December 10, 2011

5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Seen here drizzled with almond butter!

I have stumbled upon the Holy Grail of desserts. Don't have time to mix and bake a huge chocolate cake? Make a 5-minute cake! Single and don't want an entire cake sitting around your kitchen just waiting to be eaten? Make a 5-Minute, Single Serving cake! The best thing about this dessert for me is not having a bunch of bowls to clean up at the end. One bowl for the dry ingredients, one bowl for the wet ingredients, measuring spoons and cups, spoons and spatulas from mixing, and let's not forget we still have to wash that cake pan once the cake is gone! All of that goes away with the 5-minute cake! When I saw the original recipe here, I knew I had to adapt it to make it Vegan! All you need is a couple of measuring spoons and a mug! It's as simple as that.

I know a lot of people these days are super busy, but still want that home baked taste of a fresh chocolate cake. It may seem a little strange to use a microwave, but I promise you it tastes fresh out of the oven! I can't wait to expirement with different flavors too. Expect a 5-Minute Vanilla Cake in the near future!


  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/8 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips

Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking powder in a large mug. Once the dry ingredients are mixed add in the applesauce, vinegar, and non-dairy milk. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients - then stir in the chocolate chips. Microwave on High for 3 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before eating!


  1. This works n looks like a heavenly molten cake but tastes something in between pudding and rubber. Goes better with cream /ice cream than plain.....Unless I m doing it wrong.

  2. bladenomics - Mine tasted really good. I'm not sure what went wrong with yours.

  3. Bladenomics: I've been using a different version of the same cake - microwaved chocolate cake in a cup - and it tastes incredibly yummy, nothing pudding or rubber about it.

    Perhaps you could play with the time it stays in the microwave a bit - I personally put it in for 2 and a half minutes, but I've been told my microwave's High-setting is a bit higher than standard.

    To get back to the recipe, I definitely would recommend this to anyone who's short on time, hates to get a lot of dishes, or who simply wants to get a wonderful chocolate cake without fuss.

    Perhaps the greatest thing about this recipe, is that you can alter it to pretty much anything you want and make it as easy to prepare as you'd like. I've never used apple sauce, vinegar or vanilla extract for example ( will definitely try this combo before long!), but instead use strawberry jam, or even peanut butter if I'm in the mood for something with a darker taste.

    It's definitely one of my favourites.

  4. Shut the front door! Chocolate cake is now never more than 5 minutes from my mouth?! I cannot wait to try these tonight =D

  5. I love microwave chocolate cakes! I'm so happy to be seeing more vegan variations :)

  6. i read this blog post approximately 10 minutes ago for the first time, and i am now, 10 minutes later, eating this wonderful cake in a mug! i've been wanting something sweet all day and this was absolutely perfect! and basically no clean up... i only used a tbsp. measuring spoon and for the ingredients that were smaller, i just eyeballed it. i dont think you can really mess up this recipe! and i even used the handle of my tbsp. to mix it all up! so easy! definitely passing this on to my frinds (non-vegan) who i know will love it! thank you for another wonderful post!

  7. Thanks. Dr.Ex-Girlfriend! I know what you mean! The best part for me (since I don't have a dishwasher) is the small amount of dishes used! It's the perfect dessert! I'm working on a vanilla cake right now!

  8. very excited to try this. Would this work to prep ahead like regular lava cake? (yes I know that sort of defeats the purpose). I can't seem to find an eggless molten cake recipe.

  9. Great recipe, but how long would it take to bake in the oven if you don't have a microwave?

  10. Luis - I'm not sure! I haven't tried this recipe in the oven. I'm sure it would take about 15-20 minutes.

  11. Unfortunately as excited as I was to make it, mine ALSO turned out pretty much exactly as Bladenomics described :'( ..consistency between pudding and rubber :\ ...and I also microwaved for only 2mins 20secs because of the high setting of our microwave.. i think if i'd done it for any longer, it would be become rubber :\ tips???

    1. I'm not sure Jenny! I've made this cake multiple times and it's never been like pudding or rubber to me. Was the batter cooked all the way through?!