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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Chocolate cake in a mug!

Ok, so this isn't a classy recipe, but it is a super fast 'chocolate fantastic' hit when you need one.  Cake made in a microwave?  How tacky, how horrible, how wrong.  Let me just stop you there, this cake is soft, chocolately, warm and rich.  Served with a scoop of ice cream and drizzled with toffee sauce this is the perfect mid week pick me up when you are in the mood for cake but do not have the time or energy to make anything complex.  The fact it serves one means no waste and 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave this cake is as express as it gets.  Please don't be expecting the best cake in the world, after all this is made in a mug in the microwave, but do expect dense fudge like chocolate cake.  Make sure you top with ice cream and some sauce.

There are many recipes online for this strange idea.  I have looked over a number, tried a couple, and put this one together.  You could sub the chocolate chips for white, or add in some coconut, or zest in some orange for a chocorange cake.  Experiment and see what you find.  

Cooking times are rather difficult to suggest.  My microwave is 800watts so I cooked for 2 minutes and found this to be just about right.  My first attempt (2.30mins) resulted in a rubbery cake.  Undercooking isn't much of an issue for this type of cake, if it needs more just continue cooking or see it as a 'fondant' style cake.  The quantities are so small if you mess it up it does not matter that much - ok so you wasted an egg - just tip it out and try again.

See what you think...give it a go!

Chocolate Cake in a Mug
Serves one

4 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil (I used corn oil) or you could melt butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp chocolate chips

large mug

Mix together the dry ingredients in the mug - miss out the chocolate chips!

Add the egg and mix well - it will be thick!

Add the milk, oil and vanilla.  Mix to a smooth paste.  Then add the chocolate chips and give it one final mix.

Microwave on a plate (just in case your first attempt results in spillage).  2 minutes 800watt, adjust as necessary.  

Serve with ice cream and toffee sauce.