Monday, August 27,2012
I saw this curious photo a fellow baker, Frantic In The Kitchen, had posted, she being as curious as I, having seen it on Taste.com and though it looked odd, it peaked my interest, mainly what and why? Bake a cake in 5 minutes was the tease. We all crave chocolate and if one could make a cake in 5 minutes wouldn’t we all try it out? Darn Toot-in!
5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake thanks to Frantic in the Kitchen for prompting my experimentation!
4 Tablespoons flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips, optional
dash of pure vanilla
1 large coffee mug
Mix dry ingredients, add egg, blend, add oil & milk. Blend well. Add in chocolate chips, and vanilla. When blended pour into your mug, unless you mixed it in the mug! Place in microwave on HI for 3 minutes*. The cake will rise to the top. When done let it cool before turning out onto a plate. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream!
I decided to cut the oil down to 1 Tablespoon, I used chocolate almond milk and threw in a pinch of salt and baking powder. I quickly buttered the inside of my chosen mug, mixed up the cake batter, poured it in the mug and zapped it in the microwave on * HI for 2 minutes as Frantic in the Kitchen had baked hers for less than the time called for. So it was not quite done, I cooked it for another 30 secs, it began to climb inside the mug but when I opened the micro door it fell. Still wet in the middle, I put it on MED and zapped it for another 30 secs. wow it rose about 1/2 ” above the rim of the mug. I tried to capture this with the camera! Out it came, down it fell, I cooled it then popped it out. It looked liked a steamed plum pudding. It lacked the soft bounce of a ‘regular’ cake and had a heavy feel, seemed more like a over baked brownie. I wonder if, at least in my micro, it would have been more cake-like had it been nuked on MED. I probably made a mistake by cutting down on the oil, also. Well you know I am not that enthused to try it again. I think I’d rather take 10 min to mix and 25 to bake a cake in my reliable convection oven. This was a good experiment and this further strengthens my belief that micros are good for melting chocolate, heating tea and quick cooking potatoes! My preference, please don’t take offense! I am too traditional at heart and health! There may come a rainy day where I will pull out my mug again, this time sticking to the recipe exactly, to see if it indeed does come out cakey. If I do I’ll let you know! Everyone intrigued should try this, especially since the results vary greatly, then let me know how your mug cake turned out!!
I had the most fun preparing and photographing this project. The photos might be excessive but in a way they were more enjoyable than the chocolate mug cake. Hope your microwave yields better results!!
Till next time we meet. Enjoy life, food, family and baking! Mangia!
PS…… Monday 5:15pm….. I did finish the mug cake or in my case, the mug heavy brownie. Just couldn’t toss that chocolate.