Chocolate Cake: A Decadent Microwave Dessert Recipe

Are you craving something sweet and chocolaty, but don’t have the time or energy to whip up an entire cake? Look no further than this insanely easy 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One Recipe.

Yes, you heard that right: a delicious, moist chocolate cake that can be made in a microwave in just five minutes. It’s the perfect dessert for when you’re short on time or simply want to indulge without committing to a full baking session. Plus, it’s vegan and uses everyday pantry items that you probably have on hand already.

Trust me, once you try this wacky cake, it will become a go-to recipe for life’s little moments of indulgence. So grab your favorite mug and let’s get started on this simple yet delicious treat.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One
5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Listen up, my friends! I’m here to talk about one of the best things in life: chocolate cake. But not just any chocolate cake. Oh no, no, no. This is a 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One recipe that will change your life forever.

First of all, let’s talk about convenience. Don’t you hate it when you’re craving something sweet and you have to go to the store for ingredients or bake a whole cake that takes forever? Not with this recipe, my loves. It only takes 5 minutes to make and it’s all done in the microwave! Plus, it’s a single serving so you won’t have any leftovers tempting you on the counter.

Now let’s talk about taste. This isn’t your usual dry and boring microwave mug cake. This is a wacky cake, which means it’s made without eggs, milk or butter. But trust me, you won’t even notice those missing ingredients. The vegan chocolate flavor is rich and decadent with just the right amount of sweetness. And because it’s made with unsweetened cocoa powder and white vinegar instead of traditional baking ingredients, it has a unique tanginess that will make your taste buds dance with joy!

But wait there’s more! This recipe is super versatile. Want to try something new? Add some chocolate chips or top it off with whipped cream and berries. Want a healthier option? Use gluten-free flour or replace the sugar with stevia. And if you’re feeling really fancy, try adding a splash of coffee or vanilla extract for extra flavor.

So go ahead and give this 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One recipe a try. Trust me, you won’t regret it. It’s easy, delicious and perfect for any occasion- even if that occasion is just making yourself happy on a random Tuesday night!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in a quick and easy chocolatey treat!
Indulge in a quick and easy chocolatey treat!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One Recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

Note: You can use any type of plant-based milk as a substitute for water in this recipe. This will add extra creaminess and flavor to your cake. Add-ins like vegan chocolate chips or nuts can be added to the batter for an extra flavor boost.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this single-serve vegan delight.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this single-serve vegan delight.

Gather Your Ingredients

Start by grabbing all the ingredients you’ll need for this magical 5-minute wacky vegan microwave chocolate cake for one recipe:

  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour, but you can substitute with gluten-free flour if needed.
  • Sugar: White sugar or brown sugar will work just fine.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Perfect for giving a rich chocolaty flavor to the cake.
  • Baking Soda and Salt: These are essential for making the cake fluffy and helping it rise.
  • Vegetable Oil: Any neutral-flavored oil such as canola or sunflower oil works best here
  • Vanilla Extract: This gives a little extra flavor to your cake batter. You can skip it if you like.
  • White Vinegar: For its acid content, working with baking soda to give fluffiness and lift to your cake formula.

Mix Your Cake Batter

In a large microwave-safe mug, mix together 4 tablespoons of flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt.

Make three wells in the mixture.
Pour 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, an optional teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into these wells. Pour cold water (or coffee) over everything until it fills the cup about two-thirds full.

Microwave Your Cake

Pop your cake formula in the microwave on full power for one minute. If it’s not done at this point (which is common), put it back in for another 15 seconds.

Don’t overcook it! A little underdone is better than overdone! Keep an eye on time!

Finish and Serve Your Cake

Let the cake rest until cooled enough to eat. Just one last step before gobbling down your delicious cake – drizzle some dairy-free chocolate chips or sprinkle some powdered sugar to create joyous decoration atop your masterpiece!

And there you have it – The ULTIMATE in 5 minute wacky vegan microwave chocolate cake! This recipe is perfect for those moments when you’re craving something sweet or need an emergency pick-me-up, so don’t hesitate – give it a try today!

