This month, I decided to participate in a new recipe swap group – Secret Recipe Club. Basically, you are given a new cooking blog to explore, you choose any recipe that they have posted and you try it. Such a great idea, and a great way to find new blogs and new recipes.
I was given The Newlyweds Blog – and there were definitely plenty of recipes to choose from, it was quite hard to decide. So, I gave the decision to CH. He explored the blog, browsed recipes and then, he got really excited when he saw this recipe. Instant cakes? Under 5 minutes, he was sold.
I was too. You see, we already know that I don’t have an overly sweet tooth, so I get kinda lazy baking things for CH. Yet, I like to be a good wife and make him treats from time to time. He absolutely LOVES my Mom’s chocolate cake, but it’s time consuming (okay, not really!) and it makes a lot of cake for just one guy. So this mug cake definitely solved a lot of problems.
I’ve already made these numerous times, even for our “Thanksgiving” dinner where I topped them with pumpkin pie whipped cream, and another time with caramel sauce. But, the overall winner, is the Nutella version I came-up with. 1 (heaping) tablespoon of Nutella, and you have a deliciously moist cake, in under 5 minutes. How can you complain?!
I really fell in love with this idea…and it will become a standby recipe for years to come. I can see it showing up at dinner parties, with a customizable toppings bar, or as a last minute dessert for those unexpected guests. It is a delicious, warm, gooey, chocolate cake….from the microwave!
One quick tip – be sure to use a LARGE coffee mug – you need the room as it cooks, and to top it with ice cream, or whatever you choose.
So, thanks Newlywed Blog, for a great recipe.
Chocolate Mug Cake
Serving: 1 individual sized cake
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 – 5 minutes
- 4 TBSP flour
- 4 TBSP sugar
- 2 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1 large egg
- 3 TBSP milk
- 3 TBSP vegetable oil
- 1 TBSP Nutella (or substitute chocoalte chips, Hershey’s Bliss, toffee bits….whatever you please!)
- splash of vanilla (optional)
Place all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Whisk well to incorporate all ingredients.
Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes, until the top is nice and firm.
Remove the mug from the microwave (be careful – it’s HOT!) and serve immediately. I like to serve it directly in the mug, with ice cream on-top, but feel free to remove it from the mug and serve in a bowl. Whatever you prefer.
As one final tip – I’ve made multiple mugs at once (4!) and just increased the microwave time by 2 minutes – worked perfectly!