This 45-second chocolate pudding with salted caramel recipe is the best mug cake I know. Made with things you already have in your pantry – they take 5 minutes to make. So good you might want to serve it to guests.

45 second chocolate pudding with salted caramel

45 second chocolate pudding with salted caramel

First up, I must mention that I’m not a big fan off cooking in a microwave. Sure it’s excellent to reheat and defrost stuff, but to cook in, it’s a no for me. Baking even a bigger a no.

(Apart from my life-changing 30 second ‘poached’ eggs – that is.

However, having said this, I had seen on Masterchef Australia (season 3) that an NYC pastry chef used a microwave to ‘bake’ up a few cakes that he then used in a very elaborate-looking dessert. Then, I had also been shown a similar technique by a top local chef who makes a green tea sponge in a paper cup, in a microwave, so I knew I needed to have an open mind here. When a foodie friend of mine was telling me about this recipe he discovered, and how easy and awesome it was, I immediately had to give it a try.

On the caramel front, If I had my delectable salted caramel on hand I would have used this, but you can turn ready-made caramel treat into salted caramel by simply stirring in a pinch of sea salt flakes. I found two teaspoons of caramel better than one. Furthermore, you can also add a light scattering of salt over the finished pudding.

The optimal time to cook this was 45 seconds each, and for the best results, it is better to cook them separately. I tried doing them together but found one cooked more than the other.

Oh, and I found very lightly whipped cream essential to serve with this pudding. Vanilla ice cream would also be delicious, adding another textural element.


45 second chocolate pudding with salted caramel

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


4Tbsp self raising flour

4Tbsp brown sugar

3Tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

3Tbsp milk

1Tbsp sunflower oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/21tsp good quality instant coffee granules

24t ready-made caramel like caramel treat or dulce de leche with a pinch of salt

fresh cream or ice cream to serve (optional)


  1. Dissolve the coffee granules in the milk, and then add all the ingredients except the caramel and pinch of salt, and mix them together in a bowl by hand until well combined.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly between 2 small bowls, teacups, or ramekins.
  3. Drop 1 – 2 teaspoons of caramel into the middle of each pudding – it will settle down towards the bottom of each.
  4. Microwave each individually on full power for 45 seconds. At this stage the pudding will be firm but still a bit gooey in the middle. If it is too under cooked or too gooey (all microwaves are different), simply microwave for a few more seconds until you are happy with the degree of firmness.


  • Serving Size: 2

Keywords: chocolate, mug cake, pudding, caramel, best mug cake, dessert, 45 second, microwave cake

I was pretty blown away at how quick, easy, and delicious these hot chocolate puddings are. Perfect for a winter indulgence, and easy enough for kids to make.

45 second chocolate pudding with salted caramel

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  1. Sam

    Hey Laura, its quite insane to imagine. Id love to get your opinion on this if you ever make it. Its worth just doing to see how it turns out.

  2. Sam

    Thanks Cristina. Its also a little dangerous because when you know it takes about 5 minutes from start to deliciousness, it is so easy to do.

  3. Sam

    Thanks Larry, this is all because of you 🙂

  4. Looks divine & really wish I had some now——I can’t believe am sick again….l

  5. Wow, having a kind of a “new age – y” hubby, (he even defrosts meats by “thawing it naturally”) our microwave are literally a white elephant. But boy – even he would be blown away by how easy and delicious this looks. A must try!

  6. I tried this last night…was truly awesome! Very quick and v easy…definitely storing this away as a dinner party secret recipe! *yum*

  7. Sam

    Oh wow that was quick Leanne – and defs worth of a dinner party 🙂

  8. Sam

    Sorry to hear you are sick Usha, this is the perfect thing for you right now. Feel better xx

  9. I am actually drooling here and off to pick up the ingredients I need to do this tonight 😉 Thanks

  10. YES! How beautifully easy is this?! And totally decadent with the caramel…

  11. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds so divine and easy. I know you said you don’t like
    baked items in a microwave but I make the most delicious and moist chocolate cake in the
    microwave and have for years and always receive wow comments!

