One-minute Vegan Microwave Black Forest Cupcakes

Yes, you read it right! These cupcakes get done in a minute. They’re vegan. They can be made in the Microwave. And they’re Black Forest cupcakes at that. Beat that! I must say, one of my most successful experiments born on one heck of a super-rainy, super-gloomy, super-cozy afternoon. Not being the kind to take such time out to nap (I can see some of you raising your eyebrows to this and thinking I’m nuts, but yes, I strictly save my afternoon siestas only for the weekends), and having watched the rain long enough to have gotten bored of that as well, I ended up donning my apron and heading to the kitchen. Put on some nice music while I could still hear the pitter-patter of the rain all around me, and I was good to go. The ambience was set, the ingredients were all available in my pantry, the power supply board wasnt playing spoil-sport…oh, I was a happy baker-woman alright 🙂 And when these cuppie cake babies were done, did I do a little jig or what? You can be sure I did more than one 😉 Having said all that, I must admit I had a much bigger and better reason to be making these delicious babies. I was meeting a special vegan friend later in the day, and I simply had to put something together for her. Want to know who that is? I’m sure you do! Y’all should know SunshineMom of Tongue-ticklers. Yeah, so she happened to be in town, and we’d decided to meet later that day. All the vegans out there, you must totally head to her space…she has wonderful, magical creations churning out of her cook-pot.

One-minute Vegan Microwave Black Forest Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

  • All purpose flour/Maida – 3/4 cup
  • Cocoa – 1/4 cup
  • Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup (If you don’t have brown sugar or if procuring it is tough, just go ahead and use normal white sugar).
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Flax seed powder – 2 tsps mixed in 1/2 cup warm water
  • Warm Water – 1/4 cup ( This is in addition to the 1/2 cup of warm water for the flax seeds)
  • Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
For the Frosting:

  • Non-dairy whipping Cream – 3/4 cup (I used GoldTop)
  • Maraschino cherries – 15 nos
  • Cherry Syrup/Freshly squeezed Orange juice/Home-made Sugar Syrup –1/4 cup (Since the cupcakes are sweet enough by themselves, we wont be using any added sugar with the cherry syrup/orange juice. If you are using home-made sugar syrup, use not more than 2-3 tbsps sugar. The whole idea is to moisten the cupcakes, not sweeten them anymore. I used freshly-squeezed orange juice).
  • Rum (optional) – 1 tbsp, to be added to the cherry syrup (I didn’t use any, but feel free to dunk some in your syrup, and get all tipsy…hic!)
  • Dark Chocolate Bar – a small bit, grated (I used Chocolate Vermicelli)

Note: This proportion makes 15 standard-sized cupcakes.

  • Line your silicon muffin cups with paper liners and set aside. (I used individual silicon muffin cups).
  • Take a bowl and add all the dry ingredients to it – maida, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt (Yeah, no sifting…this is as easy-peasy as it gets!)
  • Add the sugar, stir well with a balloon whisk to incorporate.
  • Stir in the warm water, oil, vanilla essence and the flaxseed powder-warm water mixture. Mix well. The batter must have a ribbon-like consistency now.
  • Pour the batter into the readied silicon moulds. Pour the batter only about halfway up the moulds. I spooned 2 tbsps into each mould.
  • Now cook the cupcakes on high for a minute, or till done (My microwave sets to 900W at high power. Please check yours and increase the time by a minute or two, as required). I did mine in batches of 4 cupcakes each.
  • Give the cupcakes a standing time of 10-15 seconds and put them through the toothpick test to check if its done well. The cupcakes should be soft and springy to touch when done. If they’re too firm, they’re overdone, and if you try biting into them once they’ve cooled, they could be so hard as to even break your teeth. So keep checking every 10 seconds or so, unless you’re secretly in love with your dentist! Once you do one batch, you’d be able to confidently set the timer on the successive batches.
  • Once done, remove from the microwave and let the cupcakes cool in the moulds for a couple minutes. Remove from the silicon moulds, turn onto a wire-rack and let cool completely before you can do the frosting.
  • Poke short, small holes on top of each cupcake – about 5-6 holes on each cupcake should work just fine. And don’t go all the way to the bottom with the holes. Remember, the rock bottom’s paper, and you don’t want that getting soggy. Half-way down should work.
  • Pour about 1 tsp of the cherry syrup/sugar syrup/orange juice on top of each cupcake (that is all it can hold).
  • Now coming to the frosting, you should have chilled the whipping cream for at least 10-12 hours in the refrigerator. Also chilled the beater blades and bowl in which you plan to whip the cream, about 1/2 hour atleast. Stainless steel bowls work best for this.
  • Whip the cream on high for about 3-4 minutes, to a hard-peak stage (if you make a peak with a spoon, the peak should stay longer than 5 seconds).
  • Pipe the whipped cream in a swirly pattern onto each cupcake with a star nozzle.
  • Sit a plump cherry in the centre of each cupcake and sprinkle some chocolate vermicelli/grated chocolate, and voila!
  • Wait, don’t gobble them just yet. Refrigerate the babies for about half an hour before serving. Trust me when I say that it will only taste better if you do. Let the flavours get to know each other a little bit. They need to get ready for the big moment when you bite into them. And its all for your own good. You gotta treat those taste-buds well right? 😉
I made 2 batches of these cupcakes. By that, I mean I made 30 of them. Apart from sharing them with SunshineMom, I also shared some with my neighbours, and sent the remaining cuppie cake babies to the hubby’s workplace for them to gorge on while they slogged their butts out. You should make 30 cupcakes and share them with everyone around you too! The joy of sharing is absolutely un-paralleled. Period 🙂
Needless to say, this is going straight to my ‘Chocolate Fest‘ and sitting right at the centre, winking at you all, teasing you. So, have you had your share of chocolate today yet? You haven’t? Go, go, go…make some of these piquant, yet sooper-easy-to-fix cuppie cakes. You so deserve them!
If you want to make the big-mamma, ie the regular Black Forest Gateau, you can find the recipe here.
Before I wrap up this post, just a small note to SunshineMom: Though I’ve spoken to a lot many bloggers on the phone/IM, nothing quite like meeting the face behind a space in person! You’re the second blogger I’ve met and it was wonderful meeting you even if it was for a short while. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet up. Next time around, I’d love to have you over at my pad if you can make it 😀

