Five minute mug cake

Faster to make than your brew – the ultimate vegan fast pud


Photo: Lizzie Mayson

If you fancy a spot of cake to go with your cuppa, you'll be able to rustle up one of these in the time it takes your tea to reach the perfect temperature! A handful of cupboard ingredients, 1 mixing bowl and 80 seconds in the microwave gives you the easiest, gooiest chocolate dessert that makes the perfect sweet treat for 1 (or 2 if you're feeling generous).

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 80 seconds

Serves: 1


For the cake:

3 tbsp self-raising flour

3 tbsp caster sugar

1½ tbsp cacao powder

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp table salt

4 tbsp oat milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil

½ tsp vanilla extract

30g plant-based dark chocolate (about 3 chunks)

To serve:

Plant-based ice cream

You will need a large microwavable mug


  • To make the cake mixture, put the flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder and salt in a large microwaveable mug and mix well using a fork until there are no lumps.
  • Add the oat milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix again until the mixture comes together and becomes smooth.
  • Place the chocolate pieces on top of the mixture and push into the centre using your finger or the fork so it sinks into the batter.
  • Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 80 seconds- no longer otherwise it might spill over
  • Serve the mug cake with a dollop of plant-based ice cream on top

Recipe adapted from: BOSH! Meat: Over 100 Outrageously tasty recipes (HQ, HarperCollins).

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