Earl Grey Chocolate Mug Cakes

J A - Jan. 26, 2024

Earl Grey Chocolate Mug CakesAuthor: Layla Osberg

We’re finding comfort right now in simple dessert recipes. We’re also of the view that a lot of the best-tasting desserts are those based on tea: black teas like Earl Grey and chai for flavouring shortbread cookies, green tea infused ice cream, truffle chocolates brightened with herbal and botanical blends. Tea has a complexity and nuance that can complement and enhance our favourite flavours with minimal effort. 

Some tea-based desserts are made with a gentle extraction process by infusing tea leaves in milk or cream, which gives the dessert a subtle tea note that hums with each bite. 

Some, like our Green Tea Mochi Cake recipe, are made tea flavoured by simply opening a tea bag and sprinkling it directly into the batter. Others could require the use of double-strength tea syrup to amp up deliciousness, or even a mixture of all three flavouring techniques.

The robust acidity and tannin of tea make it great for flavour pairing. And the combinations seem endless.


Wishing you the best 2024 possible! Here’s to optimizing flavour while keeping things simple in the kitchen with this Earl Grey chocolate mug cake recipe!

Earl Grey Chocolate Mug Cake


  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 Murchie’s Earl Grey tea bag
  • 3 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips


  1. Pour the milk into a heatproof measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds. Tear open the teabag and sprinkle into the hot milk. Steep for 2 minutes and then stir in the butter until it melts. (Do not strain out the tea).
  2. Add the vanilla and egg and stir well with a fork. Add all the dry ingredients and stir until the batter is evenly combined.
  3. Distribute the batter evenly between two small mugs or ramekins. Cook one cake at a time in the microwave for one minute each.

The cakes are best served hot, right away.

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