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Friday, November 20, 2009

Five-minute chocolate cake

I have never made a cake of any sort in my life (though I am said to be adept at making apple pies, mince pies, Welshcakes and snickerdoodles). When a friend forwarded to me recipe for a chocolate cake to be made in a coffee mug, in just five minutes, I was intrigued enough to try it out!

The ingredients: 4 tablespoons of flour; 4 tablespoons of sugar; 2 tablespoons of cocoa; 1 egg; 3 tablespoons of milk; 3 tablespoons of oil; 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips (optional); a splash of vanilla essence; a coffee mug and a microwave oven.

Add the dry ingredients to your largest coffee mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly; pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips, vanilla essence and mix again.

Don't you think that looks a bit full? But I don't have a tablespoon in my kitchen,
so I used an ice-cream scoop which was probably a bit big.

Microwave at the highest setting for three minutes.

Ooops! It's gone over the top! I thought it looked a bit full!

Trim off the rough bits (you don't need to throw them away!),
turn out onto a plate and serve with squirty cream.

Who would ever know?

I was very happy with my chocolate cake and it will be added to my list of "regulars".

Request: If any reader can think of variations based on this theme, so I could make other cakes (as a change from chocolate) in this way, please let me know in the comments!


Blogger willow said...

This looks like the perfect quick fix for when I'm having one of my chocolate attacks.

2:49 pm  
Anonymous alcessa said...


I think (i.e.: the housewifey part of my brain tells me :-) ) you could use ground/chopped nuts, eg. almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts ... instead of chocolate chips - if you like them. Since it contains cocoa, it would still be a chocolate cake.

Another idea would be to use chopped/whole raisins instead of chocolate chips.

Third and last: you could also use bourbon vanilla instead of the vanilla essence, you know, so as to get a Posh Chocolate Cake :-)

(Have you got Great Bitterns in GB?)

3:01 pm  
Blogger Merisi said...

I can see whole books of nursery rhymes being updated: No more four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie, but a single one in a cup and the Queen eating chocolate pie from a cup instead of bread and honey! :-)

9:21 pm  
Blogger Merisi said...

I just googled "Great Bitterns" and was surprised that these are birds and not some bitter orange or nuts as I figured. ;-)

9:23 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

I think it is the Celtic Mug that made it go over the top. Try another team.

10:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, home is where the microwave is!

We have made it in a bowl as a quick sponge pudding.

My kids were intrigued for a while making "Eggy-weggy", which is a slice of bacon wrapped inside a mug and an egg broken in the middle then microwaved for a few minutes.

You might add it to the Maalie-express recipes.

Jon of the Hill

2:15 pm  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

Excellent!! I'll need to try that, and when I do, I'll be sure to serve ice cream with it. Yummm!

4:43 am  
Blogger simon said...

Abso-lut-ley fuckin fantastic! I have added it to my list too!!!

4:55 am  
Anonymous Ted M. Gossard said...

Extraordinary, Maalie. Quite interesting. I'm not sure Deb would go for it, as believe it or not we neither have a microwave, nor do we eat dairy (she's allergic to dairy so rarely eats it, and I just go along with the ride here).

You do seem to have the thumb of a baker. Of course you want to use your new kitchen, and use it well.

12:43 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Thanks for comments everyone!

Jon of the Hill - I will certainly try your eggy-weggie!

4:30 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

That looks good. Will certainly try that when I get home.
I think you should just experiment. Try using similar quantities of dry stuff to wet stuff. You could always add a drop of milk if it looks too dry. Put raisins, cherries (glace) nuts etc. in to see what happens.
Squirty cream covers a lot of errors!
Maybe you could make us a Christmas cake by that method!

6:27 am  

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