Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Low Fat Hot Chocolate Cake Mugs

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Howdy friends! I’m in a very Christmas-y mood today. Which, given my mood yesterday, is a VAST improvement. I think it could be because I watched Christmas Vacation last night or because I was jamming to Michael Buble’s AHHHMAZING Christmas album as I did the dishes this morning. However, I think the culprit of my jubilant Christmas spirit might be because I made this.

So what is this, you ask? This peppermint sprinkled mug with the pretty blue bow?

Why, it’s a low fat hot chocolate cake mug with fat free cream cheese icing, of course.  Now why would I bake my cake in a mug? Well, for starters, it’s freakin’ cute.

And, because it’s hot chocolate cake, what else would you serve it in? You can gift wrap these up and give them away for holiday gifts or grab a fork and dig right in. (Clearly the route I took.) Each forkful is moist and chocolate-y and has a seasonal crunch because of the sprinkled peppermint.

Plus, the cake is made with no oil or butter and the delicious frosting is whipped with low-fat cream cheese. A diet friendly and adorable dessert!  You can also serve these in jars if you have no mugs. They make fabulous party favors, party desserts or Christmas presents!

Just a word of warning, it’s um, SUPER EASY to eat an entire mug in a sitting. I didn’t, of course, but I um, heard, from other people that it can be done. But can you blame them? It’s portable cake! I’ll argue you are supposed to eat the whole thing in one sitting. I mean, you don’t just sip half of a glass of hot chocolate, right? I didn’t eat a whole though, just, arguing the other side.

Cake recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.  Frosting is my low fat cream cheese recipe!

Hot chocolate cake mugs (and jars)

Yields: 12 slices of cake (equivalent to 4 mugs (or jars)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 36-40 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar (separated)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup regular temperature water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 peppermint candies, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 medium size glass mugs (or jars) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift flour, one cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, corn starch and salt together into a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, 1/4 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Stir into dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  3. Add boiling water list, stirring until all mixed in. (Batter will be thin).
  4. Pour batter into mugs and jars about 2/3-3/4 full. (I did 2/3 and it came out perfect). Careful not to fill all the way or the batter will overflow in the oven.
  5. Place jars in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick that is inserted comes out dry. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.
  6. Once cooled, frost with low fat cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with peppermint candy and enjoy!
Nutritional information per 1/3 mug: 200 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. 

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  1. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Too cute! Great pics! 
  2. Posted by Lacy on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    LOVE this idea! Super cute!
  3. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    That's both adorable and delicious-looking! Hot fudge and low-fat? Sign me up!
    Glad you're feeling better :)
  4. Posted by TammyJo Eckhart, PhD on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Delicious!  Thank you for sharing.  We've had three hot chocolate drinks to review this winter so far.  Two down.
  5. Posted by Emily on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Well these just don't look good at all. Nope. Ew.

    Jk holy moly I want this in my belly.
  6. Posted by Lauren on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Woah. I so want this right now :D
  7. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    This is so cute!
  8. Posted by Tequilacupcakes on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    These are too cute!! Definitely have to make this...
  9. Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Looks great, Claire.  This one is going on the to-do list.  Given my portion control issues, though, I will bake this in smaller jars :)
  10. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Love, love, LOVE these!!!
  11. Posted by Carolyn on
    Thursday, December 8th, 2011
    Wow, those look seriously decadent for low fat!
  12. Posted by Jessica lynn on
    Friday, December 9th, 2011
    my tummy is rumbling now. yum!!
  13. Posted by Parsley Sage on
    Friday, December 9th, 2011
    Oh my lord, that looks AMAZING!  I could eat like 5 of those.  Bring on the mugs!!!

    Buzzed :)
  14. Posted by Katie on
    Friday, December 9th, 2011
    I think I'm in love... it's definitely going to be a very merry christmas!
  15. Posted by Vicki @ WITK on
    Friday, December 9th, 2011
    These look great!  I have small mugs that would make great perfect single serving for it!
  16. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Monday, December 12th, 2011
    How cute!!  Love these festive mugs!! :)
  17. Posted by Lynne Daley on
    Monday, December 12th, 2011
    How clever! Looks great and not many calories considering how decadent the cakes look.
  18. Posted by kate on
    Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
    so beautiful!
  19. Posted by Roxana GreenGirl on
    Thursday, December 15th, 2011
    oh my, these are so cute! and the crushed candy on top, so Christmas-y
  20. Posted by Jen on
    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
    I love the idea of baking it in the mugs - makes such a cute presentation!
  21. Posted by bri on
    Sunday, February 26th, 2012
    If made in smaller mugs how do you think you would adgust temperature