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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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Kerry Latchford
7th Jul, 2017
Just made these with my daughter very yummy but agree the cooking time needs reducing. Finally found something to do with those giant sports direct mugs x
24th Apr, 2017
4-5 minutes is definitely way too long ! Mine came out looking like something astronauts would take to space, oops! (so dry!) Easy and quick recipe though, will microwave for a little less time next time.
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10th Feb, 2017
Awesome!! We need a sweet fix and I had been looking at this recipe for a while. fab taste, fab texture but more to the point, quick, easy and very tasty. Hit the spot :-)
13th Jan, 2017
It serves 2 -only wanted 1, so halved sugar, flour and cocoa. 1 med egg (hard to Half!) and so only added 1 tbs of milk and oil each. Cooked for 3 mins and it came out perfect! Nice pud t have with custard, and great for my daughter to make on her own (age 10)
25th Nov, 2016
I used a large ramekin, a mug would be too small. I followed the recipe with a few exceptions; I used coconut oil instead of vegetable, added a 1/4 tsp of bicarb and a 1/4 tsp of instant coffee. I cooked in a 700W microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. I was amazed at how it came out like actual cake. The taste is good, but could use a bit more sweetness. It does dry out a bit quickly so recommend it's eaten straight away. Worth the effort though!
15th Oct, 2016
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.
28th Jun, 2016
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!
7th May, 2016
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.
7th May, 2016
I did try a recipe for this cake the first time I made it it was delicious! I think it was on facebook
7th Apr, 2016
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


12th Nov, 2017
What are the nutrional details please of the chocolate mug cake
23rd Nov, 2016
Are these recipes all level spoons?
26th Oct, 2016
Is the cocoa power optional?
9th Nov, 2014
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.
20th Mar, 2016
If you read the comments you'll see that you need to cook them for less time. Well done though, keep trying!
26th Nov, 2015
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!!
1st Sep, 2014
What can I use instead of the cocoa powder?? I can't have chocolate :/
20th Mar, 2016
Just replace the cocoa powder with flour.
E-J Thompson
25th Feb, 2015
If you use only 2-3 tbs of sugar then you could use hot chocolate powder.
11th Sep, 2017
Brilliant! But needed only 3min 30sec in 800W oven!
23rd Nov, 2016
Are these recipes level spoons?
Daniel thomas
14th Oct, 2016
Used half the amount of ingredients. It was plenty. Mine cooked in 1.5 mins with the microwave on 600.
27th Oct, 2015
It's table spoons not tea spoons I really am stupid...