The microwave is a great convenience, why not use it to make desserts. This page contains microwave dessert recipes.
Personal size cake in only 5 minutes.
Mix dry ingredients in microwave proof coffee mug. Add egg and mix well, add milk, vanilla, and oil, mix well. Bake in 1000 watt microwave oven 3 minutes. Will rise over the top, but don't worry. Let cool a couple of minutes and tip out on a plate or sit down with a cup of coffee and "have your cake and eat it too". Would serve two if you feel like sharing.
Preparation Time: 1 minute
Cooking Time:3 minutes
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
Melt butter in microwave, add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir. Add flour then stir. Add chocolate chips and stir. Cook in microwave 40 to 60 seconds. You're done, enjoy!
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Single serving of cake.
Approximate Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
I make a dessert using the microwave for one serving. It is delicious and easy to make. I make this for breakfast or for a dessert.
Put the sliced apples into a microwaveable small bowl. Mix the other ingredients and sprinkle over the apple slices. Microwave for 2 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes.
By Maepearl from TX
By Robin from Washington, IA
I have a question about the chocolate cake in a mug. It was really easy to do but it was flat tasting. Not much chocolate flavor at all and I used a new bakers chocolate container. What did I do wrong?
Jamish from Tribune, KS
I had the same result. It was fun to do and to watch baking but the flavor needs some tweaking. I'm going to play with it. Of course I'll have to eat all the "mistakes"! Darn! (09/15/2008)
A dash of salt, a splash of vanilla extract, a spoonful of chopped nuts and a spoonful of mini chocolate chips will perk up your mug cake. Trust me! (grin) (09/16/2008)
It turned out perfect when I made it. The only thing I did change was to measure the vanilla out to one half teaspoon. Also, I used heaping tablespoons of the cocoa. I sprayed the mug with cooking spray for easy removal and clean up. I sprinkled it with powdered sugar before eating. It was very rich and full of chocolate flavor. Adding extra ingredients as suggested would also add to the flavor. It was big enough to share but since no one was home when I made it, I was forced to eat the whole thing! This is really a dangerous recipe, the name suits it perfectly. (09/17/2008)
The second time I tried it, I skipped the egg (flavor was too eggy for me), and added about 2 tablespoons raisins. I also found the flavor not very chocolatey. But it's a fun idea that just begs fooling around with until you get it the way you want it. (09/17/2008)
I tried a different recipe that does not use an egg, doesn't boil up while cooking and turned out a better fluffier texture and a smaller serving. Here it is:
Microwave Cake in a cup
Put the cup in the microwave and cook it on full power for 60 seconds. Depending on the power of your microwave, and your altitude (go figure) you may have to cook the cake longer. Only cook in additional 15 second intervals, because an overcooked cake is no good, and it's even worse because you're microwaving it. Trust me, you think an overcooked cake out of the oven is dry and yucky, try having a solid wedge of dry microwave cake sometime. No fun.
Once your cake is finished, it should be nice and fluffy. Now to serve it.
Take a plate and a butter knife, and gently turn your cup over, letting the cake slide out of the cup. Guide it with soft presses of the butter knife, and once it's out, set the cup aside to be washed. (09/17/2008)
I have another recipe for the chocolate mug cake and it is pretty much the same recipe as the one posted here except that it has 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips in it. That may be just what you need! Good luck! (09/18/2008)
I just made 3 tonight. I found that adding a pinch of salt and a tablespoon more each of sugar and cocoa powder made it much more rich and flavorful. (10/11/2008)
The recipe doesn't call for salt, and it should. It makes all the difference. (11/29/2008)
By Noel L.
I agree, it needs tweaking. I add the chocolate chips too but then my grandchildren put chocolate syrup over cake before eating. This cake is the best when eaten warm. (12/09/2008)
I've made several of these mug cakes. I agree that they were flat tasting. I had been using whatever chocolate I had in the house. Then I finally bought Hershey's Cocoa and it has made a big difference.
I haven't done it, but I do agree that a dash of salt and splash of vanilla would probably made it better. It is still a great thing for someone who lives alone and can't eat a whole cake. After the holidays I want to try some variations and if they work, I'll post them. (12/23/2009)
About a year ago there was a recipe here for a cake made in a coffee mug. Cake (or brownie) mix and some other ingredients were combined in a mug then microwaved. I lost the recipe. I checked through the recipe archive, but couldn't find it. I probably had the wrong recipe name. Does anyone still have it? It is not the one that was posted last week, this one used a store bought mix. Thanks.
Peanut from South Norfolk, VA
This might be the one you are looking for:
There is a website that is called: cdkitchen.com and type in mug cakes. (08/15/2008)
Chocolate Cake in 5 minutes
Mix flour, sugar, and cocoa. Spoon in 1 egg. Pour in milk and oil and mix well. Put in microwave for 3 minutes on maximum power. (1000watt) Wait until it stops rising and sets in the mug. Tip contents out of mug onto saucer and enjoy.
I used a recipe that called for 4 mini MilkyWay bars, but used a small amount of time, at a time, to make sure it doesn't boil over or "cobalt". Google: cake in a mug . There's a lot of them. (08/15/2008)
I just made one using chocolate cake mix. I threw in a few roasted pecans before putting in the micro, and it was very good. I have also made them putting in a bit of jam before cooking, just swirling it around a little and they are good, too. (08/15/2008)
Recently, there was a woman on Rachael Ray. Her name was Stacy Miller, she just finished publishing her new cookbook, 101 Recipes Micro Mug cakes. Thought you might be interested.
Jeanne from Long Island, NY