Thursday, February 19, 2009

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

So the other night, I was about to croak for something chocolate, but living in the barren wasteland that is my kitchen right now, this Irish gal was outta luck. Or so I thought.

All of a sudden, one of those half-dead braincells drew new breath and cried out about this chocolate-cake-in-a-mug recipe that has saved my deep rightthissecond need for the fruit of the cacao in times past.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, people, and this desperate measure isn't a half bad one to have in your arsenal. Chances are, you will have all of the ingredients on hand, so give it a whirl the next time the Chocolate Monster is upon you.

Here is what you need:

4 Tablespoons flour (cake flour is really the best, but use all purpose in a pinch)
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Egg
2.5 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Take a largish mug and put all of the above ingredients in. This is my beloved Campbells Soup mug. It holds the perfect amount of coffee each morning and I triple heart it.


Also, it helps tremendously when you have awesome friends who make you something as wonderful as the following for Christmas. Can you say YUMMMM?! I triple heart this, as well.


Take a fork or whatever and mix it all together. Please make sure to get into all the nooks and crannys or you'll wind up with a flour lump which isn't exactly palatable. By the way, "nook and cranny"? Just try to find the origin of that little idiom. It's no piece of cake, that's for sure. ;)


Once you've achieved nook and cranny mixage, pop your triple hearted mug into the microwave...


And don't freak out when it does this:


Tis totally normal. In fact, find something else to do during those three minutes because it kind of goes against everything in you NOT to stop the microwave when this occurs. And we already know that your probably stressed out if you're employing desperate measures, so why raise your blood pressure any higher? Especially when you can come back to this:


See? All better. If you're REALLY desperate, you could pour some Hershey's syrup over it. But, don't tell anyone I said that, k?

39 comments:

javamamma said...

Wow! I gotta try this!

3girlsmom said...

Shut up.
You are my favorite friend today.
Amen.

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Caroline said...

Love it!

You are one resourceful gal!!

That was one Amazing friend who gave you that vanilla....oh wait....I was working on being humble today. ;-)

HEHE

Lois Lane II said...

Wwwhhhaaatt? That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!!!

Under the Florida Sun said...

OH, a friend of mine emailed me this recipe awhile back. Is this not a PMS suffering woman's dream come true? LOL

Becca said...

this looks amazing. well, i might have to try it once i get over this darn flu bug!

Liz said...

Thanks for posting the recipe, Gayle. I have seen it before but never tried it, and I could soooo go for some chocolate cake these days. At least it's personal sized, which leaves much less temptation for going back again and again and again.

DaNella Auten said...

I think I'm in love!!!! pour on some caramel and you have me.

Maria said...

I think I'm going to love this cake! I could of used this last night!!!! THANK YOU GAYLE!!

Halfmoon Girl said...

You had me laughing with your step by step instructions- loved the part where you talked about having to walk away and not watch! lol. That looks seriously good.

Kristin said...

You are going to KILL my diet!!! I did NOT need that recipe. I can't tell you how many times I have been chocolate desperate.

Growin' with it! said...

you are SERIOUSLY a true friend that you share stuff like this. and if it does overflo...i'll be licking my microwave too! numm numm.

Kent said...

How in the world have I lived my whole life without knowing that recipe???? I can not wait to try it.
I have that same vanilla extract made by another wonderful friend, but it keeps ending up in my diet coke for some reason :)

Mocha with Linda said...

I have deliberately avoided printing this email when I've seen it elsewhere. Must.have.self-control.

But I think you got me at the "pour some Hershey's syrup over it."

Unlike Robyn, I haven't decided if this makes you my best friend or my worst enemy. :-)

Rach@In His Hands said...

Ahhhhhhhh.....

I have ALL of those ingredients which is making it hard to resist NOT making that delish cake!

Yum....I'm off to try it! :-)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

This is so funny--I did this almost exactly same post a few months ago, complete with pics. I haven't made it since, and now I'm Jones'n for some!

carrie said...

I am VERY excited to try this!!

His Girl said...

*drool*

Michelle said...

i heart you SO much! i'm printing and hangin' on the fridge!
this looks yummy....

Alicia said...

Wow that seems pretty easy! Thanks for the idea!

DeeDee said...

Gayle..
I too - received this in an email...saved it - but have not tried it. You encourage me :)

But i think I remember a pic with a scoop of ice cream along with the choc syrup - ummmmm

Must try it soon!
:)
~dd

Fran said...

Oh my word that is heaven in a cup.
That small part where its coming out of the top in the microwave makes me laugh.

Yummy!

Emily said...

love.4.u.right.now.

Tanya said...

That looks amazing. I brushed my teeth already (and I'm too lazy to do that again), but that is on my schedule for tomorrow night. I've been *needing* chocolate. I'm glad you put the pics, because I would've stopped the microwave when it started rising over the cup.

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Mercy.

Just Me'n Mine said...

TEN YEARS!....10 years I have known you now and you have never told me of this luscious treat. I just saw this at 10:10 (what up with the 10's?), p.m. after a day of exercise, healthy eating and water. I was doing sooooo well. It is over. Okay, I will at least try to wait until tomorrow when I will likely have this little recipe for breakfast.

Just Me'n Mine said...

Umm, I was doing good and I am well. Grammar check.

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tomorrowsmemoriesphotography said...

hopped on over from my friend linda's blog - had to just tell you
THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
for this scrumdidilumpscious recipe!

tomorrowsmemoriesphotography said...

hopped on over from my friend linda's blog - had to just tell you
THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
for this scrumdidilumpscious recipe!

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seesawfaith said...

Girl..you better back it up!

Cake in a cup? Oh, sweet and wonderful Jesus, this woman is amazing!

I have now triple heart hugged your picture via my laptop.

You are also now my all things "nuh uh!" guru.

I shall now sit at your feet and wait for more amazing wisdom. (after I go make me some cake in a cup.)

Ruth said...

Oh! my goodness~that looks absolutely delicious. I think I will do this on my next girl's night with my daughter.
Ruth

Gabriella said...

It's cooking in my microwave right now! :) I'm so excited.

Sensa Testa said...

wao, this is totally awesome!!! I want to go and make 4 billions of this and experiment with different ingredients to see the outcome...

Alex said...

Just made this and shared it with my dad. Very tasty! We had a few ideas that might help it out a bit.

1) Put the sugar and liquid ingredients first and stir those up good so the flour doesn't become a pain in the corners. Also helps to avoid over-mixing.
2) Needs salt! Not too much, just enough to help bring out flavor.

Thanks for posting!

Flash said...

My hubby is going to LOVE this!

twinkle said...

So, do you have a recipe for apple pie in a cup, Martha?

jk

<3 you!