Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe

As a busy mum who works full-time, I have been reading up on how to quickly bake up cakes. I honestly didn’t know you can utilise your microwave to cook up many different things. I’ve only ever used mine for warming up beans or the odd microwave meal. I love the idea of a microwave chocolate cake! You can get some fantastic chocolate moulds, such as cute animals and shapes to add to your creations.

Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe

I made a gluten free chocolate cake a while back for a birthday but that was in a normal oven.

But after looking at recipes on Pinterest many people do use the microwave for baking cakes. So I decided to give it a whirl!

I chose to start with a full-size cake, duh! Not a mug cake, which I want to try next time.

Chocolate cake is a huge favourite in our house so that was the one to start with. I have listed the ingredients and method so you can try it at home as well if you wish.

Microwave Chocolate Cake

Microwave Chocolate Cake


  • 140g plain flour
  • 175g castor sugar
  • 100 ml sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100 ml hot water


  1.  Grease a 22cm silicone cake mould with a little sunflower oil and place a circle of baking paper in the bottom.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder together in a bowl. In a jug whisk the eggs, oil, vanilla essence and 100 ml hot water until combined.
  3. Add the ingredients from the jug to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to remove lumps.
  4. Pour mixture into the cake mould and gently tap to remove air bubbles and cover with cling film.
  5. Microwave on full power (800W) for 5 minutes. Then check if the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean it’s ready.
  6. Allow cake to stand for 5 mins then take off the cling film and place onto a cooling rack.

A microwave is definitely a kitchen essential. Nowadays they are one of the best kitchen aids with options on some models to steam and grill as well as bake.  Microwaves in the UK by Panasonic have some fantastic models available. One for the Christmas Wish List!

Have you ever tried baking cakes in the microwave? As always I love to hear your thoughts.

rachel bustin

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