Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

After Saturday's Sour Cream-Chocolate Bundt Cake debacle, I was still craving a quick chocolate cake that won't waste a lot of ingredients and would be quick. Well, what kind of chocolate cake is enough for one person, quick and uses little ingredients? My Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake! I received a recipe request for this cake about a week ago and thought it would be great to make a blog post about it. How did I come up with this cake? It all came out of the Chemical Engineering class I took at the University of Washington-Seattle.

I know what you're thinking. You're saying "Dang! A Chemical Engineering class?! He must be smart!" Sorry, but no. haha. This class wasn't exactly a Chemical Engineering class. It was more of a creativity class. Weird right? Anyway, for our final, we had to come up with an idea, our first step to create the idea and present it to the class of 400 people. My idea was to create a Microwaveable Chocolate Cake Mix that would be easy enough for someone living in the dorms to make. That's how I came up with this cake recipe. I tried different recipes, ones with eggs, some with butter but I found this to be the best. The best part is that it requires no eggs! Definitely super easy to make. You taste the chocolate, it's moist and not rubbery if you don't overcook it. Great late night snack! I mean, it doesn't beat an actual chocolate cake baked in the oven but it'll do for something quick. Here's the recipe and my tips!!

**Oh!!!! Remember to check out my blog post on Coconut Macaroons on Saturday, August 14, 2010!! Something special will be happening and you guys play a major role in it!! :DD

-Transform this recipe into individual cake mixes! Measure out the dry ingredients and place them into ziplock bags for later use! Pour the mix into a mug, add some oil and milk and Bam! Instant Dessert!

-Don't overcook the cake!! Once a toothpick comes out clean, it's done. Mine usually cooks in 30 secs. Overcooking will result in a rubbery cake. Don't worry if there's a little liquid around the edges when you scoop out a bite. It's fine and since there's no eggs, no need to worry about getting sick.

Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon sugar + 1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 pinch salt

2 tablespoons milk
3/4 teaspoon oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)

Mix all dry ingredients. Add milk, vanilla extract and oil and until well blended. Spray a microwave-safe cup with cooking spray. Pour the batter into the cup.

Microwave at full power for 1 minute. Depending upon the strength of your microwave and shape of your cup or container, you may need to cook the cake longer in 15 second increments until done. Check the cake for done-ness after 30 secs.

As long as you don't overcook it, it won't turn rubbery. Since it contains no eggs, you don't have to worry about salmonella with the short cooking time. Also, the cake will puff up so don't fill a very small container. It needs some room to rise.

It's not a fancy cake but when you eat it warm with whipped cream, ice cream or a chocolate glaze, it tastes pretty good.


  1. I've made this before, its so easy and actually tastes pretty good. I love eating it warm with ice cream!

  2. I've been looking for a good microwavable mug cake. A lot of them usually look dry and rubbery, but this looks delicious! I'll have to try it. Your class sounds like it was a lot of fun. I wish I got to invent recipes for my finals!

  3. Cool! I'll definitely try this. And I'll wait for your post this weekend with great anticipation. :)
    Have a great one.

  4. Omgosh!!! Mug cakes! I remember making these when I was young and I absolutely loved them! I did plain cakes though it jam at the bottom. This looks yum and def brings me back!

  5. I made one of these once! They are really good! But I'm sure it isn't healthy to nuke a cake.

  6. Jess: YUM!! If only I had some ice cream for it!

    Kerry: I find that most of the microwave cakes with eggs turn out rubbery because you try to cook it completely and as a result, overcook the cake. My class was the greatest!!

    Michael: Saturday's post will be really good! I'm excited myself!

    Le: This is pretty good for a cake that takes no time at all! :D

    Rick: Haha. I think this is a healthy version since it doesn't have eggs. No fear of salmonella here! lol

  7. This just looks like the perfect pick-me-up. <3 This is something I could try and just put up on my food blog! I think I'd pour a little bit of chocolate ganache on top or something, just melted chocolate with more choco-chips because... well... I'm a choco-holic. Good job, AJ!

  8. Wow, that sounds pretty easy but still really yummy! :) Plus it's a great recipe for when I'm too lazy to heat up the oven!

  9. I love this.. why? Because I have to go away on business for two weeks and live in a small hotel suite and this will be perfect for nights when I'm craving something sweet! I'm going to play with this recipe and of course give credit where credit is due :)

  10. Rana S.: The ganache sounds great!! It'll really make it like a molten chocolate cake type of thing!

    Lynne: Haha. Definitely! Also, great when it's too hot to turn on the oven! lol.

    Evan: Thanks!! Try putting chocolate chips in it too!! YUM!!

  11. I've tried this myself before. It didn't turn out so well but I blame it on the recipe, haha! Yours looks pretty good though, I might try again with your recipe.

    BTW, love your blog! :)

  12. Looks easy enough and sounds yummy! :)

    PS Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. Melissa: Haha. I tried quite a few and found that most of them that required an egg came out rubbery!

    BigAppleNosh: Thank you for visiting as well! :D

  14. Thanks for stopping over to my blog (theGuyWhoCooks). I appreciate the comment!

    As for the mug cake; I saw the recipe a few weeks ago on another blog and didn't think much of it other than "how good could a cake that only takes 5 minutes be and has no eggs be?" I also immediatley thought "gummy" this is the usual texture of something from a microwave.

    Though it may not be as good as a real cake (as you truthfully noted), your blog and pictures have sparked my interest and I think I am going to give this one a try. Also, the girlfirend loves chocolate cake so it will definitely be subjected to a tough review! haha.

  15. AJ I am definitely going to make your cake here. It is perfect for one person and the no egg thing is awesome for me as I have been eating vegan! Thanks! :)

  16. Hey thanks for dropping by my blog!

    This microwave cake seems interesting! I've seen something like this but was skeptical. Seeing your comments, seems like I've gotta try it :)

  17. TheGuyWhoCooks: That's very true. Most desserts cooked in a microwave don't end up tasting good. I hope your girlfriend like it!! haha

    Shelby: Yay!! After reading your comment, I realized that it was vegan. Didn't notice that before! :)

    Bimmer: I was skeptical of the whole microwave cakes myself but this tasted pretty good if you don't overcook it.

  18. How interesting!
    I like that it was born in a lab: ingenious :)
    Amelia from Z Tasty Life
    (and thanks for visiting my blog)

  19. Thanks for the recipe. This looks like a very quick and easy personal sized cake. I find it interesting that this idea came from a chemical engineering class.

  20. Amelia: I know right? So cool!

    Tastiwave: Thanks and your welcome!! It was the best class ever!! haha

  21. This is yummy! I usually had a chopped up Reese or a chopped up mini hersey bar to the ingredents. It adds some warm flavor! Try with ur favorite candy bar!!!

  22. Oh my word, this is great! I've made a mug cake before and it was gross. I just made your version, like 10 minutes ago, and it's amazing:) Thank you so much for posting this!

  23. I just tried making this cake and it was incredibly delicious! I used applesauce instead of oil though and I also added some chocolate chips which melted oh so nicely in the microwave so it gave the cake an added bit of chocolate. Great recipe!

    1. Yay!! Glad it turned out great. I have to try adding the chocolate chips next time!! Even more chocolate has to be better!

  24. I'm adding chocolate chips...and topping it with vanilla ice cream...


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