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
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?