Sometimes you feel like a little something after dinner but cannot be bothered baking or the supermarket seems too far away why not try this individual self saucing chocolate pudding!
I almost feel bad about sharing this recipe with you. It could be dangerous knowing that in under 5 minutes you can have a decadent saucy dessert, perfect for those late night cravings, simply mix together the ingredients, sprinkle over the sauce components and bake for 1 and a half minutes, way too easy!
I have tried mug cakes in the past and have been really disappointed with both the flavour and texture. They often turn out spongy and weird so it’s not really been worth the hype. But this recipe exceeds all of those by a million miles. Self Saucing puddings are lovely in the microwave as they come out moist and delicious, this one packs a punch in flavour and texture.
The best tip I have for you is to use a large mug or even a bowl rather than a small coffee mug as it does rise in the microwave quite a bit as it cooks – luckily for you I tested this thoroughly and only my biggest bowl like mug passed the test – I sadly lost a few in the process! Also it is really hard to make this dessert look good in a photograph! But you have to trust me, it may not look pretty but it definitely tastes good!
It truly only takes 1 and a half minutes to cook, all microwaves are different but it was fine in mine and it is quite a powerful one, you will know it is done when the cake part is cooked through not stodgy.
I have my Aunties chocolate self saucing dessert already on the blog, you can find that here it is lovely and simple to make in the oven, I hope to soon share with you both a microwave and a crock pot version as anything that can make your time in the kitchen easier is good with me!
I plan on testing a few other variation of mug cakes as I think this winter when I am flat out busy these little mug cakes could be great to split between the kids – and not split one for me!
Onto the recipe, super simple, enjoy! Top Tip before you begin – use an oversized mug or bowl – it can rise and spill over
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Grandma Sweat says
What a deli light! My husband, Billy Oat, drove all the way to Stolton to pick up some cacao powder so we can eat this for late night snacky! So yummy, thanks for sharing hun
Delicious! The recipe is perfect as it is, but I couldn’t help tinkering. I slightly decreased the oil and sugar in the batter (2 Tbs oil and 2 Tbs sugar), and since I used oil rather than butter I added 1/8 tsp salt. As well as the vanilla I added 1 Tbs dark rum and a small handful of raisins. So yummy. 😋 Next time I might try to increase the amount of sauce – maybe 2 Tbs (or 2 1/2 Tbs?) brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp cocoa and 4 Tbs hot water. Thanks for a great (and very forgiving) recipe!
Oh wow, this was delicious! It was my first attempt at making any sort of mug cake and I am so impressed with how it turned out. I love chocolate self saucing pudding – with how quick, easy and delicious this was I don’t think I’ll be making it in the oven anymore though! So yum.
After searing so many recipes for mug cakes – WOW!!
This is impressive!
Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I added a dollop of Russian fudge in the centre – absolutely in heaven 😍❤️
This was amazing and easily the best chocolate mug cake we have ever tried, so yummy and indulgent! We liked it so much we want to make it into a large chocolate pudding cake! For a 1 litre/1&3/4 pint pudding basin how many times would I multiply the recipe by and what would the time be? Thank you in advance!
I have not tested this one in a large size sorry so do not have the measurements you require, however I do have two other versions, one for the oven and one for a slow cooker
I think the sugar content is far too high, but we are a lower sugar family so maybe that’s my take on it. I reduced the sugar in the batter to 1 T and 1/2 T sugar for the sauce. My daughter has just made one now and I reduced the sugar in the batter to 1/2 T and I think that is sufficient. She also subbed the oil with an egg, which works well, too.
It is a great recipe and we use it as a quick dessert for my family of 9 – we get a good production line going with all the mugs!
Emily Carpenter says
This recipe is fabulous!! I just sent it to my grandkids for them to make!! Thank you so much!’
The best self saucing I have ever made so simple and fast and very tasty will be making this often thank you so much
Louise Angell says
Lovely recipe, put in deep breakfast bowl just checked it every 30 secs. Took about 3.5 mins for me but i maybe put more ingredients in. Also added more milk to make it more runny and added chopped up chocolate to the mix. Fabulous gooey chocolate pudding with icecream
Just made this pudding and it’s brilliant. The portion was big enough for two. I added a teaspoon of coffee to the topping and it made it really fudgey. Thank you!
I was craving chocolate sooo badly when I came across your recipe. I just made it and inhaled it. It was delicious. I am not fond of dark chocolate so I used somoe instant hot chocolate powder instead of cocoa. It was fantastic! I also used 2 Tblsps of sugar instead of 3. I was just wondering if I should use more water next time because there really wasn’t much liquidl Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It will become my life saver. Next time, I will try the cocoa, just for fun.
Sounds delicious. Using hot chocolate and reducing the sugar may have had a impact on the amount of liquid as normally it is fine. But I am so glad you enjoyed it!
