Salted Caramel Lava Mug Cake

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Salted Caramel Lava Mug Cake

Can you believe it? This is my first mug cake on the blog!

It probably comes from my innate suspicion of anything cooked in a microwave. See, I’m not a fan. I use the microwave to melt butter or chocolate, and that’s usually it. I’d rather wait longer to heat something on the stovetop or let it crisp up in the oven. The uneven cooking of a microwave just makes me all kinds of sad.

But mug cakes are different! They’re magical, really. Just a few minutes stand between you and a warm chocolate cake just oozing with salted caramel. It’s so easy!

Salted Caramel Lava Mug Cake

Last week I was raging about the state of our country, and this week, I’ll rage about the Stanford rape case. I have little to say except this: let’s clarify the cause of rape. Ready? Here we go.


That’s it. Nothing else. It’s not what someone was wearing, or if she was drunk, or if there was flirting. None of that matters. None of that gives anybody the right to engage in an act of violence against another human being.

We need to instill this set of values in our own children. For years, women have been told that they need to avoid certain behavior to ensure that they won’t be victims of sexual assault. If that’s not victim-shaming, I don’t know what is.

Salted Caramel Lava Mug Cake

I resent the fact that throughout my life, I’ve had to rely on a buddy system at parties. I can never leave my drink unattended. I’ve never walked alone at night because it’s not safe. But all that makes sense, because I’m a cautious and fearful person. And if I weren’t, and something happened to me?

It would not be my fault. Not even a little bit. That’s like saying that someone being randomly stabbed on the street was asking for it by being there. And that’s just stupid.

See, I get mad about the world my kids are inheriting sometimes, and this blog is the perfect place to express that anger. And it’s also a perfect place to rant about microwaves. But not today, kids!

Salted Caramel Lava Mug Cake

This cake is as simple as it comes. You mix up all the ingredients, pour them into the mug, and plop some salted caramels into the batter. The whole thing takes about two minutes to microwave, and then life is grand.

It can’t always be as simple as a mug cake out there in this funny world. Our existences are both delightful and disturbing. Let’s all do our part to keep trying to make the world a better place!


Salted Caramel Lava Mug Cake


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
3-4 salted caramels


  1. Combine all of the ingredients (except the caramels) in a small bowl until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a mug of your choice. The batter will expand and get much taller when cooking, so leave lots of room at the top.
  3. Press the salted caramels into the batter, making sure they are covered.
  4. Microwave the mug cake for 90 seconds. If it still looks liquidy in the middle, heat an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Serve warm. You can even put some ice cream on top!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I couldn’t have said it better, Mir! It’s truly sad the state of the world we live in. I can only hope everyone starts doing their part to make it a better place.

    On to this mug cake – simply awesome & perfect when you need a quick sweet fix 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, I’ve been ranting a lot lately. But a lot is upsetting. We need to make some changes!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Mug cakes are the best! I’ve only made a few so far, but my favorite one involves chocolate, of course! This salted caramel version is just calling my name. Looks SO good!
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    1. Mir

      It’s so easy too, Gayle!

  3. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I could not agree more, Mir… the cause of rape is simply the rapist. How people can go on justifying or naming the reasons WHY someone was raped honestly makes me feel physically very sick… and it makes my heart heavy. I swear some people are just crazy (well most people if i’m being completely honest!)

    Anyways, LOVE mug cakes!! They are so easy and while I agree, the microwave isn’t great for a whole lot, it is great for mug cakes! This one looks magically delicious, girlfriend! I’m a salted caramel addict, so you know I’m drooling over this one! SO GOOD! Cheers, dear!
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    1. Mir

      I’m so sick of people being crappy to one another and justifying evil acts as, well, justifiable. Sometimes there isn’t a good way to defend someone’s actions. That’s just life.

  4. Manali@CookWithManali

    salted caramel is my weakness, love this mug cake Mir!

    1. Mir

      Mine too, Manali!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    That whole case made me SO mad. I just can’t even believe it!! And this mug cake – I’m in love!!
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    1. Mir

      I know. I’ve been furious. What is wrong with people?!

  6. Sues

    I’ve only made one mug cake, too… But I do admit, it was pretty delicious. This salted caramel lava cake looks seriously stunning and I’m sure the taste is out of this world!!
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    1. Mir

      It’s the way to do mug cake, Sues!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    We live in a messed up world. This, what happened in Orlando and God knows what’s next. . It feels weird for me to talk about mug cake after that . . but your mug cake does look delicious and chocolate cake is needed. Definitely needed!!!!! I don’t have any salted caramels right now but I am going to make this!
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    1. Mir

      I know. Orlando is tragic, as is the fact that we can’t stop these mass shootings. Why are we selling assault rifles to civilians? Arrrrg. I honestly hide the newspaper from my kids because I’m scared they’ll see it.

  8. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I made a variation of this, without the egg and without the caramels! SO GOOD!
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    1. Mir

      Yay! Saw on FB. Looked GREAT. I’m so glad you had your chocolate moment!

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