Yes, you heard me right.  A CUP of chocolate CAKE.  I first shared this treat in 2008.  You can check out that post, on my old Typepad blog, here.  You’ve probably been running around, shopping, wrapping and stamping so why not step back, take a break and treat yourself to a piece.  You could actually share this cup of chocolate cake.  It’s definitely fun to make.  And eat.  And once you have your ingredients assembled it takes less than 10 minutes from mixing to savoring!

You’re going to need:

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional—–but I don’t think they’re optional!!)  I used Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips this year since that’s what was in my pantry.  Deee-licious.
  • small spash of vanilla extract
  • 1 large coffee mug
  • Pam no-stick cooking spray

Here’s my blatant display of name brand ingredients.

Ingredients for our Cup of Chocolate Cake

Measure your ingredients right into a small bowl and mix them up.

Ingredients measured into a small mixing bowl

Mixed ingredients

Spray the inside of your cup with Pam and then pour in your mixed ingredients.

Pour mixed ingredients into your cup/mug

Pop it into the microwave.  My LG microwave is 1100 watts.  I cooked my cup of cake for 2 minutes, 45 seconds.  We’re in the mountains at 4500 feet and that was my guess.  It was perfect.

Cup of baked chocolate cake, right out of the microwave

Check this out!

Little stocking mouse is ready for fresh chocolate cake

(Minus two bites!  I had to check it out didn’t I?)  The only thing that I would do differently with this yummmmmmmmy cup of cake is to add some Kahlua (maybe 2 tablespoons) for a tad more moisture.  Or, if you don’t like or have Kahlua or another creamy liquor in the house try adding another tablespoon of oil.  The Andes baking chips yielded an even yummier cake with that touch of mint flavor.  Mint equals Christmas holidays to me!

This project took 10 minutes once the ingredients were removed from cupboards and placed on the kitchen counter to cake in mouth. Talk about instant gratification!

Here are the instructions:

Spray your mug (2 cups volume) with Pam.  Mix ingredients in mixing bowl and pour into mug.  Cook on high in the microwave for 2.5 – 3 minutes.  It might rise above the mug.  Don’t worry.  (Mine didn’t rise above the mug but that’s because I used such a large mug.)  Remove from microwave.  While cooling, the cake will fall back into the mug.  “Pour it out” onto a plate and attack with a fork.

This is a perfect single portion of cake!   Enjoy.  And share your experience with us.

Blythe recommends stopping what you’re doing and go make a cup of cake.  It’s moist and delicious!  Fun!  And, best of all, yummy!


Chocolate cake on serving plate, cup empty!


kitchen window tree
The “no longer small” tree outside our kitchen window.


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