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Coffee mug cake for a chocolate emergency

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We try not to keep a lot of candy and chocolate in the house for several reasons, mostly because it’s expensive, and certain teenage boys are somewhat unclear on the concept of enjoying a single serving of most things.

Oh yeah, we try to be healthy-ish, too. I forgot about that part.

But, let’s face it. The problem with not keeping chocolate in the house is that there’s no chocolate in the house. It’s usually not a huge issue, but every now and then there may be a chocolate emergency and it may or may not be on my part.

Microwave cake in a coffee mug seems to be all the rage lately, so I thought I’d see if I could produce cake quickly and easily from things I already had around the kitchen to address a potential chocolate emergency.

As I examined the recipes out there, I noticed a couple of things: people are really passionate about their coffee mug cakes, and some coffee mug cakes turn out better than others.

I ruled out recipes with complicated stuff like “baking powder” because I don’t use it often, I either don’t have it, or if I do have it, it’s always 3,000 years old. I also ruled out recipes that called for a part of an egg, because, well, I’m not measuring egg and I wouldn’t be sure what to do with the rest, but that might just be me.

I finally landed on this recipe which is a conglomeration of a few I found out there.

Coffee Mug Chocolate Cake

1/4 cup flour

5 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

dash of vanilla extract and salt

Directions: mix all that together in a large coffee mug:

Microwave it for about 2 1/2 minutes, or until it puffs up.

Your microwave time may vary. I have no idea what kind of microwave I have. It’s square and white if that helps.

I was a little skeptical, but it turned out quite well:

Emergency averted quickly and easily using common household items.

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4 comments so far...

  • I think THIS is what I need for an emergency afternoon pick-me-up while I’m at work. Eureka!

    Grace  |  November 1st, 2011 at 7:42 am

  • YAY!!! I have been wanting a copy of this recipe for AGES (for the same reason, I hardly ever have chocolate in the house… except today, the day after Halloween, of course). And sometimes I just want CAKE. :)

    Thank you for posting!! Consider yourself bookmarked/starred.

    el-e-e  |  November 1st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  • Well, now, that’s a quick and easy chocolate fix, thanks (I think!)

    Liz  |  November 1st, 2011 at 2:05 pm

  • My microwave is also white, but it’s rectangular. Do you think this recipe will still work?

    amy324  |  November 1st, 2011 at 8:29 pm