This hits all the spots. I actually wanted nigella’s choclate and pear pudding but it takes too long to make, and i dont eat eggs anymore.
so i added two tinned pear slices and some almond flour to soak up any pear juice. so saucey. i can think again because my cravings are satisfied. This is wonderful. I also did 2 minutes in microwave.
So easy, so good, so decadent…thanks…
Holy moly! This recipe is now bookmarked and will forever be my go-to when I get a craving. I’ve made it 4 times this week so I need to control myself – oops! Tonight I tried with melted margarine and it has been my favourite so far. I use 3/4s of the sugar as this is a personal preference of mine. Love that this can be made vegan/dairy free. Thank you!
Awesome!!! So glad you’ve perfected it to your tastes 🙂
This was frikin awesome and so easy to make. We loved it with ice cream. I put it in for an extra 1min and that worked perfectly for us.
Delicious! Wonderful spontaneous winter lockdown dessert! ?♥️
Gail Birkett says
Just had a go at this pud in a mug, absolutely gorgeous was a bit weary of putting the oil in as have made them before with oil in and they weren’t very pleasant. Definitely a 10/10 next time though will put a little less sugar on the top, thank you for such a quick yummy recipe ??
I agree, there are some terrible mug cakes out there, thankfully this isn’t one of them. So pleased you liked it.
Just finished eating..it was awesome..i don’t have a microwave so i attempted this on a gas stove. Boiled some water in a saucepan, placed a plate and then my bowl on it. Covered and steamed on low heat for about 14 mins..came out yum..guess i would try covering it wid a foil next time cause there was some wetness on the top of the pudding but taste was too good. Loved it.
What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing how you made this one work without a microwave.
Rev W says
I’ve been making this for 4 months and decided to experiment – replaced the cocoa with fine ground unsweetened coconut. It came out very nice & fluffy + sauce too – definitely need a dessert bowl instead of a mug for it!
My husband is a diehard (mums recipe )choc pudding man but it went down a treat with the late night munchies and movie … thx for the quickie dessert x looking forward to more of same
Love this recipe! Made it several times now. Tonight I changed one table spoon of the hot water to a coffee rum, yum yum yum. Maybe trying brandy next time!
I dont have a nice microwave could I do it oven ?
I’m sure you could, this is my oven version of a full sized one https://justamumnz.com/2014/05/26/chocolate-self-saucing-pudding/
Rev W says
Thanks also for what these are called outside the US! “Self saucing pudding” works much better for searching than ‘XYZ Pudding’.
Rev W says
Great recipe! Right size for a single (sensible, lol) large serving. Comes out just like what my first boyfriend’s mom used to make for us kids many many years ago… except … I used 1/3 less sugar and coffee instead of hot water with yours, to get mocha.
So glad you like it!
Is vanilla essence must?
It adds a lovely flavour but you can omit it if you don’t have any on hand ☺️
Delicious and easy. Thank you so much for sharing
Abbie Schurink says
Hi ? this is delightful and made our night! Do you have the nutritional information if following your recipe please?
Hi, I don’t sorry. But you can add the ingredients to an online nutrition calculator to see.
Seriously good! Best chocolate mug pud I’ve ever made. Getting addictive!
Certainly not a mug recipe but works as a perfect serving size in a bowl! I almost went out to buy a whole cake for my craving then found your recipe on the internet. Tasty and easy and you saved me from eating a whole cake 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it
Stop your endless search for the perfect mug chocolate cake, you’ve found it. This is a super easy recipe that is quite simply delicious. I used olive oil and maybe a dash more cocoa. And I’m already thinking about ways I can mix it up further – maybe adding some chocolate buttons next time or some marshmallows. Who knows! But even on its own, this is a winner. Thank you so much for sharing.
So delicious… but dangerous! This is the third night I’ve made it in 10 days ? halved the sugar this time & think it was even better (or at least I felt less guilty!). Thank you ?
Great idea to reduce the sugar! Glad you enjoyed it
I am amazed, so much better than I was expecting. Just as good as my regular self saucing pudding recipe.
Aimee Chapman says
Devine! I make this every forthnight!
Kirsty Anderson says
So so good!!!
My daughter made 3 tonight for visitors, they agree!
I’ve made a lot of chocolate puddings in a cup. Most recipes are just undercooked chocolate cake, and turn out stodgy or fudgy and dense and way too sweet. In a regular oven made self saucing pudding you sprinkle sugar and cocoa and pour hot water on top of the batter and it creates a sauce. No recipe I’ve used for a mug made pudding does this, but finally this one does!! And it made the most beautiful pudding! Airy and spongey, not dense, and sweetness was just right. My new go to recipe!
Hi Anna, I was searching for a “chocolate fix for one” and this hit the spot! I halved the sugar quantities and sprinkled it with dark chocolate bits after it was cooked.. exactly what I needed! It was easy to make and so delicious, thanks for sharing.
