Air Fryer Mug Cake (2 Quick Ways)

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Air Fryer Mug Cake. How to make a mug cake easy from scratch. This is the ultra lazy way to enjoy an air fryer mug cake. Hardly any washing up, easy to prep and then a fast air fryer cook time. Ideal for late night chocolate cravings when you don’t want to make much of an effort.

We originally shared our air fryer mug cake recipe back in 2016 and felt that this air fryer chocolate favourite needed a vanilla mug cake version as well as a few extra air fryer cooking tips.

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Air Fryer Mug Cake

The whole microwave thing was always lost on me. I used to use it like my mum for heating up food and it was fantastic for an old pizza slice you had left over from the night before.

I remember briefly hearing about these famous chocolate mug cakes in the microwave. You stirred a few ingredients, added it to the microwave and then you had a chocolate cake in a mug, or chocolate mug cake as many call them.

To this day, I still have not made a microwave chocolate mug cake!!! I just want to buy a microwave right now just to try one and see what all the fuss is about.

But instead as soon as we got into our air fryer, one of the first things Dominic made for me was an air fryer chocolate mug cake.

Following similar principles to the microwave but using the air fryer instead.

The chocolate mug cake in the air fryer rules goes as follows:

  • Must help my chocolate cravings
  • Must be few ingredients
  • Must be almost free of washing up

Well he didn’t disappoint, and this chocolate mug cake today, is the one that we have been making since 2011 in our air fryer, that has been tweaked over the years.

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Simple Mug Cake Recipe

To keep my mug cake recipe simple, what I do is I mix it all over the air fryer. There is hardly any weighing of ingredients to be done either.

The base of our chocolate mug cake is inspired by our air fryer ganache. This gives it a chocolate sauce base and means that your chocolate mug cake is light and creamy and low on flour.

Unlike a cake in the air fryer that is very much flour heavy, this chocolate mug cake only uses a small amount of flour and its all about the chocolate.

Mug Cake No Chocolate Chips

I never buy chocolate chips. I hate how expensive they are and hate the fact that they are not as nice as chopped up chocolate.

Use chopped up chocolate instead and you can pick your favourite chocolate bar and mix and match the flavours of your mug cake.

My favourite is Dairy Milk, Galaxy, or Terry’s Chocolate Orange or if I am really getting the best chocolate in my mug cake it will be Lindt.

chopped chocolate chips

To do this take your chocolate bar to room temperature. Then using a sharp knife dice your chocolate into small pieces like you would if you were dicing vegetables.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe No Vanilla Extract

If I avoid the vanilla extract, then my chocolate mug cake falls under a 5 ingredient or less recipe. If I am making a chocolate mug cake I do so without vanilla. Though if I am going with a vanilla with white chocolate option, I add it in.

Mug Cake Ingredients

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There are 5 main ingredients that make up a mug cake:

  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Chocolate
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Honey

You can swap honey for maple syrup or use another sugar that you have in your pantry.

You can also use any favourite chocolate that you have in.

You can swap Greek yoghurt for anything that will make your mug cake creamy. Think coconut milk, single cream, double cream, fromage frais or even a flavoured yoghurt.

How Do You Make A Mug Cake?

air fryer mug cakes step by step

Air fryer mug cake goes as follows:

  1. In a ramekin load up butter and chocolate chunks along with honey.
  2. Air fry until the chocolate is melted and stir well.
  3. Stir in other ingredients into your ramekin.
  4. Air fry and binge.

There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!

Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake

vanilla air fryer mug cakes step by step

To make vanilla mug cake in the air fryer, you just need to make some slight adjustments to our recipe.

  1. Swap the chocolate for white chocolate
  2. ½ your honey
  3. Add in a tablespoon of vanilla essence

It tastes just as good and you can also use a cake box mix if you prefer.

Or another of my favourite options is to use our air fryer chocolate cake, or our air fryer sponge cake mix. Or next time you are making a cake in the air fryer, save some for some mug cakes.

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Air Fryer Mug Cake

Air Fryer Mug Cake. How to make a mug cake easy from scratch. This is the ultra lazy way to enjoy an air fryer mug cake. Hardly any washing up, easy to prep and then a fast air fryer cook time. Ideal for late night chocolate cravings when you don’t want to make much of an effort.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time14 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 557kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Mug Cake Ingredients:


  • Into two ramekins add squares of chocolate along with your butter and honey.
    Simple Mug Cake Recipe
  • Place in the air fryer and cook for 2 minutes at 120c/250f to melt the chocolate.
    Simple Mug Cake Recipe
  • Stir and add in Greek yoghurt. It will now be lovely and creamy. Then add in your second lot of chocolate which will be crushed. Stir well.
    Simple Mug Cake Recipe
  • Add in self raising flour and cocoa powder or vanilla if you are using it. Stir well.
    Simple Mug Cake Recipe
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 180c/360f and enjoy!
    Simple Mug Cake Recipe



Measurements. I have used tablespoons so that you can avoid having to weigh out ingredients.
Swap. I used Dairy Milk in this recipe, but you can swap with your favourite chocolate. As long as the chocolate melts well.
Portions. This mug cake is for 2 ramekins and you can adjust for how many people you are feeding.
Optional. To make it a little more chocolatey you can also add in a little cocoa powder. It makes it richer and gives it a taste similar to shop bought muffins.
Important. Always use self raising flour. If you don’t the mug cake will not rise and will be flat.
Thanks for reading our air fryer mug cake recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though, our personal recommendation if you have a sweet tooth would be our air fryer chocolate chip cookies or our air fryer apple pie.


Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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11 thoughts on “Air Fryer Mug Cake (2 Quick Ways)”

  1. I don’t have an air fryer but I love making mug cakes in the microwave! I use protein powder and/or almond and/or coconut flour in mine. It’s so yummy and really helps satisfy my sweet tooth 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Sam….just tried your recipe the other day. It is by far THE BEST chocolate recipe that I’ve ever tried. So moist and yummy????????

  3. I am new to using an air fryer and have been looking for recipes that are more to what I am familiar with. Most of the recipes I have looked at previously were in the American style. Not what I was looking for.

    • Hi Lesley,

      I hope you are finding our recipes helpful as we are British and try to cook UK food and some American food that we can source over here. We also have a imperial or metric buttons under any ingredients so that it changes from one measurement to another 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This is a delightful recipe. I only used 100g of chocolate as using 200g seemed like a lot. I also didn’t have self rising flour but added baking powder and a tiny pinch of salt instead. I opted for adding both vanilla and cocoa. Thank you for posting!

  5. 4 stars
    At one point in the recipe, it says you can swap in a pre-made mix. I cooked as directed, because we don’t have a microwave, and the cake took maybe 20-min.


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