Gooey Chocolate Cake Cups for Two {in 2 minutes!}

gooey chocolate cake cups for two, in 2 minutes!

Each Tuesday for the past two weeks, my family has been glued to ABC, watching The Taste, a new reality TV cooking show. Professional and amateur cooks compete for a spot on a team by having their dishes scrutinized by four judges in a blind taste test. Have you watched it?

What I find most entertaining is what Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain, both judges and Executive Producers, bring to the show. Nigella speaks in her beautiful British accent, and is gorgeous (un-Photoshopped tummy and all) and so very sweet. She completely lives up to her cookbook titled How to be a Domestic Goddess. And Mr. Bourdain, while I find him and his books and shows wildly entertaining and informative, is well…just plain raw. Their sweet and sour mix makes for good food entertainment.

Each night, as our girls pour out their own opinions about each competition, they always talk about how pretty and nice Nigella is. They really look up to her. I haven’t seen Nigella around in awhile, so I started clicking through her site, trying to catch up with her latest. And I came across an interesting recipe that I knew I just had to try.

This Gooey Chocolate Cake Cups for Two recipe is adapted from a community recipe on Earlier this week, after supper one night, my family ate waaaaaaaaay too much chocolate cake, experimenting with getting this recipe just right. The really fun part is that these cakes are not baked in the oven. All it takes is a quick two minutes in the microwave for personal dessert heaven. When eaten warm, these cute cups of cake are sticky and gooey, filled with pockets of melty chocolate. And when left to cool, they are like a thick rich truffle, dotted with chocolate nuggets. Either way, they’re spectacular. I hope you’ll agree it was worth our efforts, not to mention the calories.

Gooey Chocolate Cake Cups for Two {in 2 minutes!}

Yield: 2 cups of cake


  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • big pinch of salt
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • heaping 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus a few more for sprinkling on top


In a small mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir well to incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips. Divide batter between 2 microwave-safe cups (my cup holds 6 fluid ounces) and then sprinkle the tops with a few more chocolate chips. Microwave both cups at the same time on high for 2 minutes. The cake will rise up above the cup rim, and then settle back down as it cools. Microwave strength varies, so adjust accordingly. The cakes should be cooked, but very moist, and a bit gooey in the middle. Allow cakes to cool for about 15 minutes prior to eating. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

These are best when eaten within a few hours of cooking them. As they cool, the chocolate chips will harden, so the cakes will be less gooey. But they're still very, very good. ;)


Adapted quite a bit from

gooey chocolate cake cups for two, in 2 minutes!

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99 Responses to “Gooey Chocolate Cake Cups for Two {in 2 minutes!}”

  1. #
    JulieD — February 1, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Brenda, these look so yummy! I love that they are so quick and easy!

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — February 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Ahhhh! It serves two! I’m in love! Plus, turquoise cups?! If my honey would make this, I would die of happiness! But, I’d eat it first ;)

  3. #
    Marly — February 1, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Chocolate in 2 minutes? Oh man, I’m in so much trouble now. It used to be I could stay “good” by saying there wasn’t any sweets in the kitchen, but now? I know I can come right here and two minutes later I’ll have my sweet tooth fix. It looks delicious! I know a vegan version will have be in our plans…soon!

  4. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Dangerous…. I’m trying not to look and the recipe so I don’t start making this 5-6 times a day.

  5. #
    Kelly — February 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Yes, PLEASE!! Love the portion control too ;) p.s. love those cups!

  6. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — February 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    The pictures alone are worth it! Love those aqua cups!

  7. #
    Kristen — February 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

    My sister made me one of these cakes in a cups when I was at her house last time… such a quick chocolate craving fix! Gorgeous pics too!

  8. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I’ve been looking for a good chocolate mug cake recipe these past few days and I tried one but it was pretty terrible. I’m definitely trying this one tonight! Thanks for your effort on making it right. :) And I love that they’re still good when cool! I think that’s not normal for these microwave recipes. Yay!

