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5-minute chocolate cake in a microwave
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins

The 5-minute chocolate cake in the microwave is a must-have recipe for midnight cravings or when you are in a hurry. It's irresistible and decadent.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: microwave cake in a mug, microwave chocolate cake
Servings: 2
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Topping: Chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce, melted chocolate, whipped cream, ice cream, etc.
  1. Take a tall coffee mug and add the dry ingredients ( all-purpose flour + sugar + cocoa powder + baking soda + salt) Mix well with a fork.

  2. Add egg + vegetable oil + milk + vanilla extract and mix again with a fork until no lumps remain. Take care that the flour from the bottom of the cup mixes well too.
  3. Heat this in the microwave for 2 minutes. If it's not done, keep for an additional 30 seconds. The top of the cake rises during the cooking process and then settles down when you open the microwave.

  4. Take it out of the microwave, add your favorite topping or invert it onto a plate, cut it horizontally into two pieces and add your favorite topping.

  5. Alternately, you can also use two medium cups. Mix in one cup or a bowl and divide it into two cups. Microwave for about 1 minute to 1 minute-15 seconds. You can also make it in a big cereal bowl.

Recipe Notes

Adding chocolate chips or bits adds extra moistness. If you don't have chocolate chips, add chopped chocolate chunks.

The key to a moist cake is the amount of time its kept in the microwave. It could vary anywhere from 2 minutes to 3 minutes depending on the microwave. (First time I made this cake I kept it for 3 minutes and the cake was dry. Since then I have been keeping it for 2 1/2 minutes and it comes out perfect. So adjust the time, depending on the doneness. 

This cake tastes as good as the cake baked in oven if you have it within a short period of time. After few hours the cake tends to dry out. Tightly covering the cake with a cling wrap/plastic wrap to helps retain moistness.

You can mix the batter in a bowl and divide it into two smaller cups. Try to coat the inside of the cup with oil or butter so that its easier to clean up later.

Keep a plate below the mug so that you can catch any spills incase the cup size is small for the batter.