Chocolate cake in under 5 minutes

I'm not a dessert guy and baking is not really my thing either. But I did make that chocolate cake you see in the picture. And I made it in less than 5 minutes. In the microwave. In a mug.

Is this the most scrumptious piece of chocolate cake indulgence ever? No. Not even close. But if you need a quick chocolate fix or if you want to treat the kids to a fun, fast dessert, then it's totally worth it. In fact, you can let them help you make it and watch it cook. They'll get a kick out of it. Also, I think you can tinker with this recipe to produce a better result. But, we'll get to that in a minute.

I have this print-out of a recipe from a few years back. I'm not sure where I got this recipe but if you happen to know the source, I'd love to give them the proper credit. I changed a couple of things based on necessity as well as my own preference. Here's the recipe I was working off:


Ingredients: 4 Tb cake flour, 4 Tb sugar, 2 Tb cocoa, 1 egg, 3 Tb milk, 3 Tb oil, 1 mug

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

When I made this recipe, I didn't have cake flour in the house so I used all-purpose. It works but I believe it yields a cake that is more dense. Don't let the fact you don't have cake flour stop you from trying this but you should know that cake flour is probably better. Cake flour is more finely milled and also is lower in protein, resulting in less gluten being formed, resulting in a more tender cake. Instead of oil, I substituted melted butter. The oil probably would have produced a moister cake but I prefer the flavor of butter. I mixed my ingredients in a separate bowl and transferred to a mug that I had sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I wanted to make sure the cake came out easily. Finally, I microwaved it for 2 minutes, 30 seconds. I sliced the cylinder of cake into 3 portions, one of which is pictured above.

If you are interested, there is a


on LTH Forum, a local food forum that I participate in, all about this kind of cake. There are some other recipes as well as the experiences of those who have experimented with this type of cake. 

I'm looking forward to trying this recipe again with cake flour. I think I'll add some chocolate chips to it as well. I hope that you try it! You probably have these ingredients in your house right now. And if it turns out a little dry or dense, serve it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. And if you can produce a chocolate cake for your kids, loved ones, or roommates in 5 minutes, you'll be a hero!