Friday, June 5, 2009

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Every woman knows that chocolate is therapeutic. Now, thanks to my friend Gigi, who introduced the 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake at book club last month, we can all have an emergency serving of chocolate cake in just minutes. Improbable? Yes...but r e a l l y good, particularly with a little vanilla ice cream. Besides, if you split it with a friend, it's only half a mug, and how bad for you can that be?

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
1 large coffee mug (microwave safe)
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa (we used 3 tblsp)
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional--we didn't use them, increased cocoa instead)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

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.
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate.
EAT! Served 2 easily.

We eat and drink as well as read at this book club...I'm pretty sure that it makes our discussions better. This month's book was People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a fascinating story within a story within a story, old and new juxtaposed.


  1. Oh my, that sounds positively decadent. I'll have to give it a try! :-)

  2. Brilliant. Our grandson, Alex, will throw out his brownie recipe once he sees this. It's like the best science project EVER.

  3. Great recipe, Kat!
    My grandkids will be making that next week when they visit us! Frank & Co will be with us. (Yay!)

  4. Well, the grandkids have come and gone and no Chocolate Mug Cake made it to the dining table. Those kids move faster than hummingbirds!! They also, I am happy to report, would much prefer fruit to chocolate. Hooray for this new generation of parents!

  5. Oh I'm going to try this recipe as well!! This is awesome!

  6. My kids and I love making mug cake! It's a great thing for them to make on their own while I'm cooking dinner, and because it uses the microwave instead of the stove or oven, it's a way for them to contribute to the meal that allows us all to be in the kitchen at the same time. I also really appreciate the easy clean-up--the cake pan (mug) is the plate! Sometimes for a change, or when we're out of eggs, we use 1/4c applesauce instead. Thanks for all the great recipes! -John


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