This week’s tried and tested ‘microwave baking’ recipe is an absolute winner wherever you’re enjoying this public holiday.

Africa: Coffee

Mug Cake, Mocha

The legend begins with Kaldi, a goat herder from Kaffa, who was herding his goats through the Ethiopian highlands near a monastery. That day, he found that they were particularly excited; bleating loudly and practically dancing on their hind legs. Curious, he seeked the source of this energy and found a small cluster of shrubs with bright red berries. Of course, he ate them. Now full of energy, he filled his pockets with these heaven sent red berries to the monastery.

Mug Cake, Cake, Mocha, Coffee
The cake even cracked to look like a coffee bean. It knows what it is!

Upon arrival, the monk there treated it as the Devil’s work and in one swift move tossed it into the fire. Little did they expect, the rich aromas of the roasted coffee beans drew out all the monks of the monastery, and it was decided they would give them a second chance. They took the coffee out of the fire, crushed out the glowing embers and covered them with hot water in hopes to preserve them.  They found that drinking this elixir had uplifting benefits and vowed that they would drink this newfound beverage every day to keep them awake during their spiritual practice.

Mug Cake, Cake, Mocha, Coffee

And so the legend continues in your humble abode, where you can enjoy the energy of coffee in your Coffee Mug Cake! 

This cake is quite moist, with a subtle coffee element without having the chocolate-y sweetness overpower it. I’m already thinking about variations like throwing some chocolate chunks in to create melting surprises in each spoonful!

Mug Cake, Cake, Mocha, Coffee

2mins Mocha Cake
Serves 1
809 calories
102 g
281 g
42 g
14 g
25 g
251 g
101 g
71 g
1 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 809
Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g
Saturated Fat 25g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 281mg
Sodium 101mg
Total Carbohydrates 102g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 71g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 tbsp flour
  2. 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 5 ½ tbsp sugar
  4. 2 tsp espresso powder
  5. ¼ baking powder
  6. 1 egg
  7. 3 tbsp milk
  8. 3 tbsp melted butter
  1. Mix all the ingredients into an oversized mug – or mix it into a bowl and split the batter into two servings in normal-sized mugs.
  2. Cook it in your microwave for around 1 ½ minutes for the big mug all in one go, OR for about 1 minute separately in the normal mugs.
  3. Eat it. Enjoy it. Love it.
Adapted from Yvonne
Adapted from Yvonne
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Delia is a contributing writer and the tour leader for I Ate My Way Through Chinatown Sydney. Currently studying Marketing, PR and Advertising, Delia lives to explore food and the world. She is hopelessly idealistic and believes dreams are what make the world beautiful. She always strives for balance in life; between work and play, health and indulgence. On any day Delia can be found sweating it out with the newest fitness fad, or gorging out on BBQ buffet. Often both. Believing in the realm of opportunities, the world is her oyster. A delicious, plump oyster that she will most likely eat.