Thursday, August 14, 2008

Chocolate Cake In A Mug

Have you ever wanted just one piece of chocolate cake? Not a whole cake where you would be tempted to eat the whole thing in 2 days--then feel guilty for the next 2 weeks--but just one piece of chocolate cake. Just a little something to keep you company while you pay the bills, or after you put the kids to bed, or while you watch your laundry pile up. Well, here's a recipe for a chocolate cake in a mug that gives you the 'chocolate-pick-me-up' you may need to tackle that load of laundry.

3 TBS all-purpose flour
2 tsp cocoa
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 TBS sugar
2 tsp veg. oil
2 TBS water
1/4 tsp vanilla
mug
frosting

In a small bowl, sift first 4 ingredients together. Then add last 4 ingredients and mix well. Spray the inside of mug with cooking spray; add cake batter. Put in microwave for 2 minutes. Top with frosting, a homemade chocolate glaze, or chocolate syrup.

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138 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Gosh. Ali you rock! This sounds wonderful, and my dieting self often reminds my over-indulgent self that I don't need to make a cake because I will eat it ALL. Now, I can make it and eat it all, because it is a single serving. Perfect! Thank you. :-)

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  2. I have seen this recipe before but I am glad that you have posted it because I lost the link. This is great for those times when you just need chocolate.

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  3. What a great idea. Honestly when i make chocolate cake I feel compelled to eat the whole thing.

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  4. I definately always have chocolate cake guilt...this is a great recipe!

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  5. Ok, You always have great recipes and great ideas, but I think this by far is the best...... I can't wait to try this.

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  6. That is great Ali! I could go for that nice little chocolate cake too!

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  7. Dawn--Your welcome! But don't forget the frosting!

    Renee--I had to combine the recipes online for cake in a mug with regular size eggless cakes (because I had no eggs) and luckily it turned out great!

    Debateur--I feel the same way especially since my hubby doesn't have as much as a sweet tooth as I do so I feel like I need to eat it all!

    Kristen--It's very yummy! I let my sister have a bite the other day and she ended up eating it all!

    Jenn--Hi Jenn! It's not very pretty but it does taste great!

    LeAnn--I haven't tried it yet in a regular coffee mug but if you do (I think it will fit) let me know how it turns out!

    Judy--I should have fixed you one last Saturday--oh, wait, then you wouldn't have gotten any key lime pie:)

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  8. Oh thank you so much! Please post more of recipes like this - I hate how if I want something sweet I have to make a crowd-worth. I even got a small batch baking cookbook to solve this problem.

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  9. Hahahaha! LOL! Thats right! and the Key lime pie was the best!
    Maybe next time?

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  10. Where have you been all my life??? This would go so great with my Foldgers Chocolate Truffle coffee.

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  11. Oh bless you! You're like a bloggy angel sent from heaven! (because in heaven, everything's made of chocolate!) I will get ingredients and let you know how it turns out! I knew there was a reason I HAD to check your blog today!!!

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  12. Jojo--I so need one of those cookbooks!

    Judy--Remind me!

    Stacyrenee--Mmmmm...truffles.

    Jennifer--Don't forget the frosting! Let me know how it turns out!

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  13. OMG!!! You are now my idol and I will worship you every time I make this beautiful concoction!

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  14. Kat--LOL! Just make sure no one's around or else they'll take it for themselves!

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  15. I'm trying it now, but it is so lucky to have made it into the microwave...I loved the batter!
    Angie

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  16. Ok, I just googled this recipe and your blog came up. I was having a chocolate fix...
    Anyways, this is so good. I just topped it with whip cream and yum!
    Nicole
    www.stockpilesandcoupons.com

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  17. This cake is delicious! u rock!

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  18. Just enough chocolate glaze (make this while your cake is cooling)

    3tblsp granulated sugar
    1 tblsp butter
    2 tbsp cocoa
    dash salt
    few drops of vanilla or almond

    microwave 20-30 seconds until melted. Pour over your cake and let cool. YUM!

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  19. what an idea. I will have to try this.

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  20. oohhhhh yum!! what a great idea!! hope you have a fab SITS day!

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  21. This is a fabulous idea, but mine always come out wrong. They are literally inedible without ice cream to soften their rubbery texture. Yours look delicious though :)

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  22. Great idea! Love it! Can't wait to try this one.

    Happy SITS day.

    B x

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  23. I've actually read this post before. I had to go back and check if I didn't comment on it last year. Delish!

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  24. can't wait to try this! i'm not on a diet so a whole cake or a piece is okay with me, but who wants to wait that long for chocolate cake? i know I don't, so this is perfect! genius ali!

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  25. Oooo, I wrote about this one once too and I love it because it's just so much and no more!

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  26. not a huge fan of chocolate; wow Ali. im in love with this recipe. just perfect for those once in a blue moon nights i must have chocolate. my girlfriends will love this also. =) thank you.

    happy monday.

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  27. How perfect is this? Not very since I've been trying to lose weight since the spring. It's not working anyway so might as well have some cake in a mug.

