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Apparently you CAN make a chocolate cake in the microwave!

Having seen a rise in the number of microwave desserts recipes and trying a few myself frankly I was left unimpressed.  Ok, so I do admit I’m fussy but why can’t you make a cake in a microwave that is moist and tasty?  So I sat down, had a little think before heading into the kitchen to play.  Now having made quite a few cakes in my time I decided to use past experience to guide me in making a cake that would be very similar to those baked in the oven and in order to do this we need to use stray slightly from the throw everything into the bowl, zap it and hope for the best technique.  Stacie Stewart (Master Chef semi finalist) had in the past complemented me on my sponge technique (when I entered the Food Glorious Food competition aired in 2013 and naturally the compliments were cut from the part aired, typical) so I decided to use my knowledge to create my version!


8tbs Self Raising Flour

8 tbs Sugar you can use any but I used Light Soft Brown Sugar, the Whitworths one is quite nice.

2 tbs Cocoa powder (you can also try it with Hot Chocolate powder)

1 whole Egg whisked

6 tbs Butter

6 tbs Milk

4-5 tbs Chocolate Chips

1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence


1. Pop the milk and butter in a saucepan on a low to medium heat and heat until the butter has melted.  Remove from the heat and set aside for a minute or 2 to cool just a little.

2. Whisk the egg and sugar until light and fluffy, basically you will see it becomes paler.  Then add in the melted butter and milk mix and combine.

3. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the cocoa powder, choc chips, mix well.

4. Fold the dry and wet ingredients carefully (we need to keep the air in so it’s fluffy) not forgetting to add the vanilla essence.

5. Pour into a greased (with butter) microwavable bowl and cook for 2 and a half minutes (my microwave is 1000W) then check the sponge, I had to cook it a further 30 seconds check and then another 30 seconds and it was ready.  The total time will vary depending on your microwave strength but make sure you check it in intervals or it will overcook and we can’t have that.

Appearance once combined


To check whether it is cooked enough the sponge should have a spring when touched and also a skewer will come out clean when inserted to the bottom at the centre of the cake.

All done – yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy


Let it cool a little (you will need will power – lots of it!)


Serve with a little vanilla ice cream, cream, custard and enjoy.


Let me know how you get on guys!!!

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. how much milk do you use? looks nice ans easy,definately going to try it 🙂

  2. ooohhhh I so have to try this. My baking skills are limited to cupcakes so always nervous trying new things but that looks nice and simple so will give it a go next week 🙂

  3. Ok now this is the type of baking I cannot get wrong, gonna try this as I am usless but my girls are fab at baking. I could pretend couldn’t I 😉

  4. Oooh this is something i will definitely try as i do love a good chocolate cake 😀

  5. looks yummy and quick way to make me fatter Ha

  6. Oh wow I never knew 🙂 I will be trying that tomorrow. Great find Melanie xx

  7. I will have to try this my cooker has just broken 🙁

    but this looks easy and delicious!

  8. I’m going to give this a try – like you I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful attempts at microwave cake making. I’ve got some silicone cake cases that would be ideal to trial this recipe in.

    Thank you

  9. I’m impressed & it does look like a victoria sponge.

    When I was on the Atkins diet I once cooked a chickpea sponge recipe it came out like a sponge cake but still tasted of chickpeas. Now there’s your next assignment to make an edible chickpea sponge! LOL

  10. Ive made several microwave cakes – they taste good and are so quick and easy!
    (I once made a pinapple upside down cake in there!)

  11. Looks quick, easy and satisfying when I have a choccy craving 🙂

  12. Looks good. Wondering if I can make a low carb version… replace flour with soya flour and brown sugar with Stevia 🙂

  13. Did it taste good?

  14. This looks fab to try out with my son, he loves to try his hand at baking & cooking!

  15. looks yummy, gotta try this x

  16. mmm i’m going to try it……

  17. That looks great! My mum makes mug brownies in the microwave, it’s basically just a regular brownie recipe with less ingredients 🙂

  18. I’m so glad I found this recipe! I knew it could be done but couldn’t remember how to do it! You’re a star!

  19. very interesting i wonder what it would taste like too x

  20. great idea, have to have a go at this

  21. I was told this at school, its not too bad but I find its not as bouncy and light as when you bake it in the oven, great for a quick cake fix though x

  22. I’ve seen microwave cakes mentioned before but they were done in mugs, which I didn’t fancy. This sounds great, I’ll have to give it a go!

  23. wow I am going to try that! I knew you could melt cake ingredients in the microwave but that was about it. How was the moisture level in the cake? I suppose the steam from the microwave helped a bit? 🙂

  24. This looks fantastic & great for us busy mum’s. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  25. Now that looks yum and I imagine very moist. Would work in a silicon cake mould as well, will definitely be trying. Thanks

  26. so wish i had a microwave!! i need cake!! looks yummy! x

  27. how handy and looks delicious, will definately be trying this out.x

  28. I tried this a couple of years ago and it was surprisingly good! Still prefer a proper cake though.x

  29. ooo fab ill have to give this a try

  30. I will have to try this recipe sounds delish

  31. i must try this, thank you xx

  32. Fab recipe!

  33. I tried this years ago ended up with right old mess but I didnt follow recipe. I fancy giving it another go, looks delish. My mum makes all sorts in microwave.

  34. Haha! Tried to cook a Christmas cake in a microwave once, it came out like a massive biscuit. Tasted ok tho’.

  35. Genius!! This is worth getting out the bath for *splash!!*

  36. great idea for a quick chocolate fix thanks for the recipe xxx

  37. So I have heard, but I have not tried it yet

    1. Have fun cooking, it’s nice and quick!

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