Hey guys! Zara here today, all alone in rainy Singapore while Elisa enjoys herself in New York (which she says is equally as rainy and gloomy as Singapore at the moment). Its okay, I’m keeping myself busy by learning how to make ‘kueh’ from my grandmother and convincing my parents to get a new oven (I really do need one ASAP!). Oh and watching the new season of The Next Iron Chef! In the latest episode, the 2 worst performing cooks had to have a cook-off where the secret ingredient was coconut! How exciting is that. And kind of hilarious all at the same time. I mean, coconut?!
Anyway, since its the holidays and everyone is probably lazing and bumming around at home eating and sleeping (or is that just me?) and generally recovering from the stress and experiences of the hectic school year, I’ve decided that today’s post would be an appropriate tribute to the spirit of the school holidays! What dessert recipe better personifies the laziness of the holidays than a 5 Minute Chocolate Cake recipe? Just because its really easy and quick doesn’t mean that the taste is sacrificed in any way, because why in the world would we post a recipe for you guys that isn’t yummy!
We tweaked the original recipe a little by using less cocoa powder and more sugar. Also, for a healthier option, you could choose to substitute the oil for applesauce. But if its your first time using applesauce in chocolate cakes, you might wanna go slow and use half applesauce and half oil instead of going all out with the applesauce.
Yields 1 serving of chocolate cake (the size of the cake would vary depending on the size of the mug that you use)
4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 2 tablespoons whisked egg (or you could totally omit the egg for a fudgier cake) 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or other flavoring (try spices such as peppermint or cinnamon!)
Add all dry ingredients to the coffee mug and mix.
Add the egg and combine well. It gets pretty pasty thick at this point.
Stir in milk and oil.
Add chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla. Stir well.
Microwave for 3-4 minutes, depending on how gooey you want your cake to be on the inside.
After letting the cake cool, simply pop the cake out of the mug and enjoy while warm! Particularly enjoyable with a scoop of your favourite icecream to contrast the warmth of the cake.
The chocolate cake is not only very easy to make (very very very easy) but it also does not require much washing up (just ONE mug!). It’s also rather amusing to watch the cake rise and rise and rise while it’s cooking in the microwave! Don’t worry though, it sets and sort of ‘deflates’ (for lack of a better word) after it is taken out of the microwave. This cake was dark, delicious and chocolaty just the way Elisa and I like our chocolate cakes! It was microwaved for about 3 1/2 minutes and turned out perfectly – moist yet not gummy, chewy but not dry! You can experiment with the flavourings that you add into the cake and also with the microwaving time as each trial will be sure to offer you a different result!
This simple cake is a quick and easy solution to those unexplicable hankerings for chocolate or dessert that most of us get often enough! We hope you have fun with this interesting (and amusing) recipe!
On a side note, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Ahhh, turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes and some yummy pumpkin pie. What’s not to like about Thanksgiving! However, don’t forget that Thanksgiving is most importantly about thanking those around you for everything that they’ve done for you in the past year! On that note, we would like to thank all of YOU for all the support you’ve given us in the short time that this blog has been active! Please do continue reading about our baking/cooking/eating adventures (:
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