By Susana Olías Lopez

As cold weather comes and lockdown measures are still in place, we are going to be having a lot of perfect days for Netflix, blankets and hot chocolate. And what better way is there of taking these evenings to the next level than with a homemade cake! If you have a sweet tooth and love chocolate, keep reading and you won’t be disappointed.

I love baking and enjoy making elaborate recipes, but we all know that our student accommodations don’t have many facilities to do so. That’s why I found the perfect dessert for you: a chocolate mug cake. You won’t need special tools or weird ingredients, just a microwave and five minutes of your time. This cake is also eggless, so you can save them for something else.

For this recipe, we’ll measure the ingredients with the regular spoons you’ll find in your kitchen. You will need:

3 spoons of all-purpose flour

1 or 2 spoons of granulated sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be

2 spoons of cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon of baking powder

3 spoons of milk

2 spoons of vegetable oils

A pinch of salt

Firstly, put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a microwave-safe mug and mix it well.

Then, pour the milk and the oil in and mix again. You can also add vanilla essence and chocolate chunks for more flavour. It should look like this.

Finally, microwave it for a minute and a half. This time may vary depending on your microwave, so keep an eye on it and add 30 seconds more if it isn’t ready yet.

Let it cool for a few minutes and take it out. You can top your cake with some icing sugar, chocolate sauce or whipped cream.

You can go to for the original recipe. I changed a few things to make it even easier, but you can try both! Enjoy your cake and I hope this has been useful.


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