One Minute Chocolate Cake

I’m sorry.  I know that it’s a new year, and I know that your resolution to eat healthier is already nagging at you, but I just couldn’t let this one pass.  One minute chocolate cake?  Yes.  I made it, topped it and ate it all under five minutes.

I’m not ashamed.

Now, if I’m really being honest, this actually took a little longer than one minute to make.  It took two and a half minutes.  I used a small glass bowl, a small whisk and my measuring spoons, and a small, 4 ounce ramekin, and I started timing myself before I even got any ingredients out.  I nuked it in the microwave for about 45 seconds and topped it with Extra Creamy Redi-Whip.  I’m classy like that.

When I took my first bite, I actually said, “Oh my goodness…” out loud to an empty room (well, empty except for my dog, who looked super-jealous.)  It’s fabulous, especially for the five minutes I invested.  Don’t have a ramekin?  Use a little glass dish, or even a coffee mug.  Start with 30 seconds in the microwave, and add 10 seconds at a time until the middle of the cake is firm.

You can top it as you wish – using chocolate frosting, chocolate syrup, caramel, whipped cream, ice cream – whatever your impatient little heart desires.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!  (The diet starts tomorrow, right?)

One-Minute Chocolate Cake
Yield:  1 serving

1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons milk (I used 1%)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour, salt, sugar and baking powder) in a small bowl, and whisk to completely combine.  Add the wet ingredients (oil, milk and vanilla) and whisk until mixture comes together completely.

Pour mixture into a microwave-safe dish (I used a 4 oz ramekin and it was the perfect size) and microwave at full power for 30-45 seconds, or until the middle of the cake is just slightly firm.

Allow to cool for a few seconds, then top with your topping of choice.

Source:  Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie


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  • Heather

    I.Love.You. No, seriously…it looks like a little bowl of heaven. I’m making this tomorrow, with hot fudge sauce on top :)

  • Heather Farr

    This would be a fun little activity for kids! I love this one Erin!!

  • Jennifer Dawn McLucas

    Yes please! For the record I am NOT sharing this with my kids-LOL. This will be an excellent after they go to bed kinda treat. For those times when the kitchen is already clean but I still want something sweet. Thanks so much! 😉

  • dmacke

    Baby M wants this. Now. I think I’ve found a new craving…

  • Pru @ Perfecting Pru

    These are good. I’m keeping this recipe very handy for emergency needs of chocolate cake.

  • Lydia Aspen

    Made it just now. Tastes OK.

  • rritarose

    What is 1/4 baking powder?