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Five-minute chocolate mug cake, anyone?

This 5-minute chocolate mug cake is sure to satisfy those late night cravings.

Let’s face it, few things in life beat the taste of a freshly baked chocolate cake. Unfortunately, baking an entire cake takes time and by the time you’re done baking, icing and decorating your latest creation, the craving might be long gone and you probably need a nap. Not to mention all the dishes you have to wash…

But not to worry. Well-known South-African foodie and chef Zola Nene has a delicious 5-minute mug cake recipe that is sure to make your day.


  • 60 ml cake flour
  • 2.5 ml baking powder
  • 30 ml cocoa powder
  • 15 ml instant espresso coffee powder
  • 60 ml icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 45 ml milk
  • 45 ml vegetable oil
  • 5 ml vanilla extract
  • 45 ml chocolate chips
  • Ice cream or custard to serve


  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a 300-ml microwaveable mug or bowl until smooth and blended.
  • Microwave on high power for 90 seconds.
  • Top with a scoop of ice cream or custard (or both…) to serve.

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From frying foods to fermenting yoghurt – and even baking – the LG NeoChef microwave can do it all. And did we mention that it’s really easy to clean? The Anti-Bacterial EasyClean™ interior makes cleaning up a breeze, allowing you to eliminate 99.99% of bacteria.

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