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Add a dash of chemistry for the best microwave mug cake of your life

This single-serving dessert takes 60 seconds—and some science.

Chocolate cake in a mug with a spoon

Chocolate Microwave Cake

You could make this dessert in under five minutes.

There’s something incredibly neat about a microwave cake. A cake tin full of batter takes 45 minutes or more to bake fully; a few ingredients in a coffee mug transform into a sweet treat in just sixty seconds. How does that magical humming box transform a liquid mixture into a single-serving dessert?

It starts, of course, with the microwave itself. Inside each oven, usually behind a small panel of

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