Four-minute Chocolate Chocolate Cake for One

by Laura on March 22, 2011

We took our first two-hour walk of the season today, through the woods and marshes near our house.  Slippery ice, squishy mud, the first glimpses of patches of green since our November snow fell, honking geese, loud woodpeckers at work, and Little Annie as happy as can be.  Welcome Spring!

When we returned, muddy pawed and booted and chilly, all three of us, we warmed up with big mugs of cinnamon tea and then shared this little cake.  My sweet Auntie Bitsy sent me this recipe a few years ago.  I upped the cocoa, oil, and chocolate so that it’s even more moist and chocolate-y than the original.  It takes four minutes from start to finish and, made with excellent ingredients, it’s surprisingly good.  In fact, we’re making another one, and some whipped cream, because it was so good.  We especially like the melty chunks of Callebaut chocolate that sank to the bottom.  Mmmm.  A four-minute cake?  This could be dangerous.

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1 Dee D. March 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Wow, that look so gooey, soft, and delicious! Its awesome that this can be done in only for minutes! wow :)

2 Laurel March 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Yummy! And beautiful pics! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

3 Laura March 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Thanks for the suggestion!

4 Joyce March 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I swear it’s like you read my mind, Laura!
I was literally just thinking about how nice a mug cake might be tonight, and lo and behold, you come through for me!
Awesome everything, as always. And honestly, you have the coolest kitchen- and serving-ware!

5 Laura March 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

You are so sweet, Joyce.

6 foodies at home March 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

This could be DANGEROUS! I’ll blame you when my pants don’t fit anymore ;)

7 krisannjacobson March 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’m eager to try this!

8 ShopCookMake March 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

What a great idea! I’m making this next time I’m cooking just for me.

9 Sara March 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Wow. This recipe has over 1500 calories in it. I hope you don’t eat this every day!

10 Laura March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I calculate 1107 calories total for this recipe with the particular ingredients I used. If you’d like to make a lower calorie version, reduce the cocoa by 1 T, the oil by 1 T, and the chocolate by half. This will bring the total calories down to 874, and it will still be delicious. You could also substitute skim milk for the whole. And, no, I don’t eat this every day.

11 Kirsty October 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

I tried this on the weekend after finding it on the make and take site! It was delicious but I would suggest that if you have a powerful microwave that you either lower the power or the time. I think mine was a little over done after 3 mins. Lauren I love this site!!

12 Laura October 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

Thank you, and thanks for the suggestion. I’m altering the recipe now.

13 Chelsea December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

My mum found this on facebook a few week ago and recomended me and my sister tried it. So we had a try and we made another one just a minute ago.
Only instead of chocolate chunks we used some nutella this time. :-)

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