Food Chronicles: Chocolate Mug Cake

Yes, Santa, they do exist! I’m talking about microwavable mug cakes that is. I’ve seen recipe after recipe posted online and especially on Pinterest describing a till-now-thought-unrealistic cakes baked in ordinary drinking mugs in your plain old microwave. I admit, I never thought it was possible – you can’t believe EVERYTHING you read online (trust me, not all of those pin tips work).

But on Monday’s episode of The Chew I learned … THEY DO EXIST! Michael Symon showed one of his personal recipes for a chocolate mug cake baked in a microwave. First I was shocked, second I started craving. If you watched this episode you know what I’m talking about … that oozing chocolate cake that he then stuffed with brandied cherries. Oh my gosh…

Now I share it with you. Whip these up for the family when they visit, when your friend comes over randomly or whenever YOU need a little sweet treat.
Photo courtesy The Chew.

Photo courtesy The Chew.

Michael Symon’s Chocolate Mug Cake

Step 1: 

3/4 cup Flour

1 cup Sugar (divided)

1/2 Orange (zested)

1 1/2 teaspoons Salt

4 Eggs


In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, orange zest, salt and eggs.

Step 2: 

2 sticks Butter (softened)

1 1/3 cups chopped Dark Chocolate


Melt the butter and chocolate together in a glass bowl in the microwave or over a double boiler.

Whisk the melted chocolate mixture in the flour just until combined. Divide the batter between 6 small coffee mugs. Microwave for 1-2 minutes depending on your microwave wattage.

Step 3:

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Brandied Cherries (for garnish)


Meanwhile, whisk the heavy cream until frothy. Add the remaining sugar and continue to whisk until medium-stiff peaks form. Garnish cakes with whipped cream and brandied cherry to serve.


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