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Microwave Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

After the success of my Microwave Mug Cakes series, I knew there were a lot of people after single/double serving recipes that can be made in the microwave. Whether they lacked self control with a large batch of baked goods (me!) or they didn’t have an oven in their small apartment, these types of recipes were very popular.

So I decided to focus my attention on the cupcake. Let’s say you’re craving a homemade cupcake but you don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen. Maybe you don’t have the time, or it’s a boiling summers day and slaving away in front of a hot oven is your idea of hell. Not to mention you then have to resist eating all 12 cupcakes you just baked!

So what’s my solution? How about a rich chocolate cupcake that takes 2 minutes to prepare, 2 minutes to cook and serves 2?


I’m not pulling your leg, this easy recipe produces delicious tasting chocolate cupcakes using your good old friend the microwave!

It’s literally a matter of whisking the ingredients together in a small bowl, dividing the mixture between 2 large baking cups (the sturdy, freestanding ones, not cupcake liners) and cooking the cupcakes for 1 minute each.

I found the cupcakes cooked more evenly if you positioned them right in the middle of the microwave and cooked them separately.


I included an egg in my initial recipe, but I found omitting it actually made the cupcakes lighter and fluffier. I honestly wonder if anyone would notice you cooked them in the microwave!


Microwave Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Swah


Microwave Chocolate Cupcake for Two

  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 ½ tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp butter melted (or flavourless oil)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Splash of vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting for Two

  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5-6 tbsp icing sugar
  • Dash of milk if needed


Microwave Chocolate Cupcake for Two

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl or mug until combined.
  • Add in melted butter (or oil), milk and vanilla, and stir with a small whisk or fork until smooth.
  • Separate batter between 2 large baking cups (approx 6cm diameter).
  • Place first baking cup in the middle of the microwave and cook for 1 min on medium-high.
  • Remove the cupcake once cooked, and repeat the process with the other cupcake (the best way to obtain evenly risen cupcakes).

Chocolate Frosting for Two

  • Using a small spatula, mix the butter well in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add in the cocoa powder and stir until there are no more lumps, then gradually add in icing sugar until the frosting is creamy and thick.
  • If the mixture is too thick to spread, add in a dash of milk to loosen it up.
  • Transfer frosting to a small piping bag with your chosen nozzle attached, and pipe onto the 2 cupcakes, alternatively just ice by hand with a small offset spatula.

**Vegan Variation**

This recipe is easily made vegan as it has no eggs in it. Use oil instead of butter and soy/almond milk in the cupcake batter. For the frosting use Nuttelex. Easy peasy!

Will you give my microwave cupcake recipe a go?


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  • Reply Tania @My Kitchen Stories March 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Oh no, I find these type of recipes very disturbing. When I suddenly have a sweet tooth ate at night I will come back to make these and then I wont like you any more. Too tempting!

  • Reply Kat March 10, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Hey Swah! Is it just my mobile browser or is there no share via pinterest button at the bottom?

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile March 10, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I’ll definitely be making these… perfect for my hubby and I! I love the idea of being able to have cake… without ending up with tons of leftovers.

  • Reply mahrukh March 13, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I will definitely try this swah :)

  • Reply Maxabella March 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    This is just about the most adorable thing ever, Swah. A very romantic kind of recipe! x

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      It is indeed very romantic isn’t it! Although I’m not going to lie, I ate both of them all to myself ;)

  • Reply Jess @ Sweet Menu March 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Microwave cupcakes?! Sounds like the best thing ever! Love your pretty photos!

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks so much Jess! x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages March 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I love that this is perfect for making 2 – hubby and I like to sneak in the occassional treat after the kids have gone to bed and this would leave no evidence (if we hide the empty case in the bin).

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Muahahhaah I like this, the children will never know!! ;)

  • Reply Dannielle @ Zamamabakes March 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Swah you have me curious now….I’ve never made a cupcake in the microwave but I’m absolutely loving the idea! The next time Zadada has one of his sweet tooth cravings I know what I’ll be whipping up for him! Great job.
    Thanks for coming and joining in for another week of Fabulous Foodie Fridays, such a delicious pleasure to have you.
    Have a lovely weekend xx

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Dannielle! Microwave cupcakes are oh so delicious and dangerous, in the best possible way :) xxx

  • Reply Fabulous Foodie Fridays #43 - March 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    […] There is many a night (especially on weekends) where Zadada sits down and says ‘what’s for sweets?’ I can’t wait for the next time I’m totally unprepared and he asks this question, I’ll say ‘give me 5 minutes’ and surprise him with one of Love Swah’s, Microwave Chocolate Cupcakes for Two. […]

  • Reply Katz August 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    made these last night .. Amazing perfect treat for my Monkies or gorgeous buddy xx

    • Reply Swah August 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! xx

  • Reply #♡bakingand cooking October 13, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I just made them and they turned out really great

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

      So glad you liked them! x

  • Reply vaidehi January 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

    omg i just now read this recipe and believe it or not i actually tried this recipe it came out AMAZING :D

    • Reply Swah February 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Oh yay! Glad you love it as much as me! :)

  • Reply Phelan Amanda March 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Those cupcakes are too cute! I’m yet to find my significant other, but I’ve already decided that, when I do, our relationship shall be predicated on me cooking and him giving back massages….

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      I think that’s the perfect idea haha!

  • Reply Bunty June 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    The most amazing cupcakes.great recipe.

    • Reply Swah June 8, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Bunty! :)

  • Reply kclopez June 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    i loved it thanks for this cupcakes

    • Reply Swah July 4, 2016 at 9:07 am

      You are welcome :)

  • Reply Bhavana July 17, 2016 at 1:14 am

    My cup cakes were little bit hard from bottom I mean in the base . Why..?

    • Reply Swah July 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Does your microwave pedestal rotate? Perhaps there wasn’t enough air flow around the cupcakes? Otherwise you could try and cook them on a lower temp and a bit slower, it sounds like the bottoms got overcooked. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Kavin September 29, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Is the vanilla extract really necessary

    • Reply Swah September 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      It adds a nice subtle vanilla flavour, but is not mandatory :)

  • Reply James January 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I purchased a set of two Sorbus 6 cup silicone Texas muffin baking pans and tripled this recipe. To my amazement, all six cupcakes came out exactly the same. Good flavor, excellent texture, slipped right out of the oiled pan. The only minus was that the cupcakes didn’t fill the larger than normal cups. I think doubling again will solve that problem.

    Two and a half minutes in a 1000 watt microwave. Doubling again will increase that, but you can stop every thirty seconds for a knife test, so it looks like a win-win recipe. Congratulations!

    • Reply Swah February 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Oh perfect, thanks for your feedback James! Great to know this recipe can be tripled so easily :)

  • Reply Yashika March 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    At what temperature one need to bake in microwave?
    Is microwave need to be in normal mode or in any other mode and do we need to pre heat the same?

    • Reply Swah March 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      I bake mine on high, although every microwave is slightly different

  • Reply saroj chavan May 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    :) i love the recipe
    it was awesome i had it with my sister . i will soon be making them again and this time i am gonna bake 7 and have it with my family

    • Reply Swah May 25, 2017 at 5:23 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! x

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