5 Minute Chocolate Peppermint Cake

5 Minute Microwave Chocolate Peppermint Cake

A light 5 minute chocolate cake made in a cup, in your microwave!
A light 5 minute chocolate cake made in a cup, in your microwave! | Source

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Really Quick Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Sometimes the craving for chocolate and peppermint takes over, yet time prevents you from quenching your chocolate minty needs. Never again! No tricks, no fancy techniques, just quick simple and tasty chocolate peppermint cake. This recipe is so simple, even the youngest of kids can mix and make this delight! Pick your favorite coffee cup, mix together the 6 or 7 ingredients, and pop it in the microwave and "voilĂ " cool refreshing chocolate peppermint cake is ready for you to enjoy. Nothing could be easier! If you just want the fast chocolate delight without the peppermint, no worries! The peppermint syrup comes later and isn't even counted in the cake recipe ingredients or timeline! Let's get microwaving!

Cook Time for 5 Minute Coffee Cup Cake

  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: 1 Serving of Chocolate Coffee Cup Cake

Ingredients for 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

Using ingredients you probably already have in the pantry, you can have chocolate cake in 5 minutes flat!
Using ingredients you probably already have in the pantry, you can have chocolate cake in 5 minutes flat! | Source

Ingredients for 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Mini Chocolate Chips, (Optional)
  • Small Splash Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Coffe Cup, (Must Be Microwave Safe!)

How to Make 5 Minute Cake

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Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Make sure to get them intermingled very well with each other. No one wants to fine a clump of flour in their coffee cup cake!Once the dry goods have been blended together sufficiently, it's time to add the wet stuff!Beat the egg to get it a little frothy, then add it to the combined dry goods. Mix it together. This mixture is going to be very stiff.Add in milk, oil and mini chocolate chips at this point. Mix ingredients together completely. Toss in a splash of vanilla extract and mix together until the batter is pretty smooth. You want it to be just a tiny bit loose. It should offer a nice stream of batter when you lift the whisk out of the cup.Once the mix is blended and smooth, wipe down the inside walls of the cup using a dry towel. Pop the cup into the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. (Be sure to cook at 1000 watts!)Cool the cake for a few seconds, and turn the cup upside down and the cake will tumble right out.  Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, or frost. Anything you would do to a regular cake, you can do to this coffee cup cake!
Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Make sure to get them intermingled very well with each other. No one wants to fine a clump of flour in their coffee cup cake!
Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Make sure to get them intermingled very well with each other. No one wants to fine a clump of flour in their coffee cup cake! | Source
Once the dry goods have been blended together sufficiently, it's time to add the wet stuff!
Once the dry goods have been blended together sufficiently, it's time to add the wet stuff! | Source
Beat the egg to get it a little frothy, then add it to the combined dry goods. Mix it together. This mixture is going to be very stiff.
Beat the egg to get it a little frothy, then add it to the combined dry goods. Mix it together. This mixture is going to be very stiff. | Source
Add in milk, oil and mini chocolate chips at this point. Mix ingredients together completely.
Add in milk, oil and mini chocolate chips at this point. Mix ingredients together completely. | Source
Toss in a splash of vanilla extract and mix together until the batter is pretty smooth. You want it to be just a tiny bit loose. It should offer a nice stream of batter when you lift the whisk out of the cup.
Toss in a splash of vanilla extract and mix together until the batter is pretty smooth. You want it to be just a tiny bit loose. It should offer a nice stream of batter when you lift the whisk out of the cup. | Source
Once the mix is blended and smooth, wipe down the inside walls of the cup using a dry towel. Pop the cup into the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. (Be sure to cook at 1000 watts!)
Once the mix is blended and smooth, wipe down the inside walls of the cup using a dry towel. Pop the cup into the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. (Be sure to cook at 1000 watts!) | Source
Cool the cake for a few seconds, and turn the cup upside down and the cake will tumble right out.  Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, or frost. Anything you would do to a regular cake, you can do to this coffee cup cake!
Cool the cake for a few seconds, and turn the cup upside down and the cake will tumble right out. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, or frost. Anything you would do to a regular cake, you can do to this coffee cup cake! | Source

