5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

"You need a large coffee mug. You can now have chocolate cake whenever you want. That's pretty scary but oh so yummy :-)"
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  • Add dry ingredients to a large coffee mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
  • Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

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  1. I've tried other microwave mug chocolate cake recipes and they have been pretty bad. I was sure I would never bother tying it again but I saw that the ingredients in this recipe included an egg and realized this could improve the texture and moisture a lot. I've made this recipe a few times now - all without the chocolate chips since I don't have any on hand. . The first time I made it as written. The cake was very dry and kind of tough. I think three minutes in the microwave was too long. So I made it again but cooked it only 2? minutes. The texture was better but it was still a little dry. So I made it again but cooked it only 2 minutes. Much better. The fourth time I added an extra half tbl of oil and cooked it just 2 minutes. This was pretty good. Moist and a good texture. Certainly not like from the oven cake but when a chocolate cake mood hits, it's quick to put together. The addition of chocolate chips would probably improve this even more. Btw... I realize that all microwaves are different and the size and shape of the mug would also affect how long it takes to cook but I would suggest starting with less time to begin with so you don't dry it out or overcook it.
  2. Tried this about 10mins ago and it's heaven in a cup for about 5mins ;)
  3. MAKE THESE CHANGES to turn this loser into a 5-star dessert. Melt the chocolate chips. Use 1 tablespoon butter (melted with the chocolate chips) and 2 tablespoons of oil rather than 3 tablespoons of oil. Reduce the flour to 3 tablespoons and the sugar to 2 tablespoons. (I like to add 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee). Finally, for the most important change of all, microwave ONLY 1 minute and 30 seconds. Let the cake in a mug stand for 2 minutes to finish cooking and then dig in to the most lucious chocolate dessert.
  4. Ok so this recipe was not good at all. Yes it did turn out like cake, but the taste was like a brown sponge. Mine was moist but lacked chocolate taste. I didn't add chocolate chips but I don't think that would of helped. I think the amount of flour and sugar is off. Sorry but this recipe is not a good one.
  5. Not very good at all :( Just made this and it doesn't taste very chocolately to me. It has a very faint chocolate scent and chocolate taste but it hardly comes through. Based on other reviews I added an extra 1/2 Tbsp oil so it's very moist, but the flavor is just meh.


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