Substitutions and Variations

 Chocolate cravings? This microwave cake's got you covered.
Chocolate cravings? This microwave cake’s got you covered.

This 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One recipe is already perfect, but if you’re feeling adventurous, there are some substitutions and variations you can try.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of vegan chocolate or don’t have it on hand, you can use regular milk or dark chocolate chips instead. Simply add them to the batter before microwaving and adjust for sweetness accordingly. You can also swap out the cocoa powder for a flavored powder such as matcha or chai for added complexity.

To make this recipe gluten-free, swap out the all-purpose flour for almond flour or gluten-free flour blend. Keep in mind that the texture will be different and might require some extra experimentation.

Looking to reduce calories? You can substitute half the sugar with stevia or other low-calorie sweeteners without affecting the overall taste too much.

For those who want some more excitement, try adding some chopped nuts, dried fruit or shredded coconut to the batter before cooking. You can even experiment with different extracts such as almond or peppermint to add further flavor dimensions.

If you’re feeling indulgent, you can sprinkle some additional chocolate chips on top before microwaving it for an extra chocolatey kick. And why not bring it to the next level by drizzling some chocolate sauce over it before serving?

No matter which variation you try, this 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings while giving you room to be creative in the kitchen.

Serving and Pairing

 All you need is 5 minutes and a mug for this decadent dessert.
All you need is 5 minutes and a mug for this decadent dessert.

Once you’ve prepared your delectable 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One, it’s time to indulge yourself and savor each bite. Since this cake is so rich and indulgent, you could serve it with a side of fresh berries or a dollop of vegan whipped cream for a refreshing balance. Alternatively, as a contrast, you might sprinke some coarse salt or cacao nibs on top. The garnish possibilities are endless!

Another serving suggestion is to spread some vegan cream cheese or peanut butter on top of the cake while it’s still warm. The combination of creamy frosting and moist cake can go oh-so-well together.

If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a forkful of the cake and let it melt in your mouth as you sip on some coffee or tea. The richness of the chocolate pairs nicely with these warming beverages, further adding to the comfort and indulgence factor.

Whatever way you choose to serve your 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One, keep in mind that it’s meant to be enjoyed thoroughly!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Save time without sacrificing flavor with this fuss-free recipe.
Save time without sacrificing flavor with this fuss-free recipe.

I understand that sometimes we need to prepare a sweet snack in advance, or maybe there is cake left that we want to save for later. In this case, this vegan microwave chocolate cake is a perfect choice since it can be stored easily and reheated effortlessly.

To make-ahead, you can prepare the cake batter and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat the cake, simply microwave it for 20-30 seconds or until it’s warm.

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to indulge, just heat up your cake slice in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until it reaches your desired temperature.

For those of us who are always on-the-go, this chocolate mug cake is the perfect portable treat that will keep us satiated during our busy day. Just make sure to use a microwave safe mug with a lid so you can carry it around with you without any worries.

Overall, this 5-minute wacky vegan microwave chocolate cake is not only delicious and easy to prepare, but it also offers flexibility when it comes to storing and reheating. A versatile dessert that is perfect for anyone who loves chocolate and doesn’t want to spend hours baking!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Treat yourself to a warm and moist chocolatey cake in a flash.
Treat yourself to a warm and moist chocolatey cake in a flash.

Baking a cake might sound simple because it’s just following instructions, but making sure you get the perfect chocolate cake without any hitches involves some important tips. Apart from using the right ingredients at the right measurements, some common mistakes can make your cake flop. Here are some tips to get perfect results for your 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One Recipe:

Firstly, be sure to use a microwave-safe mug that can withstand high temperatures from the prolonged heat exposure in the microwave oven. Using a small cup or bowl other than a large microwave-safe mug may cause overflowing of the cake batter during the baking process.

