Microwave mug cake is a ‘quick chocolate fix’ – takes just seven minutes to make

There is not much more divine than unfurling in front of the sofa with a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

And while all the major supermarkets have plenty of yummy shop-bought cakes on offer, making them at home is much more fun.

Baking and decorating a homemade cake can take hours, and while it’s a very rewarding process sometimes bakers just want an easy dessert.

Enter microwave mug cake, described by BBC Good Food as a “quick chocolate fix”.

This recipe serves one and is a perfect treat for a quiet night in. Or, have some guests over and make enough microwave mug cake for everyone.

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Need a quick chocolate fix? Try making this easy microwave mug cake with store cupboard ingredients.”

The food platform recommended pairing your microwave mug cake with another tasty treat – “it’s even more delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream”.

It’s an “easy” undertaking, as described by BBC Good Food, which takes just five minutes to prep and a further two minutes to cook.

Many bakers will have these ingredients at home so it doesn’t require traipsing around the supermarket or breaking the bank.

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Four tbsp self-raising flour

Four tbsp caster sugar

Two tbsp cocoa powder

One medium egg

Three tbsp milk

Three tbsp vegetable oil or sunflower oil

A few drops of vanilla essence or other essence (orange or peppermint work well)

Two tbsp chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins etc (optional)


1. Add the self-raising flour, caster sugar and cocoa powder to the largest mug you have, before mixing the ingredients together. It’s important that it’s a big mug as this will prevent it from overflowing in the microwave.

2. Add one medium egg and mix in as much as you can. It’s fine if there’s still dry mix left at this stage.

3. Add the milk, vegetable or sunflower oil and vanilla essence and mix until smooth. Add in chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins if you fancy it, and mix again.

4. Pop the mug in the middle of the microwave and cook on High for one and a half to two minutes, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.

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