The Five Minute Chocolate Cake Challenge

This post is a bit “off topic” from recent posts, but it’s something I just had to write about.

When I sat down at the computer this morning, I had a ton of new emails to sort through. There were some from the mailing lists I subscribe to, a few server reports, and an extraordinary amount of forwarded gems.

Forwarded emails. We all get them. Friends send them, strangers send them, spouses send them, and most often, parents send them. Some contain “chain letters”, some contain prayers, but most of them contain funny jokes. One of them this morning, however, contained a recipe.

The subject line read ‘Most Dangerous Cake Recipe’. I was intrigued. I love a good recipe. Who doesn’t? The email contained a few photos, and the following text.


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don ‘ t be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

It sounded too good to be true. How could these ingredients, which seem to be completely out of proportion to each other, make a delicious chocolate cake? It just didn’t seem logical to me. The ingredients for this “cake” would fill a normal sized coffee mug to the top, so I was sure there was something wrong with the recipe, but being the daring type, I decided to test it myself.

After I measured out the ingredients I decided to make a video of the process, so I could document the epic failure known as the ”5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake”. Here it is.

How was I supposed to know it would work? I was positive the email was a hoax, but it turns out that the ‘5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake’ recipe actually works. We all enjoyed a slice of the cake, and the consensus was unanimous. The Chocolate Mug Cake is delicious.

After uploading the video to YouTube, I see many people have tried the recipe. Thinking about it, i could have cheated and posted one of their videos, but then again I would have missed out on some tasty cake and you would have missed out on another really cool video and some awesome music.

Thanks for the email, mom!

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One thought on “The Five Minute Chocolate Cake Challenge

  1. Funny you should mention this now. I’m a big fan of microwave mug cakes. I published a book last month called “101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes,” and I was lucky enough to be featured on the Rachael Ray Show today. You can find a portion of the segment I did on the show here: I hope you’ll check it out! There are so many microwave mug cake recipes to try … why limit yourself to the chocolate “classic” version?

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