The start of my Dorm Life Eats series, a collection of recipes that are easy and cheap to prepare, begins with a delicious Microwave Chocolate Cake! This chocolate cake uses to Nutella to stay rich and fudgy and is so simple to make.

As most of you know, I’m living in a dorm this year.

If you’ve lived in a dorm at any point in your life, you’ll understand my struggles with trying to bake in a dorm kitchen. Its smelly, its gross, no one cleans up after themselves, and the appliances should have been replaced long ago. No ideal for someone who loves to bake.

Because of this, I’ve been creative in avoiding the oven and kitchen all together and I’ve taken to doing something I never would have imagined myself doing – using the microwave to bake. Whaaat? I know. Stay with me here.

This post will be the first in my Dorm Life Eats series. Most of these recipes will be either:

1. No-bake

2. Made in the microwave

3. Very minimal oven/stove use

4. Few ingredients

5. Cheap ingredients! (Poor college student, remember?)

[Pre baking – er, microwaving; ignore the power cord in the back, focus on the flowers and the pumpkin.]

I assume there are many folks in my position, and being the avid baker that I am, I’m determined to make delicious treats in unconventional ways. I’ve researched recipes and brainstorming incessantly, and it’s definitely possible!

So, while I’ll still have tradition recipes from my visits home, I’ll also be providing recipes for easy, dorm cooking with minimal costs involved. Get ready – even those of you with a readily available oven will be wanting to try these easy recipes.

The first? A microwave cake that actually tastes good!

Most of us know microwave cakes as a desperate, middle of the night substitute f

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or an actually good cake. This one, however, is moist, chocolatey, and you can barely differentiate it from a normal chocolate cake (but don’t overcook it; this will be the death of your cake). The addition of Nutella doesn’t really add to the flavor, but it makes the texture and moistness be out of this world.

It’s so easy to whip up, and is the perfect portion size of a dessert for two. My roommate and I devoured this thing on a chilly fall day and I know we’ll be making it again soon! We ate it with a little extra Nutella, which is never a bad thing, obviously.

Try it out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! And stay tuned for some delicious, easy, dorm-friendly recipes!

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Dorm Life Eats: Microwave Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 3
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: cake


  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  •  teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. (Time depends on microwave wattage. Check after 1 1/2 minutes, and then cook in 30 second increments from there. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Moister is better in this case. Mine took 3 minutes.)
  2. Serve in the mug, with some extra Nutella if desired. Dig in, and enjoy!


Note: Depending on the wattage of your microwave, you may have to increase cooking time.

Keywords: chocolate, cake, microwave, instant, mug cake, easy, dessert


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