Moist Chocolate Cake in a Cup
Moist Chocolate Cake in a Cup
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Moist Chocolate Cake in a Cup

45 SEC



  1. In a 250 ml (1 cup)-capacity coffee cup, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add the milk, oil, and vanilla.
  2. With a fork, gently stir until the batter no longer has lumps. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
  3. Cook the cake in the microwave for 45 seconds. Let cool for 5 minutes to allow for the cake to finish cooking.


If you want to do more, triple or quadruple the recipe and combine the ingredients in a bowl. Then spread the mixture into three or four cups or 125 ml (½ cup) ramekins. Remember, you have to cook the cakes one by one in the microwave for uniform cooking.

This recipe is from My Lil’ Ricardo.

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  1. This recipe is so easy with all the things I already have in my kitchen!! It took me 5 minutes to make! And so good

  2. Very tasty, might add a pinch of salt next time.

  3. Beautiful. Have tried a few recipes out there and this really works beautifully. To suit my chocoholic nature, I personalised it as follows: I a + added 1/2 tsp of instant coffee granules for flavour + added pinch of salt - removed 1/2 tbsp of the sugar as it was a bit too sweet to me + added 4 big (5mm cube) chunks of dark chocolate in the centre of the cake, at the bottom. They melted to perfection, no burning, making each spoonful moist and SO CHOCOLATEY! Beautiful! Thank you Ricardo!

  4. Very good recipe! Pretty sweet, so maybe reduce the sugar, but it was delicious! Très bonne recette! Assez sucré, donc peut-être réduire un peu le sucre, mais c'était délicieux!

  5. Honestly the best mug cake I’ve ever made! I added a pinch of salt, and used soy milk and vegan chocolate to make it dairy free! So light and fluffy!

  6. I just finished making this for my siblings and THEY LOVED IT ^^ I tend to avoid mug cakes because of the countless ways disasters can occur but i was so shocked and surprised to see that even though i made a risk my tripling the recipe and that maybe my microwave voltage was different, it would fail, BUT THEY CAME OUT AMAZING?? Im defintely making these again C:

  7. This is an amazing recipe! I made this cake in a cup for my sister as a surprise and she absolutely loved it as did I! Although I would recommend using 1 tablespoon of butter instead of canola oil as it makes it more rich and moist! Basically i would 100% recommend this recipe as it is so moist and delicious and is now my favourite cake in a cup recipe!

  8. Honestly a great recipe. Have made this at least 10 times and it always satisfy my cravings. Great taste, super easy and the ingredients are ones most people have. Would highly recommend:)

  9. This is a great mug cake, best I ever tried! I highly recommend this recipe.. sometimes I use melted butter in lieu of the oil for more flavor.. sometimes I whip up a small batch of chocolate frosting and it's almost as good as a traditional cake. None of Ricardo's recipes have ever let me down!

  10. It wouldn't cook and over flowed over the mugs (that were fairly large) and made a mess of the microwave. Had to put it in a giant bowl and cook it from there burnt it and was charcoal. Didn't taste the best even when it wasn't cooked. The only way it would be cooked was to make it charcoal.

  11. Though this was a successful cake, it was significantly lacking in sweetness, and tasted rather bitter. I would advise anyone who tries this recipe to use sweetened cocoa powder or to add extra sugar, and also to definitely add a bit of salt, which is vital. The cake was super moist around the edges which I loved, but was a bit too firm in the centre. I did find that coating it in chocolate syrup definitely helped. Overall, pretty good.

  12. A relatively good cake. The texture was a little odd, but I figure that is just the tradeoff with a mug cake. However, next time I would add a little extra vanilla and cocoa.

  13. I thought this was absolutely delicious! Super moist, not too sweet. Perfect. I didn’t have any vanilla on hand but it’s deliciousssssss *yum* followed recipe exactly except I cooked it 20 secs longer

  14. This was awfully sweet... couldn't handle more than 2 bites of it, and I tried to balance it out with vanilla ice cream. I like sweet things, but this was a whole other level lol will not make it again.

  15. This was terrible. 1 tablespoon of canola oil is far too much. The final product had a waxy texture and just tasted like oil. If you make it, use 1 teaspoon or less of oil, also add a pinch of salt.

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