How To Make Chocolate Cake In Less Than 5 Minutes

  1. Toss all of the dry ingredients into your coffee cup and mix together well. (Be sure to choose a large oversize cup, that is also microwave safe). In the picture by picture guide I have cut the recipe in half to accommodate the regular size of the coffee Hub-cup.
  2. Beat the egg a little and add it to the dry ingredients in the cup. Mix this together very well. It will be pretty thick at this point.
  3. Add in the oil and milk, again mix together really well.
  4. If using mini chocolate chips, add them in along with a splash of vanilla extract. Mix everything together really well one last time.
  5. Pop the coffee cup full of mixed ingredients into your microwave. (It is best to use a 1000 watts microwave) Bake your chocolate cake for 3 minutes.
  6. No need to panic when the cake begins to puff up and crawl over the edge of the cup. This is expected. The larger the cup used, the less likely the cake is to overflow. Now, simply allow it to cool for a few seconds, and easily tip the cake out of the mug onto a service plate (or feel free to eat it right out of the cup!)
  7. Pour the simple peppermint syrup (see quick recipe below) over the top of your cake and experience the cool chocolate flavors! I usually sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar and add a dollop of whipped cream, in or out of the cup!

Easy 5 Minute Cake in a Mug

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Mix recipe as before, but use a large coffee mug.Cook the cake for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave oven. Use caution when removing from oven, the mug can get pretty hot!Invert the mug, and the cake will fall right out. I have never had one stick.
Mix recipe as before, but use a large coffee mug.
Mix recipe as before, but use a large coffee mug. | Source
Cook the cake for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave oven. Use caution when removing from oven, the mug can get pretty hot!
Cook the cake for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave oven. Use caution when removing from oven, the mug can get pretty hot! | Source
Invert the mug, and the cake will fall right out. I have never had one stick.
Invert the mug, and the cake will fall right out. I have never had one stick. | Source

Baking a Cake in a Big Coffee Mug Can Get Pretty Hot!

To show the actual results, I went ahead and baked another quick microwave cake in a larger coffee mug (that's how quick and easy this cake is to make). The cake in the pictures was made using the recipe's full amount—I had cut the recipe in half to cook my first cake in my handy Hub-cup. This larger cake can be a fun way for kids to learn to share, as this size can serve two!

When you go to remove the mug from the microwave, use caution. Some larger mugs are made from different "art" materials and can get pretty darn hot in the microwave oven. So, use a barrier between your hands and the mug for protection.

Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint goes fantastic with chocolate!
Peppermint goes fantastic with chocolate! | Source

Peppermint Syrup Tip

Use peppermint syrup in iced tea or iced coffee for an extra special summer taste sensation!

Add a Cool Peppermint Syrup Blast to Your Finished Cake!

Now that your cake is all cooked, before you eat it, try soaking it with a peppermint flavored simple syrup for an extra jazzy chocolate-mint flavor boost!

Peppermint Simple Syrup Recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (or whatever flavor you choose to use)

Heat water and sugar to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 9 minutes. Take off heat, add in extract and stir. Cool to room temperature and soak cake with about 1 or 2 tablespoons of syrup by pouring it over the cake very slowly. Now you are ready to enjoy a very cool peppermint blast!

*Store leftover peppermint syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Where Does Peppermint Come From

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Peppermint is indigenous to Europe, but grows wildly in America and around the world. It's actually a hybrid; a cross between spearmint and watermint.

What You Think Really Does Matter

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  • Yes! It is one of my favorites!
  • Nope. Doesn't taste good st all to me.
  • Sometimes if the balance of the two is just right.
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Comments for "Chocolate Peppermint Cake In 5 Minutes or Less, Microwave Cake In A Cup" 28 comments

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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

AtHomeHeather~ It does make a cute chocolate cake in a snap! Love the midnight plan, I AM IN! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Nell~ I know! A yummy chocolate cake in under 5 minutes, it can't be! But it is. And when you splash on the homemade peppermint syrup, it is practically nirvana for a coco-peppermint lover! Thanks for making it by, always a joy to see you here.

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Simone~ I hope you give this easy peppermint and chocolate [almost] instant cake a go, it is really yummy! I mean really, you don't even dirty a single dish or pan; only one delightfully filled hub-mug! Glad you appreciate the product placement! Derek swears I nabbed it! ;)

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, please enjoy dessert!

Big HubHugs~


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my gosh, what a fun recipe this is! I've heard of microwave cake recipes before, but had not come across something I'd actually make until this. TOTALLY love the mug you've used, BTW. Hehee!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Oh my God, now you are talking! lol! I can't believe how quickly you can make this! I love chocolate and mint, this is definitely a must for me! voted up!


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AtHomeHeather 4 years ago from PA

I think I just fell in love! I can not wait to try this! Who doesn't want a warm yummy chocalate cake that they can make quick for a "midnight" snack?!!? Voted up and more!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Betty Reid~ You are so right! In the moment, this is the perfect 5 minute dessert answer for any chocolate lover! And the peppermint kick is a real wake-up call for the taste buds. I make it a point to keep cocoa powder and mint on hand since finding this cake recipe; I wouldn't be caught without them!

