Recipe: Zola Nene’s 5-Minute Mug Cake is About to Make Your Day

chef Zola Nene mug cake

Let’s face it, few things in life beat the taste of a freshly baked chocolate cake. Alas, baking an entire cake takes a lot of effort and by the time you’re done baking, icing and decorating your creation, you’ll probably need a nap. Not to mention all the dishes you have to wash. But fear not, celebrity chef,  Zola Nene has just the thing to help you have your cake and eat it too. Zola teamed up with LG to whip up an exciting recipe that will take you from zero to chocolate cake in just 5 minutes! Check out her recipe for 5-minute mug cake using just a few ingredients and a microwave.

5-Minute Mug Cake

Celebrity chef Zola Nene has created the most delicious chocolate-coffee mug cake recipe ever. It’s easy to follow and flop proof:


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


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

Baking in a microwave

When it comes to cooking and baking, you need the right equipment to get the job done. When you think of baking, a microwave probably doesn’t come to mind as your go-to equipment but truth be told, with the right microwave you can do so much more than just reheat and defrost food. A microwave like the LG NeoChef microwave uses Smart Inverter technology for consistent results every time, giving you the ability to cook a whole lot of dishes that microwaves were previously never able to prepare. Think crispy chips, delicious jams, frittatas, roast chickens, and even cake!

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