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
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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