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Tonight?! You didn’t even make it to noon! ;) I’m so glad you liked it – have a great weekend!

  9. #
    Allison M — February 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This looks delicious…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If my hubby doesn’t surprise me with a fancy dinner out, I know what I’ll be making us that night! *swoon*

  10. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I haven’t watched The Taste, but I love Nigella’s show! She is just so elegant!

    And these? Are for dessert tonight. I expect some sweet kisses from my hubby in return ;)

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Elegant is a great word for her. I love watching & listening to her.

  11. #
    Sheila — February 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    So droolicious! Yum! I have not heard of this show…I love Anthony Bourdain…he is so crude, and honest. Thanks for the tip I can’t wait to watch.

  12. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I was just hoping for something slightly better than edible but this was way better! I only made half the recipe because I knew my husband wouldn’t want any and so I had to guess about the cook time. It worked out just fine! But next time I’ll make two. I wanted to be able to try it at room temperature but I couldn’t stop myself. Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll be making it again for sure. :)

  13. #
    Mom — February 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

    What a great recipe for your Dad and me. Can’t wait to try them. Chocolate looks especially inviting in your new cups! :)

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks, Mom. Let me know what you think of them. xo

  14. #
    Mercedes — February 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I have been loving The Taste too! And these cakes look dangerously easy and quick to make!

  15. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — February 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We’ve been watching The Taste and I can’t wait for the next episode when the teams actually start cooking! It should be interesting to see all those different personalities collide in the kitchens. Also – this cake!! What a wonderful little treat for just the two of us. Delicious!

  16. #
    orly @yumivore — February 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Looks delicious! I haven’t been watching The Taste (not enough hours in the day) but I adore Bourdain (maybe I”ll sneak in some time to catch the show) and I’ve made recipes by Nigella before. Love the thought of making something for just two, it will prevent me from eating an entire cake!

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks, Orly – so nice to hear from you!

  17. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I honestly gave up on the show after the first night. It just didn’t pull me in… but these mini cake cups?! They sure did. And they’re so cute in those cups! Beautiful choice in color.

  18. #
    Blair @ TheSeasonedMom — February 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Hi, Brenda! I just came aross your blog and I love it! We have a very similar philosophy about cooking traditions, raising kids, and rural family life. I’m definitely a new subscriber! Thanks for your hard work.

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      So nice to meet you, Blair! :)

  19. #
    cheryl — February 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    These look incredible! I will definitely be trying them.

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Yay! Let me know what you think! xo

  20. #
    Paula — February 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    How cute are these!

  21. #
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — February 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Love these … and catching up on the Taste is on my list for the weekend! Can’t wait.

  22. #
    Becca from Cookie Jar Treats — February 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    This look so incredible! I love molten chocolate cakes. The taste of hot oozing chocolate has to be the best flavor in the entire world. Can’t wait to try these out. :)

  23. #
    Charlotte Moore — February 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I did this for my husband when we got home from going out to eat. I only made 1 but it turned out great. He drizzled a little caramel on top and some had some cool whip to go with it. He loved it. I did leave off the chocolate chips.

    • Brenda replied on February 1st, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Your version sounds great – thank you so much for coming back to let me know!

  24. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    These look mouthwatering, Brenda! I love your mugs too!

  25. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    These look perfect for Valentine’s Day! I am happy to hear that your family is enjoying “The Taste” I hope you will cheer me on as part of Nigella’s team!

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Watching you right now! ;)

  26. #
    Layla — February 2, 2013 at 3:30 am

    The chocolate cups look amazing. I’m wondering if I don’t have a microwave how long should I
    leave them in the oven?

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Layla! I haven’t tried using anything but the microwave, as that’s part of the novelty of the recipe. If you try these in the oven, please let me know how it goes!

  27. #
    Weekend Cowgirl — February 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Instant satisfaction!

  28. #
    Fashion_iCook — February 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    WOW! these look absolutely stunning! i just found your blog and i like it so much! great job!