25 responses to “One-minute Vegan Microwave Black Forest Cupcakes

  1. Oh yeah!!!! they are so tempting, inviting, mouth-watering, and driving me to go and make it for your own !!!!

  2. hey madhuri.. thanks for the post.. saw this post just as I took my savoury vegan muffins outta the oven & popped in the coffee streusel.. 🙂 these shall be next.. 🙂

    was I the first? 😉 and you have so inspired me to post.. am gonna be posting my muffin recipes tonite!

  3. Thanks for the recipe…would def. want to try it some time ! am mad after chocolate cakes 🙂 baking eggless cakes are even more cool!! Thumbs up!

  4. You are a genius Mads..1 minute cupcake,that too blackforest..yay yay yay!!!Love it absolutely..I am seriously looking at the big mama though..hehe.Got to make it someday soon!!

  5. Mads,
    I think your photographic skill is what makes CCN top class! Seriously, many other blogs I visited (wont mention their names, of course) are so amateur at the pics as well as the blog outlook, that you dont even want to even look at their recipes, leave alone trying them.
    Cudos to you !!!

    Pls do tell me where you get all the paraphernelia for these heavenly looking cupcakes (eg : moulds, those choc garnish, etc)
    When you mention rum, is it brown rum or white ?

  6. Drool worthy babies…madhuri !!! again..a chocolate temptation..!! Madhuri I have become a admirer of you…now..!! talking about you and ur posts to everyone..!! It really feels good to appreciate…and you really deserve a Choco Hug and herez one for u ( CHOCO HUGS MADHURI )

  7. Well just wanted to mention this line..I loved the way u mentioned abt the tooth care 😉 I keep remembering all these when I am all alone especially when I am cooking …and it really makes me feel so good especially when I am low!! I always have a smile on my face when I read ur posts!!!

  8. Looks fabulous, wish I could just grab one through my screen 🙂

  9. Hi Madhuri

    You are truly a magician. You have created a masterpiece and each of the cakes look inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. awesome creation Madhuri. 1 minute for a black forest cake…simply WOW! awesome clicks.

  11. ROFL on the love for the dentist!

    The minute I see the one-minute or instant microwave recipes – I want to run far away from your blog – just because I know I’m so going to make this multiple times and eat it all by myself. My microwave has cooked a few of those instant cake in a cup and my hips have proof of that! But, you do know that nothing you do can take me away from your blog.

    I love that you use flax seeds where ever you get a chance! Now, everytime I go buy flax seeds at the store – your smiling face flashes across the packets! LOL!

    I’m hoping I get to see you in person soon! And some of these cupcakes too.

  12. Wowww gorgeous looking cupcakes..

  13. Wow, this sounds too good to be true!!! Really innovative!! Again say there must be a food bloggers colony so that we can all get to eat each others goodies (and get fatter!!).

    Anyways, I can always call and get these little cute cakes when I am driving towards JP Nagar, after all these are just a minute ones;-). Maggi must be feeling bad, takes THREE minutes!!!! lol!

  14. This is so apt for me as I’m the only one who loves this cake…so now its bite sized and I don’t have to feel guilty…good work champ 🙂

  15. Oooohh la la. “Such a tempting cupcakes”! 😛 😛

    No, but seriously…you better have this ready when I walk in to your place next time!

  16. Hey Madhuri, it was great meeting you and like I said before, these cupcakes were lovely! On the inside as well as on the outside. My kids gave me some thoughts on how they feel about me not icing my cakes :). Thank you very much for coming over to our place and leaving me with these yummy cakes.

  17. Gosh!!! They luk so yummy n sure they taste yummy too.. Mam, after seeing the pic… wish I cud just put my hand thro the screen & pull the cup cakes into my mouth 🙂 Thanks for this super easy recipe 🙂

  18. Hi Madhuri, I tried this recipe today. I made cake instead of cupcakes with few changes. Turned out very yummy.. thanks for sharing the recipe

  19. This is amazing! A min?!

  20. Yummy cup cakes …

  21. Hi,

    Seems a tremendous hit and so simple, to boot! Could you please tell me if there’s a substitute for flax seed powder, since it’s a bit diffiult to find that near my place.

    Thanks a lot! I’ll try this one and let you know if it worked, since I’m a first-time baker. 🙂

    • Asha,
      You could simply substitute the flax seed powder with 2 eggs. Would that work for you? If not, let me know and I’ll give you other alternatives. And yes, please do let me know once you have tried these sooper yummy babies 🙂

  22. hi Maduri,
    Where can I buy Flax seeds in Bangalore? I searched in Food World i did not find them.
    Please help.

    • Hi Suma,
      Flax seeds are available in most supermarkets/grocery stores these days. If you tell me where in Blore you’re located at, I might be able to help better. I get my flax seeds from MK Retail. It is also available at Namdharis.

      Do write back to me and tell me which part of Blore you’re in and I will definitely help you out.

  23. How is wish i was your neighbour tooo 😦

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