Saturday, December 20, 2008

5 Minute Chocolate Cake

My friend sent this recipe for a 5 minute chocolate cake made in a large coffee mug. It really works! It's rather dense (like brownies), not too sweet and is terrific with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The sweetness can be adjusted.... and the "optional" chocolate chips in the recipe form the "frosting" when you dump the cake out on a plate.

All of a sudden, I can't find any coffee mugs.


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

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.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts
(high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be
alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.


  1. Do you one of these mug cakes is 1113 calories? Yikes!

  2. Here's a lower-calorie version I devised:

    1 mug - 241 calories

    2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
    1 tbsp cocoa
    1 tbsp sugar (Or substitute splenda, but that may cause textural issues)
    2 Tbsp skim milk or soy milk (I used soy with good results)
    1 egg white
    2 Tbsp margarine, melted
    1 tsp vanilla

    Follow same directions, cook for 3 minutes. You can add a Tbsp of chocolate chips for an additional 80 calories. I tried both of these versions, and the lower calorie one tasted better and the texture was about the same(probably because I used olive oil in the first one...not so good with chocolate).