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

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

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

  2. #
    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?

  3. #
    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!!

  4. #
    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!

  5. #
    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!!!

  6. #
    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!

  7. #
    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 :)


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