Cooking with Kids: Chocolate Mug Cake

October 14th, 2008 by katie

So not too long ago, I received an email-you know the type-declaring this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world because now anyone can have chocolate cake any time in just five minutes! I don’t think I would choose this recipe to satisfy a chocolate cake craving, but it did look like a great recipe for kids to make. The cake batter is mixed in a microwaveable mug and then “baked” for 3 minutes in the microwave. To demonstrate this: my three year old volunteered to make the cake completely on her own.

Chocolate Mug Cake

serves 2, prep 5 min (for a 3 year old), cook 2-3 min
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips
  • dash of vanilla
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium to large microwaveable mug.
  2. Add the egg and mix well.
  3. Add the milk and oil, mix well.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla.
  5. The recipe says for a 1,000 Watt microwave it needs to cook on high for 3 min. Our cake was a bit over done at 2 min 30 seconds so I might even take it out at 2 min.
  6. I used a very large mug so mine didn’t rise over the rim, but the recipe says not to be alarmed if your cake rises above your mug.

Ok, so everyone is wondering what it tastes like. Well, it’s definitely better than anything that ever came out of our Easy Bake Oven. As I said before, it seemed a little over done. It was moist and kind of spongy. It lacked much of a cake-like texture but it was very chocolately. The three year old ate several handfuls of chocolate chips and declared she wanted popcorn instead so maybe it was too sweet? Despite it’s flaws it is a fun, easy, edible recipe for little kids who might want some freedom in the kitchen. Thanks to almost frugal food for reminding me to check my inbox for this one!

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9 Responses

  1. Cheryl

    Um, this actually looks really good, and I am way, way, WAY over 5 years old.

  2. noble pig

    OMH that smiling face says it dang adorable, there are no words.

  3. Frank

    Is it me or does that cake in the first picture look like some sort of grinning gumdrop? Katie, is that a photochop or just happenstance?

  4. Marianne

    I remember my japanese friend would make cupcakes like these before in College, using the microwave. I could not remember her recipe but I remembered she used pancake mix. This looks yummy! too yummy.

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  5. krylonblue

    Oh, this IS the most dangerous recipe in the world. lol
    tried it, and it’s actually pretty good!

  6. Veggie Wedgie

    This sounds very cool!I would try it but i don’t own a microwave![i must be the only one]Supposedly microwaving food is very bad for you, but for a 3 minute cake, i don’t know!I love this idea.

  7. Jenny

    I saw the picture on foodgawker – I see eyes, nose and a smile on the first picture. Is that for real?

  8. megan

    i love making these things! they actually turn out so much more moist and tasty than one would think. yours looks great-and what fun for the kiddos!

  9. Maya

    My roommate and I have these on weekends. We’ve served them with ice cream, cool whip, and actual frosting. They’re awesome! 🙂

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