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Let's face it, sometimes we just need cake.  And we just can't wait any longer than five minutes.

Perhaps need isn't quite correct. Except sometimes, I just really, really want it. That's sort of close isn't it?  And yes, this IS a recipe for a five minute cake.  From start to finish even!

And rarely, albeit very rarely, do I not feel like stepping foot into the kitchen. Or I just haven't planned for my chocolate pangs in advance. This, I do not recommend. Always plan in advance for dessert, or risk the possibility of going without. I recommend that even less.

However, that being said. It happens that there is no dessert in the house. Otherwise known as a state-of-emergency. But if you're moving, or just tired of the winter (supposed to be spring) weather we've been having, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Perhaps you've heard of cake in a mug? In the microwave? Now, before you completely roll your eyes back in your head and start snoring, this isn't your ordinary microwave cake. I've had those, microwave cakes, and yes, they aren't usually good.

But this one?

It's good. In fact, it's really quite extraordinarily fine. It is a little extra good with a smidge of ice cream, whipped cream, or even a bit of a creamy liqueur. I prefer it with bacio ice cream.

The best part about the whole thing? It takes barely a couple minutes to get all the ingredients into the mug, a few stirs of a spoon, and the only dirty dishes are a couple spoons, a fork, and a mug. That's it. I did mention that this is actually GOOD right?


Quick Cake in a Mug - aka Five Minute Chocolate Cake

large coffee mug
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp coconut oil (or canola)
2 tbsp egg (whisk with a fork first)
3 tbsp chocolate chips
3 tbsp milk

1. Vigorously stir all of the ingredients together.
2. Microwave on high heat for 60-90 seconds, until steaming hot, and the batter is firm all around. Let cool slightly before devouring!


Jeff said...

I'll let you know how mine turn out...

VeggieGirl said...

Let there be cake :D

gail said...

Jeff - I hope you and Laura had chocolate comas... hehe! I like that I can quickly make it after Carter has fallen asleep, and still not wake him up.

Jeff said...

I can't believe that it actually worked! I've never baked in the microwave before. Ours took 90 seconds each. For me, one mug was too much. Believe or not, the chilled leftovers weren't too bad the next day! Next time I'll split the recipe into two small mugs.

gail said...

I can't finish it either Jeff! However, "my" Jeff wouldn't be pleased if I wanted to share with him.... now that he knows how much he gets now!!!

Emily said...

Um. This is absurdly delicious. And utterly brilliant. I am never buying boxed cake mix again!! Thanks for sharing :)

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