Sunday, 23 January 2011

The 5 minute (start to finish) microwave chocolate cake in a mug.

Harriet and I completed our last Saturday morning teaching yesterday - Hooray! We deserved cake. So I made some (with the rapid microwave recipe that I'd been meaning to try for a quite a while). It was good. And for something that you can throw together in less than 5 minutes, I might go as far as great!

I bought this over-sized mug in the Whittard sale sale last year, especially for this "experiment". Any microwavable mug will do, although the bigger the better.

You will need:

4 Tablespoons flour
4 Tablespoons sugar (I used golden granulated)
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil (I used walnut oil because I had it - bit decadent! Veg oil would also work)

1 Mug
1 fork
1 spoon

Optionals (but I recommend)

Small splash of vanilla essence
2/3 tablespoons of chocolate chips


Put dry ingredients in mug. Mix well.
Crack egg into mug. Mix well.
Put remaining wet ingredients into mug. Mix well.
Mix in vanilla (if using).
Stir in choc. chips (if using).

Recipe said take fork out of mug and microwave on full power for 3 minutes. I would actually do less. If you have free-range eggs and are not really worried about (slightly) undercooked mixture, I'd try 2 mins 30. Especially if you have a powerful microwave. Mine is 800 watts. A toothpick inserted came out clean, but a little less time would've meant the centre was more gooey. Melting middle chocolate puddings (Marks and Spencer advert variety) are just cakes with the centre left uncooked (so they told me on my Bordeaux Quay desserts course).

Whilst in the microwave the mixture will rise way over the top of the mug - this is normal. Obviously the more narrow your mug, the more this will happen. As mine was pretty wide, when it sunk a bit upon leaving the microwave it looked like this...

Now, obviously you could go right in with a spoon and eat it straight from the mug (taking care not to burn your lips). However, because Harriet and I were sharing this I turned it out into my stripy bowl (also from Whittard sale) and we grabbed a spoon each. Yum!




  1. Jo - you need to put the source on this one! :-)

  2. Trying to work out who invented the mug cake is as hard as trying to find out who wrote Humpty Dumpty Phil! I believe I first saw it as a facebook group though....
    Jo :)
    P.S. I'll try to ensure a source for the next one. Regards to Liz!