Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe
Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Microwave Chocolate Cake Recipe

Read Reviews
4 3 5
Publisher Photo
Microwave Chocolate Cake cooks into a light, moist chocolaty dessert. "A farm wife with four children, I've made this cake many times," says Mary Brenneman of Tavistock, Ontario.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:9 servings
Quick Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 351 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 236 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in water, oil, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square microwave-safe dish.
  2. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, turning the dish every minute, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. In a 1-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch and cocoa. Stir in water and salt. Microwave 30 seconds more. Stir in butter and vanilla. Serve with warm cake. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Microwave Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p9

Reviews for Microwave Chocolate Cake

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2016

"Fantastic recipe.

Have 4 'always hungry' boys...cake disappeared within minutes ??"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I lost my grandmother's recipe for this type of microwave cake and I am very glad that I found a substitute. The frosting is the best part but I love the fact that the cake is not extremely sweet and that the frosting makes up for it. It is a great balance."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"This is not the best cake I've ever had, but it is the best microwave cake I've ever had. The cake itself is pretty bland, but it has a nice texture. The surface is kind of sticky so it didn't cut too cleanly but it came out of the pan clean. The real winner is the chocolate sauce. It's nice, thick, decant and chocolatey. It makes enough sauce to generously cover each piece. This sauce would be good on many other desserts."

Loading Image