Five Minute Mug Cake

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I recently came across this Five Minute Mug Cake on a few blogs, and thought I had to try it.

One mug + microwave + 5 min. + few ingredients = home made chocolate cake for one

Sounds like fun to me! I called in my best helper, the “dessert lady”, who has a particular fondness for all things chocolate and it turned into a fun Friday night project.

I found this great recipe and video at Instructables. It’s really simple to make.


  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp whisked egg (According to the instructables girl “1 egg is too much, 1 egg white is too eggy, 1 yolk is too dense, but 2 tbsp is just right!”
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips
  • splash vanilla

Mix your dry ingredients in the mug -a big mug.

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Mix in the wet ingredients, and the chocolate chips.

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After it’s well mixed, time to microwave it. The original recipe was for a 700 w or 1000 w microwave, so I adjusted the time for my 1100 w microwave to 2 minutes and thirty seconds, and it was just right. (While cooking, take the 2 and half min. to clean-up your spoon.)

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And 2 and half minutes later, viola! A fresh, hot, little chocolate cake!

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We topped ours with a little powdered sugar and some vanilla ice cream.

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The consistency is a little fudgy. It’s really pretty good for 5 min. worth of work.

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This is a really fun project to do with kids, they could even do most of it on their own. Definitely worth a try, and you know I won’t steer you wrong, the only thing to watch is the timing of the cooking. Over cooked = really bad 🙁 With 5 min. Mug Cake, turn any night into a party!

This fun little post is linked up at Tatertots and Jello, Faded Charm, The Shabby Nest, and Whipperberry.

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  1. I love single serving microwavable cakes.
    probably a little too much.
    Since chocolate chips are hard to come by over here I’ve been making this one (without the chocolate) for guests when I don’t have snacks in the house.

    for all the peanut butter lovers!

    p.s. what’s your favourite way to serve custard dannyelle? I’m stumped

  2. Connie,
    You can also use a broken up chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips, I’ve heard. Custard? How about rolled up in a nice warm crepe, topped with a little chocolate sauce and whipped cream, or cherry sauce and whipped cream. There’s always trifle too. Now I want custard!

  3. Cindy A says:

    Gonna try this this evening.

    Hopefully it’s FLOP PROOF!

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