So pleased you enjoyed it
Jenny Shearer says
Thank you I loved this recipe. A delicious saucy pudding. I made it for the kids, I substituted half of the first lot of sugar with Erythritol to reduce the sugar. We have self raising flour in Australia so no need for baking powder which sometimes people can taste. I also made a sugar free one for myself; substituting all sugar for erythritol and I substituted half the flour with almond meal. I had to cook mine for an extra 90 seconds and it bubbled up a lot more but turned out great.
Eloise Panter says
Wow so delicious! Thank you for the recipe, I can tell this will become frequently in my household.
Finally, a microwave cake that isn’t a rubbery shoe!! This tastes pretty close to my mum’s self saucing pudding I do in the microwave also, and nice to not have a huge dish that I’ll inevitably eat too much of! Saving for future craving hits.
Heike Benkenstein says
THIS IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE PUDDING RECIPE EVER!!! I MEAN EVER!! IVE TRIED SO MANY DIFFERENT RECIPES AND NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER COME CLOSE TO TASTING THIS DELICIOUS OR BEEN THIS EASY. PERFECT FOR WHEN THOSE CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS HIT. I WILL NEVER FOLLOW ANY OTHER CHOCOLATE PUDDING RECIPE AGAIN. THIS IS MY GO – TO RECIPE NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH GOT SHARING IT 🙂
Rachel Clare says
Yum! This is sooo much quicker than the oven version I make and much saucier. Delicious.
Just made this and was disappointed 🙁 something is off with this recipe. It’s super fluffy but there’s a taste that isn’t quite right
I’m sorry to hear about that, it works every time for us and is rich and chocolatey. Did you possibly use baking soda instead of baking powder?
This was incredible. Exactly what I needed 🙂 Definitely think I could reduce the sugar a little, but otherwise wouldn’t change a thing!
That’s great to hear. ☺️
HE Grobler says
The recipe did not work out. The batter was very thick. Had to add more milk, oil and eventually 1 egg to het it right.
Hi, oh dear that’s very strange? Did you just use 3 tablespoons of flour? 15ml tablespoons is what we use. Shouldn’t need those extras.
I loved it and it was so easy to make! I had no oil or butter, so I added a little extra milk. I cooked it for an extra 30 seconds as well. Next time I’m going to add some instant coffee and make a mocha pudding. After that, I’m going to try adding some cardamom. Thanks heaps for the recipe xx
Awesome, I love hearing those changes worked well. Enjoy ☺️
jamie leigh says
Really yummy!..We used a third of the sugar and it was perfect for us. We also used a third wholemeal spelt.I think it’s so important for people to be aware of sugar to fibre ratios.Very easy to make and it actually works.Thank you!
Wonderful to hear
Rosita O'Connor says
Absolutely love this, I used buckwheat flour and arrowroot instead of flour and it was amazing! Thank you so much!
Oh dear. Discovering this recipe is not going to do good things for my waistline in isolation! Just made this with GF flour and halved the sugar in the first dose and it was AMAZING! And so (too) easy. Thanks so much for the recipe.
It is a decadent treat! Great it worked with your modifications ☺️
This recipe is super delicious and ridiculously easy. Thanks so much
It’s my pleasure!
Claudia Funder says
Great recipe. Thank you so much. I agree that most I’ve tried are very disappointing but this is one is fab! I halved the quantity of sugar for the batter, and used cream with a drop of water instead of butter/oil. I also used half almond flour and half white flour. The almond flour gives a bit more heft and is a bit healthier. (I think it would actually work well with purely almond or coconut flour for those wanting a gluten free option). It was really delicious. Thanks so much. – Claudia.
Hi, great all those changes worked! ☺️
What sort of oil did you use?or do you use butter? I tried with canola oil and I can taste it.
It is a nice easy recipie. Thank you for sharing.
Hi, I use canola oil in my baking as it has no flavour or you can use butter.
This recipe was so soooo good! It seriously cured my chocolate pudding craving tonight. It was decadent and didn’t seem like I was settling for whatever I could slap together from the cupboard. I added a pinch of salt and used self-raising flour because that’s what I had. It was fluffy and perfect and I this recipe is getting the print out!
Wonderful to hear ☺️
Made this tonight – was delicious- will definitely be saving this recipe!
Jesus that recipe is the best!
Thanks so much
You’re welcome! Enjoy 🙂
Hi there. Can I double the recipe and do it in a small glass bowl instead? Trying to make a birthday dessert for two.
Sure! Just may take a little longer to bake 🙂
Van Geraghty says
Devine! Thanks so much. We’ve just made this and gets a huge thumbs up. Will definitely become a family favourite. I hope you and your family are well and safe in these uncertain times. Love from Van in Ireland
Thanks Van! Take care