Birthday Chocolate Cake for Two

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There is something amazing about baking a cake for someone. It fills you with a sense of achievement and makes you feel generous…  Yes, agreed, anyone can walk into a bakery and buy the fanciest cake out there, but nothing beats the feeling of baking a cake from scratch (with imperfect frosting, of course) and bringing it over to celebrate someone. That smile on their face – priceless. Starting from the planning to baking it, each step has that person’s thoughts etched in your mind.

Every time I bake something like Mishti Doi Cheesecake/Greek Yogurt Cheesecake or, Sticky Date Pudding with Rum Caramel Sauce, I’m engulfed with memories of my parents.

The special part about this Birthday Chocolate Cake is

  1. You don’t need an oven (Yeah, you heard it right)
  2. Its done in less than 30 minutes (Literally)
  3. You need no fancy Baking gadgets. All you need a microwave proof mug.
  4. You don’t have to worry about the left overs

Birthday-Chocolate-Cake-for-TwoLast year in August, I baked a The Naked Red Velvet Cake. It was three-tier and it took me quite a bit of work. This year, I decided to keep it really simple yet classic. :). I also decided to make this Birthday Chocolate Cake just for two (Sounds selfish, no?).  I was debating between an Afogatto and a quick chocolate cake for two. Decided on the latter. This Birthday Chocolate Cake for Two is a really simple cake. All you need is less than 30 minutes (that includes the baking and frosting time as well).

I decided to frost the cake with Strawberry Buttercream and the buttercream was so delicious that, I literally licked it off the bowl.

These Chocolate Cakes for Two would be perfect to serve for dessert on Valentine’s day, or for any other special day where all you want is celebrate someone you adore or even for those days when you just have a bad chocolate craving.

They are quick and simple to make, taste great and you don’t have to worry about leftovers.Birthday-Chocolate-Cake-for-Two-5

 
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INGREDIENTS:

For the cake

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 7 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBSP cocoa powder
  • ¼ TSP baking powder
  • ¼ TSP baking soda
  • ¼ TSP salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 5 TBSP canola oil
  • ½ TSP vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP instant coffee

For the Strawberry Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 TBSP seedless strawberry jam
  • 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP whole milk
  • pinch of salt

METHOD:

  • In a small bowl, mix together all dry cake ingredients.
  • Mix in wet ingredients, stirring until combined.
  • Heavily grease two large mugs with butter and evenly distribute batter into mugs.
  • Microwave each mug by itself for 90 seconds on high.
  • Remove from microwave and shake slightly to loosen cake from mug.
  • Flip mug over onto parchment paper-lined plate or board.
  • The cake should drop right out.
  • Completely cool the cakes
  • Cream together butter and ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar at a time.
  • After each cup of sugar has been added, add strawberry jam, then add vanilla and then beat on high for about 20 seconds to lighten the frosting.
  • Add milk and salt and whip on high for a final 20 seconds.
  • Frost the top of each layer before stacking.

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63 Comments Add yours

  1. chefkreso says:

    This chocolate cake looks incredible, I’d love a slice! 😀

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  2. Wow those photos are beautiful and the cake looks unbelievable (:

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  3. Omg looks 😊 so fantastic 😍 and delicious 😋

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  4. Mrs deepa keshwani says:

    I want to try the eggless version… Should I add Yoghurt or banana

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  5. mistimaan says:

    Its wonderful….I need to taste it soon 🙂

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  6. This is so beautiful, and it looks absolutely moist and delicious! I am going to try it this week! ❤

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  7. This is the size cakes I need to be making..It would keep me from eating the whole thing in a day or two. Ha! Seriously. And chocolate is my favorite. Looks amazing!

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  8. Jeanine says:

    This looks delicious and simple to make! Love chocolate so I would love to make this for a dessert sometime.

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  9. Robin rue says:

    Can I make two of these so I don’t have to share it lol!? This cake sounds divine! I’m definitely making at least one of these.

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  10. What a great idea because I will eat a whole cake if it is around. This looks so good and you make it seem easy to bake. I will have to try it soon.

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  11. Wow, that cake looks delicious. I love the idea of strawberry buttercream as an alternative to traditional chocolate icing.

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  12. 5boysbaker says:

    Ok, seriously these look incredible! Beautiful photos too.

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  13. Deepa, you can add applesauce or yogurt as an egg replacement

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  14. cheddarben says:

    That spongey cake looks awesome.

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  15. are these mini cakes!? they look so adroable and cute. I love how people are not icing the entire cakes these days too

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  16. I read this required no baking and had to scroll through immediately. These look like a perfect anniversary dessert, I’ll have to start practicing now and eat both shares. Lol

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  17. I’m really intrigued, since you say the cake should drop right out of the mugs- that’s amazing! Does the frosting need to be refrigerated to firm up at all before icing, or before serving?