I appreciate your remarks very much!

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

europewalker~ You will be very surprise just how yummy this little quick cake is right out of the microwave! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Thank you for your comments.

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

alissaroberts~ I know exactly what you mean, I have been a victim of this 5 minute cake since I first discovered it! It is also REALLY good if you use orange syrup instead of the peppermint (the recipe is the same, just use orange extract not mint)! This cake has brought many a new friend to my table, and you are most welcome of all.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

HubHugs~


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Betty Reid 4 years ago from Texas

I love it! And very spontaneous if you keep cocoa in your house.


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europewalker 4 years ago

This is the recipe for me! I love chocolate and peppermint. I Can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing:) voted up


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Oh my! You mean to tell me that I slave away on my cakes and cupcakes when all I have to do is throw these ingredients in a coffee cup and microwave! I do believe you are my new bestfriend ;) This will come in so handy for my cravings for a hot fudge sundae! Thanks for sharing this oh-so-yummy idea!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Just Ask Susan~ Thanks! I like to under-cook the cake just a tiny bit (maybe 10 or 15 seconds less than called for). This leaves the cake just on the edge of "gooey". Then when the peppermint syrup is ladled on, it pools slightly on the gooey chocolate. When you eat the cake like this, the peppermint wakes you up as the chocolate goodness creeps over your taste buds blending perfectly with the cool minty pools. It all but sings as you eat it! Thanks for stopping by Susan.

HubHugs~


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This sounds really good!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

ChaplinSpeaks~ Dessert can really make a huge mess in a kitchen, I hope the next time you and your daughter find yourselves craving dessert, this one comes to mind! Easy, minimal mess, and a punch of chocolate minty goodness! Besides, it is very cheap to make!

BTW, thanks for the heads-up on the quiz Sp oops! ;)

I sure appreciate that you made t by today--

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

livelonger~ I love mint chocolate chip ice cream (ColdStone makes a fantastic dessert where they add chewy chocolate brownie to the mint chip ice cream...it's kind of where the idea for the cake comes from). Hmmmm,...possibly a scoop of mint ice cream would add a bunch of minty flavor to the minty cake as well! This will be the next adventure in 5 minute cake land for me!

So thrilled to see you in the comments, always makes me smile!

Huge HubHugs and Shalom my friend~


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

I wish I had this recipe last night. My daughter and I had a dessert craving and made a huge mess making peanut butter cookies. It would have been faster, less messy, and more delicious to make this! Awesome idea for a quick chocolate mint mini cake.


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my, that looks absolutely delicious! I love that it's so easy to prepare; I always hate heating up the oven just to cook for one. I'm a big fan of mint & chocolate - mint chocolate chip ice cream is among my favorites - so as soon as I'm off my diet, I look forward to giving this recipe a whirl. Thanks, HubHugs and shalom!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

derek gulbranson! LOL! It fit so nicely in my pocket! If I didn't say it then, thanks for the cool HubPages Swag! It made such a cutely shaped cake! I simply could not resist. (still chuckling!) Gotta love product placement ;)----Thanks for making it by for a read.

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Deborah Brooks~ Wouldn't that be nice! I am so glad you find the chocolate peppermint cake so tempting! I know I do as well. Thank you for such nice comments.

HubHugs Debbie~


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derek gulbranson 4 years ago from San Francisco

So that's where that mug went! ;) Glad it was put to good use.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Kris Heeter~ It is really simple and has gotten high marks from my college age niece (she has friends who live in the dorms, where this dessert has become quite popular). Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Cheers~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Cara~ I am sooo sorry about this hub! The ingredients are the culprit indeed; they are simple and always on hand! I like that it doesn't make a big mess in the kitchen, too! I hope you enjoy it should you pop one (or two) in the microwave. Thank you for the comments.

HubHugs~


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

DzyMsLizzy~ So nice to see you here today! It was the chocolate wasn't it!? I am a big fan of peppermint and chocolate so this dessert fits perfectly! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

HubHugs~


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this deserves an award.. this sounds so good.. I am going to try it.. thank you and I am sharing.

Debbie


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

This sounds easy and very yummy! The next time I need a chocolate fix, I'll keep this in mind!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Heaven help me, I wish I had never read this hub! Now I'm going to have to make this all the time when I get my chocolate cravings. I try to avoid buying chocolate so that I won't be tempted, but I usually have all of these ingredients in my house! Seriously though, great hub and I can't wait to give it a try!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wow--awesome!! Sounds wonderful--my kind of dessert--fast and chocolate!! ;-) Voted up and shared!

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