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Last year at Christmas time, I needed something to give out to 16 employees. I looked for something personal and affordable. I had seen the 5 minute chocolate cake recipe and had made one. It was simply delicious and way too easy to make.
Mix dry ingredients first in a med/large coffee mug, then add the wet ones. Microwave for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt nuker. Instant and easy 5 minute chocolate cake!
Serve it alamode, drizzle with chocolate syrup, inject with caramel... the possibilities are endless.
By Sirrush from Alamo, New Mexico
This also works with wheat flour and splenda. Oh, and if it looks like it is coming out of the mug in the microwave, it's ok. :-) It raises way up out of the mug but goes back down when it comes out of the microwave.
I am not a cake connoisseur but this is tasty and definitely quick and also thrifty because you don't have to bake an entire cake (which might not all be eaten before spoiling) to fulfill a craving. If you like small portions, it's good for two servings.
During cooking the cake will expand over top of coffee mug but it won't make a mess and will recede once the cooking stops. It's kind of cool to watch the process ;-)
Allow to cool a tiny bit and tip out onto a plate if desired.
And why is this "Dangerous Chocolate Mug Cake" dangerous? Because now we are all only 10 easy minutes away from a chocolate cake fix ;-)
Source: Received via email from a friend who hadn't tried it yet. Sounded intriguing to me so I decided to try it and tweeked the recipe a tad on the second try ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
I'm on a diet but mom isn't. I just mixed and baked this up. Delicious! I had a sliver and a half (for research purposes only, of course) and mom is enjoying the rest. The taste is great. It easily turned out of the mug and looked cute dusted with powdered sugar. The texture was just a bit tough. Next time, it gets baked for a few seconds less than three minutes. It was so good that I immediately passed the recipe on to my sister. Thanks!
Yep this is very good. I love it because my kids can make it themselves (they are teens) when they have a craving for something chocolate/sweet.
This sounds terrific! When I bake a cake (for just 2 of us) we have so much left that in the interest of being thrifty I have to eat it all. This will eliminate the problem! I think I'll experiment with different flavors...not sure what but I'll work on it. Thanks for the recipe!
I couldn't help it...I made this up immediately and it was fabulous! So easy too...
Sounds good! 4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup, which might be easier to measure accurately.
This sounds like a good idea for Christmas gifts too! You have to mix up the dry ingredients and make a tag/recipe for the rest. It could be fixed up real cute in a pretty mug with ribbons! Thanks!
I make this but call it a True Cup Cake.
To make it a softer cake cook it under 3 min. or use cake flour. I some times push a chunk of chocolate to the bottom of the mug for a little extra chocolate on the top.
I looked forward to trying this recipe and enthusiastically followed the directions exactly as written. Unfortunately, I don't think this cake is very good. I didn't find the flavor or texture appealing. I took a couple bites and tossed the rest. Sorry for the negative comment, just one cook's opinion.
Happy Fall! There have been so many things going on in my house. I found this new recipe which is not probaby new to you guys, but it is to me. It is the cup cake that you bake in the microwave, perfect for me. I tried it out today, and it was great!
I took two boxes of cake mixes and mixed the dry mix out of the two boxes together. One box can be anything you like, and the other has to be an angel food cake mix. Just tear into all the envelopes and mix them together, just the mix in the box. I used an spatula to mix them with.
Then they go into a resealable plastic container with a lid. This is your mix.
Then you take three tablespoons of the mix and put with it two tablespoons of water. Cook it in the microwave for one minute in a coffee mug. I loved it, and it was so easy.
Total Time: 2 minutes
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By Marlene from Pretoria, South Africa
This sounds really good and easy. Will have to make this. Thanks for sharing.
This sounds pretty darn good.Gonna try it,real soon. I will let you know how it turns out. Weezy
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I've lost the recipe for the coffee cup cake. Please help me find it again.
By Cookie from TX
5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
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
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)
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. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed. Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. Eat. (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
Also try www.hungry-girl.com. There are numerous healthy (and delicious) recipes on her site.
Diet Alfredo Sauce using a quart of fat free half and half. Thicken fat free half and halfwith cornstarch by placing 2 heaping Tbsp. of cornstarch in 1 cup cold fat free half and half and stir thoroughly. When the remainder of the fat free half and half comes to a slow boil on the stove, add the cornstarch mixture. It will thicken. Next add 1 cup of your favorite Parmesan cheese, 8 oz. of fat free cream cheese and garlic powder and salt to taste.
