Monday, November 17, 2008

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake ~ Fall Into Flavor Finale!

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
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract

The Procedure:

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.

Please link up to share your recipe, and then


Be sure to come back tomorrow for a big announcement! Yay!




43 comments:

Ballerina Girl said...

sounds yummy! I will have to try that one...
check out my "dirt" on my blog...
couldn't miss the big finale of your Fall into Flavor ;)
BG

Becky said...

YUMMY! I am SO going to make this. Maybe tomorrow with the kids all staring into the microwave. LOL.

Does it just pop out in one piece? Do you have to grease the cup?

Smilingsal said...

I've heard of this chocolate cake in a mug before, but I've never tried it. I'd have to arm wrestle my husband, and he might win.

Amy Deardon said...

Hi Linda --

I found the same recipe! I posted it about a week ago for election day -- a few days later I posted another recipe for fast chocolate here, since everyone needs this sometimes... http://amydeardon.blogspot.com/2008/11/more-quick-chocolate-for-dear-friends.html

Love your recipes! Thanks (I think, since I probably weigh more now :-)

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi - Sounds like an easy answer to the midnight chocolate crave! I'll definitely try it!!!

I linked back to my Zesty Potato Soup recipe, but since you have two links up, I didn't know what to do with the second. I tried it, but couldn't get the 2nd one to work...

Have a great day!

Chatty Kelly said...

This is one recipe I have made! It was so rich, I was almost "sick" after eating it. Notice I said almost. It was the wonderful too much chocolate sickness. Mmmmmm. Wonder if you made it with coffee instead of milk how it would be?

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Here's an even easier version:
1 angel food cake mix
1 regular chocolate cake mix.
Mix together.
Put 1/3c mix in a sprayed mug.
Stir in 3T water.
Microwave 1 1/2 min.

You can add chips, m&ms, etc. Turn upside down on a plate and top with coolwhip if desired.

I made up a container of the mixed dry mixes and attached a ribbon around the lid. I hung the measuring cup and measuring spoon on the ribbon. I gave this along with a cute mug to my daughter at college and she and her roommate loved it. Super easy for someone in a dorm.

Mocha with Linda said...

LOL - love it! And love your picture. And yes, my link is for a recipe; I'm not making any comment about those of us who are providing recipes here!

Gingerbread Boy looks like he arm-wrestled Pillsbury Dough Boy and won! All sorts of fun in the blog world this week!

Marina said...

Linda, I thought a while back you had posted a recipe on pumpkin pie if it was you can you pleas tell me where the post was... I was meaning too try it out , thanks marina ")

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

This looks fantastic! And the Dena thing could be my answer to volunteer gifts for everyone I know! I'm going to miss this...sigh

lmerie said...

Chocolate, Chocolate Chocolate! Yippeee!

Thanks Linda for the meme, this has been fun!

April in CT said...

I tried this when the recipe first started making the rounds...and thankfully it didn't work for me. It turned out like chocolate flavored rubber. Yum! I'm sort of glad it didn't work because chocolate cake this accessible will make my pants smaller. Funny how that happens..

I've loved Fall Into Flavor and thank you for hosting it!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

You must be part of the conspiracy against me too. No more baking. I can no longer stop my temptations.

Merrie said...

Great idea! I could do this! It would mean I wouldn't have to eat an entire cake!
Can't wait to see what you announce tomorrow!

Angie said...

THAT is a recipe I will have to try! I love me some chocolate cake!!! THanks for sharing it!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Microwave cake.

I will never see my waist again.

PJ said...

I've not yet made that one. Love your pictures!! I'm thinking that the recipe could be tweeked for a spice cake (my husband's favorite) with banana. I really have to get off my tush and try some of these. I DID HOWEVER, do the apple crisp. As I write there's about half of one in my kitchen that I made yesterday. (And there are only two of us in my household.) I've love the recipes.

Kim said...

Now I have a reason for buying a microwave :-) What could be better than your own personal chocolate cake on demand?!

Debbie said...

I'm going to have to try this one! It sounds yummy for a cold winter day.

I saw your LOST counter and just wanted to let you know hubby & I are watching season 1 now. J & A are buying and watching all the seasons trying to get up to speed before the new season starts! They are passing along to us once they're done so if we get enough snow or ice to miss a day or two of work we might get caught up in time too!

Hope you're feeling better...

Laurie Ann said...

A chocolate cake in every mug! Yummers! Sounds fun to make, too. Think, "Danger, Will Robinson!" Oooh! I'm so gonna make this tonight and not warn Steve about the mess. Can't wait to see his face!

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Looks totally yummy. And I'm almost afraid to try it cuz then I'd eat it for every meal.

This probably isn't news to you, but just in case: Emergency Floor Cleaner-Uppers should be used with caution, especially with chocolate, as it is not good for their internal workings. (i.e. very bad for dogs)

Public Service Announcement over. :)

Big Hair Envy said...

