Monday, 5 December 2011

‘No Ingredients’ Microwave Chocolate Cake


I found this recipe online the other day when searching for a microwave chocolate cake recipe.

I call it ‘no ingredients’ cake because it does not use eggs, butter or milk …and if you’re anything like me, when you get the urge to bake you are often low or out of any one of those things! (The wet/ liquid ingredients consist only of water, a small amount of oil and vanilla essence.)

Combine this with the fact that it is simple to whip up, only takes around 5 minutes in the microwave and actually tastes great too – means that it is a perfect thing to make for unexpected guests or times when you need a plate but just don’t feel like/ have time for baking.

Here’s the recipe :



  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup cold water/ or cold brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond essence


  • Combine all dry ingredients
  • Combine the liquids / wet ingredients (in a separate bowl)
  • Stir both together ‘til well blended
  • Pour into a lightly oiled microwavable dish (they suggest a 9 inch sq. glass or pyrex pan – I use a microwave ring tin.)
  • Cook on high heat for 6 – 8 mins* or until cake tests done (*These times are really for a older/ lower watt microwave – mine is 1200 watts and 5 minutes is all I need!)
  • Cool completely in pan

NB -  Being a microwave cake (which are sometimes perceived as drier) it is suggested that it be served with choc sauce, pudding or cream and best consumed within 2 days. In my experience I have found it to be quite moist (even on the second day if kept airtight) and have found that a runny chocolate icing works well. (See my not pretty, but tasty icing job below.)



Jenny x


Mrs M said...

Hey Jenny!
So nice of you to visit my blog - lovely to hear from you again. Just had a quick look at your blog - love it! Have a great week, Laura :)

Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

I am seriously making this today! Such an easy one! I pinned it too! That runny choc icing looks delish.

Anonymous said...

My daughter makes a single portion serving of this cake that she cooks in a teacup..she loves it :)

Frater Family said...

Hey Jenny,
Fastest cake in the world! Love that no butter or eggs are required. Have just made it now. Waiting for it to cool so we can ice it.