Los Altos siblings Punhal and Naiel Chaudry developed a local following for their gulab jamun cupcakes, ras malai cakes and pastry-based riffs on falooda before hitting age 13.

Tasked with picking a recipe fit for a celebration that would be accessible for other local young cooks, they nominated “the ultimate chocolate mug cake” as a homemade treat that takes less than five minutes to make, requires no prior baking experience, but comes out with a hearty dose of dazzle.

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