How to make coffee cup chocolate cake!

For chocolate lovers, a chocolate craving can hit at any time of the day or night, and there isn't always something available to satisfy that craving. If you keep a few standard baking supplies and a coffee mug at hand, you can whip up a chocolate cake in five to 10 minutes using your microwave. You can also make vegan and low-fat versions of the cake.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Large microwave-safe coffee mug
  • Fork or spoon
  • 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, optional
  • 1/4 cup water, milk or nondairy milk
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 tsp. flavoring extract -- vanilla, almond or mint
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. chocolate or white chocolate chips


    • 1

      Mix the vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.

    • 2

      Measure the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon, if using, into the coffee mug and stir together.

    • 3

      Add the liquid, oil and flavoring extract to the mug and stir just until everything is incorporated.

    • 4

      Mix the chocolate chips into the cake batter, if using. Add the vinegar and baking soda mixture to the mug and fold into the batter.

    • 5

      Microwave the mug at 60 percent power for two minutes. Check the cake after two minutes; if the top appears shiny and jiggly, microwave another minute. Let the cake cool in the microwave for two minutes. Dump the cake out onto a plate or eat it straight from the mug.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add 1 tbsp. chopped nuts, shredded coconut or both for additional flavor and texture.
  • Substitute coffee for the water or milk for a mocha-flavored cake.
  • Substitute plain low-fat yogurt, sour cream or applesauce for the oil for a low-fat version.
  • Replace up to half the flour with whole-wheat flour.
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