April 25, 2012

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Chocolate walnut cake in my coffee mug
    Who doesn't love chocolate cake...hmm, the very mention of this cake in a mug makes me want to go and bake one in the microwave right now. Yup, its a microwave cake and takes exactly 2 and 1/2 minutes on high power. That's it! I found this recipe online after trying out one using a whole egg. It came out ok, but the one I'm about to write down is awesome. It's also the first cake I ever baked and I was absolutely thrilled with the results. So here goes.....

 First and foremost you need a microwave and a large coffee mug!
All purpose flour - 4 tablespoons (tbsps), measured flat and not heaped
Sugar - 4 tbsps,  measured flat and not heaped
Unsweetened cocoa powder- 1 tbsps (add 1 more tbsp, if you love a lot of chocolate)
Milk - 3 tbsps
Oil - 3 tbsps
Whisked egg - 2 tbsps (Mix the white and yellow yolk with a whisk and measure out)
Baking powder - 1/8 teaspoon (tsps)
Vanilla essence - 1 (tsps)
Walnuts - a few small bits

1) This recipe is so simple, you can directly mix all the ingredients in the coffee mug itself. But I prefer to use a small bowl to do the mixing. First measure out the flour and place in the bowl. Then add the sugar, baking powder and unsweetened cocoa powder.Mix these all together. You can use unbleached, bleached flour, enriched flour or even maida..... but remember, without the baking powder, the cake will not rise. I have never tried making this with self rising flour..maybe then the baking powder may not be necessary.
2) Now add the 2 tbsps of whisked egg, milk, oil, vanilla essence and walnut pieces and mix well. You can use cold milk. Using a whole egg the first time I made this, made the cake very dense. But the 2 tbsps of egg made it just right. Actually you don't have to trouble yourself to whisk the egg at all. Just mix the white and yellow parts well enough. A fork will do.

All ingredients in the mug!
3) Pour the mixture into the coffee mug and microwave for 2 and 1/2 minutes on high power. Be sure not not keep it any longer, else the cake will turn out very dry. You can spray cooking spray or butter the mug, in case you wish to remove the cake from it. But trust me you will be far too busy eating it once its done :)

Eating warm cake on movie night is absolute yum :)

Note: Double the quantity of ingredients if you want to make 2 mug cakes. Adding 2 tbsps of cocoa powder for 1 mug cake makes it very very rich...last time I tried, it was heavenly...but I couldn't finish it in one go. If you are chocoholic, add chocolate chips! Bake this if you wish to eat warm chocolate cake as a dessert in one sitting or in a few hours. It doesn't taste all that great if kept till the next day (atleast mine didn't). For that I'd bake a cake the traditional way in an oven.

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