How to Make a Cupcake in the Microwave

A lot of people don't bake or get to enjoy homemade desserts as often because they feel like an entire batch is too much effort or even a waste of ingredients. For others, space or time constraints might hinder your cupcake baking efforts, such as in the workplace lunchroom. Yet, there is a simple solution and you don't need to miss out--when you make single cupcakes in the microwave, they are enough to fulfill your sweet tooth, and if you bake this at work, you can even wow your coworkers with the aroma of something quite different!


  • 5 leveled tablespoons (45 g) of yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons (50 ml) of sparkling soda water
  • 1 leveled tablespoon (10 ml) of light vanilla flavored yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons (15 g) of whipped cream (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 g) of chocolate chips (optional)


  1. 1
    Gather the ingredients. If you're planning on making this at work or where you study, measure out the cake mix in a small container with a lid, and the yogurt into another. On the way to work or studies, grab some soda water and place it all in the shared fridge in the staff or tea room until needed. Remember to also take along some suitable baking paper to line the cup with, so that it doesn't stick.
  2. Image titled 02 smooth microwave cupcake mixture
    Mix together the cake mix, yogurt, and most of the soda water in a mixing bowl. Create a smooth consistency – there shouldn't be any lumps. Add the rest of the water and mix in thoroughly.
    • If you don't have a bowl, mix straight in the cup, although this will be more challenging. Even a small breakfast bowl is suitable for this cupcake mix.
  3. 3
    Lightly spray the microwave-safe cup with non-stick cooking spray or line with baking paper suitable for a microwave. Carefully pour the batter into the cup.
    Image titled 03 cupcake mixture in cup ready to microwave
  4. 4
    Microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes on HIGH. Monitor it closely, as microwaves vary in wattage and temperature.
    Image titled 04 cupcake in the microwave
    • The cupcake will be ready when it starts to move away from the sides of the cup and changes from a liquid to forming a firm-looking, sponge-like top. Perform the toothpick test to see if it's done.
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    Allow the cupcake in a cup to cool for 10 minutes. Dress it up with whipped cream and sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top.


  • Adding the sparkling water adds 'fluff' and bounce to the cupcake.
  • Yogurt replaces the eggs and oil used in a standard recipe; it also reduces the number of calories in your dessert. (Make sure you use low-fat, low sugar yogurt).


  • Cupcake will be hot when you take it out of the microwave.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-stick cooking spray or baking paper suitable for a microwave (cut a piece out to take with you if taking to work or studies)
  • Mixing implement (a teaspoon is fine)
  • Small mixing bowl - a breakfast bowl is suitable
  • Small teacup (about 8 oz), microwave-safe (no metallic paint)
  • Microwave oven
  • Serving plate

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