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Fast Microwave Cake

Traditionally these are called mug cakes, but I use this recipe for those evenings when someone decides they want a piece of cake, even though we do not keep things like that in the house. You can make this in five minutes if you have everything handy.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 600kcal
Author: Ron
Cost: $1


  • Microwave Safe Mug


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar Add more if you want sweeter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 dollop whip cream


  • Lightly oil the inside bottom and sides of the large, microwave-safe mug
  • Add dry ingredients, stir to blend well
  • Add milk and remaining oil, mix until no clumps
  • Put mug on paper towel in microwave.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute to 90 seconds - keep an eye on it. It will expand and then be done.
  • Carefully use knife to go around edges. Dump cake onto dessert plate. Add chocolate syrup and a dollop of whipcream.
  • We sometimes make one and split between two people.


Microwave temps vary.  The easiest thing to do is to keep an eye on it.  Once it poofs up, after a few seconds it is done.