Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chocolate Mug Cake

I got this a while ago in one of those mass e-mails that people send out, and didn't think much of it at the time. Then winter came and there was 5 feet of snow outside and it was dark for like 19 hours a day, and I just needed a bit of chocolate cake in my life, you know? This one is super quick and easy. I have no idea how it works, I'm just thankful it does, because sometimes we all just need some chocolate cake. And when the only clean-up is washing a mug and a spoon, it just tastes that much sweeter.
Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 (+) tbsp cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
2-3 tbsp oil
Add-ins (optionally pick one or more of the following): 3 tbsp chocolate chips, a few shakes of cinnamon, a shake of cayenne pepper (really good with the cinnamon, for "Mayan" chocolate cake), half a tbsp instant coffee, Skor chips (God's gift to mankind), caramel chips, mint chips.... you get the idea. If it tastes good with chocolate or in chocolate cake, try a bit in this one.
A small splash of vanilla extract
One large, sturdy mug
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mug and mix well, so there are no lumps of sugar, flour or cocoa.
  • Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the milk and oil and mix well. It should look like cake batter by this point.
  • Add your add-in(s) and the vanilla and mix one more time.
  • Cook in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes on high (maybe a bit more or less time, depending on your microwave). The cake will grow, rising over the top of the mug, but don't worry! It will be fine.
  • If it doesn't cook all the way through, pretend the raw batter is icing.
  • Tip it out onto a plate, if you like, and sprinkle with icing (confectioner's) sugar, cocoa and/or cinnamon, if you're feeling fancy.
  • Eat it all yourself, or share with someone else if you're feeling extra-generous. Or full.
We found out (due to the lack of microwave in a certain blogger's house) that this works pretty well in a conventional oven. Put the batter in a muffin pan (I think it made us about 4-5 cupcakes) and bake for about 5-8 minutes at 350 F, or until they look done (and a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the middle of them).
No pictures this time, until we make another yummy CUP-cake!

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