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Use Your Microwave Oven to Make a Mini Chocolate Cake in Less Than 10 Minutes

I must warn you that once you read this article you will have the ability to produce a small, individual serving of delicious chocolate cake from scratch in less than 10 minutes. I know from experience that possessing this knowledge can lead to the over-consumption of chocolate cake. So you have been forewarned; only proceed with this article if you feel you are responsible enough to have this information with no ill effects.

This recipe comes together quickly and easily and is baked in your microwave oven. It is meant to be eaten while it is still warm; it will become tough and dry if allowed to cool completely. I bake the cake in a large coffee mug and eat it right out of the mug. It is delicious by itself and even better topped with whipped cream or frosting. Enjoy!

Chocolate Mini Cake

Serves 1


  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour (cake flour can be used if you have it)
  • 3 tablespoons of dutch processed cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate mini chips (or roughly chop regular sized dark chocolate chips)


Combine the all-purpose or cake flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in a small mixing bowl. Mix together with a fork until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, whole milk, extra virgin olive oil and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until barely combined. Over-mixing will result in a tough cake, so stop as soon as it comes together. Add the dark chocolate chips to the batter and gently mix them in.

Mix dry ingredients for mini cake
Mix wet ingredients

Place the batter into a large, microwave safe coffee mug. You do not need to grease the mug if you intend to eat the cake right out of the mug. You will, however, need to grease the mug before adding the batter if you plan on transferring the cake to a serving plate before eating it.

Cook the chocolate cake at full power for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave. You will need to adjust the time accordingly if your microwave oven has more or less watts. The cake will puff up quite a bit while cooking then it will settle back down after it is done; this is normal. Let the cake cool slightly before enjoying.

The Best Microwave Oven for Making Mini Chocolate Cakes

You will need a turntable for even cooking. Other than that, these cakes can be made in just about any microwave oven that works well. Visit Microwave Oven Reviews to find the best microwave for this recipe and so much more. You will find thousands of helpful consumer reviews as well as a handy buying guide to help you along the way.

The Author:

Heather Krasovec

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