5 Minute Chocolate Cake in a cup

This recipe has taken on a life of its own on the Internet. Google “chocolate cake in a cup” and 6 million hits come up. Add in that it only takes five minutes and people can’t help but be interested.

Let’s be real; it wouldn’t win prizes for consistency or texture.  It’s made in a microwave. But it is what it is and it is a quick, easy chocolate dessert you can have almost immediately.

Chocolate Cake in a Cup


4 Tbsp Flour
4 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 pinch Salt
1 Egg
3 Tbsp Milk
3 Tbsp Oil
3 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (Optional)
A Small Splash Of Vanilla Extract
1 large Coffee Mug (Microwave safe)


Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well.

Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. A fork works about as well as anything to mix it.

(Optional chocolate chips….who are we kidding? We are making 5 minute microwave chocolate cake in a coffee cup and we are not adding chocolate chips? I don’t think so.
Seriously, do add the chips. They melt and get gooey and wonderful.) 

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for about 3 minutes at 1,000 watts. When the cake starts to rise over the top of the mug it is getting done. You will be convinced you will spend the next 10 minutes cleaning your microwave instead of eating chocolate cake. But in my three experiences it hasn’t happened yet. 

Allow to cool a little (the cake will fall back into the cup) run a butter knife around the edge of the cake and tip out onto a plate or bowl. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or chocolate sauce.  A little ice cream or chocolate syrup really does add a lot. I am thinking whip would be good too, but have yet to try it.

You can also cut it in half and share and have a bit more reasonable portion.  It’s also nice to share.

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