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I've been making this over the years, and I like it, it's fun, but I have to change it to make it palatable: buttermilk instead of milk makes it much more moist. Also, saturate it with chocolate chips. That will also help the texture/taste. I've gotten funky and, during the holidays, added Andes baking mints to the mix, red or green. That actually came out really tasty. The way I do it also tends to make a huge mess (because of so many chips, I think), so use a big mug! Also, do yourself a favor and grease the mug first.

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Rowenna September 10, 2010

This fulfills a chocolate fix. It was chocolaty but disappointing at the same time. My microwave turned out more of a steamed pudding than a cake. It was not dry, in fact, it took on an almost rubbery moist texture. Not the fudge brownie texture I was expecting. Not a keeper for my taste!

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Chef Jo #1491332 June 16, 2010

I have seen this recipe several times on Zaar and in emails I have received. So I kept out of curiosity. I tried it today and I had to comment. I did not like it. It was rubbery and took on that odd texture microwave foods do so many times. It was too oily also. Yes it did only take 5 minutes! (1-star) It may take 6 months to work off the fat and sugars. With so many great cake recipes on Zaar, I don't think saving the time was worth the calories consumed and the so-so flavors!

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beckihrh March 07, 2009

Do you really mean 3 Tablespoons of oil in one mug?

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Ethan's Mom February 18, 2009

I followed the directions and measurements. It came out dry and not sweet.

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Crazy Mrs Cox January 20, 2015

This was pretty good actually. I have seen the recipe before in one of those forwarding e-mails but never actually tried it out. Last night my husband wanted some chocolate cake and I really didn't want to mess up the kitchen after scrubbing it down for the evening. So I thought I'd look for a quick chocolate cake recipe. This was pretty perfect in terms of how quick it whips up and the mess that it makes. But it doesn't taste like cake, it's too dense and has more of a dry brownie texture to it. Maybe the 3 minutes was too long in our microwave, I'm unsure. I did run my fork along the edges of the mug to turn it over onto a paper pate so that I could pour some hot water in the mug to be sure I wouldn't have cement in them and that helped greatly in keeping the clean up a breeze. Next time I'll add some nuts to it and maybe top it off with some whipped cream when it turns out of the mug. I would make this again in a pinch.

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ChrissyVas80 September 27, 2013

turned out a little moist. but when all stirred together it was kinda like a moist brownie sudae minus all the other crap! needed a cake fix, and this fit the bill nicely. thanks for a great recipe!

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Chef GreanEyes April 25, 2012

I need to try it with the suggestions on making it more moist.

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CookinginKC December 13, 2011

Big hit with the family tonight when we wanted a treat! I only used 1 TBS. oil, however...it came out quite good. Topped it with light Cool Whip. Will make it again, I'm sure!

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chefsandee July 25, 2011

Double the amount and bake in a medium, doughnut-shaped silicone mould for 3 minutes - serves the whole family - and neighbors! Baked like his it turns nice and moist every time. I usually serve it with chocolate pudding and strawberries (or oranges) in the center. It is beyond perfect! Works for any occasion and it is done at warp-speed...
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Pandora Wild June 05, 2011
5-Minute Mug Chocolate Cake