Chocolate Molten Lava Mug Cake


I’m going to let that sink in for a minute…

No, you’re not dreaming…

Yes, this is real…

Let me introduce you to a beautiful thing…

This is my new best friend, I call her Chocolate Molten Lava Mug Cake.

{or CMLMC for short}

But mostly Chocolate Molten Lava Mug Cake.

Remember when I showed  you how to make White Chocolate Lemon Lava Cake? And when I showed you how easy it was to make your own personalized chocolate cake in just 1 minute?

Well ladies and gents, you guessed it, I made lava cake that much easier to make.

To start off, {if you haven’t already} you’ll need to make that magical cake mix. Super, super, super simple…just two ingredients…

Grab your mug.

Grab two mugs…you’ll want seconds…

Add 3 tablespoons of the mix, then 2 tablespoons of water…

Then, we’ll add the magic.

Chocolate pudding snacks.

Funny story… One time I sent The Man to the grocery store to pick up some stuff. He came back with 40 pudding snacks.

Yes, 40.

You see, they were “on sale” for 10 packs for $10. He, bless his heart, assumed you must buy all 10, to get the incredible deal. He is what ad marketers dream of.

I just used a regular chocolate pudding snack, but I have made this with a sugar-free pudding snack, and it’s just as awesome!

Just drop in half of the pudding snack. But don’t stir it!

Toss it in the microwave for just 1 minute…

Pull it out… careful… it’s hot!

Eat it right out of the mug.

chocolate molten lava mug cake

Oh my heavens…

I am going to go make another one right now.

You know what’s even better?

A little cookies and cream ice cream right on top.

Heaven. In. A. Mug.

Go, make, enjoy, repeat.


Chocolate Molten Lava Mug Cake
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Serves: 1 mug cake
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate mug cake mix*
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ of a chocolate pudding snack cup
  • ice cream (optional)
  1. In a microwave safe mug combine 3 tablespoons of the cake mix* with 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Whisk together with a fork or small whisk.
  3. Drop in ½ of a chocolate pudding snack cup, but DO NOT stir.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Leave the cake in the mug to enjoy.
  6. Top with ice cream (optional)
Notes from Shawn:
* to make mug mix: whisk together 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix and 1 box Angel Food Cake Mix and store in an air tight container.


  1. This is awesome! I can’t wait to make it!

  2. what an awesome idea! and i love that your fella bought 40 pudding snacks – i used to think the same thing (that you had to buy the full amount to get the sale price) until my husband clarified for me last year. so embarrassing!

  3. Pudding snacks and ice cream?! Love this! I made a mug cake this morning (to post tomorrow)…great minds think alike!

  4. Oh my…..this could be very very dangerous!

    • But it’s actually not bad at all! Since it’s a cake made with Angel Food Cake, it uses egg whites in the mix, and it’s just water…and you can use sugar-free pudding too. (Don’t mind me, I am just justifying the fact that I have eaten one daily for the past two weeks)

  5. I used to make cakes in mugs when I was a little girl, but nobody wanted to eat them. I can’t wait to try this!!

  6. I love that … Heaving in a Mug :)

  7. Just a quick question? How far in advance can this be made? I want to do this and give as employee gifts for my husband’s office.

    • Hi Renee- The mix can be made ahead of time and stored in an air tight container (mason jars are cute) for up to 2 months! Pair the jar with a couple of pudding snacks and include the directions and you’ll have one awesome gift! I am doing that for Teacher gifts this year! :)

  8. OMG, you’re a genius!

  9. Pamela W. says:

    I am a novice at baking and cooking so this might be a really dumb question, sorry in advance! But could you switch up the cake mixes? Like use a spice cake mix (and the Angel Food) and a vanilla pudding or a lemon and lemon, etc.?? This truly is genius! I can’t wait to try it. But I would really be interested if I could switch up the cake mix. Just not that fond of chocolate. Thanks!

    • Hi Pamela! I haven’t tried it with another type of cake mix, but I don’t see why it would work. In fact I think those flavor combinations sound awesome! Go for it! Let me know how it turns out! :)

  10. Late comment but I just grabbed the ingredient to make this. I think I’ll explode when I try it.

  11. Amazing!!! Thank you!!

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