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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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Comments (26)

rob-densham's picture

I used a 600ml bowl and it was only just big enough, didnt have SR flour but used plain and a tsp of bicarb, next time i would use more sugar, needs a tad more sweetness,iI guess it would be sweeter if i had added choc chips or raisins, also cooking time is too long, i did it for 4mins as I hadnt read any comments, really is worth watching it rise and take it out a few seconds after it stops, as a quick and easy naughty treat, the recipe has potential.

navytaxi's picture

Perfect quick pudding fix but 4-5 minutes is FAR too long. I do mine for 1 minute 10 seconds and comes out perfectly. Had mine with salted caramel sauce and cream!

BigNate2005's picture

I tried using a large egg didn,t work when it came out the microwave was like a chocolate omelette (use large egg if thats your thing) also like other users said cooking time is wrong I tried 4m the first time and was over cooked (put it in for 4m if thats your thing) I recomend 2.5m.

BigNate2005's picture

I did try a recipe for this cake the first time I made it it was delicious! I think it was on facebook

Hollyberry2911's picture

This was the first microwave cake I tried (was a little unsure to begin with) but it turned out okay (ie it was edible) however it was extremely dense, this may have been to me not mixing it enough I'm not sure but it fitted in my mug okay and tasted alright so may try other microwave cakes soon to see if it makes a difference

g1ngernut's picture

Fitted fine into a big mug. I only used 3tbsp of sugar but then put frosting on the top so plenty sweet enough. Like everyone else said, the cooking time is wrong. I cooked mine for 4 minutes and far too long. I will try 2.5 next time. I'll also try replacing the cocoa for flour next time and make a vanilla cake. Perfect with ice cream.

Adellexx's picture

First time as a midnight craving, didn't have caster sugar or self raising; so I substituted those for granulated sugar and plain flour.
I used unsweetened cocoa powder but my cake turned out dry and from other comment this is normal? Next time I will definitely add more sugar, cake too bitter for my sweet teeth and unfortunately didn't eat it.
Over flown in the microwave too, meh.

Ruby2's picture

Wasn't until my husband had eaten the Microwave Mug Cake with custard for his dessert, did I realise I forgot to put the oil in. Not only was it very tasty it was also fat free !!!!

hancake90's picture

Don't leave it in the oven for as long as it says to. Also i found that you need to reduce everything by 1/3.

allanh's picture

... and actually, while you are at it, you could simply adjust the recipe as posted to quantities to fit a mug... since everyone seems to have found it WAY too much (probably reduce by a third... oh, but then you have a problem with the single egg. Dang!). I started with three small (3 in/7.5 cm diam) ramekins instead of a mug and it made three modest-sized portions in those. It IS a little short on sweetness, but the sponge is good.

allanh's picture

It would help if someone could edit the first line of the ingredients so the flour and sugar are not irritatingly concatenated like this.

hjlangham's picture

This was quick and easy, but it only required about 2 minutes in a standard type microwave. I stopped it after about 2 .5 minutes when I saw it wasn't rising any more. Next time I will try about 2 mins but stop just after it stops rising.

perthlady91's picture

Loved this! Made two massive mugs in 3 mins in microwave! A little too dry - should've grabbed some cream or custard for the centre but was sweet and tasty.

Serren's picture

Great recipe it's better when you follow it correctly and you can do it wheat free!

Riaki's picture

so so tasty!
easy and quick!!!
I could say that the recipe could serve 1 to 3!
I used a bowl and changed the recipe a little bit! I put 4 tbsp milk and only 2 sunflower oil and put it in the microwave for 3 min only! it came out DELICIOUS!!! I imagine that if I use 2 mugs instead of a bowl it will come out nice too but it might need less min in the microwave! I will try it and let you know!!!! WELL DONE!

slizzee's picture

This is actually a great recipe, I ended up with a very soft spongy delicious cake. However, 3 things to note. 1) Don't use a mug, use a bowl - otherwise the batter will overspill. 2) Be careful about how long you cook it - I think 4 minutes is too long. Keep a close eye on it, check it every half minute and cook only until an inserted skewer/knife comes out clean. 3) Personally I found it was a lovely mild level of sweetness, however some may find it not sweet enough - chocolate chips or a chocolate icing would help with this. Otherwise, great recipe. Fixed my chocolate craving!

Silvertears0585's picture

I can understand why not everyone is happy with this recipe, but I think it has potential.

1. You can't just use a normal mug! Luckily I already had a sneaking suspicion this would be an issue becauce of the amount of the ingredients. So even though I hadn't read the comments before making, I used a big soup mug. So in other words a bowl with a handle lol. So unless you have one of those big soup mugs, I would say use a deep style bowl.

2. Yes this is very easy to overcook! I overcooked mine by putting it in 4 min 45 seconds. I think it still had a nice taste and lucky for me it wasn't burnt, just really dry. But I really wanted cake and this was the last of my coco powder, so I still ate it haha (sad I know). I would bet 3 minutes cook time would be more like it. Maybe even less if you know your microwave tends to cook things faster than the recommended time.
So overall I say this is a nice first attempt at making a microwave cake for me. But I will certainly continue to use the large soup mug and next time I am cutting the cook time WAY back.

Tanialovesfood's picture

I had a go at this and it wasn't successful at all it rose fairly quickly which was good however when I got it out it was rock hard and burnt, really unhappy with that result. sadly I have to say it was awful. happy to see it worked out for some though ! :)

lisamariex's picture

Amazing tasting cake but definitely makes more than 1. I used a massive mug (sports direct one) and it overflowed in that and those mugs are massive!
Tastes fabulous with custard!

E-J Thompson's picture

This definitely makes more than one mug! I rescued most of it into a 400ml mug but my microwave needed a good clean!


Questions (6)

penguinamal's picture

Hello goodfood ,
I tryed to make these cupcakes but,when I took them out of the microwave they were really hard .
I dont know why? So I just told my mom that I made biscuits!
I am a kid so please answer my question. Next time I make it I want to make it right.

g1ngernut's picture

If you read the comments you'll see that you need to cook them for less time. Well done though, keep trying!

hjlangham's picture

I have tried this recipe and like you I think the cooking time is too long. Try again but watch it and 10sec after it stops rising, take it out. Good luck!!

exfairy's picture

What can I use instead of the cocoa powder?? I can't have chocolate :/

g1ngernut's picture

Just replace the cocoa powder with flour.

E-J Thompson's picture

If you use only 2-3 tbs of sugar then you could use hot chocolate powder.

Tips (2)

Daniel thomas's picture

Used half the amount of ingredients. It was plenty. Mine cooked in 1.5 mins with the microwave on 600.

Serren's picture

It's table spoons not tea spoons I really am stupid...