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2.5 Minute Chocolate Cake-Pudding

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2.5 Minute Chocolate Cake-Pudding
August 27, 2011

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2.5 Minute Chocolate Cake-Pudding

Surely by now you’ve heard of the 5 minute mug cake. I only made it once when I was looking after my cousins one night and we wanted something sweet to eat after a pizza dinner. Whilst it was okay, it wasn’t something I felt I needed to make again. But when I saw this recipe in the Herald Sun that included Nutella, I knew I had to make it!

The first time I made it I felt like 3 minutes was too much, the cake was rather overcooked. Penny told me she always cooks hers for 2.5 minutes to achieve a gooey middle. So I cooked it for 2.5 minutes and it was perfect. Whilst it wasn’t gooey, it definitely wasn’t overcooked; and the pockets of melty Nutella were amazing.

So depending on the strength of your microwave, anywhere between 2-3 minutes should be fine.

2.5 Minute Chocolate Cake-Pudding
Adapted from the Herald Sun’s 3 minute version

4 tablespoon self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 free range egg, whisked
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons rice brain oil (or vegetable/sunflower oil)
3 tablespoons Nutella
2 tablespoons grated chocolate (milk or dark), optional
Ice Cream, to serve

1. Sift the flour and cocoa and place in a large heatproof mug or divide between two mugs with sugar.

2. Add the egg, milk and oil and mix together thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps.

3. Stir in nutella and grated chocolate, if using.

4. Cook in a microwave for about 3 minutes on high. The mixture may rise over the top of the mug, but will settle when cooked and cooled a bit.

5. Serve with a big scoop of ice cream.

Serves 1-2.


26 comments on “2.5 Minute Chocolate Cake-Pudding
  1. Mez


    I MUST make this for H when I need to butter him up!!! This will work a treat!!! hahahaahaa

    Oh I love gooey centers… YUM!!!

    August 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      lol, yes keep this one up your sleeve 😉

      August 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm
  2. Kyla

    Hi there
    Looks yum and I am in love with the dishes you cooked it in – where are they from ?
    Kyla 🙂

    August 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Hi Kyla,
      I got these cute dishes from a Mozi warehouse sale. I’m not sure if they are still available in stores, but they might have a new collection coming out soon! 🙂

      August 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm
  3. Bianca

    -frantically runs to pantry to discover roughly 3 tablespoons of Nutella remaining in the jar- ……

    August 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      HURRAH!! 😀

      August 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm
  4. David

    Looks yummo Shellie!!

    Happy you’re promoting free range eggs 🙂

    August 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      😀 will be promoting a free range chook soon! 😀 free-range, home schooled, pampered chook 😛

      August 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm
  5. April @ My Food Trail

    The mugs are soooo cute!! I’m going to have a look at Mozi soon. I noticed a store on Glenferrie Rd.

    I was so going to make these tonight as a pick me up but then I realized they need nutella. Boo, no Nutella in the pantry. Will have to try it out some other time for a quick sweet treat!

    August 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm
  6. Vivian - vxdollface

    heh heh heh good midnight snack 😀

    August 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm
  7. Hannah

    *jumps up and down* I’ve had a jar of Nutella in my fridge for over a month, since I last made my Nutella fudge, and I’ve been trying to think of what to do with it (all the while slowly hacking away at it with a spoon…) Can’t wait to try this tomorrow!

    August 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm
  8. Michelle chin

    would it be alright if i pass the nutella? what shld i substitue it with?

    August 28, 2011 at 8:40 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Peanut butter!

      August 28, 2011 at 9:06 am
  9. GourmetGetaways

    Far out!!

    Awesome, I can definitely spare 2.5mins! … oh and Nutella Yummy!

    Great post 🙂

    August 28, 2011 at 9:47 am
  10. Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne

    Haha omigosh all my 5 minute cakes have been total disasters (all my 1 hour cakes too but let’s not go there)! Oily, gloopy, and/or the texture of vinyl tubing. I should try this one and will let you know how I go 😉

    August 28, 2011 at 10:05 am
  11. Ashley

    OooooOoooh! With Nutella? I’ve always been suspect of these microwave cakes, but this recipe actually looks pretty good! 🙂 So good and convenient but so dangerous and convenient….

    August 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm
  12. penny aka jeroxie

    AFter seeing this and also another blog post about it, I think I need to have one for dinner tomorrow night…. so good right?

    August 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm
  13. Jackie

    I’ve never even heard of this – what a genius idea! I love it. Definitely an experiment for the colder Fall weather that’s on its way!

    Jax x

    August 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm
  14. yygall

    Thanks for the recipe! Will definitely try it out.
    Although…where might one find rice brain oil?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      In supermarkets 🙂 or just use a vegetable or sunflower oil instead 🙂

      August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm
  15. mel @ crunchytiger

    yummmm! definitely must try this!! It looks so simple to make. (though ps. I read “rice brain oil” and thought – that sounds a bit unusual hehe)

    August 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  16. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I have always heard disappointing things about mug cakes but these sound fantastic. I think I know what I’m doing for dessert tomorrow night.

    August 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm
  17. Andrea

    OMG I made these last night for dessert, I put choc chips in as well (why not) and then made Vanilla Ice with the Thermomix to put on top. What an amazing, quick and easy dinner party dessert!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:47 am
  18. Nic@diningwithastud

    Yay for microwave cakes 🙂

    August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am
  19. Winston

    Pure genius, Shellie! SO gonna make this when I’m making a bad day. Very, very impressive! And making it in 2.5minutes just makes it so much more fun to eat, I’m sure! =)

    September 1, 2011 at 3:17 am
  20. Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi

    Yum! Love that it uses nutella! And it gets the chocolatey goodness in my belly a whole 10 minutes quicker than my chocolate pudding microwave recipe – must give this a go ..

    September 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm
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