7 Minute Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe Recipes 11 JAN 2010

An absolute disaster it was I tell you. I couldn’t find my gran’s 7 minute microwave chocolate cake recipe anywhere and not wanting to let Chantelle whom I had promised a cake for down, I did a quick look about on the Internet and turned up this pretty good alternative recipe for the one I used to make.

Naturally, in the interests of prosperity and information storage, I now share this new 7 minute microwave cake recipe with you my dear blog reader, just in case you were feeling just that little bit left out. :P

So here goes:


  • 1 cup of sugar (or castor sugar)
  • 1 cup of boiled water
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 45 ml of cocoa
  • 45 ml of oil
  • 12.5 ml of baking powder
  • 5 ml of vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt


  • Spray with non-stick or grease a microwave ring-cake pan.
  • Beat the eggs together with the sugar and add the oil and vanilla essence into the mixture.
  • Dissolve your cocoa in the boiled water.
  • Mix together the cake flower, baking powder and salt.
  • Add in the cocoa mixture and the egg mixture to the flour mixture, continuously beating the result until a smooth batter is obtained.
  • Pour the smooth mixture into the ring pan and place in the microwave on high for between 6 and 7 minutes.
  • If wet spots are detected after the mixture has finished cooking, you can microwave it for an additional minute or two. However, care needs to be taken to ensure that you don’t overcook the cake!

Once cooled. you can then move on to creating whatever icing you’re going to use for the job, though I usually like to stick with the plain old classic form of icing, namely taking 250 g of softened margarine and mixing it up with copious amounts of icing sugar with some vanilla essence and cocoa for flavour. But seriously, this last step is best left to your own machinations! :P

I won't lie, it tastes good. 'nuff said.

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About Craig Lotter

Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • latha

    what oil did you use? i want to make this fr my mom! (:

  • Apple Mcpear

    this cake that I made looks nothing like the pitcher. I followed the instructions as it wrote. It tastes PLANE to. Mabey its because of the mixture it was just WAY to runny. But before we tipped the all cocoa in the batter it was perfect. I like batter.

  • KateH


    • It is right? Considering how little effort goes into making it! :)

      • KateH

        The mixture is quite runny, so I microwaved it for 7:30 minutes. BUT… I didn’t have enough flour so used a half cup cake flour with a half cup wheat semolina flour. Cake is light and not too sweet. Made a chocolate peanut butter frosting.

        • Sounds delicious. The microwave cake was a go to recipe for me as a bachelor, but I haven’t made it in years. One of the ‘pros’ that came from marrying a professional cake baker! :)

  • sylvia

    I found this post way back in 2011 , my dads a very picky eater and he loves it , i would even make 2 or 3 tier cakes with it.

    Its soft and fluffy ,we love it with caramel and a bit of butter icing. My husband hates cake , so yesterday 9pm he asks me to make a cake for this morning (men are worse than children 9pm ?!) , not knowing where this Recipe was I did a quick google , was super cool to see after all these years you still respond to the blog … this recipe has traveled with me trough South Africa everywhere family and friends would beg for it . I mean 20mins from start to finish!

    • Ha ha, that’s awesome! (But seriously, requesting a cake at 9pm – my wife would murder me, never mind not make the cake! :D )