Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 28th July 2010

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I am a big food photography fan and you can usually find me drooling all over the food pics at FoodGawker. It’s amazing how many talented cooks and bakers there are out there. Last week a couple of pics stood out to me and apparently to everyone else too because they made the most gawked list for this month, 5 minute microwave cakes. If you do a search for these quick and easy chocolate sweet cakes in a mug they all seem to be centred around the same few ingredients and they’re all baked for 3 to 5 minutes.

A close up photo of a 3-minute chocolate sweet cake baked in a mug in the microwave and garnished with a fresh strawberry.

When we were planning my niece’s bridal shower we were on the hunt for perfect gifts for winners of the bridal shower games.  I was out shopping one day and I visited one of my favourite kitchen shops, Kiss the Cook (what a perfect name!) and I ran across a 3-piece Sweet Cakes set, large latte mug, saucer and spoon and with it came a recipe for these quick and easy microwave cakes.

I quickly realized I’d forgotten to throw it in the mix of gifts we’d picked up for the shower.  It was all ready to go, I’d wrapped it in cello and I had attached little cello bags, one with chocolate chips and another with all of the dry ingredients, the winner only had to add a few ingredients and they could satisfy their chocolate craving.

A close up photo of a 3-piece Sweet Cakes set, latte bowl, saucer, spoon, cake ingredients and chocolate chips wrapped in cello and tied with a brown ribbon.

I am always craving chocolate so I set out to see if these little cakes would fit the bill. I tried the recipe that came with the box but I found the cake to be a little spongy and heavy, so I set out to tweak the recipe a little.  The original recipe called for 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, 3 tablespoons of oil and 3 tablespoons of milk along with the other ingredients.  I love the taste of butter in my cakes so I switched out the oil.  I was hoping by reducing the amount of cocoa, and adding the melted dark chocolate, that it would not only make the cake tastier but I was hoping to achieve a gooier centre.  I used pastry flour and also increased the milk just a tad to achieve a lighter cake.

A close up photo of a 3 minute chocolate sweet cake baked in a mug in the microwave garnished with a fresh blackberry and strawberry.

If you look at the second picture of the cake (original recipe), paying attention to the lines in the mug, and then the first picture (tweaked recipe) you’ll see the version of the tweaked recipe produced a higher cake. It was definitely lighter and it was much gooier inside and the taste was magnificent.

This recipe is perfect for testing out different flavour combinations, if you’re not happy with the taste you haven’t wasted the amount of ingredients that are required to make a larger cake.  So get creative add different spices, add fruit, try it with white chocolate, so many possibilities and it takes so little time.

A photo of a 3-minute chocolate sweet cake garnished with a fresh strawberry baked and served in a mug, placed on a saucer sitting on a folded white napkin on a pink runner with a spoon and a few chocolate chips placed in front of the saucer.

Lucky Me! I guess I was the biggest winner after all.

A close up photo of a 3-minute chocolate sweet cake baked in a mug in the microwave garnished with a fresh strawberry.

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Comments (29)

29 Responses to “Craving Chocolate? Quick and Easy 3 Minute Sweet Cake In A Mug”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    This recipe looks delicious. Another one to add to the list of things to make. Sigh, my scale! LOL FoodGawker is amazing!

  2. Grace Says:

    Oh I so agree Marjorie, so many delicious treats!

  3. Marly Says:

    Cake in a mug. How cute! Is it safe to bake it like that? I would have never thought of that. Sounds absolutely delicious. I made some chocolate cookies yesterday that turned out really good. I’ll probably post the recipe soon…

  4. Grace Says:

    Hey Marly, can’t wait to see, I found a recipe for cute Fudge Drop cookies that I am dying to make, but are you ready for this, I do not have one ounce of chocolate left in the house, can’t believe it!

  5. Grace Says:

    p.s. make sure the mug is microwave safe – when it’s baking it looks like it will blow up but don’t worry it won’t

  6. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog Says:

    You’ve made this post for me, right? Chocolate and strawberries!! So beautiful presentation and as a chocoholic, this is heavenly :)



  7. Grace Says:

    Of course I did Gera! Ah, someone else that loves chocolate & strawberries, mmm!

  8. HoneyB Says:

    I will have to try this when I am alone and craving chocolate! ;o) Which could be very soon! lol

  9. Grace Says:

    I am always craving chocolate! It is big enough to put into two smaller mugs if you’re feeling generous enough to share.

  10. Jane Says:

    Beautiful little cake, and beautiful mug, too! Very nice recipe and a lovely post. You take great photos.

  11. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Jane and thank you for visiting.

  12. SMITH BITES Says:

    I love individual desserts like this and what a fun thing to use for prizes – lucky winners!

  13. Ryan Says:

    Chocolate + Mug + 3 Minutes = Happy me. This looks delicious Grace.

  14. Grace Says:

    Happy me too! Thanks Ryan

  15. Stacey N. Says:

    Thanks for sharing such fun recipes and for letting us know about that FoodGawker site. I love it!

  16. Marly Says:

    Another benefit of the mug is that it feels more like your own – you don’t have to share with anyone…unless you just want to. But who wants to do that? I had to come back today to see what others said about this dessert. I knew everyone else would love it too!

  17. Taylor Says:

    This recipe could be dangerous…it makes eating chocolate cake way too easy! Love it :)

  18. Grace Says:

    Believe me it is, I’ve had it 3 times in the last week. I added some raspberries the other day and it was delicious. Enjoy Taylor

  19. Caroline Says:

    This was delicious, i made it for my BF b-day and it was a success. Much lighter and tastier than the other ones i tried before. This is becoming one of my classics ;) thanks

  20. Grace Says:

    You are most welcome Caroline!

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  22. Jess Says:

    no one must speak french because un petit gateau is a cookie not a small cake

  23. Grace Says:

    Hi Jess I took french for years, had to part of the Canadian School curriculum, I’ve always understood petit gateau to be small cake. This is the first I’ve heard it referred to a cookie.

  24. Mariam Says:

    I use a delicious, easy and healthy recipe for a mug brownie, NO OIL OR BUTTER. I think it was along the lines of 4 T flour, 3 T dark cocoa, 3T brown sugar and just mix in enough milk to form a good consistency and microwave for about 3mins! A win for late night cravings. If you have vanilla ice-cream on hand, it makes all the difference (not so much healthy though!)

  25. Grace Says:

    Thank you Mariam I will have to try your version next time I am craving chocolate, hmmm, which is all the time!

  26. Sean Says:

    What if we don’t have a microwave? My wife is an organic /fitness freak and won’t allow anything remotely cancerous anywhere near the house. Any suggestions on how to get this done the traditional oven way?

  27. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Sean, I’ve not tested the microwave cakes in the oven but these chocolate fudge puddings have a cake-like texture and they are delicious –

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