How to Make a Microwave Cake


You can use your microwave as a viable baking alternative to the more traditional gas or electric ovens if you want to make a real cake. You can make an entire cake in the microwave for an event like a birthday or a party, or you can make fun individual cakes in a coffee mug for an excellent after-dinner dessert.

If you are in the mood for baking, you could make a cake in the microwave. The instructions that are provided below can be used to make a chocolate cake that is suitable for a family’s microwave or an efficient microwave mug cake. Keep reading!

How to Make a Microwave Cake

Baking a Mug Cake in a Microwave

mug cake, Cooked in the microwave

What you need:

  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 3 tablespoons self-rising flour
  5. 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  6. 2 tablespoons chocolate chips

How to make it:

  1. Make the cake mix. To the mug, add two tablespoons of brown sugar or honey. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, followed by 3 tablespoons (44.4 mL) flour. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can use regular flour instead, but the cake will be more like a brownie in texture.
  2. Crack an egg into the cup and set it aside. One of the best things about mug cakes is that they require almost no cleanup; all you have to do is throw away the shell or put it in the compost.
  3. Mix in the stick of butter. On the countertop, thaw a stick of butter, and then place a tablespoon of the melted butter in the cup. You have the option of using salted or unsalted butter or margarine in this recipe.
  4. Stir in a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips (optional). The addition of chocolate chips results in a chocolate-flavored mug cake. If you prefer a vanilla cake, substitute a tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  5. Mix everything. Stir the contents of the mug with a spoon. Stir until the chocolate chips are incorporated, or until all of the contents are combined. Don’t worry about the mug’s top edges getting smudged; your cake will rise in the microwave anyway.
  6. Prepare the mug cake. Microwave the mug for 50 seconds on high power. After 50 seconds, insert a toothpick straight down into the center of the cake to see if it is baked. The toothpick should come out completely clean. If there is gooey cake residue on the toothpick, re-microwave the mug in 30-second increments until done. Be careful not to overcook. The cake will dry out if you microwave it for too long. It should not take longer than 2 minutes to cook.
  7. Allow the cake to rest. Microwaves do not always distribute heat as evenly as ovens. Allow the cake to sit on the counter for 1-2 minutes after baking to allow the heat to circulate throughout the mug.
  8. Take care when taking the mug out of the microwave. Lift it out with a hot pot holder or a towel. It will most likely be too hot to grab. For an even sweeter treat, top your cake with a scoop of ice cream. Take a spoon and dig in!

Baking a Whole Cake in the Microwave

Dough in ceramic form. Cooking cupcakes in the microwave, horizontally

What you need:

  1. 3/4 cups margarine
  2. 3/4 cups sugar
  3. 2/3 cup self-rising flour
  4. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  5. 3 tablespoons of milk
  6. 3 medium eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How to make it:

  1. Prepare the cake batter. Combine 3/4 cup softened butter or margarine, 3/4 cup sugar, and 2/3 cup flour in a large mixing bowl. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can use regular flour instead, but the cake will be more like a brownie in texture. Stir everything together with a spoon or a rubber spatula.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Add 3 tablespoons of milk. You can use whole, fat-free, 2%, or whatever milk you want. Add 3 medium eggs, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  3. Add the seasonings to the cake. If you want a chocolate cake, add a third of a cup of cocoa powder. If you’re making a vanilla cake, stir in one more teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  4. Combine the ingredients by hand or with an electric mixer for approximately 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth. If you do not have a blender, you can use a food processor to combine all of the ingredients for approximately sixty seconds.
  5. Transfer the cake batter to a microwave-safe dish. This is critical: never microwave bake in a metal baking pan. A shallow dish will most likely produce the best results.
  6. Begin preparing the cake. Microwave the cake for 3-4 minutes on high power. In the microwave, the cake will bubble and puff just like it would in the oven. It’s done just as it starts to set. Stick a toothpick straight down into the center of the cake to see if it’s baked. The toothpick should come out completely clean. If there is gooey cake residue on the toothpick, re-microwave the cake in 1-minute increments until done. Be careful not to overcook. If you microwave the cake for an extended period, it will most likely dry out.
  7. When it is still warm, this cake retains an incredible amount of moisture and becomes irresistible. If you like, you can put frosting on top and decorate it. Enjoy!

Frosting and Decorating the Cake

Young woman preparing a chocolate cake in the kitchen

  1. Allow the cake to cool completely before applying icing, or else, the icing will melt. Choose your favorite frosting. You can use store-bought frosting or make your own. Try chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or any other flavor you enjoy. Experiment with various flavors until you find your favorite.
  2. Frost the cake. Allow the frosting to come to room temperature. Spread frosting over the surface of your cake with a long rubber spatula or spoon.
  3. Garnish with fresh fruit. Slice fresh strawberries thinly and arrange them in a pattern or randomly on top of the frosting. Brush with seedless jam to finish.
  4. Garnish with sprinkles. A colorful confetti cake can be made with sprinkles. Before baking, you can also add a pinch of sprinkles to the cake batter.
  5. Load up on sweets. For an extra sweet touch, sprinkle a handful of mini marshmallows on top of the cake. Sprinkle a pinch of powdered sugar over the marshmallows.
  6. Top with extra chocolate. If you want a chocolate cake with a crunch, break up your favorite candy bar into small pieces and sprinkle some on top. Instead, you could use chocolate chips.
  7. Sprinkle with coconut shavings. Coconut can be used to bake a cake or to decorate it. It’s a healthier alternative to sugar sprinkles or sweets and looks fantastic on a cake. Cover the cake with a light layer of frosting and then press in the coconut.
  8. Sprinkle nuts on top of the cake. You can either cover the entire cake from top to bottom or sprinkle some on top.


Making a microwave cake is a satisfying and time-saving experience. Everyone, including senior citizens and the elderly, can benefit from the following microwave cake-baking tips. Microwave cake, without a doubt, yields a promising and moist result.