Don't let my family see this post. They will expect me to nuke up some chocolate cake EVERY night after supper!!!! Hahahaha! YUM!

Teresa said...

I made it just in time to join in for the last installment of Fall Into Flavor! WooHoo. ;o)

I've been seeing this recipe around, but haven't tried it yet. The recipe even laid on my counter for a while, but then got stuck in my cookbook. Maybe someday. Sounds too tempting!

(I usually sign in as Virginia Queen Bee, but I've got a new food blog, so I put this on there.)

Patricia said...

Fun recipe. Chocolate in a cup with more chocolate over it...perfect. Your pics are great too.

Gotta tell you, your posts make me laugh so much! This even had my husband chuckling.

I can't wait to show him your Friday Fave 5...number 5! I just read it and my 19 year old son heard me making a strange noise. He came in the room to see my shoulders shaking and wheezy laugh coming out (I was trying to be quiet--my dh is napping-poor baby was sick last night). I read Gwendolyn's post out loud to him. He walked out to meet his girlfriend laughing, too.

annie's eyes said...

Of all days, I think I NEED your recipe! I'm home with some version of the flu and well, chocolate just seems terribly appropriate right now! Thanks for hosting this meme and I tell you, if you didn't gain 5 or more pounds with this, it's your own fault. We all need an extra layer--I hear it's going to be a cold winter! I'm off to check out Mocha with Linda's Fat Ladies--got my curiousity up! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

A personal chocolate cake in five minutes? You. Are. Awesome.

Kim said...

Mmmmmmm.......these are GREAT! So I won't make (and EAT) an entire cake! :) Thanks for sharing Lid!!

Blessings!
Kim

Marina said...

Linda, thanks for answering yes I think it was that one if you now where I can fine it and read the recipe ...the pumpkin fluff dip sounds good maybe I can do it if you still have sound good...... I meant too go back and never did. thanks. marina

bj said...

Hi, Linda...what a fabulous blog you have. I love your background and header. I tried one from Cutest Blogs on the Block but it was so busy, it bothered me. I wonder where you got this calm but really pretty one?

I, too, got this recipe in an email and posted it a month or so ago. I have to admit that I haven't tried it as yet...one lady said it was hard as a bat when her's was finished so I didn't get in a hurry to make one. Now that you liked it, tho, this is what Mr. Sweet Nothings might have for dessert tonight!! Thanks!
love, bj

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Miscellaneous from Missy: I KNOW! It's what I keep telling my husband.

Pam Warden Art said...

I just made this for my dh and he's loving it. He loves cake-I'm a pie girl.
I used our really BIG coffee mug from Starbucks and nothing ran over the the top although I put a paper plate beneath it in the microwave just in case. It's a BIG cake. Can't wait to do this for company. Thanks, that was fun :)
Hugs,
Pam

Angie Ledbetter said...

I got that email, now I'm going to try the recipe since it worked! Thank you.

Robin Lambright said...

Better late than never, I up! One day I am going to figure out this Mr. Linky thing and do a carnival on my blog. I have really enjoyed all the fun and new recipes.
Blessings
Robin

Robin Lambright said...

Oh my stars, I totally know what I'm doing later, This sound to cool! Love it.
I even have some vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup in the frig. YUMMMMMMM!
R

Angie said...

Yeppers, I'm trying that!

Tammy said...

And just when I thought you couldn't top last weeks recipe. This would be fun to do with the kids, and I think we just might give it a whirl next week during my week off!

RosyRose said...

Yum! I will try this for sure! my kids would think it's great to try something like this!

Renna said...

I've heard of the cake-in-a-mug, but was skeptical. Now that you've been the guinea pig and vouched for it (and no, I did not call you a pig!), I'm going to give it a try. Imagine, chocolatey goodness anytime I desire. Ruh roh, this could be dangerous! ;-Þ

Jerralea said...

I forgot about this recipe! I definitely want to try it, now that you put your seal of approval on it!

Imagine, choc. cake whenever I want!

Lynn said...

Linda,

What a great post and great idea. I write our church newsletter and I always include a recipe each month. May I use this? In fact can I use what you wrote and your pictures??? What a neat recipe... Let me know. BTW, you and Donnie at the top... Girl, that was me too. Loved that aluminum tree. Did you have a color wheel as well?

Hugs, write me.

Sheri said...

Darn it! I've been doing so good on my diet too!

The Correspondent said...

Oh my goodness gracious mercy me!

While perusing your blog, I found this recipe, so I tried it immediately, and I'm now in Chocolate Heaven. I only had white chocolate chips on hand, but they made the cake colorful and sweeter.

I plan to post this recipe on my blog sometime next week.

Anonymous said...

Ah! I about had a heart attack when I saw your poochie eat chocolate...don't let them have it unless you don't like the dog!