Probably the ugliest dessert ever, but damn it’s tasty! A heavenly ugly chocolate-pear-ginger mug cake in only 3 minutes

Published August 20, 2013 by The Feminist

Thank you, Mr. Microwave, for I couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks to you, I have now discovered the most dangerous cake in the world: a cake that only requires 3 minutes of my so precious time, is ridiculously easy to make and is even more lethal to eat. Lord have mercy on my soul.


It looks disgusting, I know. All dark and droopy with some of the dough dripping over the side of the mug, but believe me when I say that what this dessert lacks in presentation, it makes up for in taste! This chocolate mug cake is the perfect savior for those in need of a bit of comfort. Whether you’re looking for a afternoon treat or a late night delight, this heaven-sent recipe can be whipped up in a heartbeat! The warm and intense flavour of the cake will fill your soul with glee and I just know this microwave chocolate cake recipe will become your best friend next winter. What better way to tackle those cold winter months than with a cupful of chocolaty bliss?

I for one couldn’t wait that long and decided to give this recipe a go on a very bright and sunny summer’s day. When it comes to desserts, seasons don’t matter. The only thing that matters is that undeniable urge to satisfy your sweet tooth.

So if you, like me, can’t wait until the weather gets cold, here is the basic chocolate microwave mug cake:

• 4 tbsp plain flour
• 4 tbsp sugar
• 4 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1 egg
• 3 tbsp of milk
• 3 tbsp oil
• Handful of chocolate chips

1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
2. Mix the wet ingredients together.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix.
4. Microwave for 2 minutes.
5. Tadaa!

Now, we all know that I’m not exactly an advocate of plain and simple cooking. So in an attempt to stay true to my inner experimental culinary genius, I wanted to jazz this recipe up with some additional flavourings and ingredients. I came up with this –if I may say so myself- brilliant chocolate, pear and ginger cake. The chocolate batter was flavoured with candied ginger to give it that zingy and spicy taste (Do I hear some gasps of utter amazement out there?) and the pear was poached in ginger and lemon tea, spiced with cinnamon, cardamom and star anise (What is that you say? …Oh stop it! You’re making my blush!)


It looked absolutely awful!

But it tasted divine!
Proving once again, that inner beauty is much more important than a tidy appearance.

For my chocolate, pear and ginger mug cake you will need the same ingredients as the basic mug cake but I would suggest to divide everything by two, because otherwise this will be a gigantic dessert! And remember, you still have to put a poached pear on top of your batter so you’ve got to make sure your mug is big enough 😉

For the poached pear:
• 1 pear, peeled, cored and hollowed
• 1 tea bag of Twining’s ginger&lemon tea (my favourite!)
• 3 cardamom pods, crushed
• Cinnamon stick
• One star anise


1. Bring some water to the boil in a small saucepan. Add the spices and tea bag.
2. Poach the pear for about 2-4 minutes, depending on the size of your pear.

When everything comes together in blissful harmony:

1. Make your chocolate batter but instead of the handful of chocolate chips, use 1 tsp of chopped candied ginger.
2. Pour your chocolate mixture into the mug and put the poached pear on top.
3. Put in the microwave for 2 minutes.
4. Enjoy its delicious ugliness!


14 comments on “Probably the ugliest dessert ever, but damn it’s tasty! A heavenly ugly chocolate-pear-ginger mug cake in only 3 minutes

  • There was this noodle dish I used to make in college because just making Ramen the way it was instructed was just so boring. It involved eggs, tomatoes, onions and corned beef(culprit). It didn’t look that good but was heaven. Therefore I understand how delicious and moist your cake must have tasted regardless of its visual appeal (lack of)

  • I love your tasty pear & chocolate combo a lot! Ugly food tastes even better, most of the time! 🙂 MMMMMM,… I can’t wait to try it out!

    Do you set your microwave on high or on how many watt?

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