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Microwave Cake in Minutes

Here is the recipe for Chocolate Cake in 5 Minutes. I promise, it really works! Once I saw it, I knew I had to try it. I love this cake for two reasons: First, you get cake in 5 minutes instead of 25 minutes (I just can’t wait 20 more minutes!) Second, there’s no left overs to eat two hours later, helping with portion control… unless you make it again two hours later!

microwave cake

Recipe for Microwave Cake in a Cup:

  • 4 Tablespoons cake flour
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 Mug


1. In your microwavable mug, mix your flour, sugar and cocoa, then spoon in your egg.

2. Pour in the milk and oil and mix it with a fork.

3. Place your mug into the microwave for 3 minutes on high.

4. Let your cake set for a minute or two, then remove from the microwave.

I was a little skeptical at first, thinking it might be gooey inside, but it was cooked perfectly. Now, it’s not as delicious as this cake or this cake, but good enough to cure the chocolate craving. It suggests to use cake flour, but I just used all purpose flour. It still tasted fine, but I know cake flour should make it a little more fluffy. Also, it needed a little frosting, so I whipped up a powdered sugar & milk glaze (stir 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon milk) while it zapped in the microwave. My kids are now asking for cake everyday. Oh, this is truly trouble!


  1. ive just made this cake and it was great, i will be doing this for sweet on a sunday from now on, great time saver :)

  2. I love this recipe – certainly works, have a TIP……..

    Exchange butter for oil, or at least some of it, use little or no milk and microwave just slightly less time. Doing it this way makes it self-saucing, providing an instant warm icing which you can find at the bottom of the cup :)

    Also I usually use a soup mug or large (3-4 cups) Measuring Cup & usually just add a dash of vanilla.

  3. This is really good! For frosting I just mixed a little powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and milk for an easy butter cream!! =) Thanks for posting this great cake!

  4. Its in the kicrowave right now. I put plain flour in it but not sure if that was right?. I can hear it bubbling and it seems to be overlowing. Looks delicous though. Thank you. I had to use this idea instaed of the oven as my oven is broken.

  5. Don’t click on the link for the chocolate cake it is a porn site. I was not very happy when that came up!

  6. Thanks for the recipe! Mine tasted delicious but completely overflowed my mug. I did add just a tiny drop of vanilla flavor because I had to use NesQuik instead of regular cocoa. I covered it with fresh, warm vanilla pudding – so good!

  7. I changed the proportions a little bit, to get a taste of dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate (I don’t like it that sweet). I added just 2.5 tbsp of sugar, but 5 tbsp of flour, and also an additional 1 tbsp of buttermilk (it’s optional). The effect was very nice. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. amazing that it works :D definitely going to take some dough in a microwaveable dish to university for in between classes

  9. I agree with Heidi B, this tasted nasty. There’s no reason to waste an egg on this; if you have a chocolate craving, just go buy some cookies or something.

  10. I am by no means a novice baker, and figured this would be gross, but gave it a whirl, and was not surprised. As I suspected, it had almost no chocolate flavor, the texture was chewy and the cake dried out almost instantly. It tasted like chocolate scrambled egg cake. *Yuck*
    I followed the directions exactly as written, didn’t over stir, didn’t over cook, and it was just plain gross.

  11. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while… you’ve convinced me that I need to! My husband would love it and hate it all the same! :)

  12. This is yummy…I’ve given it as a gift before. Cake mix in one bag, frosting mix in another bag, attach the directions and put in a cute mug. So fun!

  13. this microwave cake came out great.
    i suggest adding a few semi-sweet chocolate chips
    into the batter before cooking…it gives it a gooey
    chocolaty center=)

  14. i tried something similar to this a few weeks ago-i think it was those sara lee warm delight bowls that warm up in a few minutes. it was really good which surprised me as well! glad you liked yours too :)

  15. Oooo, fudgy centers and caramel toppings all sounds yummy.

    Baba – I do see you posted this too. Great chocolate minds think alike. We’ve made this a few times after seeing it on Dizzy Dee’s site. We love it.

    Stephanie B – I love the idea of a ramekin. That mug size is filling, but would be great split up into a few portions.

  16. We did this a few weeks ago and blogged it, but the recipe we had so BITTER!! Not good, but we decided to try it with a plain jane cake mix and it cooked up great and the kids ate it all up. Love your sight!!

  17. Such a neat idea!! I would think a ramikin would work as well. Nothing like a quick chocolate fix. I like the part about not having to eat the REST of the huge pan of cake…

  18. I did it last night. It tasted delicious. The texture is a little off- most things you cook in the microwave will be. It’s heavier than normal cake and more spongy. It is slightly tough. I’m not complaining, but my husband wouldn’t eat it for those reasons. No such problem for Hali and I, though! I made a quick cream cheese frosting to go over them and we chowed down. Oh, and good luck eating an entire one yourself! They are quite filling!

  19. I just tried this and it was oh so yummy! I added some chocolate and peanut butter chips in and loved it.

  20. OMG! I saw that post from DizzyDee back in July as well and I thought it was too good to be true. I haven’t tried it yet, but will definitely have to now.

  21. Yummy, I wonder if you could put fudge in the center so that it “bakes” into the cake as a creamy filling.

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