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When you're home alone and craving a home-baked dessert, the mug cake is your friend. Dense, moist, and warm, like a steamed pudding, the single-serving dessert cooks in just a couple of minutes in the microwave. This one is loaded with citrus and a touch of dark chocolate. For best results, use a small orange; otherwise, the cake gets soggy.

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Credit: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

Recipe Summary

30 mins
Serves 1 or 2


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Instructions Checklist
  • Put orange in a 1-pt. glass measuring cup and add water to make 1 cup. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave until orange is soft, 4 minutes. Drain.

  • Whirl orange in a food processor until finely chopped. Let cool. Add all-purpose flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, and egg; pulse until blended. Pour batter into a 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-cup microwave-safe mug. Stir in chocolate chips.

  • Microwave until a toothpick inserted in center comes out barely clean, about 2 minutes (cake rises above mug, then sinks down as it cools). Let cool 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  • *Find with baking supplies.

Nutrition Facts

735 calories; calories from fat 48%; protein 13g; fat 40g; saturated fat 19g; carbohydrates 88g; fiber 8.7g; sodium 496mg; cholesterol 61mg.