Chocolate cake in a mug was certainly invented with people like me in mind. It ticks all the boxes that a quick, effortless, chocoholic friendly, and everything else that a homemade dessert made from scratch should be.
Number one: it’s a chocolate cake. I mean, c’mon… do you need to hear any more? The sound of these two words is almost like a magic spell to me! Whoever doesn’t like a nice moist, chocolate slice once in a while must be from a different planet!
It has been proven that chocolate tickles our happy hormone and brings out what’s best in us. Eat chocolate, people!
Number two: chocolate cake in a mug is cooked in a microwave, in a mug. You literally whisk all ingredients together and stick it in a microwave – what could possibly go wrong? Foolproof and quick! Home-made dessert from scratch, a dream come true! And this leads me to number three:
It takes literally 5 minutes to cook it. In fact the cooking time is 1 minute and 20 seconds, if you exclude the preparation and cleaning afterwards.
Genius idea of chocolate cake in a mug
It really is probably one of the best ideas of the recent years in the baking world. There are tens of flavours you can put together yourself, so go ahead and experiment. I adapted this recipe from a “Mug Cakes: Ready In 5 Minutes in the Microwave“ cookbook by Lene Knudsen to what I had in my refrigerator at the time.
There are many, many more delicious recipes in Lene’s little book, but as we all know, nothing can replace a chocolate cake, especially if it is super soft, melting in the middle and still warm as you eat it!
Chocolate cake in a mug is my choice of flavour, which you can easily influence by replacing the regular cream with coconut cream for example. Or maybe add some orange or lemon peel instead? Before you cook your mug cake, please refer to my cooking notes below.
Lene’s chocolate cake in a mug cooking notes
- This recipe is designed for cooking the chocolate cake in a mug in a 800 watt microwave. I have not tested it in a microwave operating at a higher power. I can imagine that you can try and adjust the cooking time proportionally to the power of your microwave if it is different than 800 watt.
- Chocolate cake in a mug acts a bit like a volcano, because it cooks super fast. Don’t freak out! I suggest using an oversized mug or simply placing your mug with the cake batter inside on a plate so it doesn’t make a mess in the microwave itself. Now, if you use a regular size mug, the cake will overflow. This doesn’t make it any less tasty though! So, does decreasing the cooking time, or cooking it in intervals stops it from overflowing?
- No. Do not adjust the cooking time. Cook it precisely 1 minute and 20 seconds to ensure the super soft texture, and to prevent the volcano effect simply use a larger mug.
- Cooking this chocolate cake in a mug longer than the recommended 1 minute and 20 seconds will make is spongy or even hard. And that’s not what we’re after.
- “Don’t worry if the surface of the cake is still a little soft when you take it out, it will dry and set in a couple of minutes.” – cooking note from the book.
- 2 tablespoons (30g/1oz) butter
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons caster or confectioners sugar
- 2 teaspoons single cream, sour cream or plain yoghourt
- 2 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons plain, all purpose flour or all purpose gluten free flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 drop vanilla essence or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
- 2-3 squares of milk chocolate
- Melt butter in a small bowl for 40 seconds (800 watts).
- Whisk all ingredients together (including the butter), transfer to an oversized mug (and push the chocolate squares in should you choose to add them).
- Place the mug on a plate to protect your microwave (depending on a size of your mug the cake might overflow, but this doesn't affect an amazing flavour or texture!).
- Cook your chocolate cake in a mug, in a microwave (800 watts) for 1 minute 20 seconds.
Want more chocolate? Try my recipes for Tipsy Vegan Chocolate Mousse and Easy Chocolate Dipping Sauce! As always, easy and absolutely delicious! Or look inside of “Mug Cakes Chocolate: Ready in 5 minutes, in a microwave!” by Sandra Mahut. She is all about chocolate cakes in mugs.