Fast Recipes for Work #2: Cup o’ Chocolate Cake

Here’s another of my favorite fast recipes. How many times have you been slaving away at the computer, trying to squeeze in that last bit of code, those final tweaks to the copy, or the final lines in your design when you were struck with an overwhelming urge for chocolate cake?

Sadly, this happens way too often here in my house. While I feel a bit guilty when I “forget” to tell my wife that I made a chocolate cake – I feel more so when there isn’t any left to share with her.

So I was delighted to come across this recipe – as it’s a personal-sized cake (well, really – what cake isn’t personal sized?).  And the best part is it will probably take you longer to eat it than it will to cook it!

This is a “Freelance Favorite” called Cup o’ Cake – but you don’t have to be a freelancer to enjoy it.  If you’ve got a microwave at work, you can bring the ingredients and mix them up for your afternoon coffee.  Why buy a $5 cupcake when you can make something like this?


  • 4 tbsp flour (all purpose is ok, cake flour is better)
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar (haven’t tried it yet – but you could probably use your fav. flavor Quik and skip the cocoa)
  • 1 med egg
  • 3 tbsp milk (evaporated milk might be pretty good, too)
  • 3 tbsp oil (or melted butter if you want to be decadent)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 large mug

Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips to the mug

Add egg, then milk and oil.  Mix very well. (A large mug is handy here, or this might be a bit messy)

Put the mug in the microwave, and cook on high for 3 minutes

Take out of the microwave, empty mug into a bowl.  Smother cake with canned chocolate sauce, ice cream, whipped cream or all of the above

Hide bathroom scale.


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  1. Great and Fast recipe!

    I’ll definitely try it out!


  2. Daquan Wright on the 24th July

    Yes, you are a very bad man for not sharing it with your wife. 😛

    There is no freakin’ way I’d eat a chocolate cake all by myself…to much sugar!

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