10-Minute Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe Made in the Microwave

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Dessert recipes like this 3-layered chocolate cake and more baking recipes by Chef Gemma Stafford from Bigger Bolder Baking

Hi Bold Bakers!

It’s been a while since I made an ENTIRE cake in the microwave. However, I am back with a highly requested recipe for a 10-Minute Easy Chocolate Cake Made in the Microwave! We’ve made all kinds of Mug Meals, Brownies, and 3 Layer Cakes in the microwave, so “microbaking” is one of our Big and Bold signatures! This Chocolate Cake Made in the Microwave is moist, fudgy, packed with a rich chocolate flavor, and can be made in MINUTES.

If baking a cake intimidates you, allow me to introduce you to this super impressive yet approachable take on a Chocolate Cake!

An easy chocolate cake with fruit on top.

What Cake Pans Can I Use In The Microwave?

When microbaking it’s really important to use a microwave-safe dish. I use these Silicone Cake Molds. These are the perfect size and material for baking in the microwave.

They are not only safe and easy to clean, but they are flexible which is great for turning out the cooked cakes. If you don’t have molds, don’t worry! Just use any microwave-safe dish.

While this homemade chocolate cake recipe calls for silicone cake molds, you can easily adapt this recipe into my microwave chocolate mug cake recipe as long as you use a microwave-safe mug.

What You’ll Need For This Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. 3 Silicone cake molds and parchment paper
  2. Sieve
  3. Large bowl
  4. Electric hand mixer
  5. Large spoon
  6. Microwave
  7. Cooling rack

A slice of an easy chocolate cake recipe, showing texture.

How To Make Chocolate Cake In A Microwave

Making a chocolate cake from scratch is easy with this recipe (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below)

  1. Butter three silicone cake molds and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. Place sieve over a large bowl. Add cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cream butter and sugar using an electric hand mixer on high.
  4. Slowly add in eggs and beat on high.
  5. Mix in yogurt, vanilla, and melted chocolate.
  6. Fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredient with a large spoon.
  7. Divide batter into cake molds.
  8. Microwave each cake layer for 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
  9. Allow to cool completely and turn out on the cooling rack.
  10. Add chocolate frosting (with my recipe) between the three layers of your cake.
  11. Line up layers and add frosting to the top.

How Do I Know My Chocolate Cake Is Done?

You will be amazed by how quickly and evenly this chocolate cake bakes in the microwave. You will know the cake is done when it is firm to the touch in the middle and pulls away from the sides of the pan.

How Do I Store Microwave Chocolate Cake?

After the cake has been decorated, cover the cake in cling wrap or a reusable airtight container. Then store at room temperature for up to 4 days. It also freezes really well un-frosted for up to 4 weeks. This makes it a great make-ahead dessert option for all kinds of events and last-minute entertaining.

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Tips And Tricks To Making Chocolate Cake In The Microwave:

  • You can substitute the eggs with apple sauce, buttermilk, or banana. For quantities reference my Egg Substitute Chart.
  • Use any type of yogurt e.g./ plain, Greek, or even dairy-free
  • Don’t be tempted to use hot chocolate powder instead of the 1/2 cup of cocoa powder I recommend. They are not the same thing.
  • Allow your butter to sit out overnight to come to room temperature before making the batter
  • Always start with room temperature eggs. To bring cold eggs to room temperature quicker, put them in a bowl of warm for 10 minutes before using.
  • The cook time below is based on my microwave which is 1200 Watts, so your cook time may vary depending on your microwave.
  • If you don’t have silicone molds then use any microwave-safe dish.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Watch The Recipe Video!

Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 8 mins

Total Time 33 mins

Moist, fudgy, and easier than you could ever imagine, my 10 Minute Chocolate Cake recipe bakes in your microwave faster than your oven can preheat.

Author: Gemma Stafford

Servings: 10 slices

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (2oz/57g) cocoa powder
  • cups (7.5oz/210g) all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • (6oz/180g) sticks butter, (room temperature)
  • 1 cup (8 oz/225g) sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten*)
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (10oz/282g) plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup (1.5oz/43g) chocolate (melted)

Instructions

  • Butter 3 (6-inch) round silicone cake molds and line the bottoms with a round piece of parchment paper.
  • Place a sieve over a mixing bowl and add cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sieve ingredients together and set aside.

  • Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy.

  • Slowly add in the eggs and beat on high speed. (High speed will stop this mix from separating.)

  • Swiftly mix in the yogurt, vanilla, and melted chocolate and mix in quickly.

  • Lastly by hand, using a large spoon fold in flour mixture to the wet ingredients.

  • Divide the batter evenly between 3 silicone cake molds (or any microwave-safe dish).
  • One layer at a time, microwave each cake for roughly 2 minutes – 2 minutes 20 seconds. (this cooking time is based on my microwave which is 1200 Watts so your cook time may vary). 

  • You will know when the cake is done when it’s firm to the touch in the middle and it pulls away from the sides of the pan. Take care not to overcook or they will dry out. Remove from the microwave and allow to cool in the pan before turning out on a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

Substitute the eggs in this cake with apple sauce or banana. Check out my Egg Substitute chart for more info. 

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