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  28. Genius! I had to Stumble this post.
    Happy SITS day to you!

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  29. that looks to die for!!! I'm totally going to have to try that...like NOW...I think we should have a SITS cake in a mug time out ;-)

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  30. Oh my gosh that sounds delicious. I have got to give that a try.

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  31. This is totally a great idea. You should be given some kind of award. Microwave chocolate cake in a cup! It's so clever. Hope you're having a great SITS day.

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  32. What an awesome concept! Love it and will have to try. Have fun on your SITS day.

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  33. Hope you're enjoying your SITS Day!
    Try baking brownies in several sturdy mugs. Serve in the mug with ice cream on top!

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  34. Perfect! I'm going to link to this in my blog post this morning so others can check it out.

    Have a SITSTASTIC DAY!

    ~ Sandy

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  35. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO saving this recipe for my one cheat this week! (I "diet" M-F, but come the weekend, it's no holds bared.)

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  36. Ahhh, just worked out!!! Thanks A LOT :) Looks delicious. I am going to need to follow you. I loved all these posts. Consider me your "follower". :)

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  37. OMG.

    All I can say is thank you. I foresee all of my coffee mugs getting a strenuous workout in the next couple of days.

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  38. Oh, my dear Lord. I MUST try this on Wed. night when my girlfriends come over to watch So You Think You Can Dance. Easy peasy!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  39. Noooooooooo - it's Monday and the traditional Start of the Diet day.

    Chocolate Cake in a Mug...

    *sobs*

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  40. Seriously this true!?! You totally just made my day, perhaps even my week.

    Happy SITS day!

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  41. Are you kidding me - this is absolutely brilliant.

    You are my new BFF...

    oh yeah, I'm now stalking you too.

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  42. Talk about clever people - brillant solution to a age-old problem. (..but who really stops at just 1 piece of chocolate...)

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  43. I remember stumbling upon this recipe a few months ago and I forgot to try it out. Thanks for reminding me!

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  44. Oh, this could be dangerous for me because I have a feeling I could eat a piece a day. Thanks for sharing, it's a great idea:)

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  45. It's really a shame that I have all of these ingredients at my disposal. Right. Now. MMMMMM!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  46. I do the same thing. I made up tons of single serving dessert recipes JUST so I wouldn't overdo it!!!

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  47. What happens when one mug of cake isn't enough? You make another!

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  48. What a great idea! Loved exploring your blog! Happy SITS day!

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  49. thank a lot. I just gained four pounds.

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  50. Wow! That's awesome. You're my new hero!

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  51. Best. Idea. Ever. Forget portion control, I just think it looks cute.

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  52. Yum! I'll have to give it a try.

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  53. What an awesome idea! Looks sooo yummy with the ice cream on top.

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  54. Oh goodness I want this :) Great idea, and i will be printing it out to make sometime this week. Thanks!

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  55. Oh my gosh! You are my HERO!!!!! I just did this and I LOVE IT! (Yes, at 9:30 in the morning. A mom's gotta take advantage of those nap times!)
    Happy SITS day! You deserve it!

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  56. I have seen this but never made it. It looks so yummy...

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  57. Yum! I might have to make this right now!

    Happy SITSday!

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  58. I used to own my own restaurant and finding innovative ways to display a dish is awesome! Keep up the god work on your site!

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  59. I've been wanting to try this. It looks D'lish!

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  60. Um...
    AMAZING!

    I totally printed this out.

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  61. Great idea...it is impossible not to eat the whole cake in record time. Happy SITS day!

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  62. This is so cool! I remember a recipe for chocolate pudding for one but never saw cake....which is my absolutely fav dessert.

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  63. That's awesome! It looks delicious :)

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  64. this looks like something even I could make! yay :D

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  65. Congrats on being FB!!!OH THANK YOU!!! Yum. I cant wait to make some... now? a little fun fact....
    Cupcakes origianally got the name cupcakes because they were baked in cups?!!
    Going back to our roots! lol
    Stopping by From SITS!
    Come Check out My Giveaway if you get the chance!
    Cupcakey Goodness Giveaway

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  66. Wow, one piece. That would be perfect, I'll have to try it.

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  67. Oh my gosh this sounds perfect! Thanks so very very much for sharing it!

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  68. Reading your recipe, this doesnt look nearly as hard as Id thought.

    I really wish I had some cocoa right now.

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  69. oops....I've tried this cake....not impressed with it. :-/

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  70. If you and I weren't already married, I'd be stalking you! Thanks for this ingenious recipe!!

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  71. wow....this looks wrong! In a REALLY good way!! :)

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  72. See, look what you have done. I have been doing really well with the healthy eating and then you go and show me an easy way to break out of the good habit with some wonderful chocolaty goodness in a cup. Wow! Amazing!

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  73. I like the whole cake but love this idea! x

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  74. Ooh... instant chocolate cake!! My daughter and I will have to give this a try!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  75. I'd never heard of something like that. Really neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy FB day! :0

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  76. I always read about this but can never find it when I want to eat it! I AM COPYING IT NOW!! Thanks for sharing!

