So during a recent gathering the Baker’s Dozen (our little office bake club), we were introduced to the 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (2 minutes of prep and 3 minutes in the microwave). I was somewhat skeptical about what could be accomplished in 5 minutes, but I was surprised. Since it would have taken 65 minutes (13 of us X 5 minutes), they were made ahead of time, but we were were given a pretty impressive demonstration of one in front of the microwave. It came out looking good and for a 5 minute production, it tasted pretty good and was a fun recipe. However, it wasn’t quite as light and fluffy as I had hoped, but how much can you expect in 5 minutes, right? Well, I was about find out!
Well, with that in mind, I set out to see how I could improve it and how else would I go about it other than making 6 cakes?! I had my very own test kitchen and I felt like my own Food Network Test Kitchen. So I began with the original recipe and started tweaking and it evenutally came out great!
Revised and Better than Ever 5 Minute Chocolate Cake
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 3 tablespoons of oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A handful of chocolate chips
1 – Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2 – Add the egg and mix well.
3 – Pour in the milk, oil & vanilla and mix well.
4 – Place the mixture in a tall glass or mug and into the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at “high”.
The cake may rise over the top, but it will settle, don’t be alarmed! Let it cool and eat out of the mug or tip it out onto a plate.
The first attempt was good, but I kept playing around with it. I began by adding chocolate chips to making it more moist, which it did. The next attempt was adding more vanilla, so I put in a full teaspoon and again it made it lighter.
Then I realized that even though the novelty of this cake is the fact that it’s mixed and cooked in the mug, I wanted to combine the ingredients in a bowl and really try to beat it well. Let’s face it, how well can you really mix anything in a coffee mug, other than coffee? So if you really want to do the mixing in a mug or simply don’t have a bowl (or don’t want to get a bowl dirty), well, mix away in a mug.
So with my whisk, I gave it a good beating and than transferred it into a glass which would give it some additional height (as i’m already thinking of presentation) Sure enough, it came out much lighter, fluffier and pretty delicious for a microwaved cake! All that was missing was a little Kahlua and ice cream and it was ready to go!
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s everything you’d normally have in your kitchen, so it’s simple and dangerous since it can be made at anytime! Oh and in case you were curious, I didn’t eat the 6 I made, I simply sampled them!