Microwave chocolate cake

Microwave chocolate cake

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


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: per serving

  • kcal364
  • fat23g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 100ml sunflower oil, plus extra for pan
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 175g caster sugar
  • 140g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • chocolate sprinkles, to serve

    Chocolate ganache


    Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

For the chocolate ganache

  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
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    Dark chocolate

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    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 5 tbsp double cream


  1. Grease a 22cm silicone microwaveable cake pan with a little oil and place a circle of baking parchment in the bottom.

  2. Mix the 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 the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until you have a lump-free batter. Pour the 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, the cake is ready. Allow the cake to stand for 5 mins, then remove the 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.

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1st Aug, 2012
this was a nice easy recipe, but again my cake was way too dry ... has anyone got any suggestions ???
9th Jul, 2012
I was able to use my dry cake for another recipe.. and it came out perfectly! I just sprinkled water on the crumbled cake which was in a baking tin and then followed the quick stick toffee pudding recipe! Hubby loved it too!! http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/725648/quick-sticky-toffee-puddings
6th Jul, 2012
Quick and easy! But mine was way too dry! Think my microwave power setting was far too high!:(
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23rd May, 2012
Quick and easy but mine came out too dry. :(
15th Apr, 2012
Excellent chocolate cake; this is a keeper! I was kind of skeptical at first after reading other microwave cake recipes online but decided to give this a go after reading the reviews. This doesn't disappoint, and the cake comes out lovely and moist. I used a glass Pyrex rectangular dish and it was done in 6 mins. Your guests will find it hard to believe this was made in a microwave!
9th Apr, 2012
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.
3rd Apr, 2012
Excellent recipe. I baked in pyrex dish for under 7 mins. Little left over for next day. Was still soft next day.
30th Mar, 2012
love this recipe.
24th Dec, 2013
is this cake for a normal microwave or a microwave oven??
28th Mar, 2012
Fabulous made for a party at work today..........all devoured v quickly.


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