Chocolate Chip Matcha Mug Cake

I’m very excited to share with you my Matcha Monday post this week!  I’ve put together a super simple recipe for a Chocolate Chip Matcha Mug Cake that’s a total no brainer to whip up.  Less than 2 minutes in the microwave and you’ll end up with the most delicious and moist matcha cake ever!

This recipe is a nice way to try using matcha as a cooking ingredient for the first time.  You’ll be able to appreciate how cooking with matcha helps to balance out sweeter flavors, which is exactly why you see it used in so many cake and cookie recipes.

If you never try any of the other recipes from my site, I hope you try this one.  It represents everything I love about matcha green tea, where a traditional ingredient is enjoyed in a unique, easy, and modern way.

Chocolate Chip Matcha Mug Cake

Makes 1 mug cake or 2 smaller teacup cakes


microwave safe mug or 1 large mug and 2 smaller teacups

paper towel

fork, for mixing

measuring spoons

tea towel


4 Tbsp all-purpose flour

3 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

3 Tbsp almond milk

1 Tbsp vegetable oil, plus a bit more for oiling mug/cups

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 drop almond extract

2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips, plus a few more for decorating the top of the mug cake


1.)  Lightly coat the inside of the mug/cups with vegetable oil, to create a non-stick inner surface.  You can use a paper towel to do this.

2.)  Place all dry ingredients in the large mug and mix with a fork thoroughly.

3.)  Add the liquid ingredients, then again mix with the fork thoroughly.  Add 2 Tbsp of the chocolate chips, then mix those in so that they are evenly distributed.  At this point, if you prefer to serve the cakes in 2 smaller teacups, divide the batter between the 2 teacups evenly.

4.)  Place the large mug in the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute and 40 seconds.  For 2 smaller teacups, cook them for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

5.)  With a tea towel, carefully remove the hot mug/cups from the microwave.  Scatter the remaining chocolate chips on top of the cake and serve!


22 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Matcha Mug Cake

  1. Yum! I just recently learned how to make very decadent chocolate cake mugs. I would much prefer your matcha version as it seems less sweet, but just as delicious. I have been looking for matcha but haven’t been able to find it at my local grocery. I think I will have to make a run to the Asian market for this item.

  2. I love this recipe! How do you come up with these ideas?? I only have one problem: I do not have a microwave anymore, When I had my whole kitchen refitted I decided I would not put on in: I somehow mistrust them (I know I know I sound like a grandma). Have you ever steamed them or made them in the oven?

    • Wow, no microwave…good for you!! So since the recipe is so easy to put together, I went ahead and tried steaming some tonight. As the heat is more gentle with steam, it took about 15-20 minutes for my 2 teacup cakes to fully cook. Just make sure the water is on a full boil. The cakes are ready when a toothpick comes out clean. Hope this helps!! =)

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  5. this is really yummy. I used self rising flour and it came out perfect also if you want the chocolate in the cake just add the chocolate chips to the dry ingredients and give them a good coating that way they don’t sink to the bottom

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