Impress Your Valentine With A Super Simple Chocolate Cake Beyond Their Wildest Dreams

(Morton Fox)

This isn’t a microwave cake, but it’s just as delicious!! (Morton Fox)

Valentine’s Day is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a decadent dessert for your sweetie. If you have a microwave and one minute, then you’re well on your way to chocolatey bliss.

So get your chocolate ready and prep your microwave (or Bill O’Reilly’s if you’ve got the dough) because this 20-second chocolate cake recipe from PBS is bound to blow your mind.

Grab your two favorite mugs and oil up the sides. Then mix sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, an egg and vanilla until there are no lumps. Once that’s finished top with baking powder and quickly mix.

Next, split the batter between the mugs, making sure there are no air bubbles. Then head to your microwave.

Set for 30 seconds and closely watch the cake bake in front of your eyes. When the cake rise about half-way up the sides of the mug it’s done!

Transfer your ooey-gooey cake to a plate, ASAP or you’re bound to get a rock hard chocolate flavored hockey puck. And get ready to impress you Valentine with your culinary expertise.


  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp oil


  1. Split the oil between two tall mugs with vertical walls, and then use your finger to spread it evenly up the sides, drain any excess oil. The mugs must be very well oiled or the cake will stick when you try and unmold it.
  2. Add the sugar to a small bowl, and then sift in the coco powder (a tea strainer works great for this). Add the heavy cream, egg and optional vanilla and whisk until there are no lumps. Sprinkle the baking powder on top and quickly mix together.
  3. Split the batter between the mugs and firmly tap the mugs on a towel-lined countertop to release any large air bubbles. Microwave one cake at a time.
  4. Since you don’t want to start and stop the microwave a bunch of times, set it for about 30 seconds, and closely watch the cake. It’s done when the cake rises about half-way up to sides of the mug (about 18 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave). The difference between a tender fluffy cake draped in velvety chocolate sauce and a chewy hockey puck is a few seconds, so you’ll need to experiment to see what works best for your microwave.
  5. Because the mug retains heat, it will continue cooking until you unmold it, so have a plate ready and unmold the cake as soon as it comes out of the microwave.

Prepare a Decadent Chocolate Cake in One Minute or Less! []

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