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you, so nice to meet you! :)

  29. #
    katie — February 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    oh my gosh… i could see me eating one of these nightly!!!

  30. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Chocolate cake in two minutes?! Now we’re talking!

  31. #
    Maria — February 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Perfect for a chocolate fix!

  32. #
    Amanda — February 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I saw the first night of the Taste but havent seen it since… bummer! These cakes look fab. I love quick and easy!

  33. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    This. looks. amazing.

  34. #
    Karyl — February 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    So yummy and decadent. I made a triple recipe for a family birthday dinner. Now I need some fun mugs for next time!

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Fabulous!! Mom just sent me a picture from today, where they made a double batch and shared with my niece and nephew. I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Karyl – thanks for letting me know!

  35. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I have missed this new reality show but I’m glad I didn’t miss these cakes. They are amazing, Brenda, beautiful photos too!

  36. #
    Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — February 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

    These look like EXACTLY what I need on a snowy day like today!

  37. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — February 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This is an impatient woman’s dream dessert, which means it’s mine ha!

  38. #
    Aggie — February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    We just got into this show as well, the kids love it! Nigella is such a beauty, so pleasant, I just want to be here friend! I was actually tempted to check out some of her books, surprisingly I have none of them!

    These little mug cakes look perfect! I love the color of the mugs in contrast to the color! Beautiful!

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks, Aggie! I have “How to be a Domestic Goddess” and love it…Nigella is so elegant and blunt at the same time. I think she’s pretty cool, and has some beautiful recipes.

  39. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    What a great idea — love these! Although I think with my family of 7, I’m better off just baking a full cake, but I’m going to save this for my hubby and I to have a special treat once the kids are all in bed.

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Excellent plan, Tara! ;)

  40. #
    Julia — February 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Anything that good that can be made in a mug for two is dangerous! These looks just delicious and I love the turquoise with the chocolate–just beautiful. I see these in my future!

    • Brenda replied on February 5th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, Julia! :)

  41. #
    Shaina — February 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I got to interview Nigella for The Taste. I could listen to her talk all day long. I love instant cakes. When I was a kid I used to play around making them for myself because my mom rarely made dessert. Resourcefulness gets you cake. :)

  42. #
    Allison M — February 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I made these last night for V Day and they didn’t turn out right. Used all the ingredients you listed (even organic milk, flour, eggs) and instead of chocolate chips I cut up some organic dark and milk chocolate into little chunks. Nuked it for the 2 minutes and it rose and fell like you said. But it just didn’t taste good. We ate several bites but the flavor was just off. It was our first Valentine’s as newlyweds and I used my new Mr. And Mrs. cups (and even took a picture to post here!) so I was sad they weren’t good. We love chocolate but ended up throwing over half of it down the sink. What did I do wrong??

    • Rebecca replied on May 19th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      I had a similar experience and after reading everyone’s positive comments, thought maybe it was just me. Glad to know I’m not alone!! I made these this evening following the recipe to a “t,” but still it was a bit disappointing. The top half of the cake was just bland and nasty. I figured out if I dumped it out on a plate upside down, the gooeyness and sweetness from the chocolate chips was more accessible which really saved it. I almost dubbed this recipe a flop but it really wasn’t for me – I just had to eat it differently than described, if that makes sense.

      I don’t know if I’d make it again though. It’s neat to have a microwave recipe, but I’m willing to wait for a molten cake to bake in the oven if it means I get to enjoy it thoroughly. :)

      • Brenda replied on May 25th, 2013 at 7:46 am

        I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy these, Rebecca. This recipe is not meant to “win out” over an oven baked cake. It’s more about the novelty of it, the fun and interesting twist on making cake. And the recipe is super quick, and for only 2 people, which I know alot of people appreciate.

  43. #
    tulisa — February 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

    it was deliciouse it was really quick and tasted g8!!!

