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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for Two in Under Ten Minutes

Sometimes you don’t want a dozen cupcakes.  This chocolate spice cupcake recipe that I created for Paula Deen makes just two cupcakes.  However, the best part is that the cupcakes can be made in the microwave and the whole thing takes under ten minutes.  Enjoy them warm with fresh whipped cream and sprinkles.

Chocolate Spice Cupcakes For Two Recipe

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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for Two in Under Ten Minutes

The best part of this recipe is that the cupcakes can be made in the microwave and the whole thing takes under ten minutes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate mug cake recipe, cupcakes for two, mug cake
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2 cupcakes
Calories 177kcal
Author Stef


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 ½ teaspoons milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ½ egg lightly whipped (approximately 2 tablespoons whipped egg)
  • Prepared Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles


  • Whisk flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger in a small bowl.
  • Mix in milk, butter, and egg.
  • Divide evenly between two silicone cupcake liners.
  • Microwave on medium for one minute.Microwave again on medium for thirty seconds. If the cupcakes do not bounce back when lightly touched, repeat this step.
  • Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
  • Serve warm.


Nutrition Facts
Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for Two in Under Ten Minutes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 320IU6%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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24 comments on “Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for Two in Under Ten Minutes”

  1. I checked out the recipe on Paula’s site … very cool, Stef! This is being printed and kept in the baking cabinet for our emergency cupcake needs!

  2. Microwave?? That makes me nervous lol!

  3. WOW! Microwaved cuppies???!!! Sounds like something I’ve got to try—just need to grab some silicone cups :)


  4. I love this idea…baking for two and in the microwave! I would love to do more baking for my husband but between just the 2 of us we can’t eat a dozen or 2 cupcakes fast enough. I have a cake recipe that bakes in the microwave…its awesome!

  5. Elliesays:

    Brilliant!! Just perfect for my husband and I when I want something quick and sweet (although only having two cupcakes around could cause problems!!) Looking forward to trying them!

  6. Stefani –

    I started Weight Watchers recently so I’ve been avoiding your blog. This came by e-mail so I figured to give it a whirl. I love the idea of only 2 cupcakes (a whole batch of 12 tend to, a la Alice, call my name).

    Ran it through the WW’s recipe builder and it comes out to only 4 Points per cupcake (I substituted light butter for regular)! I haven’t tried it yet, but will this weekend.


  7. This is interesting! Can’t wait to make one for myself. Thanks for the interesting post.

  8. Mr. Psays:

    Stef, I always think this about your posts, but that, right there, is the most gorgeous cupcake photo I have ever seen.

  9. Courtneysays:

    Just tried it. I doubled it to share with the roommates, and the batter still fit easily in my small bowl. It’s a great little recipe, they turned out really indulgent!

  10. Stefsays:

    Holy Trinity – Welcome back! Hope you enjoy them!

    Mr. P. – Thanks! I’ll be sure that Jonathan sees that comment.

    Courtney – I always get so excited when I get the first comment from someone who has actually made the recipe. I’m so glad that you enjoyed them!

  11. Those look delish, despite the word Microwave!

  12. Just tried this last night! They turned out so well! :) I also made some oreo truffles to go with them… what a fun, easy Valentines treat! :)

    the recipe for the truffles is on my blog!

  13. Anonymoussays:

    Can I do this in small glass ramekins?

  14. LBLsays:

    just made these but I omitted some of the spices b/c my bf doesn’t like them. They were good! Anyway, mine came out kind of spongy as opposed to fluffy. Is that how they’re supposed to be or did I do something wrong like over mix it? Would using egg beater cause this?

  15. This is so delicious. I just tried it last valentines day and my kids really love this so much. They keep on asking for more. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. Yummy! I can’t wait to try this one for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend.

  17. Stefsays:

    LBL – They are a little bit spongy because of the microwave. Did you eat them warm? That’s when they are best.

  18. LBLsays:

    Hi stef, thanks for responding! Yes I ate them warm. They tasted good, they were just so different, I wasn’t sure if I was getting the expected result or not. I am new to cupcake baking in general, so at every turn I have evaluate what I’m doing and determine if I’m doing things right. Thanks again for verifying that for me! I feel so much better now :-)

  19. Wow! This is really cool, 2 cupcakes in less than 10 minutes and an excuse to buy those silcone cupcake holders…I am going to have to try these :) Now that is a super genius idea!

  20. Rebeccasays:

    I will be making these tomorrow! Perfect!

  21. Jordansays:

    I didn’t taste these before I gave them to someone for a birthday treat, so I can’t make any claims to taste, but I did attempt to make these. I don’t have silicone cups so I decided to try the oven. They baked for about 18 minutes at 350 degrees in regular metal cupcake pans with paper liners. They didn’t get as puffy or overflow as the picture shows, but they didn’t sink, either. Most likely, they were spiced brownies with very moist centers. I love the idea of only two cupcakes, and maybe when I get silicone cups I’ll give them a try the 10 minute way.

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  23. Yanerisays:

    How awesome!! I’m making them right now!!! I’ll post pics to my blog once they’re all baked!!! This is soooooooo super easy!!! Perfect just for me and my hubby!!! Thank U!!!!

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