  12. Sam

    Hi Anne, it is all new territory for me, but I have every intentions of exploring this further. Would LOVE the recipe. 🙂

  13. Sam

    Thanks Lori, you just have to make it to see how much ‘restaurant quality’ it is. This could totally fly at a dinner party and wow the guests.

  14. OMG…! I have been put off microwave baking after being persuaded to try several friends’ microwave chocolate cakes in coffee mugs which I found to be universally awful… but this is a whole other level of awesome. Definitely going to give this a go (and I have the same teaspoon as the one in the caramel bowl – my mom had that entire set!)

  15. Hi, I’d like to make this and have a question. What is a caramel like caramel treat? The individuals caramels wrapped in cellophane and then melted? Could a homemade caramel sauce be used? Thanks much!

  16. Sam

    Wow Jeanne, I inherited the whole brass and rosewood cutlery set from my mom too and use it as my everyday cutlery. Maybe they bought it at the same place. I think by adding caramel (I like 2 teaspoons) and not over cooking in the micro, the recipe delivers a very soft pudding-like consistency. I really think its of a restaurant level. 🙂

  17. Sam

    Hi Linda, in South Africa caramel treat is simply condensed milk that has been boiled in a tin. If you can’t buy it, you could either boil a tin until it becomes caramel (I think around 1.5hours), or use any ready made caramel like dulce de lece. You can see quite clearly from the last picture what the caramel looks like. Or you can drop caramel sweets into the pudding as I mentioned in the post.

  18. I’m in love microwave desserts, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as good-looking as yours. Oh my, this looks absolutely delish and decadent, it doesn’t look as if it was made in a microwave. So stunning! xx

  19. Sam

    Thanks Consuelo, I hope you make it and enjoy 🙂

  20. Oh My Greatness Sam… I could just plant my face into that bowl of caramel… MMM, will need to try this some time… Hopefully the Man doesn’t like it… 🙂 lol… More for meeeeee

  21. Sam

    Hi Flee, just so easy, also quite rich, you will want to share xx

  22. I love this, quick and easy…. and delicious!! The brown crockery looks great!

  23. This is something that I have made quite a lot of times when I am desperate for something chocolatey and sweet. Instant gratification. I always have it with ice cream. I adore the hot and cold sensation in my mouth. I have made mine with Rolo’s or a block of chocolate dropped into it 🙂 Must try the salted caramel. xx

  24. Aah, I will have to try this, seeing that I am without stove (gasp) at the moment. The only problem is that, living alone, I will have to eat both portions. Oh, and finish the caramel treat all by myself. Poor me. 😉

  25. Sam

    HI Anel, what you could do is keep the one in the fridge for later use 🙂

  26. Oh wow! Chocolate and caramel in one! Yum Yum Yum!!! And, all of the ingredients are in my pantry cupboard so I can try this tonight. Except for the caramel. Have you tried it without that?

  27. Hi there,

    Is there a microwave free recipe for the health conscious?


  28. Sam

    Hi Angelo, Im afraid this is a specific microwave formula, I don’t have a recipe for regular baking for it.

  29. Sam

    Hi Emma – Yes T = Tablespoon and t = teaspoon.

  30. I just tried this and let me tell you, this was the best 45 second trick . All I added different was a tbsp of brewed expresso. My ghosh….I’ve tried so many mug cake recipes, this is by far the best. Love love it. Thank s for a great recipe. Just pinned it.

  31. Can I add more cocoa powder instead of coffee granules if I’m making it for someone allergic to coffee? Can’t wait to try it!

  32. Sam

    Hi Kate – just leave the coffee out, no need to add additional cocoa. It will work out fine, its just there for flavor.

  33. It was scrumptious the best microwave pudding ever I ate the both of them haha not good for the hips!

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