Gooey chocolate mug pudding

My favourite pudding growing up was a chocolate self saucing pudding. I loved to sit on the kitchen bench, swinging my legs and squashing the lumpy brown sugar together with the cocoa while my mum mixed up the rest of the ingredients. 

This recipe is a faster version but has the same decadent rich flavour and gooey pudding texture. It’s perfect as a midweek dessert, cheeky pud for one, or a fast and fuss free holiday treat for the kids.

The ingredients below are for a single pudding cooked in a large mug and can easily be multiplied to make more.


2 Tablespoons Plain white flour 

1 Tablespoons Sugar 

1 Tablespoon of good quality Cocoa powder 

¼  teaspoon baking powder 

2 Tablespoons Milk 

1 ½ Tablespoons Extra light Olive Oil 

⅛ Teaspoon Vanilla paste or essence 


1 Tablespoon Soft Brown Sugar 

1 Teaspoon good quality Cocoa powder 

2 Tablespoon boiling water 

Optional: walnuts or cocoa nibs


Mix together the dry ingredients then add in the wet and mix everything well. 

You can do this in the mug you intend to cook in or in a small bowl. If I am making a single serve I do tend to mix it straight in the mug, but if I am making a few I might multiply the ingredient quantities and mix in a bowl then transfer portions of batter to mugs. Or, set up a production line! Each kid measures an ingredient into their cup then passes it down to the line to the other children.

Whichever way you choose to mix, finish up with a portion of batter in your mug and spoon over the topping cocoa powder and sugar then carefully add the boiling water and microwave for around 1 minute. 

Be careful removing your mug from the microwave as it will be hot! 

Impatiently wait for it to cool a little then eat straight from your mug with a spoon or add some fridgey cold cream or ice cream. 

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