The web abounds with recipes for chocolate cake in a mug. What about those of us who can't or don't eat chocolate but love quick cake? This tasty concoction can be made in minutes in your microwave and takes almost no prep time!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
3 mins
total:
13 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 cake
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, and baking powder together in a mug. Add egg, vegetable oil, water, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; stir until well mixed.

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  • Cook in the microwave on high until cake is cooked through, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and cool.

  • Mix 3 tablespoons white sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice together in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth; cook in microwave until sauce is bubbling, about 30 seconds. Pour sauce over cake.

Nutrition Facts

950 calories; protein 11.2g 23% DV; carbohydrates 126.4g 41% DV; fat 46.3g 71% DV; cholesterol 186mg 62% DV; sodium 133.1mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2017
I thought it was very good. I read the recipe and didn't have any disillusion on what the end result would be. I would never say a homemade recipe is disgusting because this is a site for sharing. Chicago has a wonderful cooking school my son attended - feel free to attend then trash this site. show some respect and I've looked at what you people like - Not all for my taste, but I didn't troll-trash you. I enjoyed this recipe. I will make it again. Thank you for sharing. Read More
(16)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2015
I would suggest the following tips based on my experience: Replace oil with butter for more softness. Alternatively, if you're out of butter, you can replace 1T of oil with heavy cream. I haven't tried it with a 100% sub, but you could try it. Increase Juice to 2T and reduce water. You can even increase it to 3T and add no water if you want it really lemony. If you have less lemons, you could add a 1/4 -1/2 t of zest of the lemon you are using. Limes can be subbed for Lemons.Even oranges can be subbed but fresh juice doesn't seem to work-you'll have to use a tetra pack. If you're using a flax seed or chia seed egg to replace the egg you can taste the batter and add more juice and zest as you see fit. Add 1/8 tsp. of baking soda. it reacts with lemon to give a rise. You can split it among two cups for more even 'baking'. You can add 2T banana for 2T oil to reduce fat and reduce sugar to 3T. This does depend upon your own taste or lack thereof for bananas. You can make a 3T sub as well but banana does make it denser so you might want to keep that in mind.Maybe increase the soda or baking powder by 1/4t ? Read More
(20)
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2015
I would suggest the following tips based on my experience: Replace oil with butter for more softness. Alternatively, if you're out of butter, you can replace 1T of oil with heavy cream. I haven't tried it with a 100% sub, but you could try it. Increase Juice to 2T and reduce water. You can even increase it to 3T and add no water if you want it really lemony. If you have less lemons, you could add a 1/4 -1/2 t of zest of the lemon you are using. Limes can be subbed for Lemons.Even oranges can be subbed but fresh juice doesn't seem to work-you'll have to use a tetra pack. If you're using a flax seed or chia seed egg to replace the egg you can taste the batter and add more juice and zest as you see fit. Add 1/8 tsp. of baking soda. it reacts with lemon to give a rise. You can split it among two cups for more even 'baking'. You can add 2T banana for 2T oil to reduce fat and reduce sugar to 3T. This does depend upon your own taste or lack thereof for bananas. You can make a 3T sub as well but banana does make it denser so you might want to keep that in mind.Maybe increase the soda or baking powder by 1/4t ? Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2017
I thought it was very good. I read the recipe and didn't have any disillusion on what the end result would be. I would never say a homemade recipe is disgusting because this is a site for sharing. Chicago has a wonderful cooking school my son attended - feel free to attend then trash this site. show some respect and I've looked at what you people like - Not all for my taste, but I didn't troll-trash you. I enjoyed this recipe. I will make it again. Thank you for sharing. Read More
(16)
Rating: 2 stars
09/09/2014
This was heavy and not a great texture. The flavor was not particularly very lemony either. I will not be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2017
This is a microwave cake. It makes no pretense to be anything else, so if you make this expecting to eat something with the texture of an oven baked cake, you'll be disappointed. If, however, you are looking for an individual, easy-to-make, from-the-microwave cake, this is an excellent recipe. I topped mine with some lemon yogurt instead of the suggested topping, but it was good without any topping at all. Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
09/11/2015
This cake had no lemon flavor and had a really eggy texture. Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2014
this didn't taste good at all it smelled ransed had a bad texure and the toping wasn't good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2018
I replaced oil with butter and added 1/8 tsp baking soda and this was great!!! I have made lots of mug cakes and I have had most of hem fail but this one was a success!!! I will most DEFINITELY be making this again!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/09/2015
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/18/2015
Absolutely disgusting! Read More
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