September 14, 2009

Chocolate Mug Cake

My friend, Kathy, shared a recipe with me. It's called "5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake". I have now tried this recipe two times. The first time I did it was with four little boys at my house. Each of them took a turn measuring the ingredients or counting out the spoonfuls depending on their skill level. They added ingredients then stirred, then they added more ingredients then stirred, and then added the remaining ingredients then stirred. By this point, I realized that their perception of "all mixed up" and mine were really two different things so I did the final stirring.

Cooking it themselves was great fun. They would delightfully watch it "bake" in the microwave because the cake will rise at least 50% out of the mug.

When we removed it from the microwave, the cake would settle and the eating could begin. The cake is so rich that I gave them all a scoop of ice cream on top. If fact it is so rich that one mug would be enough for two people but then not everyone would be able to make their own cake. When I asked Isaac if he liked making the cake his response was, "That was awesome!"

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
4 Tbs. flour
4 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. cocoa
1 egg
3 Tbs. milk
3 Tbs. oil
1 small splash of vanilla extract
3 Tbs. chocolate chips (optional)

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add chocolate chips and vanilla extract and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug but don't be alarmed. Allow to cool a little and tip onto a plate if desired.

Both times I did this I didn't bother to find out the wattage of my microwave and do the math to make sure it cooked at 1000 watts.

I'm perfectly capable of doing the math; I just didn't.

Some day I will and I highly recommend it if you don't mind moving the microwave and looking for the wattage sticker or plate and dividing the amount to determine at what power level you need to set your cook time and then replacing the microwave after cleaning the dust bunnies you now must deal with and reorganizing all that may be on and around your microwave.

Okay. Good.

Because I'm just saying that if you do not know your microwave's wattage already, this is NOT going to be a 5 minute chocolate mug cake; it will be closer to a 30 minute chocolate mug cake and then you may as well have baked a 9x11 cake and then your diet is shot.

Also, it's really hard not to call it a mud cake. Maybe it's just me.

But really, Enjoy!

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