Friday, 22 October 2010

5 minute chocolate cake man.

I don't know why I'd never heard of this before - I mean, those who know me would probably think, "Oh, who eats an excessive amount of desserts and would probably know of some way to make a chocolate cake in five minutes? Mari, probably."

Lazy and cake are two words that are synonymous with me. Not the sort of lazy where I don't do anything all day (I wish), but the kind of 'ohgod why is the remote control so far away, nevermind, i'll just watch this, maybe it will be interesting' kind of lazy.

Anyway, I made this yesterday:


The first time, it came out kind of dry - I think because I left it in the microwave for too long. It says 3 minutes, but I say start with 1:30 - it's nice for it to be all gooey on the inside. Also, I used half an egg. Again, I think this adds to the gooeyness factor. I also used drinking chocolate, even though it said not to - it works, but just don't add the sugar.

From Instructables:

You will need:
* microwave!

o coffee mug
o 4 tablespoons flour
o 4 tablespoons sugar
(no sugar if you're using instant hot chocolate -it's already in there)
o 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
(I used Green and Black's hot chocolate mix - 6 tablespoons, to compensate for the sugar)
o 2 tablespoons whisked egg
(I used half an egg)
o 3 tablespoons milk
o 3 tablespoons oil
o 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
o splash vanilla or other flavoring - try peppermint or cinnamon

step 2 Mix your ingredients

* Add all of the dry ingredients to the mug and mix.
* Add the egg and combine well. It gets pretty pasty at the point.
* Stir in milk and oil.
* Add chocolate chips* and splash of vanilla. Stir well.

step 3 Nuke It!

* Microwave for 3 minutes (start with 2, or even 1:30) in a 1000w oven, or 4 minutes in a 700w oven.

Variations from Squidoo:

Easy Variations on the 5 Minute Mug Cake

* Chocolate Chip - Add chocolate chips of course. Simple but delicious
* Vanilla - Replace the cocoa powder with custard powder. Check the timing and don't cook too long.
* Fruit Sponge - Place fruit in the bottom of the mug and mix in another container. Pour half the mixture over the fruit before cooking as usual. One recipe will make two mugs this way. To make it a vanilla fruit pudding leave out the cocoa and add custard powder. When cooking half the mixture this way, half the timing too. e.g. 1.5 minutes in 100W microwave.
* Very Lemon - Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Leave out the cocoa and vanilla and add extra flour. Check timing for your oven.
* Poppy Seed and Almond - Add almond essence and a teaspoon of poppy seeds. Leave out the cocoa and add a little extra flour. Watch the timing as it might need a little less time than the chocolate.
* Ginger Pudding - Add ground ginger and crystalised ginger chopped finely. Leave out the cocoa and add a little extra flour.
* Chocolate Cherry - Simply add chopped glace cherries, or add cherries and coconut
* Chocolate Peanut Butter - Add some small blobs of peanut butter before cooking. Or put a larger lump in the middle. Chunky peanut butter works best for this
* Surprise Cake - Add a small lump of something interesting to the centre before cooking. Try cream cheese, marmalade or jam. (This will be hotter than the cake so take care)

And there you have it. See you soon, morbid obesity!

Mari x


Michelle Elaine said...

if i want ten of these it totally defeats the purpose huh? bleh i need a pick me up now!