5 Minute Chocolate Lava Cake

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Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 2 mins

taken from http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2008/10/19/re-the-5-minute-chocolate-cake-email-how-desperate-are-you/

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a microwave-safe 2-cup measure, stir together a heaping 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Add 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Stir till smooth.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cocoa, and 3 tablespoons hot or cold coffee. Pour into the cup.
  3. Gently swirl it in; don’t mix thoroughly.
  4. Cook in the microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, depending how powerful your microwave is. When done, it’ll look set on top, and kind of mushy around the edges.
  5. Turn the cake onto a plate. It’ll be layered with… well, let’s call it sauce. It’s actually semi-baked batter, but since there are no eggs in here, it’s fine.
Most Helpful

1 5

I was so disappointed by this cake! Followed the recipe exactly and it tasted and smelled like playdough. Yuck. It wad really thick and gooey in a bad way. Would not recommend.

5 5

I made this as a treat for DD tonight and she adored it - she could not believe it was done in the microwave - just delicious.

5 5

AWESOME for a 5 minute recipe, especiallly for the microwave! My husband and I shared it and it was the perfect amount. I was very hesitant to try this, as I am a bit of a dessert snob, but boy am I glad I did. It will definitely be made again. Thanks!