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5-minute Chocolate Cake

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There are a lot of 5-minute cake-in-a-mug recipes out there, but I've taken the time to experiment with eight variations on a a recipe to come up with the best, tastiest, and most reliable 5-minute chocolate cake on the web.  This quick and easy chocolate cake recipe will change your life! Now you can have a rich, chocolate dessert in an instant.  So grab a big mug (I link to my favorite in the next step) and get ready to make new kind of cupcake - the cake in a cup!


 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 tablespoons flour - make sure you measure it right - or the cake is a lie!
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons whisked egg - 1 egg is too much, 1 egg white is too eggy, 1 yolk is too dense, but 2 tblsp is just right!
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • splash vanilla or other flavoring - try peppermint or cinnamon
For a fudgier version, omit egg.

Step 2: Mix your ingredients

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  • Add all of the dry ingredients to the mug and mix.
  • Add the egg and combine well. It gets pretty pasty at the point.
  • Stir in milk and oil.
  • Add chocolate chips* and splash of vanilla. Stir well.
*if you don't have chocolate chips, try a broken up candy bar - I can't stress how much this amps the awesomeness of your cake

Step 3: Nuke It!

  • Microwave for 3 minutes in a 1000w oven, or 4 minutes in a 700w oven.
It will start to crown over the top of the mug. Don't panic! It will collapse once the heat stops.
Tarita1 year ago
for a first timer with zero baking experience, it worked like magic! thank you.
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lakins12 years ago
yum! This recipe has come out great all three times I've used it. I love to add cinnamon, chili powder, nutmeg... whatever I have around.

I mix the batter in a small bowl and then pour it into two smaller oiled mugs and cook for about a minute.

In the picture below I added semi-sweet and white chocolate chips. Then melted a bit of the white chocolate and decorated the tops.
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jakebaldwin2 years ago
After some instant microwave cake disasters, this recipe came out great! I've tried a few microwave treats, and this was the only one that came out on the first try. It was delicious! It also looked like it needed frosting. We didn't have any, so I used chocolate sauce.
Thanks!
mishoo2 years ago
Oh, this is terribly dangerously DANGEROUS to know. :-) My mugs are pretty small, so I made this in a bowl, which required reducing the cooking time to about 1: 45. I omitted the egg for a fudgier result, and it's a wonderful cake/brownie hybrid. I chopped up 3 tablespoons' worth of Hershey with Almond bar, since it's all I had; I also made a glaze with about 3 tbsp. confectioner's sugar and just a few drops of milk. DAN. GER. OUS. It's incredibly rich and I'm not sure I'll be able to eat the whole thing, but dangit, I'm trying.
I made this recipe using 6 tablespoons of hot cocoa powder in place of the unsweetened cocoa and sugar. IT TURNED OUT GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
suayres2 years ago
I'm playing with your recipe, for one very important reason: I'm a Weight Watchers member, and the recipe as you wrote it is 20 points (I have an allowance of 29 points per day + 49 extra discretionary points to use per week). That's more than I want to spend in one place. BUT the recipe is SO good, that I really want to fit it in to my program. So. A major portion of those points come from the oil (9) & the chocolate chips (3). I didn't want to completely eliminate the chips, but I could cut back to 1 Tbsp (1pt). And I cut the oil to 2 tsps, because I am required to have 2 tsps of oil daily. For the rest of the oil, I subbed--ta da! applesauce! Surprisingly, there was no difference in flavor, and the texture was still good! This knocked the points count down to 11, which I find a comfortable splurge evey now and again. Oh, and one other amendment? I a changed the 3Tbs of milk to 3Tbs of fresh-brewed coffee, for a nice mocha note. All in all, a happy dance for me! It also occurs to me that, for a nice nutty note, you could used toasted sesame seed oil.
I'm eating this right now... and I LOVE IT! I noticed someone else mentioned using a mashed bananna instead of oil so I tried it that way and used white chocolate chips... all I can think though is "this would be awesome with nuts". Not sure how well nuts would do being nuked. I also noticed other people mentioning the bottom of theirs being burnt and the top not being done. To make sure I didn't run into this problem I put mine in for 1 minute, then stirred it to bring the already cooked pieces up to the top so half of the cake wouldn't be burned. I also nuked it in short intervals (1 minute check and stir, another minute check, 30 seconds etc) to make sure it wasn't burning and also because i'm not sure how powerful my nuker is. When it was done I let it sit in the microwave for as long as I could stand (so the ambient heat would help cook anything that wasn't yet done without burning the rest). Mine didn't puff up out of the mug, but that could either be from the mug or stirring it after a minute of cooking. I think i'm going to try this again tomorrow and instead of a mug use a small glass microwave safe pyrex dish, I think that will help it cook evenly without having to stir halfway. Either way I can't wait to tell my mom-in-law about this she's gonna love it.
Tried it and it was excellent. Kudos for taking some very shady looking recipes from online and making it a sure bet!
P3T3763 years ago
bOOm! Or like the romans say: veni vedi vici - a total winner that lil' cupcake! Even I could do it - and that's nothing short of miraculous ;) I was able to use the microwave w/o causing radiationburns on the better part of northern europe AND got a super tasty result. I used 600 watts for approx. 4 mns - and YES - I will do it again... and again...and...

