Microwave chocolate cake

Microwave chocolate cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level



Serves 10

Edwina Hanslo's delicious and super quick chocolate cake with a creamy ganache is the perfect choice for busy mums!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 100ml sunflower oil, plus extra for pan
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 140g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • chocolate sprinkles, to serve

For the chocolate ganache

  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 5 tbsp double cream

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  1. Grease a 22cm silicone microwaveable cake pan with a little oil and place a circle of baking parchment in the bottom.
  2. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl. In a jug, whisk the oil, eggs, vanilla and 100ml hot water until combined.
  3. Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until you have a lump-free batter. Pour mixture into the cake pan and gently tap to pop any air bubbles. Cover with cling film.
  4. Microwave on Full power (800 watts) for 7 mins. Remove and check if the cake is cooked by poking a skewer into the middle: if it comes out clean it is ready. Allow cake to stand for 5 mins, then remove cling film and turn out onto a cooling rack.
  5. For the ganache, melt the chocolate on Half power (600 watts) for approximately 2 mins, stirring every 30 secs until melted. Add the cream and mix thoroughly until smooth and glossy.
  6. Once the cake is cool, spread over the ganache and scatter with the sprinkles. The cake will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2012

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paganini's picture
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Didn't have a round silicone 'tin' so used a loaf pan. Worked perfectly with same recipe and timing. I don't have a sweet tooth but found the ganache to be a little bitter, so may try using a little milk chocolate next time, but have no doubt there will be a next time due to the speed of this recipe.

tallullah's picture
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Excellent recipe.
I baked in pyrex dish for under 7 mins.
Little left over for next day.
Was still soft next day.

lavendel's picture

love this recipe.

chocaholic2000's picture

is this cake for a normal microwave or a microwave oven??

vondoyle1's picture

Fabulous made for a party at work today..........all devoured v quickly.

karl21sleep's picture

Fabulous recipe, never had it fail. I have used peppermint essence instead of vanilla. Equally as yummy, especially when you use mint flavoured chocolate for the ganache.

ooseymouroo's picture

Microwave cake :) looks lush but does it taste nice?