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About a year ago there was a recipe here for a cake made in a coffee mug. Cake (or brownie) mix and some other ingredients were combined in a mug then microwaved. I lost the recipe. I checked through the recipe archive, but couldn't find it. I probably had the wrong recipe name. Does anyone still have it? It is not the one that was posted last week, this one used a store bought mix. Thanks.
Peanut from South Norfolk, VA
This might be the one you are looking for:
There is a website that is called: cdkitchen.com and type in mug cakes. (08/15/2008)
Chocolate Cake in 5 minutes
Mix flour, sugar, and cocoa. Spoon in 1 egg. Pour in milk and oil and mix well. Put in microwave for 3 minutes on maximum power. (1000watt) Wait until it stops rising and sets in the mug. Tip contents out of mug onto saucer and enjoy.
I used a recipe that called for 4 mini MilkyWay bars, but used a small amount of time, at a time, to make sure it doesn't boil over or "cobalt". Google: cake in a mug . There's a lot of them. (08/15/2008)
I just made one using chocolate cake mix. I threw in a few roasted pecans before putting in the micro, and it was very good. I have also made them putting in a bit of jam before cooking, just swirling it around a little and they are good, too. (08/15/2008)
Recently, there was a woman on Rachael Ray. Her name was Stacy Miller, she just finished publishing her new cookbook, 101 Recipes Micro Mug cakes. Thought you might be interested.
Jeanne from Long Island, NY
I have a question about the chocolate cake in a mug. It was really easy to do but it was flat tasting. Not much chocolate flavor at all and I used a new bakers chocolate container. What did I do wrong?
Jamish from Tribune, KS
I had the same result. It was fun to do and to watch baking but the flavor needs some tweaking. I'm going to play with it. Of course I'll have to eat all the "mistakes"! Darn! (09/15/2008)
A dash of salt, a splash of vanilla extract, a spoonful of chopped nuts and a spoonful of mini chocolate chips will perk up your mug cake. Trust me! (grin) (09/16/2008)
It turned out perfect when I made it. The only thing I did change was to measure the vanilla out to one half teaspoon. Also, I used heaping tablespoons of the cocoa. I sprayed the mug with cooking spray for easy removal and clean up. I sprinkled it with powdered sugar before eating. It was very rich and full of chocolate flavor. Adding extra ingredients as suggested would also add to the flavor. It was big enough to share but since no one was home when I made it, I was forced to eat the whole thing! This is really a dangerous recipe, the name suits it perfectly. (09/17/2008)
The second time I tried it, I skipped the egg (flavor was too eggy for me), and added about 2 tablespoons raisins. I also found the flavor not very chocolatey. But it's a fun idea that just begs fooling around with until you get it the way you want it. (09/17/2008)
I tried a different recipe that does not use an egg, doesn't boil up while cooking and turned out a better fluffier texture and a smaller serving. Here it is:
Microwave Cake in a cup
Put the cup in the microwave and cook it on full power for 60 seconds. Depending on the power of your microwave, and your altitude (go figure) you may have to cook the cake longer. Only cook in additional 15 second intervals, because an overcooked cake is no good, and it's even worse because you're microwaving it. Trust me, you think an overcooked cake out of the oven is dry and yucky, try having a solid wedge of dry microwave cake sometime. No fun.
Once your cake is finished, it should be nice and fluffy. Now to serve it.
Take a plate and a butter knife, and gently turn your cup over, letting the cake slide out of the cup. Guide it with soft presses of the butter knife, and once it's out, set the cup aside to be washed. (09/17/2008)
I have another recipe for the chocolate mug cake and it is pretty much the same recipe as the one posted here except that it has 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips in it. That may be just what you need! Good luck! (09/18/2008)
I just made 3 tonight. I found that adding a pinch of salt and a tablespoon more each of sugar and cocoa powder made it much more rich and flavorful. (10/11/2008)
The recipe doesn't call for salt, and it should. It makes all the difference. (11/29/2008)
By Noel L.
I agree, it needs tweaking. I add the chocolate chips too but then my grandchildren put chocolate syrup over cake before eating. This cake is the best when eaten warm. (12/09/2008)
I've made several of these mug cakes. I agree that they were flat tasting. I had been using whatever chocolate I had in the house. Then I finally bought Hershey's Cocoa and it has made a big difference.
I haven't done it, but I do agree that a dash of salt and splash of vanilla would probably made it better. It is still a great thing for someone who lives alone and can't eat a whole cake. After the holidays I want to try some variations and if they work, I'll post them. (12/23/2009)