Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Desserts

I don't do much baking in the summer. It's too time consuming during such a busy time of year. Besides, who is trying to heat up their house in July? In the warmer months, sweets around here mean ice cream, fresh fruit, and sometimes no-bake pies or bars. But once in a while it would be nice to have a piece of chocolate cake. Then, a friend handed me a recipe that was being passed around for a small chocolate cake that you make in a mug...in the microwave. I was skeptical and intrigued. So of course I could not wait to try it out. How delightful to find that it works. Introducing...

The Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

4 Tablespoons flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract (less than 1/4 tsp.)
1 Large Coffee Mug

In a small bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix together. Add the egg, milk, oil, and a handful of chocolate chips. Mix well. Lightly spritz the mug with cooking spray, and pour your ingredients into the mug.

The directions said to cook it in a 1200 watt microwave for 3 minutes. My microwave is 1200 watts but the cake was done in 2:30. While the mug cake is cooking, it rises up and above the rim of the mug several inches, providing you with a small heart attack while you imagine having to clean up a chocolatey mess in the microwave. But don't worry- it does not over flow or explode, and the minute you push the stop button, the cake retreats back down into the mug.

When it's finished, you can eat it right out of the mug, but it makes enough for two servings. I turned it out onto a plate (very easy- no sticking) and added whipped cream. It certainly was a fast way to cure a chocolate craving!

Oh my. Remember that fabric giveaway I blogged about in my last post? I was ecstatic to find out that I was the winner of such a lovely prize. It was one of the nicest things to happen in a long time! Now, I really do wonder what to do with that lovely fabric. Ideas anyone?

10 comments:

  1. That looks interesting. I think I shall have to try it. Happy you won the giveaway! It's fun winning giveaways, isn't it!

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  2. Let's see, I have everything that goes in that, including a decent sized mug. Sounds like a winner to me! Actually making a couple of those now for dessert tonight sounds like a plan to me ~ thanks! ♥

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  3. Congratulations on winning that fabulous giveaway. i am really happy for you, and just a wee bit jealous;)

    Your dessert sounds wonderful. I will have to give it a try one of these evenings.

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  4. And here I was, trying to think of ways I can reheat coffee without the microwave so I can get rid of it... You are making this tough. :)

    And congrats on winning. I am sure you will think of something lovely.

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  5. Congratulations on winning! I'm glad to see that God blessed you so!

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  6. YOU WON?? I am SO HONORED to know such a "famous" person! I can't wait to see what you do with it--please do share when you decide!

    Anyway, WOW . . . what fun! And after the rough spring you have had, you certainly deserved some joy and sunshine! ;-)

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  7. Alright, I just made the mug of cake and it really IS good! And is it OK that I put a handful of chocolate chips in my mouth before I put a handful in the little batter? Because I think that's OK - it was just fine with the chocolate chip appetizer. YUMMMM

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  8. Wow Beth, thanks for being brave enough to try a handful of chocolate chips as a dessert appetizer. Could that have gone badly at all? ;-D

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  9. OK, my cat is eating my grilled cheese crumbs... I would call that BRAVE, because she has a little nasty habit that I have to clean up after...

    I always have at least one handful of chocolate chips when making cookies. That is why I always need more than one bag for a batch.

    You are not going to believe the Word Verification. And on your blog!!

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  10. Hello my friend its been awhile.. I hope that now fall is setting in I will have more computer time..This looks really yummy.. Does it come out of the cup hard? Also I stopped by to find your pumpking whoopie recipe and couldn't find it..Could you email it thanks.. Hope all is well.. Smile..Blessings sisterbrenda

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