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  77. Is there a non-microwave version? We don't have a microwave.

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  78. Yum! Sounds so good, I'll have have to say it twice: Yum yum!

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  79. I have actually tried this cake and don't really like it. :o(
    It is a bit tough and well, I just don't like it. Maybe I am just spoiled with the real thing!

    Happy SITS day!

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  80. Girlfriend...you are awesome!! I am trying this !! :)

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  81. Seriously girl, you're a genious! I'm so going to try this! Stopping over from SITS to say hi & enjoy your day in the spotlight.

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  82. Holy Man that looks delicious! That is such a great idea - my waist would like it, too! :)

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  83. I've tried something like this, but it's time to try it again!

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  84. Oh, my friend sent me a recipe like this once! I should try it, cause it looks great. =)

    Happy SITS Day!

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  85. The first time I heard you could make a little cake in the microwave, my head almost exploded. Lol. Thanks for posting this.

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  86. OMG that is a great idea! One piece of chocolate cake. You could put them betty crocker cakes in a microwave out of business with this recipe.

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  87. Such a great idea! I crave stuff like this all the time, but fear I would eat the whole pan. And I do not mean just the pan of cake, most of the cake does not make it past the "batter" stage!!!

    Mindy
    Adopt a 'Do - Cute Girls Hairstyles

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  88. Oooh that looks sooooooo yummy!! congratulations on your SITS day. :)

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  89. Oh yum! I have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  90. YUM! I'm gonna try this! Happy SITS day!

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  91. Great idea, pretty and delicious, can't get better than that!

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  92. Great idea! I so want to make this tonight

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  93. I’ve got one word for you: dangerous! I’m pretty sure that if I start this, I’ll end up eating it every night!!

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  94. All I have to say is yummy!! :)

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  95. Oh my that looks too good girl. Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream is my favorite treat.

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  96. I keep meaning to try this...maybe tonight is the night!

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  97. You are my hero!! Im making this tonight!!

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  98. You are my hero!! Im making this tonight!!

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  99. Yummy! Absolutely dangerous, but I'll do it anyway ;)

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  100. Genius! Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for the great (if not dangerous) idea!

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  101. If this is the same recipe I saw on another blog a few months back...I made it and it didn't turn out well. It's funny, I bake frequently and I can make a great challah bread, but somehow I can mess up a one-mug recipe made in the microwave. Ha!

    Great blog. :)

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  102. Thanks for sharing this! My DD26 is such a chocoholic! Wish I had seen this when she was in high school!

    Happy SITS day!

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  103. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe! Stopping by from SITS!

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  104. I love this recipe, I can't wait to be able to try it soon! Thanks, SITStah!

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  105. You know, I've seen this recipe many times before, but this is the first time I've seen a picture. It does look awfully yummy...perhaps I'll be making some tonight...

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  106. Forget Betty Crocker...it's all about the mug baby!

    Any recipe that delivers chocolate cake to me quickly is a definite favorite.

    Happy (belated) SITS day!

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  107. Drooling...positively drooling!

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  108. I am not so sure I should have stumbled upon this post because it looks sinfully good and easy and I have a lot more weight to lose.

    It is however, a FANTASTIC idea. Yummy.

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  109. Came to your blog through the SITS site congratulations on being the feture blogger the other day!
    This recipe is freaking AMAZING I will be making this tonight! It is a great idea!

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  110. Yes, I always need some chocolate to keep me company. Chocolate is very sociable, you know. Popping over from SITS.

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  111. ohhhh yes!! thank you thank you thank you!!! :) what kind of cocoa? unsweetened???

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  112. I just finished eating mine and it was really quite yummy! I added 1/8 cup of chocolate chips to mine and it only required 90 seconds in the microwave. For those who think it will turn out tough, watch the time. All microwaves are different. I would start out with 80-90 seconds, check with a toothpick, and add a few seconds if needed. There's no eggs, so it's safe to eat a little gooey too! Awesome recipe, thank you! :)

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  113. Delicious! I topped mine with a scoop of rocky road ice cream :)

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  114. I just made this cake and although it is easy to make and tastes good 2 min in my microwave was too long and the cake was overdone and crunchy, i'd suggest a min and a half for newer microwaves!

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  115. Just tried this, only needed 45 seconds in the microwave for my 1200 watt. OMG this looked and tasted like cake, wasn't expecting that! : )

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  116. Thank you SO MUCH! I have been wanting to do something like this, and since I had no eggs, this is perfect. I swapped the Cocoa for nesquik (its the only thing i had) and topped everything with cool whip and chocolate syrup. thanks!

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  117. The taste certainly satisfied my chocolate craving, but the cake turned out really crunchy. 2 mins is probably way to long for my microwave. I'll bookmark this recipe and try it again for my hubby tonight!

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  118. Me and my friend both tried on seperate occasions, we did everything correctly but it came out small and rock solid (tho tasting good). Any1 no why?

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