ideas for variations- I see lots of experimentation in my future! 🙂

    • Melissa
      January 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Joy! so pleased you like my recipe! yes, the possibilities really are endless as far as variations on this little mug cake go! have fun experimenting! 🙂

  6. Chantelle
    January 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I was searching everywhere for something quick and easy to take care of my chocolate craving….and here it is! This is soooo good, and so easy!! I can whip this up while making my coffee in the morning and sit down to enjoy both at the same time!
    Thank you so much for sharing this!! It’s nice to make a treat for myself once in awhile, instead of just for the kids. 🙂

    • Ruth Cobb
      May 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Perhaps some Kahlua in the mug cake, perhaps not for breakfast though. Some amaretto. The possibilities are so good to think about

      • Melissa
        May 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        YUM! Kahlua is a great idea. 🙂

    • Melissa
      May 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks, Chantelle! Enjoy 🙂

  7. Ann
    March 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Chocolate Cherry Crave Liquor would be yummy too

    • Melissa
      March 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Ann! you little genius! that’s an awesome idea! thanks 🙂 xoxo

      • Ann
        March 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        Gonna give it a try tomorrow……was out of calories for today…..LOL
        Cre de menthe would be good too for all those chocolate mint lovers!

        • Melissa
          March 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

          yummy! you are just full of awesome ideas! let me know how your renditions go 😉 xo

          • Ann
            March 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

            Will let you know for sure!,,,,

          • Melissa
            March 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

            yay! enjoy 🙂

  8. Dina
    March 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Do you have a non-booze recipe subsitute?

    • Melissa
      March 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Hi Dina, you could use a couple drops of vanilla (or other flavor) extract. 🙂

      • Ann
        March 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

        or mix extracts.. raspberry/vanilla, banana, orange… lots of extract…

        • Melissa
          March 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

          exactly, Ann! the possibilities are endless 🙂

        • Dina
          March 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

          good ideas Ann. Thanks.

      • Dina
        March 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        Thank You Melissa. That is what I was kinda thinking.

        • Melissa
          March 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          my pleasure 🙂 thanks for commenting, Dina!

      • Ruth Cobb
        May 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        What about the coffee flavorings. Hazelnut, cinnamon, irish cream, caramel, etc. These would give the flavor of some of the liquers but not the alcohol. perhaps a good idea for breakfast or an afternoon coffee treat.

        • Melissa
          May 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

          wow! love these ideas! thanks, Ruth! 🙂 xo

  9. Ann
    March 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The Crave Liquor is yummy… Did not have chocolate chips, so I chopped up a bar of Godiva dark chocolate!!! Yummy!

    • Melissa
      March 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      oohhh! very fancy! thanks for sharing, Ann! so happy you like the recipe 🙂 xo

      • Ann
        March 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Did the photo come through to you?

        • Melissa
          March 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          photo? um….where did you send it?

          • Ann
            March 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

            I think I attached it to a message on FB to ChinDeep…. but could be lost in cyber space….
            If you tell me how, I will try again….

          • Melissa
            March 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm

            got it! 🙂 YAY!!!! soooo cool! I will share it. Is there a blog or page you’d like me to link to?

  10. Ann
    March 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    No link or anything… Just a quiet little cook….. who loves to look at recipes on FB…
    Post away……

    • Melissa
      March 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      aw! you’re awesome, Anniepie <3 xo

      • Ann
        March 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm


        • Melissa
          March 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          thank you 🙂 can’t wait to try your version!

  11. Sophia
    May 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Melissa!
    Just dropping in to say that this has become a family favorite around here 🙂

    I’ve done it with espresso instead of the GM – also delicious – or orange juice with a lot of orange zest to make a yummy orange chocolate cake when I don’t have the GM!

    Thank you for this, and for all your beautiful recipes and photos that warm up my day on Facebook! 🙂 🙂

    • Melissa
      May 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Sophia!
      I’m so happy to hear you and your family are enjoying my recipe 🙂 mmmm! I bet espresso is perfect in these little cakes. Thank YOU for your sweet comment. It made my day. XOXO ~M

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