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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

This is the most dangerous recipe I've ever shared. You can now make yourself an individual chocolate cake in 2 minutes...120 seconds. And it was stolen. Yup, chocolate and robbery.

Nick spotted a copy of Lucky Peach, 2011's best new food magazine, at a bookstore this weekend and took a picture of this cake recipe on my iphone. Sorry, we promise to buy a copy next time, we swear.

2 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
generously adapted from Lucky Peach magazine

I took inspiration from their recipe but swapped out most ingredients for healthier options.

2 T coconut oil
1 egg
3 T whole milk
3 T maple syrup
3 T whole wheat pastry flour
 2 T pure cocoa powder
3 T dark chocolate chips
small splash vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 small or medium coffee mug (microwave safe)

First melt the coconut oil in a small to medium mug (in the microwave) then add the rest of the wet ingredients (egg, milk, maple syrup) and whisk. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla and mix again.

Put your mug into a microwave for 2 minutes. The recipe notes a 100-watt microwave so depending on the power you may have a more or less dense cake. The cake may rise over the top of the mug but don't be alarmed. Tip out onto a plate if desired or dig into the mug (which I prefer).

Why is this cake recipe the most dangerous recipe in the world? Because now we are only 2 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night.


  1. where do i get a 100 watt microwave?

  2. I read this at work and then had to run across the street to the convenience store to buy a (much inferior) chocolate muffin. No will power, whatsoever.

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  3. Extremely dangerous! I have every one of those ingredients on hand too...

  4. i cannot believe with "wellness" in the title of your blog that you are encouraging the use of a microwave. shame on you!

  5. Anonymous,
    I agree with you that cooking with a microwave is not healthy and should be avoided. However, this is the first post in 400 recipes, over 4 years, that I have mentioned use of a microwave. I do not recommend cooking with one. However, if a simple homemade chocolate cake is going to steer someone away from eating processed packaged sweets full of trans fat and artificial sugar then I stand behind it. And sadly, that is the reality of most of my country.

    I hope you take time to review the other 399 recipes and find something to your liking.
    Happy cooking and eating,

  6. According to your web site to learn how to make a " 2 minute Chocolate is Mug Cake" .I do very successful,thank you!
    And I Like other natural food recipes on your website.
    Share with you my finished photos ( )

  7. I've seen a few variations of this recipe floating around online (oh pinterest), but yours is the first I've seen without copious amounts of vegetable oil and white sugar. Hurrah! It's also delicious with a good spoonful of nutella swirled in, and a sprinkling of slivered almonds and raspberries on top makes you feel classy. At least, as classy as one can feel when voraciously scarfing down chocolate cake out of a Snoopy mug. ;)

  8. Ignore the haters Sara, if anyone don't like what you post don't try it, simple as that!


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