Well, today we conclude Fall Into Flavor, the comfort-food recipe carnival that guaranteed participants 5 new lbs on the thighs by Thanksgiving or my name isn't Mrs. Butterworth! Who could resist that opportunity?
I wanted to go out with a bang this week, and at one point, I was afraid it was going to be a literal bang.
You see, I received a recipe from a co-worker that I had to try, as dicey as it sounds in writing. It's the "5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake," baked entirely in a coffee mug! I knew that if it worked, I would never be without chocolate cake again, and that if I ever wanted chocolate cake but not left-over chocolate cake, this would be the answer.
So I made the 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake in my 2nd Cup test kitchen as my big Fall Into Flavor swan song.
Let's start with the simple ingredients:
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
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 (high).
You probably shouldn't let your child cook her head and eyes while watching the magic mug cake rise, but sometimes you forget about your child when you're awaiting chocolate miracles.
You will see the cake rise over the top of the mug about an inch, and some might drip down the side, but don't be alarmed! It will not explode. I tried to take a pic of it while it was nuking, but it didn't turn out. And as soon as I took it out of the microwave, it immediately shrank back into the mug, so this was all I could capture for you, but while it was in there puffing up, it was as exciting as Jiffy Pop, I promise.
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. Actually, what I desired was to halve the cake, put it in a dessert bowl with a dip of ice cream and cover it in chocolate syrup.
And then I desired to take a bite, but some dropped on the floor. If you should happen to drop a bit on the floor, don't panic; your emergency floor cleaner-upper will be right there before it actually adheres to the floor.
But I did get my bite, and it was delicious, very moist and brownie-like.
So I hope you enjoyed falling, --no-- Diving Face-First Into Flavor with me this Fall.
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Be sure to come back tomorrow for a big announcement! Yay!