Posted on Wednesday, 28th July 2010 by Grace Massa Langlois
Happy Wednesday everyone! I am a big food photography fan and you can usually find me drooling all over the food pics at FoodGawker. It’s amazing how many talented cooks and bakers there are out there. Last week a couple of pics stood out to me and apparently to everyone else too because they made the most gawked list for this month, 5 minute microwave cakes. Almost Bourdain did a gluten free version. If you ever do a search for these quick and easy chocolate sweet cakes in a mug they all seem to be centred around the same few ingredients and they are all baked for 3 to 5 minutes.
When we were planning my niece’s bridal shower we were on the hunt for perfect gifts for winners of the bridal shower games. I was out shopping one day and I visited one of my favourite kitchen shops, Kiss the Cook (what a perfect name!) and I ran across a 3-piece Sweet Cakes set, large latte mug, saucer and spoon and with it came a recipe for these quick and easy microwave cakes.
I quickly realized I’d forgotten to throw it in the mix of gifts we’d picked up for the shower. It was all ready to go, I’d wrapped it in cello and I had attached little cello bags, one with chocolate chips and another with all of the dry ingredients, the winner only had to add a few ingredients and they could satisfy their chocolate craving.
I am always craving chocolate so I set out to see if these little cakes would fit the bill. I tried the recipe that came with the box but I found the cake to be a little spongy and heavy, so I set out to tweak the recipe a little. The original recipe called for 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, 3 tablespoons of oil and 3 tablespoons of milk along with the other ingredients. I love the taste of butter in my cakes so I switched out the oil. I was hoping by reducing the amount of cocoa, and adding the melted dark chocolate, that it would not only make the cake tastier but I was hoping to achieve a gooier centre. I used pastry flour and also increased the milk just a tad to achieve a lighter cake.
If you look at the second picture of the cake (original recipe), paying attention to the lines in the mug, and then the first picture (tweaked recipe) you’ll see the version of the tweaked recipe produced a higher cake. It was definitely lighter and it was much gooier inside and the taste was magnificent.
This recipe is perfect for testing out different flavour combinations, if you’re not happy with the taste you haven’t wasted the amount of ingredients that are required to make a larger cake. So get creative add different spices, add fruit, try it with white chocolate, so many possibilities and it takes so little time.
Lucky Me! I guess I was the biggest winner after all.
3 Minute Chocolate Sweet Cake In A Mug
*Special Equipment – 16.9 ounce mug
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 40 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped, room temperature
- 3 1/2 tablespoons pastry flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips
- Place butter and chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave at medium power for 8 seconds, stir. Repeat at 8 second intervals, stirring in between until chocolate and butter are melted. Set aside.
- Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift flour, sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. Add the egg and whisk until well combined. Add milk and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add chocolate mixture and whisk to combine.
- Add chocolate chips, using a wooden spoon, stir to combine.
- Pour batter into a microwave safe mug. Place mug in microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, don’t be alarmed, it will drop. Allow to cool a little. Eat straight from the mug or if you prefer tip onto a plate. Add yummy toppings (sweetened whipped cream, ice cream, fresh fruit, shaved chocolate, icing sugar). Enjoy!
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