    I’ve got one issue with this idea, though– aren’t the leftovers the BEST part of making a cake? I’ll save this one for “quick cake emergencies” and stick to a multi-layered 9-inch round for big celebrations instead, I think. 😉

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  18. Karen Morse says:

    It’s usually just me and the hubs and it’s nice to make recipes that are smaller serving sizes, I think it’s awesome that you shared this lovely recipe. It looks so good too!

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  19. Cassie says:

    I like the idea of only having enough cake for two because let’s face it – I have terrible portion control and would eat a whole damn cake if I could haha!

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  20. La Shell says:

    This cake looks decadent! I can only hope that mine turn out this way!

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  21. Erica says:

    It is my husband’s birthday next week so this is perfect timing. Those little cakes are so cute! And they look delicious. Will have to bookmark this.

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  22. First: OMG! This looks so yum!!!
    Second, I hate baking. No seriously, I really hate baking. So the fact that I can just stuff this in a microwave..count me in!

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  23. Pam says:

    I need this right now! LOL Seriously though, cake that bakes quickly in a mug and strawberry buttercream?! Who doesn’t want that?! I’ll definitely be giving this a try- thanks for the recipe!

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  24. This cake looks decadent and delicious. Perfect for a special occasion.

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  25. Monica says:

    Looks tasty. Could you tell how much does your half cup measure?

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  26. Shoshana Sue says:

    Oh get into my face dear cake! I am inlove with the fact that it takes 30 minutes to make. I hate long hours of baking. I will bake this for my two kids!

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  27. Pavani says:

    Wow, that is such a rich and decadent cake — so easy to make too. Thanks for sharing this quick and easy treat.

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  28. This looks absolutely moist and delicious. I am not a baker, and for some reason, even when following the directions to a tee, something always goes wrong. But, I have not stopped trying, and will continue to work on this. Thanks for the recipe.

    Ayana Pitterson

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  29. Jaya Rajesh says:

    Wow this looks too good and am going try it soon.

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  30. Cute looking cake for two just can’t take my eyes off , awesome recipe

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  31. marge says:

    wow. what a cute little cake..simple with the illusion of being super fancy.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Thats yummilicious cake👍

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  33. afroz261 says:

    Prefect portion for a couple!!
    And it looks so yumm..

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  34. aanchalgupta3 says:

    Looks perfect in every way. Chocolate and strawberries, my favorite combination!

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  35. theresa says:

    I love that it is for two! thanks for sharing

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  36. This is such a good idea, and the strawberry buttercream looks amazing!

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  37. dhwani mehta says:

    This looks so cute. I ll try this soon.

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  38. Soniya saluja says:

    I am a big fan of home made cakes and this looks absolutely delightful!!

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  39. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Wait seriously? You can do it in 30 minutes and it does not have to cook in the oven? You had me at cake , it looks delicious x

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  40. Uma Srinivas says:

    Looks very beautiful. Cake for two is very good choice. No need to end up by eating lots of calories 🙂

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  41. Jaya Rajesh says:

    This looks soo good and I love chocolate cakes so am trying this recipe soon.

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  42. This is the perfect amount of cake. I love that all you need is a microwave and a mug and you can make an incredible tasting bday cake.

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  43. Okay, I am sold. You don’t need an oven for this? That’s awesome and I’m down for that, it’s so easy to make and it’s a good serving proportion as well. I’d love to make this!

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  44. Aruna says:

    Just the right size of cake for me! Looks mouthwatering.

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  45. Such a fun cake! And just the perfect amount!

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  46. Cute tiny cake. Loved it ❤️

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  47. Cicely says:

    Yummy Aish. Beautiful.

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  48. strawberries annndddd chocolate?! my oh my it must be my lucky day

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  49. strawberries annndddd chocolate?! my oh my it must be my lucky day

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  50. Yum this looks perfect! I would love to try this one out. We make cake on the kids bday and for their party. I would love this for the day of.

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  51. toughcookiemommy says:

    I love chocolate cake but hate having a lot of leftover cake in the fridge after a party. This is perfect for enjoying with your significant other.

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  52. Anjali Tejwani says:

    The cake is awesum…. but just wanted to knw wt will be the substitute for egg… plz reply

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  53. Hi Anjali! Thank you. You can replace one egg with 1/4 mashed banana

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  54. Tiff says:

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be baking this 🙂

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  55. Tuan Tran says:

    So surprise with this birthday cake, nice and delicious… I wanna to have it :).. thank for your sharing

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  56. Thank You so much!!

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  57. going to give it a try

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  58. Poonam says:

    Hi dear, I am bignner and I have tried this recipe. Taste was yum but my upper layer was crust or hard (not chewable ) and down it was soft. May be I have done mistake as I have just started baking and learning by own. So could you help me where I went wrong. Thanks

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  59. Shubhangi says:

    What a superb recipe this is!!will try one.. jus one query.. did u melt the butter before using??

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