Brownie in a Mug

4 Posted by - April 29, 2013 - Food & Drink

I have not been altogether successful with things in mugs. It’s not that I begrudge things in mugs. In fact, cake in a mug is still the most popular thing on my blog, ever… But I have to say, I was skeptical that a brownie in a mug would go any better.

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In my opinion, the coolest thing about this one is that you don’t have to mix it in a bowl and then pour it in the mug. It is a true mug cake.

Of course, I dirtied up all kinds of dishes because I was trying to be all artsy fartsy about my photos.


Basically, you just combine the dry ingredients…


… and add the wet ingredients…


… stir…


And then microwave, making several attempts to get a decent picture of the running microwave without also taking a picture of your own stupid mug reflecting in the microwave. (I eventually just gave up… but see what I did there with the mug pun?)


It did sort of look like a turd with craters in it when it came out, but looks aren’t everything, guys.


Also, you scoop some ice cream on that shit and you can’t see how ugly it is.


I was half expecting the whole thing to come out of the mug like one big cake lollipop like the last one did, but it had a noticeably less disgusting consistency.

As far as the taste? It really wasn’t bad! I mean, if you like the ooey center of the brownie pan as opposed to the crusty outsides, this is probably pretty close. Not cakey, so the cakey brownie people can go home now. Definitely fudgey and definitely ooey. (I paint such great word pictures. That’s why I’m a writer, y’all.)



  • Kendra April 29, 2013 - 7:12 pm Reply

    The consistency reminds me of the accident my three year old had in his big boy pants today… so although this wasn’t a fail for you, I don’t think I’ll be trying this anytime soon.

  • Linda April 29, 2013 - 7:14 pm Reply

    I’m happy to see that you used canola oil instead of the olive oil, as instructed in the recipe. I think you would have had a different experience, taste wise, if you used olive oil. I can’t imagine anything grosser than a chocolate brownie that tastes like olives.

    • ChickieD May 1, 2013 - 10:50 am Reply

      I’ve been doing some research on this issue, and the reason canola oil has no taste is they deodorize it. Apparently, it’s actual taste is pretty nasty; that’s why they deodorize it. They deodorize a bunch of olive oils, too, so they can sell you rancid oil. It’s disturbing; I’ve been trying to find out more but a lot of the things I found were from oil manufacturing documents, not crazy nutrition websites. I’m definitely off the canola. I’d go with coconut oil for this project, or melted butter.

      • PENdesigns May 1, 2013 - 8:43 pm Reply

        Most brownies call for some sort of vegetable oil, i’m not sure how this compares to canola oil, but always works in my brownies.

  • LucyLastic April 29, 2013 - 7:26 pm Reply

    “Ooey. Fudgey. Not terrible”

    That’s practically a five star review!

  • Von April 29, 2013 - 7:29 pm Reply

    Hell, if I have to get out all those ingredients and all those measuring things, I might as well make a whole pan of brownies. It looks nice enough if you are only after a quick chocolate fix, but I like chocolate anything in great big portions, ooey or otherwise.

  • Kim April 29, 2013 - 7:40 pm Reply

    Seeing you pop up on bloglovin’ always makes me happy. And I really really really needed a laugh today. And something ooey, fudgey, and not terrible, so hey, two birds! 🙂

  • Sara Ann Elizabeth Roman April 29, 2013 - 7:47 pm Reply

    Sonja, thank you for motivating me to get off my lazy butt and try this pin since it worked for you! I tried it and I am eating it as I type. Congrats on your pin win!

  • liz heim April 29, 2013 - 7:48 pm Reply

    I now will aspire to ‘not terrible’ in all my crafty ambitions. hilarious.

  • Regina Wade April 29, 2013 - 8:16 pm Reply

    So it didn’t have that standard rubbery texture that most of these microwave “cakes” do? I’ve come to hate these sweets in a mug recipes. They offer so much goodness and I can barely wait for them to pop out of the microwave…and then their texture is disgusting. I think I’ll give this one a chance, though. Tomorrow. During naptime.

  • Heidi Osborne April 29, 2013 - 8:40 pm Reply

    Um…just made it. Def not worth the calories. Maybe because i did int have ice cream to disguise the awfullness. Glad your reputation fucking up pins is still intact. Keep up the good work. (yeah, I know. You didn’t really fuck this one up. Not your fault that your taste buds have gone to hell.)

  • Kelly724 April 29, 2013 - 8:41 pm Reply

    Maybe you should make one of those mugs that you draw on with a sharpie and bake in the oven, and it can be your special pintester mug for all the crap in a mug you test. I suggest drawing a penis.

