I have a confession. I just had chocolate cake for lunch. And no, I didn’t have some chocolate cake wasting away in the fridge that needed to be rescued. I was in the middle of digesting the Theory of Change and trying to see how it could fit an anthology of stories of hope into the picture. Then suddenly the craving hit me. I knew I just needed chocolate cake right away or I wouldn’t be able to do anything else.
I just had to make one. But I didn’t have the time (okay, patience, actually) to whip up a chocolate cake and store bought cakes just don’t feel right. I went to my reliable go-to recipe that I discovered via, (surprise! surprise!) Lantern Hollow Press. I recommend going over there and reading the original recipe. I recommend following the advice to get lost as a cure to writer’s block. Just don’t get too lost, alright? I digress.
This is actually a microwave mug cake. It may not have the texture or look of a chocolate cake. Looks more like a pudding and you won’t have any crumbs for sure. BUT it tastes just like chocolate cake and hits the spot right on. And the best part? It comes together five minutes tops. No kidding.
Now here’s the recipe. Go make one.
Oh by the way, be sure to use an average sized mug, not the dainty tea cups or you’ll be wiping chocolate off your microwave.
4 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp muscovado sugar or light brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
half of beaten egg
3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
splash of vanilla extract
some chocolate chunks or chocolate chips, whichever you have available, or just chop up the chocolate I know you have in the fridge
1. In an average sized mug, put together all your dry ingredients. Make sure you mix them well.
2. Add you wet ingredients.
3. Mix until just incorporated, try not to over-mix or your cake will be tough.
4. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks or chips on top.
5. Pop in your microwave and cook for 2 mins 30 secs on high.
(6. Wait for your house to smell of chocolate or spy on your cake and watch it rise to the top or even over your mug. Don’t worry. It’ll settle back down eventually.)
p.s. I know I have to work on incorporating pictures into these recipes. I used to do photography before but I my skills are very rusty and my camera has been lonely for quite some time. I’ll see what I can do. Maybe later than sooner though. Let’s see.