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Okay Dad, this is the one you were waiting for! Hope it meets with your approval.

I promised a 5-minute mug cake, although this one is really more of a tea-“cup”-cake (pun fully intended). Anyway, the original recipe fell a bit flat of my expectations, so I modified it slightly. I think it began as an email that my dear husband received from a work mate (probably as a sort of joke) but he printed it for me to try nevertheless. It sounded interesting, so I gave it a go.
I found that the cocoa powder made it a bit drier and if I used almond or orange essence rather than the cocoa powder, it actually improved the texture quite a bit. I have also added baking powder to make it a bit fluffier. In any case, it’s a good little recipe to have handy if you just have a hankering for a sweet hunk of cake and don’t want to share. :o)

Hey Cheryl, this might be good with a cuppa coffee by the TV watching the Food Network…beats cereal!!! (Offered with love, of course.)

I just made a simple chocolate butter cream frosting but it’s good on it’s own too. Oh, and just one more thing to note...my Tbsp are equal to 3 Tsp (unlike the Aussie 4 Tsp per Tbsp).


4 Tbsp High Grade Flour
4 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Cocoa (or 1 teaspoon of your favourite flavour essence…almond, orange, lemon, etc.)
½ Tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg
3½ Tbsp Milk
½ Tsp Vanilla Essence/Extract
3 Tbsp Oil
3 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (or M&M’s in a pinch)


In a medium measuring jug, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.

Crack in the egg and mix well then add the milk, vanilla, and oil, mixing until there are no visible lumps.

Now pour it into your coffee mug or favourite microwaveable teacup and nuke it in the microwave for 2½ to 3 minutes (until the cake stops rising and sets in the mug/cup).

Allow it to cool at least a minute before devouring!

For my simple chocolate frosting, get about a Tbsp of soft butter, a splash of vanilla, a teaspoon of cocoa powder and mix that well. Now add a splash of VERY hot water and one spoon at a time, add icing sugar and mix well…continue adding icing sugar until it reaches the consistency you desire. I ended up with about ½ cup of icing – just the right amount!

Now, sit back and enjoy!

6 Thoughts & Remarks:

Cheryl said...

When the hell did you learn to cook like this? LOL. I love the idea, and sometimes thats all you want is one serving!

Joanna said...

i love this cake! this is adorable. i've been seeing this cake for a while and have been hesitant to try it because i hate wasting ingredients. glad it came out good!

Joie de vivre said...

Oh wow. And this really works? I can't wait to try it!

Heather said...

OH MY! That looks goooood! You deserved that award :)

NuKiwi said...

Thank you Cheryl (and Heather). Much appreciated!

pigpigscorner said...

Oooo your mug cake looks really good! I've got to try this!