  • evanthegirl April 29, 2013 - 8:44 pm Reply

    I may actually try this.

  • LadyRita April 29, 2013 - 8:50 pm Reply

    Ooey, gooey and not terrible. – She

  • Andrea Fouste April 29, 2013 - 9:07 pm Reply

    Ooey, fudgey, and not terrible. Reminds me of my last boyfriend.

  • Jasi Lee April 29, 2013 - 9:55 pm Reply

    cake mugs are grody. cooking for one always tastes like crap. the universe is unfair.

  • Katherine Horejsi April 29, 2013 - 10:34 pm Reply

    That’s admirable…really…making brownies in single serving size. I salute you!

    • Llama spit April 30, 2013 - 10:22 am Reply

      I make brownies in a single serving size. a 9×13 cake pan is single serving, right?

      • Katherine Horejsi April 30, 2013 - 5:01 pm Reply

        Oh cool, so my ass must be single serving size too….wow, today is a gooood day. La la laaaaaa (that’s me humming and skipping).

        • Llama spit May 2, 2013 - 10:26 am Reply

          Does your ass fit in a 9×13 pan? I’ve never tried various cake pans to see which one mine fits in. Maybe I’ll go to Walmart and find out. They won’t kick me out for sitting in cake pans, right?

          • Katherine Horejsi May 2, 2013 - 8:12 pm

            Actually I haven’t tried, I may start with my turkey roasting pan and work down to a 9×13 though ‘cos it MUST be smaller than a turkey pan and my happy mood won’t skid off into fat ass depression! And no they won’t kick you out of Walmart, i’ve seen photos of that place….asses in baking pans are the least of their worries!

          • Lene Pieters May 3, 2013 - 12:56 pm

            whahahahaha…. I read it “assessin’ baking pans” you got two for one with that line!

  • MeMyself&I April 29, 2013 - 11:55 pm Reply

    The problem is there is no leavening agent. I bet a teaspoon of baking powder would make world of difference in the texture.

    • Laurinda April 30, 2013 - 8:36 pm Reply

      I’ll bet a little soda would work, too. Like that Weight Watchers cake

  • MrsBox April 29, 2013 - 11:58 pm Reply

    I just tried making this, thinking to myself, “Hey if our lovely Sonja can make it, surely I can!”.

    I thought wrong.

    Somehow I made lava cake…

    • Llama spit April 30, 2013 - 10:21 am Reply

      Doesn’t make it a fail, though. Actually, lava cake is way better than brownies.

  • Groovinchikin April 30, 2013 - 2:46 am Reply

    Who the hell ever wanted just ONE brownie??! Also, if you just buy the damn box you don’t have to kitchen-shame yourself when discovering just exactly how old your tin of cocoa powder actually is (1999 say what?!).

  • Crystal Kelly Yzaguirre April 30, 2013 - 2:47 am Reply

    its much better if you throw a big ass scoop of nutella in before you microwave.

  • Lex April 30, 2013 - 4:18 am Reply

    I’m loving the fact that most of your recent attempts at fucking things up turn out as wins – you’ve inspired me to try the tortilla recipe myself and I really fuck up anything in a frying pan as I usually have the heat too high (Sorry, I like my bacon to shatter when I bite it) but if high heat = excellent tortillas that’s the one for me. I’ve made Brownie in a mug and it’s GENIUS. I think yours probably needed an extra 20 seconds. The shape of the mug affects it too I’ve noticed. And the actual material the mug is made from – I’ve got some cheapo mugs and bowls that seem to be microwave proof – food cooked in them stays cold. So I had to buy some less robust mugs and bowls for microwaving in.
    I’m sorry to say though that usually, when pregnant, women crave chocolate, right? Right? No, not me. Can’t stand it. I’m into Salad of all things. So I’ve had to shelve all my chocolatey recipes for now 🙁

  • Katherine April 30, 2013 - 9:18 am Reply

    I use this recipe too, but I do French Vanilla coffee creamer instead of water. And add a big scoop of Nutella on top once it comes out of the microwave. Because if you’re going to make a dessert off of pinterest, you pretty much have to add Nutella.

  • Amanda Whitfield Perry April 30, 2013 - 10:05 am Reply

    I once had a friend who was learning to make wine. She finally made a batch that we deemed “not terrible.” The same could not be said of the aftereffects of said wine. Hopefully, the aftereffects of the brownie in a mug are not similar..

