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3 Minute Microwave Chocolate Cupcake

Posted on: 31st Jul 2009

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6 tbs plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
6 tbs golden caster sugar
4 tbs cocoa powder
2 eggs
4 tbs Carotino or other neutral oil
4 tbs milk or coconut milk

dusting sugar, ice cream, custard or some sauce / syrup to serve


2 medium wide cappuccino cups


Combine all ingredients together, share into two cups, place for about 3 minutes on full power in 800W microwave.

Serve dusted with icing sugar or even better with some sauce, custard or ice cream on a side as the cake is a little bit dry.

  • If you are making only one cup use half of the ingredients and stir everything directly in the cup you were using for microwaving. Shorten the time to about 2 minutes.
  • There lot of recipes online for microwave cupcakes, but you may want to check one on Dizzy Dee website with step by step picture instructions: Chocolate Cake In 5 Minutes.



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  1. awesome! chocolate delishness quick? sign me up!

  2. This look delicious! Please a cup for me!!LOL xxxGloria

  3. Oh my god… i can make that in 3 minutes….dangerous, but great for last minute company.

  4. Not the first time we’ve seen this yummy dessert before. Yummmm!

  5. Oh my never mind last minute company! I could do this just for me and enjoy it all by myself!

  6. Amazing for a 3 min. dessert. Looks delish.

  7. Wow, it looks like a soufflé. I’m going to have to try this out. This is perfect for a single person like me.

  8. I never use the microwave for anything other than reheating food. Maybe that will change with this cake:-)

  9. Awesome! I have to tell my friends your recipe, especially those who always have the excuse that they don’t know how to bake a simple cake.

  10. Grease your cups before adding the mixture. Otherwise cleanup is a nightmare!

  11. Thank you for all nice comments.

    Candice, I did not have any problems washing the cups. Maybe because the mixture itself contain some oil already.

  12. wow!!! i shud let mu kids try their own choc cake this way.. thanx margot for reminding :)

  13. I tried this recipe the moment I saw it and was sorely disappointed by the flavor of the cake. Needs some definite tweaking but a great idea!

  14. Mir, I agree with you. Cupcakes are a little dry, that is why I recommend serving it with custard or ice cream, but my kids love it.

  15. I made this cake just now.. wonderful. it is a little dry compared to a regular cake, but again it is a few minutes cake. both my kids are eating with some vanilla ice cream & licking their fingers off!! Thanks!

  16. I just made it! I think it would be more delicious if it wasn’t an experiment. I added peanut butter chocolate chips, but now I’m regretting that.. I also forgot to add the oil. YIkes! Still turned out pretty tasty. Especially with some ice cream! Thanks! :)

  17. Yummy! My daughter loved this! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  25. I tried this cake recipe few hours ago but somehow couldn’t achieve the same result as you, my cake really wasn’t looking that good (atleast it tasted good). What sort of chocolate are you using? Maybe it’s because of the flour I used, so I used amaranth flour instead of regular wheat flour.

  26. I was using unsweetened cocoa powder, not sure of the brand right now as it was ages ago, but I’m sure any brand will be good for this cake.

  27. How About Adding Vanilla Extract For The Flavor?

  28. Margot just now
    i have made,

  29. Great idea Sarah :)

  30. hi, I just tried it and it is amazing, cakes are not dry, they are moisture and perfect, i added only 2tbs of oil and 1 egg and i think it is enough- next time i am gonna try yoghurt instead of oil. And i did serve it with strawberry jam- :-))

  31. Hi! I know that this is ridiculously old, but I just found it and I have a question: how long would this need in a regular oven? I don’t have a microwave, but I need to make it ASAP, it looks so awesome! :P

  32. @Maria, it would take much longer in the oven, and I’m not sure if regular cup not oven dish would survive the baking…

  33. Mir, I agree with you. Cupcakes are a little dry, that is why I recommend serving it with custard or ice cream, but my kids love it

  34. Thank you for all nice comments.


    I did not have any problems washing the cups. Maybe because the mixture itself contain some oil already.

  35. This past weekend I had my 2 neices for the weekend. The 3 year old loves chocolate and begged for chocwate mussins with sprinkles (chocolate muffins) She asked all evening while we were at a hockey game and continued after bathtime. It was getting late so I did a quick search for microwave cupcakes and was directed to this site. I quickly threw together the ingredients using regular golden brown sugar,canola oil and milk as that was what I had on hand. In about 15 minutes or less my nieces and my son had delightful little chocolate cupcakes that my 9 year old niece described as epic. They topped them with icing sugar, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce but also had it plain.
     They didn’t find them dry and while I didn’t find them to be super rich in flavour they were just fine for their tastebuds. If you want to enrich the flavour I wondered about adding vanilla extract but also maybe some instant coffee dissolved in a tsp of hot water. Maybe a 1/4 tsp of instant to tsp or less of hot water. That is supposed to bring out the flavour of chocolate nicely.

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