  44. #
    tulisa — February 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    lovely it was so quick ans soooooo deliciouse ill make this for my family

  45. #
    emily — February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    this was a gr8 idea and this would defs go down well with a nice cupa hot cocoa, milkshake or smootie thanks tasted awsome!!!

  46. #
    lilly — February 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    it tasted really good but if u want a gooey center add golden syrup and or peanut butter and also some chocolate spread.

  47. #
    lilly — February 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    #oh and also :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  48. #
    lilly — February 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    this is an american site i didnt post at this time im eng peeps

  49. #
    lilly — February 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    this is an american site i didnt post at this time im eng

  50. #
    J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — March 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve been skeptical of these microwave cakes but with those pictures and Nigella’s endorsement I might just have to give it a try. Will be especially nice when you want chocolate cake but a) don’t want to take an hour to make it b) don’t want leftovers haunting your fridge and tempting you and every time you open it!

  51. #
    Susan Shingler — June 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I tried these last night. . . amazing!!! Highly recommend!

  52. #
    Mariah Pogue — August 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    If you’re only making one, should you still leave the mug in the microwave for 2 minutes? Or cut the time in half?

  53. #
    Pranaya Pradip — January 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    My family loved it :-) It worked like a charm…Thanks a lot Brenda!! Definitely going to pass this one around <3 We Indians love anything sweet and this recipe is simply too good…thanks again.

    • Brenda replied on January 8th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear – thank you!!

  54. #
    Clare — January 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve tried dozens of these recipes, and THIS IS THE BEST ONE EVER. It genuinely tasted like gooey chocolate cake. Marvelous!

  55. #
    55 — January 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    This was amazing! I certainly didnt have the self-control to wait 15 minutes before eating it though! Ha! Definitely going to be making these waaaay too much now. Can’t wait to experiment with some other flavors also for my hubby who is allergic to chocolate. Thank you!!!

  56. #
    Amy — March 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

    So if you’re a normal person you will have all these ingredients in your house. Which is good because you probably don’t want to go out, clear the snow off you car, get the ingredients from the store, etc. So while being perfectly lazy you can make this delicious treat and not have to leave your house! I love it!

  57. #
    Gina — June 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, I’m in trouble. This was a delicious hit and I’m sure I’ll be making them again soon.
    I only had unsweetened cocoa, and almond milk instead of the other but it still worked beautifully. Thank you for this :)

  58. #
    maya — January 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Oh My God!!
    this is literally the best microwaved cake i’ve ever had!
    you just became my go to recipe.

    I did make a few changes: i reduced the amount of butter in 1/3.
    i did half semi-sweet half white for the chips, and added marsmallow on top. I microwaved for 1.5 on 80% and then 20 seconds on 100%. when it was done i placed a couple of teaspoons of caramel-white chocolate sauce on top.
    perfect cake!
    i’m eating it warm.. I have no resraint.
    please excuse me while i go into a chocolate and sugar coma :-P

  59. #
    Tande — May 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Simple, fast and amazing recipe. Thanks

  60. #
    Lauren C — October 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    We tried out this recipe and had a similar problem as Rebecca and Alison. We didn’t have ceramic mugs that we were ok to ruin if this went poorly so we used glass mugs. Could that have been our problem?

  61. #
    Addie — December 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    This hit the spot!! After I put the boys to sleep, I was aching for a good chocolates fix. But all we had were…ingredients, ugh. So I set out to find someone who had a rockin’ fast chocolatey recipe. I found you through Real Simple, and you are a winner!!! I used half butter, half coconut oil. Because…I could, and also I have a huge crush on coconut oil and I really love it with chocolate. I also added dark chocolate chips which were amazing. It’s possible I should have taken the cups out before the 2minute beep, but it’s a new microwave and I really had no idea. But my microwave is pretty nuclear so I should have known. Next time! And there’s obviously going to be a next time, I will remember. Thank you for being so good to my sweet tooth! And I got brownie points by giving the other half to the husband ;)


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