From no-cake, to cake, in 5 minutes.

There are times when my tea looks at me, sitting on the bench and I can’t help but think that it seems very lonely. On Gourmet Farmer I heard the lovely quote, “A cup of tea without a biscuit is a wasted opportunity” and I can’t help but agree. But the problem is that I keep my cupboard lean and free from too many sweet temptations. To avoid additives and mucky weird processed food, I also have a general rule that I only eat baked goods that I’ve made myself.

Thankfully then, I’ve discovered this lifesaver of a recipe. It’s a cake that is prepared with a tablespoon measure and one jug then cooked in a large mug in the microwave. All in under 5 minutes.

So if you don’t use gluten, sugar or the microwave, please don’t email me or comment with a tonne of nasty abuse, just look away and come back next week – I promise you a healthier recipe then (or click here for my cocoa bliss balls). The rest of you, keep this on file for the next time your cup of tea needs a friend.

A few berries on top will make you feel more virtuous.

A few berries on top will make you feel more virtuous.

2-minute chocolate & coconut cake

1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk (or soy milk also works)
2 tbsp vegetable oil (melted butter would also work, but cool it a little)
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp raw sugar (or golden caster sugar or coconut sugar both also work)
3 tbsp self-raising flour

(I mix this together in a 2-cup glass jug, which makes it super easy to pour into the cup and then goes straight into the dishwasher).

Use a fork to whisk your egg in a jug or bowl. You don’t need the entire egg; especially if it’s a large one, so tip out about a quarter of it (don’t worry about being too precise!).

Whisk in the vanilla, milk and oil. Once combined, continue to whisk in the coconut, cocoa, sugar and lastly the flour.

Pour into a large mug and microwave on high for 2- 2 1/2 minutes (you might have to try a couple of times to find the timing that is perfect in your microwave).

Serves 2 kids, or 1 greedy adult.


21 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Alison said,

    What a great idea!

  2. 2

    Lulu said,

    I’ve just made this – purely for research purposes of course ; ). It did only take 5 minutes to make including the little dance I did when I discovered that I had all the ingredients required. It took considerably less time to eat (shared with my 3 little ones of course). Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 4

    Carla said,

    do you think you could just cook it in the 2 cup Pyrex Jug instead of pouring it into a mug?

  4. 7

    Lorraine said,

    Ahhh….. Wendy you do make me laugh, I am a grannie who enjoys cooking and follow your blog and have made many of your recipes. I look forward to being the 1 greedy adult who tries this… thanks for the recipe and the smile!

  5. 9

    Melissa said,

    Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it, and I too may do a little dance as I have all those ingredients at hand πŸ˜‰
    I have to say that I feel sorry for you that you felt the need to add the bit about people’s nasty comments – people can be pretty mean sometimes. Everything in moderation we say, even though I am most likely to be the greedy adult and eat it all myself!
    hahaha πŸ™‚

    • 10

      wendyblume said,

      yes, I’m just getting a bit fed up with it all. Especially people being nasty, considering this blog is just about trying to get people to cook and use a nice wide range of fresh produce! Not that this recipe really qualifies… desiccated coconut gets it in on a technicality. πŸ™‚

      • 11

        Claire B said,

        Sadly there are always going to be people who can’t be pleased (I think it’s jealousy). But you have plenty of us who love you ❀

        I have to say this is a way better version of past mug cakes I have seen, I tried one a few years ago and it was very oily. Yours sounds lovely, going to split it with the littlies for a treat tonight.

      • 12

        wendyblume said,

        hope it goes well! Yes, I’d tried a few in the past and found them pretty yuck – i reckon the coconut in this one makes a difference.

  6. 13

    Georgina said,

    Just about to try this albeit without coconut… !!

  7. 18

    Wendy said,

    I whipped this up earlier in the week and it was yum! Thanks for the recipe. Mine was perfectly cooked after 2 mins in the microwave, but it totally spilled over even though I used what I consider to be a reasonably large mug. Did you split yours into a couple of portions before microwaving? I must admit I did contemplate keeping it in the Pyrex measuring jug as I was the greedy one eating it all, muahaha!

    • 19

      wendyblume said,

      No, mine was just in one mug – but it is large and quite wide. You could cook in the jug but make sure everything is really well combined (no hidden clumps on the bottom).

  8. 20

    Sarah said,

    I’m about to make this, although I don’t have coconut. Or self-raising flour, I’ll add a bit of baking powder to my plain..

  9. 21

    Lisa said,

    Thank you – I made this tonight when my sweet tooth called and it was fantastic!

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