Yupp, you heard me.
Love the convenience of using a microwave to heat food, but I’ve never really thought of using it as a method to cook raw food (let alone bake). There are actually a lot of interesting microwave recipes out there. This recipe caught my eye because, well… 5 minute chocolate lava cake? Need I say more?
lol I realize that it looks like an unattractive brown blob, but trust me, it tastes better than it looks.
Enough said, let’s microwave.
The following recipe will make one individual cake:
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 1/2 tbsp coffee (hot or cold)
**Warning: though I microwaved my cake for about 1 min and 15 secs on high, it turned out a little more cooked than I wanted (as in minimal lava spillage). Depending on how powerful your microwave is, you may want to experiment with the ‘cooking’ time to achieve the ‘lava’ sauce.
1) Lightly grease a microwave-safe container.
2) In a bowl, stir together sugar, flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla, stir till smooth. Pour into prepared container.
3) Using the previous bowl, mix together the last 4 ingredients: brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa, and coffee. Pour into the cup and gently swirl it in; don’t mix thoroughly. **Tip: ensure there is at least 1 inch between the rim of the container and the batter, as it will puff up and rise.
4) Cook in microwave for about 1 minute on HIGH, depending on how powerful your microwave is. When it’s done, it’ll look set on top, and kind of mushy around the edges.
5) Turn the cake onto a plate. It’ll be layered with ‘sauce’. It’s actually semi-baked batter, but since there are no eggs in here, it’s fine.
Notice the ‘sauce’ only around the outer cake edge
My cake had a bit of gooey ‘sauce’, but not as much as I’d like. It could have been because I let it sit before turning the cake out onto a plate? Planning to experiment with cooking times… think I’ll try maybe 50 seconds on HIGH next time or just over 1 min on MED. The cake itself is pretty good – fluffy, not too sweet, and not too chocolaty. You could also try adding some peanut butter frosting to complement this gooey chocolate cake – it only crossed my mind because I had some left over from the Reese’s cups.
Delicious and well worth 5 minutes.