Microwave chocolate cake

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By Waswondering

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  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • 3 tbsp milk

  • 4 tbsp sugar

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 1 eggs

  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Add the dry ingredients to a large mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

  2. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

  3. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

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EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

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  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • chocolate

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

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  • MamaBear98 28/05/16 14:57

    This is my 2nd time making this and by God is it amazing! It's so easy to make and so quick to cook-I will definitely be using it again!

  • Treadlightly 16/08/15 22:15

    Best. Cake. Ever

  • TipTapWentTheCrab 29/07/15 16:05

    A lifesaver for those moments when your baby won't sleep and only chocolate cake will help! Making this also inspired me to get back into proper baking after DC, as the small size and quick preparation gave me the confidence to play around with the recipe. So now I sometimes make this and sometimes make a banana/sultana cake instead (needs more flour and less sugar than the chocolate cake).

  • HicDraconis 12/05/15 07:57

    Small Pyrex dish, 2m30 at 1100W. Worked perfectly, tasted amazing served hot with boysenberry ripple ice cream. Thank you!

  • porridgecarver 29/08/14 20:50

    OMG how good, made 2 which was lukcy as it rose loads, put in a teaspoon of nuttella in each as well...yummmmm

  • mumshadenough 23/02/14 19:04

    Just made this for our Sunday dinner pudding. This recipe was enough for 3 portions cooked in bonne maman jam jars! (Couldn't think of anything else that worked). Was really yummy, started the microwave just before we started eating main and were lovely by the time we were ready to eat them. As with a previous poster, I added a pinch of salt to the recipe. Yum!!

  • quietbatperson 07/11/13 20:07

    Great recipe, just needs a pinch of salt.

  • ReaderIMarriedHim 25/03/13 16:55

    My 4 year old made it in a small Pyrex bowl and 2 and a half minutes at 800 watts was about right. She was more interested in watching it rise in the microwave than eating it but me and the 1 year old polished it off no problems!

  • SeymoreInOz 08/07/12 07:44

    This is amazing! The DCs loved it, it reminds me of the cadbury's tinned puddings. I served it with custard, it's probably a bit dry on its own. My microwave is 1100 watts, I cooked the cake for 2 minutes and it was fine, any longer and it would have been too dry.

  • Adminqueen1 29/05/11 12:21

    I have the family coming for sunday lunch and this sounds right up out street.Could you please confirm what oil should be used.

  • Poohbearsmom 27/05/10 19:41

    Omg just made this and tis amazin! You wonderful evil woman [grin] such a yummy recipe thanks

  • thaliablogs 20/03/10 16:23

    This is truly an amazing recipe, who knew you could have chocolate cake so quickly! Worked well for a rainy afternoon activity with my 2.5 year old. It is quite delicious, although texture is understandably more like a chocolate steamed pudding than a true cake.

  • wendyhappysmile 03/01/10 20:28

    Just made this tonight as DH had 'forgotten' to make the choc pudding and choc custard. Brilliant! Enjoyed by us all. Thank you! Will be making in place of the usual oven method next time!!

  • cara2244 24/08/09 21:36

    Just make sure you add the ingredients in the right order - I ended up with bits of fried egg!

  • Calyx 10/04/09 16:31

    I just tried this! Made it in a microwave pan (wee plastic saucepan shaped thing but bigger than a coffee mug).... it's DELICIOUS arghhhhhh I think the title is true...... :)

  • TheBreastmilksOnMe 01/04/09 15:35

    Absoloutly delicious. I've made it several times and I now add a tbsp of nutella to the mix before bunging it in the microwave. Moist and gooey. Just how I like it and sooo simple to make. Too good for children so TBMOM has this one when there are no children around!

  • JulesJules 26/03/09 13:47

    This was so easy and quick I could not believe it was going to work, but it did, of course. Fab. And I tried adding white chocolate chips to it which was VERY successful, and made it even more dangerous.

  • Sycamore 05/03/09 20:14

    And it even works with Doves Farm gluten-free selfraising flour! Many many thankyous.

  • smurfette15 23/02/09 18:11

    OH.....MY......GOD!!!!! That is sooooo delicious and good it should be illegal

  • flibertyplus2 18/02/09 16:29

    Fabulous and so quick! Am I the only one who found that the mixture expanded so much while cooking that it filled the inside of my (large!) coffee mug, the outside of my mug and the bowl I had put it inside? (flibertyplus2 checks the size of her tablespoons while ginning gleefully at size of cake created with only 5 mins of effort)

  • sarak54321 12/02/09 19:43

    OMG! Am so excited about this recipe!!! Thank you! x

  • theicepopqueen 12/02/09 15:58

    Thanks for putting in the recipe why it is dangerous. my 6 year old dd didn't want it because it was dangerous until she found why! not that I would have cared - i would have eaten her share [grin]