Cynthia came home from work on Friday with a recipe she wanted to try out.

If this recipe actually worked, you could have homemade chocolate cake in a matter of minutes…anytime you wanted with these simple ingredients…

The implications were staggering, but Cynthia was skeptical. Still, she decided she’d try it out this evening after dinner to see what would happen.

Following the simple instructions, she quickly mixed the components into a coffee mug which she then put in the microwave.

The timer was set for 3 minutes, the door was closed and we watched with anticipation. Cynthia was still not convinced it would work. She thought it more likely we’d end up with a small explosion of chocolate goop in our microwave, but after the first minute the concoction began to rise up and the smell of chocolate cake filled the room and after 3 minutes we took the cup from the microwave and let it cool…

Then we tipped the cup over and the cake fell onto the plate

It smelled like chocolate cake. It looked like chocolate cake. The only thing left was the taste test.

Our friend Jim offered to take the first bite and pronouced it delicious! We each had a bite ourselves and it was quite good!

Here’s the recipe in text form if you want to give it a try yourself

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

Mix flour, sugar and cocoa
Spoon in 1 egg
Pour in milk and oil, and mix well
Put in microwave for 3 minutes on maximum power (1000watt)
Wait until it stops rising and sets in the mug
Tip contents out of mug onto saucer.

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

7 thoughts on “5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

  • January 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    THANKS Jay! A whole new way to blow my carb allotment for the day 🙂

  • January 19, 2009 at 8:03 am

    It really works without baking powder/soda? Amazing!!! I’d be just as skeptical as Cynthia. In fact, I AM as skeptical.

  • January 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I’m skeptical too but will give it a try. I’m sure my kids would love the treat. 😉

    Found your blog on Facebook btw… (Just joined your network)am enjoying the reads. 🙂

  • January 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    We used to make a larger one in an 8×8 inch pyrex when I was a kid – called it crazy cake. The dairy-free/vegan chocolate cake recipe in Joy of Cooking is just about the same recipe as your cake-in-a-mug and my crazy cake, so I’ve assumed you could make it in the microwave, too. Cook for 8 minutes, rotating every 2 unless your microwave has a turntable. Even more dangerous – a complete chocolate cake that serves several in under 10 minutes.

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  • April 3, 2009 at 7:36 am

    That little cup-o-cake i exactly 1000 calories. Not something that those on a diet want to get close to!!

  • May 31, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Actually it’s 779 calories… so maybe it should serve two!
    Here’s the breakdown from a recipe analyzer I found online at

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 779Calories from Fat 430
    Total Fat 47.8g
    Saturated Fat 8.1g
    Cholesterol 190mg
    Sodium 83mg3%
    Total Carbohydrates 82.6g
    Dietary Fiber 4.1g
    Sugars 53.3g
    Protein 12.2g

    Vitamin A 6% • Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 9% • Iron 22%
    Nutrition Grade C
    * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

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