Saturday, February 2, 2019

Chocolate Cake in a Cup by @JoanReeves #RomanceGems

Do you ever long for a slice of chocolate layer cake, but you don't have time to make one and/or buy one.

Besides, you don't want a whole cake in the kitchen tempting you, calling your name.

Despite your best intentions, you'll find yourself rationalize that it's okay to have chocolate cake for dessert every day—or for breakfast!

Before you know it, you'll have eaten the entire cake. However, it's easy to have a little chocolate cake without an enormous amount left to bewitch you.

5 Minute Chocolate Cake in a Cup

Here's my recipe to go from thinking about chocolate cake to actually eating cake in about 5 minutes.

You’ll need microwave-safe mugs or cups or small Pyrex baking dishes. You can make this recipe in 2 or 4 cups depending on how large a cake you want. I actually use 4 cups and serve them on their matching saucers. Cute little small cakes to serve.

Keep it simple and eat it like that or make it extra special, just add a dollop of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or frost with the recipe I give for my favorite Chocolate Frosting.

Experiment with different kinds of chips

  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons any kind of sugar (white, raw, brown)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa power (I use plain old Hershey's)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use sunflower)
  • 3 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Crack the egg into a large measuring cup or small mixing bowl and beat. Add milk and oil and mix well. Add flour, sugar, and cocoa. Mix it all together. Stir in the chocolate chips then the vanilla.

Scoop into the mugs, cups, or bowls you selected. Like I said, you can make 2 large ones or 3-4 small ones. Place in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts power. The cakes will rise beautifully. Remove from microwave and allow to cool a little. Serve with a spoon.

Feeling Fancy

If you want to get fancy, ice cream makes it easy.

If you crave chocolate frosting, here's my recipe for that.

It makes a bunch, but you can actually divide it up into small freezer bags and defrost a bit when you need it.

Best Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa Powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter and stir in cocoa. Add powdered sugar alternating with the milk. Beat on medium speed until mixture is spreading consistency. Add more milk, teaspoon by teaspoon, until consistency is perfect. Beat vanilla in last. Makes about 2 cups of the most delicious frosting.

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I guess I should say something about BLAME IT ON CHOCOLATE, my Valentine's Day romantic comedy short story. It's a measly 99cents—funny, sexy, and romantic if I do say so myself.

Chloe Elliot was the good girl. She’d never been a hell-raiser. Never gotten drunk, used drugs, smoked pot, or slept around. She didn’t even curse! She'd lived a life above reproach. Truthfully, it hadn’t been that difficult.

Until Hunter Cole returned to his home town.
There was just something about the man that addled her brain and created havoc in her body.

You'll find BLAME IT ON CHOCOLATE at Amazon.


  1. Joan, what a great new blog. I am so happy to have that cup-sized chocolate cake recipe. You made me hungry--or hungrier--for chocolate. Best wishes!

    1. Thanks, Caroline. I'll confess. I had one yesterday too which prompted me to blog about it.

  2. I've been living without a microwave for nearly sixteen years now. However, this recipe almost makes me wish I had one. Looks delish, Joan!

    1. *LOL* You know what I use my microwave for? Reheat my coffee because I forget it's setting on my desk growing cold, make this chocolate cake in a cup, and occasionally defrost something. That's it.

  3. I’ll have to make these with the GS who likes to bake with me. Thanks!

  4. Made with cocoa--yum! Cocoa makes chocolate treats even better--I double the vanilla to further enhance the chocolate flavor!!!

  5. My husband buys the Duncan Hines version - chocolate cake in a cup. microwavable. Living in an RV, it's hard to bake or have all the ingredients on hand. Maybe someday I'll have an oven again.

    1. That's right. You're like Karen Kelley—living the RV lifestyle. Sometimes I think about getting rid of everything and doing the same. But I'd miss my garden.

  6. Looks Very Delish. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe
    Definitely pinning this 📌
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com 😋😍😁

    1. Hey, Linda! Thanks for pinning it. Got your email entered in COMMENT & WIN. Good luck!

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    1. Hi, Robin. I like it because it because the cocoa powder makes it taste like dark chocolate which is my favorite.

  8. One Christmas I gave a lot of chocolate cakes in mugs but I bought the cups with the mixture in them. This is really easy and probably cheaper! Thanks. Now If I only remember it.

    1. Nora, I hadn't thought of that, but that's a really great idea for a gift.

  9. OMG you just made my day! I was just saying I wanted chocolate cake but I couldn't make a whole cake by I'd eat the whole damn cake! This is perfect, I never knew you could do this! Thank you for sharing!

    1. You're welcome! I know just what you mean. Despite my good intentions, I can NOT keep a cake in the house. It's too seductive. If men really wanted to attract women, they'd wear cologne that smelled like chocolate chip cookies.

  10. I am a bonafide chocoholic. I love trying new recipes and this one looks like a winner. My favorite chocolate indulgence is chocolate cheesecake with chocolate syrup. I also make a killer chocolate angel food cake. :) nnlight at nnlightsbookheaven dot com :) MRS N

    1. Hey, Mrs. N. I've never had chocolate angel food cake. You'll have to share the recipe. Got you entered in COMMENT & WIN. Good luck.

  11. I love LOVE butter biscuits with chocolate on top:

    It doesn't have to be Godiva, any cheaper brand will do! I like them with a cup of warm tea or coffee... yum yum yum!

    Chocolate is the reason why I exercise... so I can eat more chocolate!

    My contact info: adissidente at gmail dot com. Thank you!


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