Monday 13 October 2014

Chocolate Mug Cake

Bad news, folks. I still don’t have a kitchen. Mother was carrying my new golden harvest oven up the stairs and threw her back out. (I told her she shouldn’t have strapped it to her back but she never listens.) So now she’s laid up in bed and ringing a bell every time she’s hungry or needs a warsh. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I have a stove sitting in the middle of my stairs.

Thank the good lord for microwaves. Who needs an oven when you’ve got this little caker miracle box at your disposal? You can cook anything anywhere: the bedroom, the bathroom, even on a road trip (provided you’ve got a really long extension cord.)

I was sent the recipe for Chocolate Mug Cake by Madame M for Reader Recipe Month, but ran out of time. I was a little conflicted about the recipe in that it doesn’t involve cake mix (non-cake mix cake doesn’t even exist in the caker world), but, as Madame M pointed out, there are no bowls to warsh. So I guess it’s caker enough.

Having said that, the cake wasn’t very good. It was spongy. As in, I only ate half of it and used the other half to warsh the mug. Next time you want cake, it’s probably faster – and tastier – to eat a Ding Dong.

4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chocolate chips

Mix the dry ingredients in a large mug. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Pop your mug into the microwave and zap for 3 minutes on maximum. (See note 1) Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug. Eat right out of the mug. Add a blob of ice cream on top if you wish. (See note 2)

Here's a closer look.

Note 1: Your cake will rise pretty high out of the mug while it’s cooking. It was pretty scary and I started screaming, which got Mother ringing the bell and yelling, “What’s going on out there?”

Note 2: Won’t help.

Source: Madame M


  1. Oh, so sad this totally flopped for you Brian. The results look tragic. I tell you, maybe the secret is that my microwave is from the 1980s and no doubt has as much radiation power as a nuclear blast. My cakes rise up nice & high like a fluffy souffle!

    1. I've never had much luck with microwaves. I suppose I'm a toaster oven guy when all is said and done.

  2. Replies
    1. Mother wouldn't let me taste it on account of the raw eggs. She's very strict about certain things.

  3. I never trusted microwave recipes that involved actual cooking. As far as I'm concerned, microwaves are for heating or reheating.
    Mmm. Ding Dongs. Although in my opinion, Ring Dings are the superior ding-style cake.

    1. Microwaves have always weirded me out, especially when it comes to cooking meat. I mean, have you ever smelled a half-cooked chicken breast coming out the microwave? Not pretty.