Beach cottage Recipe : Chocolate Cake in a Cup

Mon 22nd, Jul, 2013

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 Happy Monday!  This morning we have the lovely Catherine from The Spring Blog here with something that is really really good for our thighs :-)  We love a good thigh hugging recipe here in Beach Cottage Land do we not?


Hello Beach Cottage Ladies! Catherine here!

This recipe really should begin with a disclaimer: the information being shared here may be dangerous in the hands of the hopelessly chocoholic. Because I’m about to explain that none of us are ever more than three minutes away from home-made, piping hot, molten chocolate cakes.

Also known as lava cake, molten chocolate cake has a dense, moist texture and rich flavour – like the best possible combination of a soufflé, brownie, and pudding all in one. The reason they can be made so quickly is that this version is done in the microwave – but don’t be put off – these cakes puff up as they ‘bake’ just the same as in an oven and start to deflate as soon as they come out. When your spoon breaks through the outer spongy crust you’ll then find the soft, gooey centre that makes this decadent dessert molten.


I’ve ‘trialled’ this recipe to perfection over several months (yes, I disclaim from experience!) and I can confidently whip up a single serving given 1 minute to get into the kitchen cupboards and scoop the ingredients into my mug, 30 seconds to stir them up, and 1:30 in the microwave on HIGH to ‘bake’. After that you’ll find me sitting feet-up on the couch with my cake (and eating it too), my bliss accentuated by the fact that I’ve only one cup and a fork to wash up when I’m through.

This recipe is also a fantastic for easy entertaining. If you’re cooking for a horde it’s quickest to multiply the recipe by however many people you’re having round and mix up all the ingredients in one big bowl. Then you can parcel out the batter neatly into single serve ramekins or cups and microwave each one individually. That’s a crucial tip, because if you do try microwaving several cakes at once it throws off the cooking time and the texture of the end result.



Three Minute Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe

(yield: one serving // prep & cooking time: 3 minutes)


1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
a pinch salt
a pinch baking soda
a pinch baking powder
2 tsp veg oil/melted butter
a square of dark cooking chocolate


1. Measure out the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder into to a microwave safe mug or small bowl and whisk with a fork to break up any lumps.

2. Add oil and milk, then mix well.

3. Push the chunk of chocolate into the centre of the batter. Make sure the chocolate is covered by the batter so it doesn’t burn while cooking.

4. Microwave on HIGH for 1:30 minutes. Every microwave is a little different so keep trialling the cooking time until you’ll happy with the consistency of your cake.


I hope you like the look of this ladies and thanks so much to Catherine for blogging this recipe here today, I must say having molten chocolate therapy 3 minutes away sounds very very good to me

Sarah x


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Catherine blogs at The Spring Blog, a window into life around her little cottage in Brisbane’s leafy inner South… If you press your nose up to the glass long enough you’ll see posts about personal style, favourite recipes, crafty projects, home decor, health, beauty, gardening … and her picks for the best things to do, see, and eat in South-East Queensland..



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13 Responses to “Beach cottage Recipe : Chocolate Cake in a Cup”

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  2. Hello All – I hope you enjoy the recipe and I’d love to hear how it turns out for you! In fact… I might just whip a cup of cake up myself this afternoon to cheer up the grey, chilly day we’re having. x Catherine

  3. Jenny Bowman says:

    Oh no! And this week was to be a ‘good’ week. Never mind as long as I can stop at one! Thanks for sharing looks absolutely yummy. X

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh my, that is something i want to try! i love the cups too, party perfect for sure! Thanks, jody

    • You’re very welcome! Any tea cups without a metal rim will work beautifully for these little cakes and I love the idea of using mix matched vintage cups and saucers at a party. Enjoy your day! x Catherine

  5. Shay says:

    I’ve never been so hungry by just reading a blog post. This look delicious!

    • Hi Shay, There are a lot of incredible recipe posts out here in blog land, so that’s a real compliment! Hope you’ll whip yourself up a cup (or a batch) soon and ENJOY x Catherine

  6. merilyn says:

    hi Catherine, yes this is a proven recipe, a friend of my daughter’s gave it to me
    some time ago (they were chefs) in fact her name is kate and she has sugarrush cakes.com …not sure if this is exactly how it is written.
    I do mine in mugs …fantastic only way to cook a cake I say! thankyou m:)

  7. Hi M, It’s very good to know my little trial-and-error recipe has real cheffy credentials! I’ll have to check Kate out, so thanks for the link. I usually do mine in mugs too … because they’re bigger than my cups… but for these photos I couldn’t resist bringing out my prettiest tea set. :) Catherine

  8. mellie lang says:

    well that ticks all my boxes, quick, easy, single serving and multiplying possibilities and best of all……chocolate!
    I can’t wait to give it a try, thank you!

  9. katrina says:

    Do u need the dark chocolate?