5 minute chocolate cake in a mug

Ok, I have been reading about this a bit lately on various blogs, etc...

I made it today with the kiddies, and to my amazement... it worked!!

I do actually have an aversion to microwaves, having been told by mum when I was little that they were evil... heh heh, but I decided to put my squeamishness aside for the sake of some chocolate cake in a hurry, and gave it a try.

We used the recipe from this article:
Five-minute chocolate cake in a mug a sensation | The Courier-Mail

Five Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug

2 large wide mugs
4 tbs plain flour
4 tbs sugar
2 tbs cocoa
1 egg
3 tbs milk
3 tbs oil
3 tbs chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash of vanilla extract

Add dry ingredients to one mug and mix well. In a separate mug, beat the egg, pour in the milk, oil and mix well. Stir into the powdered ingredients. Add chocolate chips (if using), vanilla extract and mix again. Put cake mix mug in the microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.

The cake may rise to the top of the mug. Allow to cool a little before eating or tip out onto a plate if desired.

We did not add the choc chips, and we ate it all straight away while it was warm! Yum, yum! It would definitely be great eaten warm with cream or vanilla icecream, like a chocolate pudding, but we didn't have any, so had to make do without.

I don't think it would be good to eat cold, so make sure you gobble it all up warm!

I totally expected it to be a dismal failure after reading the comments on this hilarious, dodgy site!! Chocolate cake. In a mug. In 5 minutes. Someone please test this. - The Something Awful Forums Seriously, I was almost rolling around on the floor reading it.

Oh, I and we only made one batch to share between the 5 of us (the 4 kids and I)! Next time I will seriously make it when the kids are in bed and I only have to share it with Michael... mwah hah hah

As an aside, I was interested to note that this recipe had no rising agent (it uses plain flour) and I did wonder if it would truly work, but it is the steam that acts as the rising agent, and it works very well too.

At one point our cake was so high above the top of the mug that we all though it was about to explode! You could probably do it for a shorter cooking time (maybe try 2 1/2 mins).


Watching it grow in the microwave!

Waiting for it to cool...

Yay! It's ready to eat!


  1. Thanks for the recipe. The girls and I made one this evening :) A little dry so will take your suggestion next time and reduce the cooking time. We shared it between four :) the other kids were asleep.

  2. I am so going to try this!! It looks like so much fun. Might surprise hubby with this for pudding tonight! I'm surprised you managed to get the kids to wait for that last picture - I bet they dived in after? :) I'll let you know when I do this, how I get on x

  3. Hi Ruth, I just came across your blog via Narelle's blog. I have noticed a few things we have in common:

    1. We both sell on Etsy
    2. We are both from Perth
    3. We are similar in age
    4. We're both Christians

    I have no idea why I haven't 'bumped' into you before. Did you know that we have a Perth Etsy group? I kinda started it a couple of years ago and now theres a whole meetup and group thats spun off it. We are having a meetup at my place in a few weeks. Anyway, seems we could encourage each other with a few things. I'm fairly sure I've seen your shop around Etsy. Oh and the thread that all the Perth Etsy people chat in is here:

    I'm Polyclarific. : )

  4. I'll have to give this a go - your kids definately looked like they enjoyed it and I love the face on the frog :-)
    lisa x

  5. Your mum made the kids some on Sunday Ruthie and it was a hit, lol! She even added some melted chocolate to the top, mmmm.

  6. Excellent! I will try x

  7. Ruth, that thread on the site made me laugh so hard!! Some serious failures there.

    I've tried a version of this before, must have seen the recipe on NC or BellyBelly, I think it tasted a bit weird...but then most of my cooking does.


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