By Zurie on September 03, 2008
Photo by TexasKelly
Photo by TexasKelly
"NOTE ADDED Jan 27, 2012: Please note that this is NOT a serious cake recipe! It is a fun recipe, for a quick choc snack. It may work for you, or you may have to make adjustments, or it might not work for you. Please do not judge this little recipe as if it is a chocolate cake -- as you will see from the reviews, they range from "great!" to "awful!" LOL! ORIGINAL INTRO: This recipe is doing the e-mail rounds! I do not know where it originated, but if you have kids, teenagers, or a sweet tooth yourself, it works!! A chocolate cake in a mug, for one person! Do use a LARGE mug! I never, ever post recipes like this which I have not made, and I'm not a microwave fan, but this one, for parents of the above-mentioned people, just has to be posted. Delicious with whipped cream, ice cream or custard, they say! It must be great to mix a choc cake in a mug, and have a hot "cake" within 3 minutes!!"
Serving Size: 1 (232 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"For a quicker option, just mix 1 box of angel food cake mix together with 1 box of cake mix of your choice (strawberry is good, or devil's food works for a good vs evil kinda thing). Store in an air-tight canister. When you you are ready to make a cup, use 1/3 cup of the mix along with 3 tbsp water. Stir and microwave for 50 seconds. Yummy!"
"I am posting this as my 13 year old whips up this receipe. This is her specialty chocolate cake for two. She makes this and serves it on a plate drizzled with warm hot fudge topping on top and some powdered sugar. She tops this off with 2 glasses of cold milk and two forks and we have some great mother daughter time!"
"I'm sorry, but this is an insult to cakes everywhere! This basically tasted like cooked egg whites. I tried doctoring it up afterwards with frosting, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips, but to no avail."
"what a great little recipe.
i used whole wheat flour - it was all i had. and it still turned out fine. i did decrease the milk to 2 Tbsp. and only microwaved for 1 min. 40 seconds. i was really impressed.
This is great topped with powdered sugar.
Thanks for posting this."
"I added a handful of mini chocolate chips then served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pretty good for such a fast dessert."
"This was quite good, and most definitely did it's job, topped with some reddi-whip, when I had a late night craving for something chocolate and sweet, but it was too late to start a baking project. I did find it just a tad bitter, and I think next time (and I will make this again) I might try using dutch process instead of baking cocoa for a smoother flavor. I think that would make it perfect."
"I've made microwave cakes before & they usually never turn out, but I was desperate for some cake. 5 stars because it was better than any of the others I tried. To up the choc factor, I added about a TBS of hershey's syrup & threw a handful of chips on top after it came out."
"This works out beautifully. The best part has to be the look you get when someone is complaining that they want cake. You can disappear and reappear 5 minutes laster and go "here"! and try not to laugh at the reaction LOL. I substituted 1tbsp of milk with irish cream. I find we like it better with 1 or 2 tbsp of choclate chips thrown in also. And don't forget frosting or hot choclate sauce of some kind to really make it dessert!"
"It's not perfect but great when you're in a pinch and want some quick cake. I tasted the batter and decided to add 1 more tbsp of sugar.
I don't agree with the lower ratings. You can't expect much from microwaved cake."
"My 2 year old had been begging to bake a cake so for simplicity, I chose this one... couldn't be more pleased!
Daughter had fun and LOVED it!
I didn't have any coco powder, so I substituted Nutella and then halved the oil...
Put some chocolate chips in the bottom of the cup to add a "frosting"
Baked for 3 min and toddler perfection!
Thanks so much!!"
"`This is a great quick fix cake for a busy family. Of course it could never beat an oven cake. But we save those for special times anymore. This is cheap and quick, I do like the taste. I keep Ice Cream Topping on hand and once we make the mix we add 1 Tablespoon of Carmel or Hot Fudge to it and it becomes a Lava Cake. Thank You Zurie for sharing this neat recipe."
"My daughter was begging for a cake so I made this in 5 minutes and when I told her it was ready she said it looked like a "dump in a cup".
That was not the best compliment but she liked the way it tasted. She has renamed it and has asked for it frequently. I put a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and it is good to go. Used only 1 tablespoon of oil.
"This cake is NOT a replacement for chocolate cake, or brownies. However, when it is late at night and you want a dessert, have nothing in the pantry, but actually seem to have the ingredients to make this, I think it is worth a shot. Just don't go into this thinking you are going to get a rich, fudgy & decadent dessert. I made this 2 nights in a row, because hubby and I wanted dessert, it was late, and we had no sweets around. The first night I doubled the recipe and used our largest mugs, and the cakes were soooo huge, they were too much for us. The 2nd night, I made the regular recipe, divided it among 2 normal sized mugs, and it was a perfect serving size. The larger mugs I cooked for 1 minute & 25 seconds each (separately). The smaller mugs, I cooked for 1 minute and they were done perfectly. I also threw in some chocolate chips before cooking, without stirring them in. They kind of sink to the middle of the cake, and when you stick your fork in it, you get sort of a nice lava cake effect. So if you are hungry in the middle of the night and HAVE to have a sweet, this might do it for you. I tumped it out on a plate and sprinkled over some powdered sugar, and it worked fine for us."
"It's magic all right. But as with all magic it's just an illusion.
Frankly this recipe... I wouldn't suggest it or make it again.
And definitely only make one at a time.
First off You MUST use cake flour. You cannot substitute it at all.
Secondly: The liquid to dry ratio is completely off. I could tell from the batter which seemed to slide like milk off a spoon. It should be a little thicker than that. But this is definitely a SPONGECAKE if anything.
The leavening is a little strong, you can heavily taste the baking powder as an after taste.
Big suggestion: Mix everything at once. Mixing seperate parts (like dry and egg) makes it harder to mix and uneven. It causes a lot of clumps.
BIG suggestion to those who don't think it's chocolatey enough: use Nesquick, not baking cocoa powders. The extra milk and sugar compounds in Nesquick help the chocolatey flavor.
However, even with altering the recipe, I don't know if this will work.
Bottom Line: I would not suggest it again."
"I've never had microwave mug cake before, so I can't really judge. But as far as a general cake recipe goes, I would not try this again. It was bland, gummy on the bottom and clumpy elsewhere. I threw most of it out. Sorry."
"It's not good people. Dont do it. I gave it a one because if you're absolutely dying for some chocolate, this may help, but really, trust me, the consistency is just rubbery and the taste is definitely lacking. Look elsewhere."
"I had high hopes for this but unfortunately it really sucked. The texture is odd, but i could easily get past that if it tasted good. It doesnt necessarily taste BAD, its more like it tastes nothing. Not enough chocolatey goodness.
I think that if there were changes made it could potentially be good. I am going to try adding more sugar and some chocolate chips to sweeten it up. Also, I cooked it for the full 3 minutes, and I think I will just do 2.5 minutes next time, to keep it from being rubbery."
"I was craving chocolate cake and thought this was a great idea...quick, easy and single serving! I followed the directions and it did not satisfy my craving. The flavor was really lacking...I used quality cocoa powder, but this had very little "chocolaty" flavor. The texture was REALLY odd (spongy/chewy)...if you're looking for a light and fluffy cake or a dense and moist cake, this isn't it. I took a few bites and was done. I won't make this again."
"This is the perfect thing for my "No One Loves Me Days," washed down with plenty of jug wine and a Dolly Parton movie."
"I thought this was okay, the consistency was more pudding like as the texture is very spongey..my 4 year old was amazed by this and we shared it with some cream on top..I don't know that I'd make it again but it was good to try. Thanks for posting!"