Thursday, 10 September 2009

Microwave chocolate cake

First off, I know  microwave  cake is  hardly in keeping with  the theme of this blog, but  really  how can you live a sybaritic life without chocolate cake ?

Any way the recipe has been whizzing round the internet, so following a friends attempt I thought I'd give it a stab.

Anyway the ingredient list is pretty simple.

  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp oil
     a dash vanilla essence

Combine the dry ingredients in your mug
then break in the egg and beat smooth
add the milk & oil and mix well
add the dash of vanilla & microwave.
The original recipe calls for 3 minutes on full power in a 1000w oven
Apparently 3 mins in an 850w at full power over cooks it
3mins medium full in a 750w isn't quite enough. I guess the power needs juggling a bit.
Mug cake
Melting some chocolate whilst waiting for the cake to cool is probably a good plan. The cooking time adjustments left a slightly rubbery cake. Its edible especially as its 5 minutes from the collection of ingredients to the plate. Getting the timing right & jazzing up the serving (a chocolate sauce, some ice cream 
or some cream) would make a reasonable little pudding. I think a little more experimentation might be required.
I'm going to do a little reading to see how it all works & try to get a better cake out of it 
It should come as no surprise the internet is full of microwave mug cake recipes.
And a couple of interesting gift ideas. I'm now a bit more taken with the idea and have a few thoughts about odd desserts.

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