Thursday, December 8, 2011

Three Minute Chocolate Cake

Recently my Twitter pal Vegan Vagrant tweeted and then subsequently posted on his blog a Three Minute Chocolate Cake he made in the microwave.  Huh???

While I almost never use a microwave I thought it would be fun to try it with the kids for a quick weeknight dessert. Guess what? It worked! And it tastes good, too!!

As it turns out this is a recipe from The Happy Herbivores latest cookbook Every Day Happy Herbivore.  Believe it or not, I had not yet made any of her recipes. Perhaps I shall buy the cookbook and try some others!

I did substitute all purpose flour for whole wheat as I did not have any whole wheat flour in the house. It worked fine, though obviously not as healthy as whole wheat.  But, hey, it is cake and no one ever said cake was supposed to be healthy!!

If you are looking for a quick and tasty dessert you should give this a try. I think it would be really good with some fresh berries. We certainly had fun making it!

Three Minute Chocolate Cake

4 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 tbsp non dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut)
A few drops vanilla extract
Dash cinnamon
3 tbsp vegan chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli semi sweet)

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a second bowl mix the wet ingredients together. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until the consistency of cake batter. Add the chocolate chips and stir.

Pour batter into a small ramekin or coffee cup and microwave for three minutes on high and serve.

Note: I lightly greased a ramekin so that I could easily remove the cake. Three minutes is recommended for a 1000 watt microwave oven. You may need to adjust up or down for your particular oven.


  1. That looks amazing! Did the microwave really cook it through or was it more of a molten lava style cake? I wonder how I would do 4 of these at once? Maybe just serve them chilled so they're all done at the same time?

  2. snarkyvegan- The cake was on the moist side but not as gooey as a chocolate lava cake. I would think you could do four at the same time by increasing the time by a couple of minutes. I would give it a test run first though your cooking forr company!

    I think they would be good cooled and/or iced or glazed - the only reason ours weren't was because the kids couldn't wait to dig in!

    The other thing you might consider is doing them one at a time, plating one as the next one is cooking. You will still be finished in 12 minutes ;)

  3. Mmm... that looks good! I might add some mint to mine :P

  4. I had an undeniable craving and finally opted to try this. My applesauce was very expired so I subbed a blend of 1TSP of natural peanut butter with almond milk and it turned out great!!! Thank you!

    1. I LOVE that idea and am going to try it! Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, please!

  5. Tried this with mashed banana instead of applesauce. LOVED it. Will make this recipe again.

    1. I love that idea! I am going to try that!