Secondly, in order to make sure that your cake turns out fluffy and moist, do not over-microwave your cake. It’s crucial to cook it in intervals of 30-seconds at a time until it’s fully cooked rather than cooking it straight for 5 minutes. This helps prevent over-drying which can lead to an over-beaten texture.

Thirdly, try whisking dry ingredients such as flour mixture and wet ingredients such as vegetable oil and water separately before adding them together. This makes it easier for you to mix all the ingredients thoroughly without creating lumps or uneven consistency in your cake batter.

Another important tip is to keep an eye on your cake while it cooks for any visible signs of overflowing, big bubbles, or cracks since a minor visual sign could have a big impact on taste and texture. If there is any issue with these signs, then readjust the temperature and time accordingly.

Lastly, resist the urge to pop open the microwave door (even for just a second) while cooking your chocolate cake since this disallows even heat distribution within your vegan chocolate mug cake resulting in uneven cooking or burnt patches. Give yourself time by allowing the entire 5 minutes bake time to complete before checking on your wacky vegan microwave chocolate cake.

By following these tips, rest assured you will successfully make an amazing vegan chocolate mug cake in no time!


Before you start making this 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake recipe, I have compiled some frequently asked questions from other fellow bakers to help you out with any inquiries or concerns you might have. These are answered by experienced vegan chefs who have tried and tested this recipe, so rest assured that these tips will help guarantee the best possible outcome from your first attempt.

How do you make a cake in the microwave mode?

To prep your cake for baking, carefully pour the batter into a greased cake pan and give it a few gentle taps on a flat surface to remove any trapped air bubbles. Next, cover the pan with cling wrap to lock in moisture during baking. Pop the pan into the microwave and cook on full power (level 10) for 10 minutes to achieve a perfectly cooked cake.

How to make a mini chocolate cake in a cup?

To prepare this vegan chocolate mug cake, start by mixing together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large microwave-safe mug. Once well combined, stir in some milk, canola oil, water, and vanilla extract. Pop the mug into the microwave and cook the cake until it’s done in the middle, which should take approximately 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Why does wacky cake work?

The wacky cake recipe comprises key ingredients such as flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, white vinegar, salt and vanilla extract. Notably, this eggless batter relies on gluten for structural support, with the added strength provided by the acidic vinegar and salt.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One recipe is a game-changer. It’s quick, easy, and can be customized to fit your dietary needs or preferences. Whether you’re a vegan, gluten-free, or just need a small indulgence, this recipe is perfect for you. With minimal clean-up and only one dish needed (a microwave-safe mug), it’s ideal for satisfying those sudden chocolate cravings.

The wacky cake is a tried-and-true classic that has stood the test of time, and this vegan version brings it to a whole new level. Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you; this microwave chocolate cake is so deliciously decadent that you’ll feel like you’re treating yourself to something special every time. Plus, with variations like adding chocolate chips or topping it with whipped cream or berries, this recipe can be transformed into an endless amount of indulgent desserts.

So what are you waiting for? Give this 5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One recipe a try and taste the magic yourself. It’s perfect for when you want something sweet but don’t have the time or energy to make an entire cake. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

5-Minute Wacky Vegan Microwave Chocolate Cake for One Recipe

You absolutely will not believe how fast you can make the most decadent, moist, one-serving chocolate cake without eggs or milk. This is a variation of the famous wacky cake or crazy cake. It's sooo good! You stir all the ingredients and microwave it in a coffee cup. Try it. Seriously.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 coffee cup full of cake
Calories 377.3 kcal


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Stir together all the dry ingredients in a large coffee cup.
  • Add wet ingredients and mix well with a fork.
  • Microwave on 50% power for 3 minutes. (I think most microwaves are 1500 watts, so that's about the same as 750 watts for three minutes.) I always have my cup on the rotating plate. ENJOY!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 157gCalories: 377.3kcalCarbohydrates: 75.6gProtein: 3.8gFat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 609.1mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 50.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., From Scratch, Healthy, Inexpensive, Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sweet, Vegan, Weeknight
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