5 Minute Chocolate Cake in a Cup

This cake? Harder to make than mine!
I can't believe it's Friday. It's almost midnight, and I'm in the kitchen. Why? Because I want chocolate. There's nothing in the pantry except some Hershey's Cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

So I'm going to make a chocolate cake. At this time of night? No, I'm going to make a chocolate cake in a cup. Lucky you! I'm going to share the recipe which I've had for a couple of decades.

5 Minute Chocolate Cake in a Cup

You'll need microwave-safe mugs or cups or small Pyrex baking dishes.

You can make this recipe in 2 or 4 cups depending on how large a cake you want. I actually use 4 cups and serve them on their matching saucers. Cute little small cakes to serve.

Add some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top of the cakes for a really yummy dessert.

  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons any kind of sugar (white, raw, brown)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil (canola, safflower, sunflower, or generic vegetable oil)
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Into a small mixing bowl, place flour, sugar, and cocoa. Mix together. Add the egg and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the vanilla and mix well.

Place mugs in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts power. The cakes will rise beautifully. Remove from microwave and allow to cool a little. You can tip it out onto a plate or serve the cup with its saucer and a spoon.

Takeaway Truth

Delicious, easy, and a quick way to get a chocolate fix! What's not to love?


  1. Hope you'll bring this over to Food on friday! Cheers from Caroles' Chatter

    1. Hi, Carole. Happy to guest post it on your blog if you wish. Just let me know. Have a great weekend.