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How to Make Chocolate Cake in a Microwave

Updated on April 6, 2013

How to Make Chocolate Cake in a Microwave

If you were ever wondering how to save time, effort and electricity when it comes to baking cakes, how about me telling you how to make chocolate cake in a microwave oven?

Sound a little crazy or even unbelievable?

Well, I can tell you from experience that it can be done and the result is quite shockingly good! It may sound like it can't be done, because, after all, how on earth do you get it to rise and cook in such a short space of time? There are plenty of questions on this subject, but they are all answered here, because not only do I know how it is done, I've actually done it and make my own chocolate cake regularly in the microwave now, because it's just so easy! Here's where I spill the cocoa beans and tell all...


For this recipe to work, you need a silicon cake or bread mould. These can be bought in most cookery sections of bigger department stores or in cookery shops.They are inexpensive and have many advantages over traditional metallic cake tins in normal baking situations.

Now, if I said it is essential to use one of these silicon moulds rather than a regular cake tin, I would not be joking. Here is my important disclaimer:


Why? Because any metallic object can cause serious damage to your microwave if its inside there when you close the door and switch it on. never mind it could also result in your house burning down...

For any type of cake making in a microwave, the very best moulds to use are the silicon, non-stick variaety because not only are they microwave proof, but they are also very easy to remove from the finished cake. For this reason, you shouldn't try this with other oven proof types of containers, such as earthenware, pyrex, glass or china.

Ok, now that we've got that out of the way, lets get down to making a cake!

Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe

Well, believe it or not, the recipe for this astounding confection is very simple and you don't need scales or measuring cups, so there's less washing up to do afterwards as well!

The best size of mould for this recipe is the regular small bread tin size or a round 7 inch cake mould will work as well. You also need 1 standard yoghurt, plain or flavoured as you prefer, because you'll be using the contents and also the plastic cup it comes in as your measure. Ingredients are measured in yoghurt cups!

You need:

  • 1 yoghurt pot
  • 3 cups Flour, plain (or wholemeal for a healthier option)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 heaped tsp Cocoa Powder
  • tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas


Peel the bananas (obvious, I know but some people...) then mix the whole lot together in a food processor until you get a smooth cake mix. It should be a little runnier than you would normally have for an oven baked cake, but not too runny!

Lightly grease the cake mould with a little olive oil, as it helps release the finished cake from the mould, even though the silicon moulds are non-stick. Pour all the cake mix into the silicon mould then pop it into the microwave on full power for seven minutes.

When time's up, leave the cake for 10 minutes or so then take it out of the microwave and leave in the mould to cool down for half an hour or so.

Place a plate over the top of the mould and inver the cake, then gently easy the mould off and you will be left with a beautiful chocolate cake with the consistency of sponge. When its completely cool, you can tuck in (if you can wait that long!)

You can add interest to the cake by melting some cooking chocolate and covering the top of the cake, but that means you'll have to wait even longer for it to cool and solidify!

This is a cake mix that can be experimented with. I often add dried fruit, or cherries, or sultanas, or chocolate chips (!!) or whatever to alter the finished cake. A couple of drops of almond or vanilla essence alters the taste a little, as does using different fruit. I've tried it with shredded apple, pear, carrot, sharon fruit, plum and peach so far. They are all delicious, especially when you add a little cinnamon to the apple version!

You can also omit the cocoa powder (make up the shortfall with a little more flour) for a regular sponge cake. I just like chocolate, if you haven't already guessed!


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  • idigwebsites profile image

    idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

    Thanks for your valuable tips on what and what not to use when you bake in a microwave oven. Up and useful. :)

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    Kavitha Rajeev Kumar 5 years ago from India

    Hi, Sounds good. I'm gona try this.Thanks for the recipe!

  • MarloByDesign profile image

    MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

    I think I will stick with the oven, but this was interesting reading.

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    Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

    Sounds nice and useful.Thanks for sharing this intelligent piece of hub.

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    suryahubbie 6 years ago from Pune, India

    simply loved this post

    will try it out definintely

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    schoolmarm 7 years ago from Florida

    This sounds wild! I will have to try this very soon. I never imagined cooking a cake in the microwave. Thanks for the very interesting hub!

