Five Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug

I just received this recipe from my friend, Jean.  It has a very captivating title which is “The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the World”.  I thought of sharing this with chowtimes readers.


This looks like any ordinary chocolate cake but it is made in the microwave oven in 5 minutes.  What makes it so dangerous is that you can have this indulgences whenever you have a crave and it can be prepared so easily and so quickly.


  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 4 tablespoons flour (Nanzaro preferred 3 tablespoons  of flour for a more denser texture like brownies)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
  • a small splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 large coffee mug


cid_011A2B70A90343DCA398608171712F75@jeanc61ff58a61-300x282Add the dry ingredients into a 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.
cid_9CCC31A471BE42289B963B1E9D173460@jeanc61ff58a61-300x284Put 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!
cid_9CC5D89A61634F1892FE4F25B4427D8D@jeanc61ff58a61-300x267Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.  This can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous.

Jean, thank you for sharing.

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  1. wanda

    Wow….that looks and sounds yummy. I think I’ll try making this at work for my co-workers. We’re a bunch of chocoholics!!

  2. karen

    is there no flour in the recipe??

  3. ainwa

    There’s no flour, just cocoa and sugar for dry ingredients?

    1. Ben

      Hi Ainwa:
      I missed out the flour, it should be 4 tablespoons. I had just updated the post. Sorry about that! 🙂

  4. babybooned


    I’ve been a silent reader for more than a year and this superb-looking chocolate cake just screams at me to leave a comment!

    THANK YOU thank you THANK you!!! i always have chocolate cake cravings and end up having to bake a small cake and eating it up all by myself coz dear husband doesnt fancy cakes and the little one prefers lighter cakes. this will be a lifesaver (not to mention the extra inches around the hips i’d be saved from!)

  5. sabrina

    can it be made in a bowl instead of a mug?

  6. wyn

    I made this! My microwave is not old and I thought it was on high and it needed more than 4 minutes. I wondered about the amount of oil the recipe called for – it seemed like too much and I had to pour some off. Thus my cake was much more on the molten/wet side. It was still really yummy and convenient.

  7. Charmine

    My cake turns out spongy, I wonder why.. I used milo powder instead of cocoa because that was all I had. Does that matter?

    1. Suanne

      Hi Charmine, I’m not sure if milo is the cause of the sponginess. If you like a more gooey cake, just reduce the amount of flour.

  8. Les

    I made this using Splenda instead of Sugar and it turned out GREAT. It came right out of the cup and ended up as perfect dessert-for-two portions. The only problem now is….How do I get this recipe out of my head?

  9. Min Harng

    Sis, the flour is normal flour or self raising flour?

    1. Suanne

      Hi sis, it’s all purpose flour (that’s what we call it here) which is regular flour, not self raising flour.

  10. Min Harng

    I try out this morning, it a bit hard, harder when it is cold. How to make it more moist?

    1. Suanne

      Hi sis, the flour may be different in Malaysia than what we have here. You can try using self raising flour or reduce the amount of flour to get a more gooey cake. I will try out the new combinations and let you know how it turns out.

  11. Emy

    Wow, this looks really nice. I’ll definitely try it later. By the way, I’ve got quite a lot of hot chocolate powder. Since my husband and I got bored with hot chocolate, do you have any idea what chocolate cake could I make with it? Thanks in advance 😀

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