Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I got this recipe in an e-mail from my sister Jasmine*, and I have to share it with you. My comments are in italics.


4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa This is the only ingredient I don't already have.
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) Jasmine contends this is not optional and should be dark chocolate.
A small splash of vanilla
1 coffee mug (probably fairly good sized!)

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 and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave ("my" mug? you mean "mug" as in "face"?) and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Okay, I will try to contain myself. Get it? Contain myself? Ha h ah aha ha. I'm punny. Allow to cool a little (that's the difficult part), and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (This can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). It is not possible for me to feel more virtuous than I already do.

Okay it's me again. I think when I make this I will either make it for two people and pour half the batter into a second mug, or make a half recipe. The "one egg" makes halving the recipe difficult, so I will either throw the whole egg in or use applesauce instead.

I'm a little concerned that the cake might stick to the mug, making it difficult to "tip out onto a plate", but it's worth trying, although not really necessary, and actually kind of a pain since it doubles the dishes you have to wash.

I fully intend to add frosting. I mean, come on.

I normally like to have already tried a recipe or completed some of whatever it is I'm blogging about, but this just seemed too good to keep to myself.

Speaking of cake, I just remembered a blog about cakes brought to my attention last week by my friend Erin*, which I really enjoyed. Click here. The latest post on that blog (as of this writing) is a video about cake which isn't as good as the previous entries (in my opinion) so you can probably skip the video if you are in a hurry. Not that it's bad. It's kind of cute.

While on that blog I clicked a link to another blog about unnecessary quotation marks, which I also enjoyed more than I might have expected to enjoy a blog about punctuation. Click here.

There is a slight chill in the air today. Well, it's 70, but it's cooler than it has been in weeks. The timing is perfect because I was only recently starting to look forward to sweater weather, and wishing we could have a fire in the fireplace. And Christmas is coming, people!! Christmas!!!! You know, Santa Claus, and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe, and presents for pretty girls????

Gotta clean the house. Jasmine is coming tomorrow!!

*Name changed, hopefully in ways that please the named. If not, feel free to change them to something else.


Matt said...

Sounds good! Will definitely try it. I thought the recipe was going to be for the cake in the picture, though!

Did you ever see the cake show on the food network...I forget what its called. Ok, it will only take me a second to look it up...brb...I can't tell if its Ace of Cakes, or just one of the competition shows...oh well.

Hazel said...

I thought the photo might be misleading, but it looked so delicious, so I left it.

I don't think I've seen the cake show. We don't have cable anymore. I miss all those home/food/travel networks. On the bright side: no FoxNews!!

Matt said...

Cake update:

Tried it.

1st. Think i need to add 30 secs or so, maybe not. I guess I'm used to burning things and having to cut time.

2nd. It turned out like a spongy brownie. Good, but not cakey or very moist.

Great for a quick chocolate fix! Especially since I have all the ingredients pretty-much all the time (except the chips, but now I have a reason). I'm sure it will turn out better next time!

Thanks for the recipe!

P.S. My frosting failed too, btw.