Monday, December 29, 2008

The Dangerous Microwave Chocolate Cake-In-A-Mug challenge--cause I can't suck THAT bad can I?

So here's a little something about me: I'm a tolerably good cook, but I am an atrocious baker. I'm just no good at anything where you have to be super precise, but today I found myself on one of those recipe sites and I saw something that looked fast, fun and seriously suck-proof.

Dangerous Microwave Chocolate Cake-In-A-Mug

Recipe #338964 | 5 min | 2 min prep |

This cake is from Haydee's Chocolate Journal and is fantastic for those times where you want just one or two servings of all-natural, warm chocolate goodness. It's easily made with basic pantry items. I found the texture to be more spongy and very moist, It really was delicious. It fit perfectly in a regular-sized mug, although it did get a little messy when it puffed up. If you've got a slightly larger mug, I'd recommend using that.



  1. Add dry ingredients to the mug; mix well with a fork.
  2. Add egg and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour in milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Add chips, if using.
  5. Put mug in the microwave, and cook for three minutes at 1,000 watts. Cake will rise over the top of the mug -- do not be alarmed.
  6. When finished, carefully remove mug from microwave and allow to cool a little. Tip onto a small plate prior to serving, if desired.
  7. Yields one generous serving or two "more virtuous" servings.

The ratings on the recipe were fabulous and seeing that it only took two minutes and I (lo and behold) already had these items in the house I decided I would try it out. I did leave out the vanilla and chocolate chips but I figured that they wouldn't make much of a difference. The Lowdown: I'm CRAP at baking. I even managed to screw THIS up. I think maybe three minutes was a little long in my microwave. Right after sticking a fork in the substance, which was a not-so-distant cousin of concrete, it began to turn hard and rubbery. My only satisfaction came from the fact that my mug was the perfect size and it didn't spill one drop in the microwave.

Seeing how the multiple ratings were so fabulous I have decided to issue a challenge to all. Think of it as a free blog post and a chance to do some fun easy baking with the kiddies, or maybe you just need a quick easy chocolate fix. Try out this recipe. Post a picture and tell me how it went. Then I can truly know if perhaps I REALLY am the worst baker ever. Feel free to experiment, just don't change the recipe basics, then share your experience.

I promise it takes less then two minutes and you just have to wash a fork and a mug! I'm really looking forward to the feedback!!!


SuziQ said...

They have this same basic thing with the cake mixes...maybe you should stick to that. LOL I don't like the texture of microwave cake, so I think I'll pass.

Shamelessly said...

You are no fun!!
Fine you just go sit in the corner and play by yourself!

Lore said...

Yry a box cake mix and tell me how yoi do, I am interested in those results.
BTW don't give me crap about changing my background little girl!

Lore said...

Sorry for the spelling errors. one finger typing while holding a baby and eating an oranmge. you try it, it's hard.

Anonymous said...

Wow, i have to say, that was pretty exciting. I didn't have cake flour either, so i asked my mom and she said to add a pinch of corn starch. I don't know if it made a difference or not, but mine turned out pretty well. I forgot the oil, cause i'm a genius like that, but it seems ok still. Its very spongy... but good. :)


Shamelessly said...

Thanks for the update Sarah! So you're saying it wasn't like year old rubber cement???

Ok that's Dangerous Microwave Cake in a Mug:1, Me:0. Its not looking good.

Lore, you type like that anyway. And yes I can handle a cake mix but its not fun... is it?

SuziQ said...

Cake mix is better than no cake at all, I say!

Lore said...

I just want to say thank you for serving me not one, but two cups of Cake in a Cup. #1 Was hard, had no taste and well... I honestly did not like it. #2 Was softer due to only cooking it for 2 minutes, had a bit more flavor, thanks to the Hot Coco mix you added and I thought it was a wee bit better. In the end I think I will stick with a cake mix. But thank-you for the opportunity to sample your "baking" skills at work.

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