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1 Minute Microwave Cupcake

Microwave mug cakes first cake into my consciousness about 10 years ago through the pre-facebook existence of the email forward. I found them to be completely smarmy, the culinary equivalent of a Jerry Springer episode. My first though was, "Oh, yeah like I need QUICKER ways to get fatter." Email deleted.

But then I found myself in my new place, without the gas turned on yet, but with a new microwave and the urge to celebrate.

I caved.

I made my little family microwave cupcakes to celebrate the move and the fact that I was finally back in a kitchen. Just remember that if you find yourself with unexpected guests and only about 5 minutes to whip up a dessert, this is a viable option.

The secret to making these Smarmy Mug Cakes in cupcake form, is the baking cups. I love the crap out of these things. I always use them to make cupcakes because they are much cuter than the regular cupcake papers, and they don’t need muffin tins, just place them on a baking sheet and fill to half capacity. These were left over from Taters, Lets Have A Ball party and bought them from Sweet Lulu, but you can also buy plain white ones on Amazon. The trick is to only fill them half way.

Smarmy Mug Cake, Cupcake Edition

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

2 tbs butter

1 egg

1 tbs oil

1 tbs milk

1/4 cup sugar

pinch of salt

2 tbs cocoa powder (unsweetened)

2 tbs flour

1/8 tsp baking powder


1/2 cup (4oz) cream cheese

1/4 milk

1/3 cup powdered sugar (plus more if you want it sweeter)

2 tbs cocoa powder

(if you don’t like cream cheese frosting, heat 3 tbs milk or cream in the microwave until steamy, then pour over 1/3 cup chocolate chips, stir until melted. Pour the chocolate sauce over the cupcake. It will be messy, but delicious)

(Makes 3)

In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and the butter. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until melted.

In a separate bowl, add the egg, oil, milk, sugar and salt and beat with a fork until well combined. Add the melted chocolate and stir again. Sprinkle the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder over the egg mixture and stir again with the fork until well combined.

Distribute equally between three baking cups (standard cupcake papers will not work). I also added 4 chocolate chips to the very center of each cupcake to make a bit of a molten center. Microwave on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes. The "cooking" time will depend largely on the power of your microwave. Mine took 1 minute 15 seconds.

You want to let the cupcake cool a bit because right out of the microwave they are screaming hot. While they cool, make the frosting. Add the milk and the cream cheese to a bowl and beat on high until smooth and creamy. Then add the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder and beat until combined. Add the frosting to a zip lock bag and cut about 1/2 inch off the bottom corner. Pipe the frosting into the cupcake. Serve with a fork.

Eat immediately. Right away. I’m serious.

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Kim Bee May 9, 2012 um 3:26 pm

Okay I am crossing over to the dark side with you. Like…right…now!


Blog is the New Black May 9, 2012 um 4:58 pm

I love you and hate you at the same time for showing me this.


Cassie May 9, 2012 um 5:51 pm

Um, what?!? You are so brilliant for this. I second Liz…I love you and hate you for sharing this!


Lozzy August 12, 2012 um 12:21 pm

i love this recipy
its amazing i love you 4 sharing this with us


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 10, 2012 um 5:17 am

I have the same liners! So cute. And yes, microwave cakes are freakishly awesome!


Bree May 10, 2012 um 8:21 am

Brilliant! (And yes, ridiculously dangerous!)


chinmayie @ love food eat May 11, 2012 um 2:33 am

I have been craving chocolate big time today! seriously! I just had a handful of chocolate chips just now 🙁 That’s how bad it got 🙁 and now I see your post!!!
My next blog post might just be chocolate cup cakes! lol….


[email protected] May 11, 2012 um 5:55 am

What planet have I been on? I’ve never heard of a microwave cupcake! I TOTALLY want a quicker way to get fatter. I mean a quicker way to have cupcakes! LOL 😀 Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday chica!


Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen May 11, 2012 um 4:00 pm

As the mother of teenage and college aged boys I can tell you that this recipe is a winner. I heard about mug cake from my son who is in college which is pretty hilarious considering he doesn’t cook. But I think that is the point. These are right up their alley – fast, indulgent, and easy!


eater LA, Lisa May 13, 2012 um 1:57 am

You’re in reality a just helping us find options! Love that I can now make a cupcake in a minute, in the event of a cupcake emergency.


Baker Street May 14, 2012 um 9:55 am

Yes, please! I love the idea. The perfect mid night treat.


Baking Serendipity May 14, 2012 um 9:42 pm

I keep seeing microwave cakes, but am so afraid that as soon as I make one I’ll be addicted! There’s definite potential for this to be a problem here 🙂


Part Time House Wife May 15, 2012 um 8:19 am

Where were you last night when I was craving a 1 minute chocolate fix!? Instead I threw some premade cookie dough in a bowl and mic’d it… it wasn’t terrible but nothing like this! =) YUMMMM


J+H @ Beyond The Stoop May 15, 2012 um 8:55 am

i know you said you didn’t want to use mugs because those cups are so cute, but CAN you do it with mugs anyways? i want to make some tonight but don’t have the paper cups 🙁


Jackie May 15, 2012 um 9:19 am

I’m sure you can, it will probably only make one, maaaaaybe 2. Don’t fill the mug too high, the batter tends to "grow" quite a bit. In a mug, I would probably do 1 minute 30 seconds.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 17, 2012 um 12:28 pm

Love that you can make these for just 3. Who needs 24 cupcakes sitting around 🙂
Cute liners!


Beth @ Beth Michelle May 19, 2012 um 3:28 am

Love the name of these, Smarmy Mug Cupcakes 🙂 And yes no one needs a faster way to get fatter, I happen to sometimes need a faster way to get a cupcake fix (especially being pregnant) so these are perfect!!!


Mike May 21, 2012 um 7:31 am

The cupcake looks delicious! If only it had a low-carb version 😉


Selina May 31, 2012 um 10:39 am

MMMMMMMM.. YUM. Oh well; I’ll just burn it off later 😉


Senior Care Lockport IL June 12, 2012 um 12:37 pm

I love that you don’t have to make 24 cupcakes with this recipe… I won’t have to eat all 24 now (maybe that’s not so good). hah


Laura August 31, 2012 um 4:42 am

Just moved to Thailand, and all i have in my kitchen is a microwave, 1 bowl, 1 spoon and a washed out youghurt pot. ( I cut down some paper water cups for the pots are i cant find them out here) and i just made these and they are amazing! I might even go as far as better than oven baked ones! So moist and fluffy! Absolutely chuffed will be living off them now. Thanks so much for a good recipe, there are so many out there advising not to even bother trying to bake with a microwave!


Yolanda September 9, 2012 um 2:06 pm

Needed a quick and easy was to make microwve cupcakes without having to go to the store and buy pre-mixed cupcake mix made especially for my daughters "Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker." This worked out great. The cupcake was edible and delicious. We usually make it and don’t eat it. But we ate them all! No more pre-mixed. Thanks


Yolanda September 9, 2012 um 2:09 pm

OH I forgot one thing. Instead of dark chocolate chips. I used a 1-ounce semi sweet baking bar and less than 1 tbsp of cocoa powder


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i found this at the right time


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This is first time with cakes and this was a recipe from Heaven. Absolutely yummy cup cakes!! Not just my children, my hubby gobbled it up too. Will be making it often. Thanks! Thanks so much!


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maleeha April 5, 2014 um 9:06 am

Seems to be delicious and perfect 😀 but i had standard paper cupcake cups!! 🙁 and want to make these cupcakes quickly(maybe right now)


izabell January 30, 2015 um 7:55 am

they turned horrifying plus u didnt tell about the flour


Arial July 7, 2015 um 5:11 am

Absalute heaven in a minute! Love it !!


Hannah June 28, 2017 um 7:47 am

Just made these, without the frosting and it was delicious. Seriously delicious, and super easy.
What a perfect recipe to have on hand for a sweet craving moment or unexpected guests.


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