    • Llama spit April 30, 2013 - 10:25 am Reply

      If your brownies are giving you hangovers… well, alcoholic brownies might be worth looking into, huh? So, the question then is Kaluha, Chambord, or cherry liqueur? Bake brownies, poke holes, drizzle booze, serve with corresponding ice cream flavor, laugh when your friends think you’re a genius. I might have to try this…

  • Joy Lu Vasquez April 30, 2013 - 11:38 am Reply

    Can I ask why the original pin has all the ingredients on the table? Is that the missing key to be an awesome cook?

  • Ashley Bee April 30, 2013 - 12:22 pm Reply

    “Not terrible” is truly a stellar review. Glad it wasn’t a TOTAL flop! Maybe adding chocolate chips or a heavier dose of cocoa would have saved it. Also the lack of eggs is troublesome, as they’re kinda a vital part of brownies…

  • Girl Who Cried Skinny April 30, 2013 - 1:08 pm Reply

    “ooey, fudgy, not terrible” is high praise for something chocolatey!

  • Clark McGee April 30, 2013 - 2:00 pm Reply

    Ooey, fudgey, and not terrible describes a weird ‘rrhea experience… Love it.

  • Athena Holter-Mehren April 30, 2013 - 7:11 pm Reply

    Congrats on your first non-disaster mug thingie!

  • Dawn Lesperance April 30, 2013 - 10:43 pm Reply

    We made an army of these little suckers tonight. We had a mug brownie sweat shop line going across the kitchen. We cooked them for 1:45…because you know 5 seconds more changes everything…and hot damn if we didn’t screw them up! Still ooey and fudgey…and we found they are better than bad, they’re good!

  • ChickieD May 1, 2013 - 10:46 am Reply

    Am I correct that this is one of those, “Oh shit I am on my period, brownies STAT, any kind of brownie – just make it one with a LOT of sugar – and there is no way I am doing any work or driving to the store, I just want to veg out in front of my TV watching things that make me cry and dripping into my sanitary pad while eat a fucking brownie!” kinds of brownies?

  • Becky Highwater May 3, 2013 - 1:13 pm Reply

    If you’re going to get all those ingredients out (flour, cocoa powder, oil, etc…) anyway – why not just make a whole pan of brownies?! No way in hell would I get all that stuff out for just one mug 😉

  • Crystal Puckett May 3, 2013 - 3:32 pm Reply

    I made this in true Pintester fashion: used wheat flour since it was all I had. Didn’t have granulated sugar, so used powdered. Didn’t have enough cocoa powder, so added Nutella. Had to use olive oil since I didn’t have any substitutions. The result: Wasn’t crazy about the texture. Still… not too bad if you’re in need of chocolate to resist going on a killing spree. But probably could have saved myself the work and just eaten a spoonful of the Nutella.

  • katwaterflame May 5, 2013 - 1:56 am Reply

    I made this yesterday, and found it very yummy! I just have to remember to mix it better next time, as I still had a bit of flour at the bottom of my mug…

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  • Jami May 14, 2013 - 3:29 pm Reply

    this is really good with peanut butter, or nutella, on top!

  • Xiahki May 21, 2013 - 2:29 am Reply

    I found that adding melted butter instead of oil made the texture better (less gritty?). Also adding chocolate chips into the mix helps things a lot.

  • Arec May 29, 2013 - 4:56 am Reply

    I don’t use oil or water, I use milk and butter.
    much yummier.
    and I add choc chips, which gives it a yummy gooey melty-ness!

  • O-Dawg May 30, 2013 - 3:37 pm Reply

    If you add a ton of chocolate chips and maybe some pecans(if you like em) and top it with Reddi whip and caramel sauce, this is actually the bomb for me when it’s “that” time and I’m ready to kill someone. 🙂

  • Sharing is over rated June 1, 2013 - 1:20 pm Reply

    I tried this and like it well enough, then got the idea to use butter instead of oil, cream instead of water, added a couple drops of vanilla and a pinch of salt… very good. You can also add more cocoa when you want a bigger chocolate punch. I cook it for 1:20 instead of 1:40… must be my microwave, because at 1:40 it’s over done. I’ve been using whipped cream on top instead of ice cream.

    I like it because I don’t need a pan full of brownies in the house. Besides who has the time to wait for brownies to come out of the oven.

  • questiionnnn plzzz July 28, 2013 - 11:31 am Reply

    can i use hot coco swiss miss or go and buy coco

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  • Ligiac August 22, 2014 - 11:04 pm Reply

    Coconut oil instead of olive oil.
    Coffee instead of water.
    Please don’t get addicted.

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