Satisfying a craving for a sweet, baked treat doesn’t have to be difficult In fact, it doesn’t even have to involve an oven. My recipe for Microwave Chocolate Cake makes a quick and easy celebration bake or an amazing anytime treat.
This is such a great recipe if you are looking for an easy chocolate cake. Made with basic ingredients and baked in the microwave to create chocolatey deliciousness in under 20 minutes.
This no-fuss, no oven recipe is definitely a keeper, especially when you are on the hunt for a quick easy recipe.
Let me show you how simple it is, with these tips to ensure a delicious microwave bake.
Which cake pan to use
It is very important that the container or pan used is microwave safe. Keep in mind that the type of container used can affect the baking time and sometimes the texture of the cake. For example, I find that baking in a silicone container creates a denser bake compared to a glass container which creates a more fluffy texture.
- Never use regular metal oven pans for any of your microwave baking.
- Use only microwave-safe glass, silicone, or ceramic containers.
- It is preferable to use a rounded container for this cake as it cooks more evenly around the edges.
How do you know when the cake is baked
Microwave cakes bake very quickly, here are a few guidelines to have an idea to when it has baked.
- Check if the cake is baked by inserting a toothpick or thin metal skewer into the middle of the cake. If there is batter clinging to the toothpick, put the cake back into the microwave and bake at 1-minute increments until baked.
- The cake will be firm to the touch and will pull away from the sides of the pan when baked.
Helpful tips when baking cakes in the microwave
- When using a regular microwave at full power to make a cake, cook for 8-10 minutes. Stop every 4 minutes and check your bake by using a toothpick to pierce the cake. if the toothpick comes out clean, your cake’s done. It’s also important to stop and check because timing can differ slightly depending on the microwave.
- The baking time in my recipe is based on my 1000 watt microwave. This means that your baking time will vary by either a few minutes more or less depending on your microwave.
- Do not overbake. Keep in mind that the cake continues to bake for at least another 2 minutes after it has been removed from the microwave.
- It is very important that the container or pan used is microwave safe. Keep in mind that the type of container used can affect the baking time and sometimes the texture of the cake. For example, I find that baking in a silicone container creates a denser bake compared to a glass container which creates a more fluffy texture.
Toppings and frosting suggestions
These can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Depending on the occasion or your mood (mine is always for chocolate 🙂 have fun with the topping. Here are a few toppings if you would like to give it a try:
- Top with a simple dusting of powdered sugar
- Frost with piped or spread with buttercream
- Try a delicious cream cheese frosting and top with seasonal fruit
- Cover with a chocolate ganache.