Cheers from germany,

Pete
warrnie74 years ago
My masterpiece I made 5 min ago! ta* da*

Enjoy!
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scoochmaroo (author)  warrnie74 years ago
That is truly a thing of beauty.
love this instructable, turns out awesome cake

i made one yesterday that rose to almost double the height of the mug, but was deflated by the time i got a camera. turned out nice and fluffy though

I experimented with this, and found that pudding mix works great! just substitute any pudding mix for the chocolate powder (and eliminate the chips, unless you want them in there). So far Ive tried strawberry, vanilla, and white chocolate. They tasted great
Chucky464 years ago
There are so many bad versions of this recipe everywhere but yours really works Thankyou :D
scoochmaroo (author)  Chucky464 years ago
Thank you!
I actually experimented with about 6 different variations of the recipe before I decided that this one was the best.

paola016 days ago

OMG! It turned out GREAT! Thank you very much! :)

cherry89 days ago

what oil should i use? can i use canola oil? thanks.

Oh wow! This taste REALLY good! *shoves cake in face* Mpfh fow shwawing dis!!

knexfan1003 years ago
i added a full egg last time..... that explains why it didn't come out right! 8)

wow..... seeing this instructable again made me remember my old instructables username and password.....

welp, time to mess with the recipe to make lazy brownies.... i sucked at cooking anything 3 years ago.... this should be fun *rubs hands together evily*

mishagirl81 month ago

I made 2 of these, and I found out that if you want to make a chocolate chip-vanilla cake, just skip the cocoa, but add an extra spoon of flour. It turns out delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe. P.S. I also used my own olive oil from my own olive trees, that may make a difference in the taste, too. :)

kray101 month ago
Hey it is a cool recipe. However I didn't have cocoa powder. And I forgot to add vanilla essence. I used Cadbury hot chocolate powder. Instead of 3 spoon of sugar I added 2 spoon of chocolate powder and 1 spoon of sugar. It turned out to be quite yummy. This recipe is a hit
SpringRobin2 months ago

Tried this yesterday! Absolutely delicious! Thank you.

muddog152 months ago
My cake erm. Exploded :P
nvme2 months ago

Make sure to mix it well. doesn't taste as good if you mix it poorly.

lolota2 months ago
I skipped the egg for fudgy version, after i added the milk and oil, i added melted dark chocolate cuz i did not have chocolate chips. then i forgot to add the vanilla and mixed everything and put in microwave. when i took it out and tasted it, it was delicius.
mooster2 months ago

I see versions of these all over the place, and I'm sure yours is a most lovely cupcake, but wouldn't it be just as much trouble to get all this stuff out and measured and stirred and then do the clean up if you make one as it would be to make a dozen or two? Who wants just one?! Seriously, paper liners make a muffin pan easier to clean than this cup will be. I guess if you don't have an oven available, it's good to know about.

SpringRobin3 months ago

This is awesome! I'm gonna surprise the kids when they get home from school with 2 chocolate cakes!

This is my all time favorite five minute recipe I enjoy it every time I make its awesome
raulefe6 months ago
Hola...
Pense que estaba en español, pero se entiende bien en Ingles, es decir hasta yo lo entiendo.
4 Cucharadas de Harina,
4 de Azucar...en mi caso hare una variacion y no usare azucar, sino panela es mas sano...es natural, organica y fuera de eso diracta de la caña... Si necesitan me dicen y les mando...
1 Cucharada de Cocoa, es la que viene en tarro o paquete con sabor a chocolate, pero es mezcla, en cada pais hay marcas diferentes...
2 Cucharadas de huevo batido con la llema (como para tortilla)
3 Cucharadas de lehce (yo prefiero sin crema)
3 Cucharadas de Aceite (Me gusta de oliva, girasol o maiz
3 cucharadas de chocolatina en trozos (se venden como chips en todo el mundo)
Una pizca o roceado de saborizante, lo ideal es natural, puede ser coco, vainilla, canela u uno de los miles de sabores conocidos
Vi que ella lo puso dos minutos y medio en el microondas, pero advirtió que hay que estar alertas para ver que no se salga del todo del pocillo donde se cocina.
Espero cuando lo hagan se lo comenten...buen animo.
Que bien que lo hayas entendido. Yo, como soy Espanola, voy a hacer algunos Instructables en Espanol, ahora que se que hay algunos Espanoles por aqui. ;)
sdoyle64 months ago
The steps for this recipe were extremely easy to follow and the finished product was better than others I have tried. This isn't a recipe I will use again though. To me, the cake tasted like chocolate flavored vegetable oil. It did bake up beautifully in my microwave, I had no problems with it being too over or under done, I just simply didn't like the flavor.
scoochmaroo (author)  sdoyle64 months ago
Good notes. I would suggest, if you did ever try it again, to reduce the oil, or try something with a more subtle flavor like coconut oil. Thanks for the feedback!
Danydh4 months ago
I think I didn't do it correctly
franklinmango5 months ago
I followed the instructable but it doesn't look great, but it tastes amazing!
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eo'bleness5 months ago
http://www.microwavecookingforone.com/Charts/ this might help everyone having trouble wih microwave times! :)
u8mychipsdude7 months ago
Turned out really good, but the chocolate chips that settled to the bottom burnt a bit. Next time I'll try mixing it separate and pouring into a butter covered mug to prevent stick/burning. Other than that, I love it!
I love this chocolate cake mix it's nice and easy that's good because I'm not really too good with the kitchen but I live the portion size but I found that its best to use sweetened coco so I don't have to add too much sugar so that the kids don't eat too sweet things thanks -princessofwhatever12
popeye12607 months ago
This recipe has never failed me. I have tried it with coconut shreds, Rum, Mint and a few other Spirits in place of the Vanilla. All variations came out wonderfully. Also If you are Diabetic like me....Replace the sugar with sweet & Low or any other sugar sub and it will still taste like you used the real stuff!
Huffington8 months ago
I have tried this exactly 4 times and turned out perfect every single time. Mum says I'm a pro now at baking haha. Credit goes to you. :)
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