Easy Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

This original recipe is a fun holiday treat to make and share with children.

This easy microwave recipe is a fun holiday treat to make and share with your children — and it starts with ingredients you already have on hand.

Some students in the culinary Experiential Learning Program tried out this delicious recipe, among others, while singing along to Christmas carols.

The Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mug Cake is a Boys Ranch original recipe, created in the ELP kitchens. Thanks to mentor Jenny Ortega and the culinary ELP for sharing this recipe.

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A girl measures ingredients carefully.

Jenny Ortega looks at a recipe with Xymena, who measures her ingredients carefully.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mug Cake

Servings: 1


1 T. hot chocolate mix
3 T. all-purpose flour
¼ t. baking powder
½ T. vegetable oil

3 T. milk
1 T. sugar
¼ t. peppermint extract
¼ t. vanilla extract

Toppings: (optional)
whipped cream, crushed candy cane, mini marshmallows


  1. Add all ingredients into a microwave-safe mug. Mix with a fork or a small whisk until the batter is smooth.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If it still looks uncooked after 1 minute, put the mug back into the microwave to cook 15 seconds more at a time. Top the cake with your favorite toppings. Eat warm and enjoy!
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