Tuesday, June 02, 2009


5 minute chocolate cake_0001Have you received an email with the recipe for chocolate cake in a coffee cup? It's quick way to get a chocolate fix without overdoing it - not that anyone I know would actually bake and eat an entire chocolate cake......but this recipe has built in portion control, just in case. Here's the recipe:


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (Microwave safe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using) 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 out onto a plate if desired.

5 minute chocolate cake_0002 I DID use the choclate chips, and yes, it did spill out of the mug - I placed the mug on a plate just in case. Although it was very chocolatey and gooey, thanks to the chocolate chips, it was a bit spongy, but when you're baking in the microwave, you have to expect some deviations. Personally I prefer the recipe for microwave brownies that my friend Janet gave to me several years ago....

Microwave Brownies

3 oz butter (add pinch of salt if using unsalted butter)
8 oz brown sugar
2 eggs
a few drops Vanilla extract
3 oz plain flour
2 oz cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder

Melt butter and sugar in a glass bowl in microwave.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Sift flour, cocoa, and baking powder into a bowl and mix in egg mixture.
Pour into lined microwaveable dish and on place an up turned saucer in the microwave.
Microwave 4 1/2 to 5 minutes. Should still be sticky on the top.
If you do not have a turntable, 1/4 turn after 2 minutes.

Either way is a quick chocolate fix you can enjoy anytime.

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At 6/02/2009 05:27:00 AM , Anonymous Martha said...

I'm trying this one.

At 6/02/2009 11:26:00 PM , Blogger glenda said...

Well im going to try them both hummm coolwhip or icecream, 0)

I hope you guys has a nice visit in the states,Are going to get to bring the grandson back for another visit he seem so well blanced and to ready enjoy himself

we hope to come back to Italy next year- I just love it so muxh this will be our 5 trip and if you guys and time we would love to meet up Glenda

At 6/03/2009 02:30:00 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Now that our grandson is 16 he has a part-time job and other activities that keep him pretty busy so I don't think another visit is in the cards. Plus, at 16, it might not be so cool to hang out with his grandparents!

When you do come back Glenda please let us know and we'll see if we can gtg!


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