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    Stacey J. Miller 8 years ago from Greater Boston

    I’m a big fan of microwave mug cakes, too. In fact, I’m also the author of “101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes” that builds on this recipe (but, hopefully, adds some ideas and baking tips for those who love microwave mug cakes as much as I do). Check it out at

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    honestway 8 years ago from Spain

    Hi Coolkitty,

    I just tried it without the yoghurt and aded a banana and it still came out great!

    While its still hit and miss, as long as you get the consistency of the mix about right, it usually works fine. For me I go for not too runny and definitely not as stiff as you'd make it for the regular oven. It should pour into the cake mold with a consistency of, say, maple syrup or liquid honey just coarser.

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    Coolkitty 8 years ago

    This hub is a lifesaver!! Will make the cake for dinner tomorrow and let you know how it tastes :)

  • honestway profile image

    honestway 8 years ago from Spain

    Hi Jonix, It looks like three months have gone by and I just approved your comment LOL!

    Glad you liked it - you never know until you actually try something. I didn't believe it at first, but I gave it a try all the same and I'¡m glad I did!

    As for the hello [Name] robot commentor, who cares, it all goes on the stats and the link is nofollow anyway!

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    jonixk 9 years ago from Lisbon

    Terry, "Hello [Name]," lol, vondre is using some kind of comment robot.

    Regarding your chocolate recipes, chocolate cake in a Microwave, it's the best of the best. My wife made one yesterday, and what can i say? yummmmmmy!!

  • honestway profile image

    honestway 9 years ago from Spain

    Hey Edwyn, its true and youknow what? I'll bet MacCancerburger probably do some things that you and I would not like very much if we knew...

  • honestway profile image

    honestway 9 years ago from Spain

    Hi Vondre, sorry I didn't see your comment until just now, I must have rocks in my head! Thanks for the endorsement - its one of the easiest cakes I've ever baked!

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    Edwyn Prose 9 years ago from USA

    Ha! Now I heard it all! Baking a cake in a microwave sounds like something they should do at MacDonalds! Seriously, it obviously works or you wouldn't be writing about it. What will they think of next...

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    Vondre 9 years ago from Columbia, SC

    Hello [Name],

    Thank you so much for the cake recipe. It looked amazing and tasted great! It was so beautiful that we didn't wanna cut the masterpiece. Thank you so much once again for sharing.

    Well, I too have a cake related hub page as well. Just click on my picture to check it out when you have time or go to to get my free cake book

    Happy Baking!


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    honestway 9 years ago from Spain

    I never use it much for anything, but when someone told me that you could bake a cake it it, I had to give it a try. When it worked, I figured 7 minutes of microwave electricity costs a hell ot a lot less than 45 minutes of oven electricity, so that was that!

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    increaseurmileage 9 years ago

    I like the idea of using metal in a microwave, you could have a spakley chocolate cake! Seriously though, I pretty much only use the microwave for warming, not cooking.

  • honestway profile image

    honestway 9 years ago from Spain

    Mmmmmmm chocccccolate treeeeeeee..... mmmmmmm....

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

    Right so then I could grow cocoa beans in the yogurt pot and then I'd have my own chocolate tree! This hub is going places!

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    honestway 9 years ago from Spain

    Nicola, the picture on this page is of one of my own creations before I managed to eat it all (they don't last long in my house!) so there's an idea of what they look like. Not too bad, I say! The only drawback I've found is that the top of the cake tends to be sticky and gooey, which is why I invert them onto a plate.

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    honestway 9 years ago from Spain

    That'll teach me, Lissie! For the cost conscious, you have to use the empty yoghurt container as a flower pot to grow your seeds in to save on, erm, flower pots!

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    nicolap 9 years ago from Dorset, UK

    Sounds nice. I've heard that even though microwave cakes don't look as good as oven cakes, they taste nicer and have a better consistency - I'll have to give it a try.

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

    Do you remove the contents of the yogurt pot from the container- or do you use the container alone - I'm confused! This sounds like a very thifty chocolate hub: maybe it will save me money?