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Microwave mug cake

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Serves 2

yummy quick cake

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  • Microwave mug cake
  • 4 tbsp self raising (SR) flour4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable/sunflower oil
  • A few drops vanilla or other essence (orange, peppermint etc)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips/nuts/raisins etc (optional)


    1. Use the largest mug you have to avoid it overflowing in the microwave!
    2. Add the flour, sugar and cocoa powder to the mug and mix.
    3. Add the egg to the mixture. Mix in as much as you can but don't worry if there's still dry mix left.
    4. Add all the other ingredients apart from the chocolate chips etc (if you are adding) and mix until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and/or the nuts/raisins and mix well.
    5. Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on high for 4-5 mins, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch. Watch it rise as it cooks!

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mouselinguist's picture

Don't be fooled if it doesn't look done! I followed the directions exactly (my "extra" was a large marshmallow cut into small pieces), pulled it out after a bit under 5 minutes, and was worried cause it still looked like it had raw batter on top, but I stuck a chopstick in it and it came out clean. Cooked all the way through.

fairyclairey1's picture
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First try was burnt in the middle and had just under 4 mins in a 850 microwave. Made again but this time I divided the mixture into 3 ramekins. Cooked for 1 min. Cake tasted pretty good but a little dry.

kathrynbox's picture

Replaced oil with extra milk and mixed in a large cereal bowl. I find it serves more like 6! Great for a quick dessert, and lovely with custard.

redstar67's picture

Used 3 tablespoons sugar and was sweet enough

reLisHer's picture

makes way more than a mug. I mixed mine in a small mixing bowl (cooked it in ramekins) and it would have filled the bowl once cooked. Didn't have any sunflower oil so used ExV oil and it worked fine. If you cook it too long it's like the sponge you get in sofas, but really it's not half bad. For a quick 5 minute pud for the kids (with some apple sauce I made earlier and a ball of ice cream), it's a good little pud.