Monday, February 8, 2010

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

What do you do when you have a sudden, massive chocolate cake craving that needs to be quelled?

You could reluctantly drag yourself into the kitchen and start taking out the measuring scale, baking tins, ingredients, yada yada yada and still have to WAIT till the darn cake is baked and cooled (and photographed) before you take your first bite.

OR

You could get chocolate cake on-demand, all in five minutes! A lifesaver for these desperate moments, especially if you belong to the same group I'm in.

"My name is Ju, and I am a Chocoholic."

Shhh ...

Well, instant gratification is right at your finger tips. Introducing the 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake!



I chanced upon this recipe at Lorraine's blog. She needs no introduction, of course. She's one of those A-list food bloggers who manages to do everything - cook, bake, do reviews, do interviews, take great photos AND produce witty, intelligent writing.

Today, when my chocolate-deprived body lobbied for some cake in favour of the CNY goodies that I have been overdosing on, I immediately went straight to her recipe and got crackin'. You'll be surprised at how good it is. You actually get cake!

Thank you, Lorraine, for saving me all that trouble of baking or buying. No, really. I would have had to go out in the insane afternoon heat to satiate my craving if not for your "instant" cake. My world is at peace again. :)

Recipe
(adapted from Not Quite Nigella)
Makes 2

- 4 tbsp flour
- 5 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder (I used 1/2 tsp and it turned out fine)
- 1/2 tsp coffee powder (I omitted this)
- A pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp milk
- 3 tbsp oil
- 3 tbsp chocolate chips or flakes plus 2 tablespoon extra (I omitted these)
- A small splash of vanilla extract
- 2 microwave safe coffee mugs

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.



2. Next, add in the milk, oil, vanilla extract, egg and mix well.



3. Pour mixture into mugs (at the halfway mark).



4. Microwave one mug at a time. Cook for 1 minute on medium heat. It will bubble and rise as it cooks, so make sure you provide ample room for that. Leave it for a few seconds, then microwave for another 30 seconds on medium again. The mixture will solidify, but still look a little molten. That is fine because it will continue cooking on residual heat. (Great tip, Lorraine!) Overcook it and you get a chocolate rubber ball.

5. Allow to cool a little and start digging in. Of course, nothing is stopping you from embellishing your cake and eating it too!


I know it looks dirty and messy, but that's part of the cooking process. The cake will bubble and rise as it cooks, and fall as it cools. That's why the sides get stained. But hey, you can't say no to a cake that's giving you dirty looks! Pun intended.

47 comments:

  1. YAY Ju! I'm so happy that you liked it! Yours looks wonderful. I really shouldn't make it too often but I do hehe :P

    Hehe I'm bracing myself for an onslaught of CNY goodies! I think I've done it in the reverse to you! :D

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  2. wow, look at that, I'm already drooling, great color, looks delicious

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  3. Now that's what I call a "quick mix". I hope you don't intend to sign up for "Chocoholic Anoynmous" any time soon .. :P

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  4. Looks awesome, I love little microwave hacks like this. I think I'm going to go make one now!

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  5. Interesting recipe, ok, I better do this 5mins of chocolate mug cake mug cake rather than 5hours of Nian Gao, hahaha..This look lovely!

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  6. Good and fast treat for dessert!

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  7. Hi Ju,
    This looks great! I've got the recipe of this 5-min-chocolate-mug cake circulated through email. And I don't know if it works out well. Now, you've already proved that it not only works well, it's as good as any chocolate cake! I'm definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing it! :)

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  8. My name is zu and Im a chocoholic too...there I said it.

    now for the mug cake and all the dirty looks I would want! LOL

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  9. Oh I get the "Chocoholic" issue! I have a Chocolate Mug Cake recipe that I devised, too. Mmmmmm....warm chocolate, and quick!

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  10. I think it's more embarrassing for me to admit that I am NOT a chocoholic! But there... I said it too! :) That chocolate in a mug though would definitely give my sister (a famed chocoholic) a great chocolate fix! :)

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  11. I have been meaning to make this for the longest time ever. I know I will one day when I really really need it :)

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  12. How convenient! I must try this microwave cup cake soon.

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  13. It's perfect for a busy girl like you!! I hope you have a lot of mugs:)Be cute for parties too!I remember Dianes.. geesh I should give them a try:)

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  14. This looks fabulous Ju!
    This will be a nice one for my 17 year old son who loves to cook and bake...something he can easily do on his own!
    Yummmmm.......
    L~xo

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  15. Now,my mind is ticking. I just touched down in Manila and have already bought a nice $1 terracotta mug(which I was told is used for serving garlic on the table) - it would be perfect to hold this instant gratification! Rustic, mexican feel...

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  16. woohoo. i knew my lovely mugs can always come in handy for something other than tea/coffee/hot choc :D This recipe will be great for lazy days. Yum yum!~

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  17. I've been seeing this recipe lately. It must be really good! I'm definitely bookmarking it.

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  18. mmm..mi ci tufferei dentro!ciao!

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  19. I tried this before, I like how easy it is to prepare!

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  20. too funny... I've seen a few of these, sounds interesting, but too much trouble for one serving for me

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  21. Whoa. I never imagined such a thing. This is like ... a revelation. I think my hips may be in trouble now!!

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  22. This is something that you can make real quick when chocolate craving kicks in. I have to pass this recipe to my niece too.

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  23. i tried that before oh it didnt turn out that good lol....i probably did the measurements wrong lols

    well yours look great and look chocolately delicious!

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  24. Finally you posted an easy pudding for non baker like me! Looks great, I'm going to try this over the weekend. :)

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  25. I receive this recipe in the email a lot hehe it looks so moist and yummy from your photo :)

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  26. Ju, I honestly have doubts about microwaving cakes you know, especially chocolate cake. Not this recipe but others that are floating around forums. The last time I made one, they tasted alright but definitely nothing to shout about and the cocoa taste somewhat wasn't distinct and didn't taste quite as good as baked ones. I felt my real good cocoa powder was wasted the last time. Is this really good? I might wanna try again...thanks for posting quick fix stuffs for me though. I like stuffs that could satisfy me instantly but the greedy part of me wants them very yummy!

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  27. Hahaha ...! A fun writing indeed! A 5-minute choco cake is all I want on a lazy afternoon! I'm worn out from CNY bake-a-thon!

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  28. That's really simple and quick. Looks very delicious. I must make this when I need a very quick dessert especially when friends drop by.

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  29. i made the cake immediately after reading this. it really is so easy...all done in 5 minutes and hubby is now enjoying the cake in front of the telly! thanks for posting this!

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  30. you should do more recipe posts with pictures of your process!
    looks oh so yum. heh. 5 mins and a chocolate cake? count me in!
    heh ive seen lorraine's post too. mmmmm. just reminded me.
    its 2300 hours. bad idea to eat chocolate at this time..
    but.. i could make an exception this time :P

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  31. It's amazing what a chocolate addiction will compel people to do! Discover a brilliant way to sate that incredible pull--how clever. Thanks for sharing Lorraine's recipe!

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  32. That cake actually looks really good!! I saw this recipe on NotQuiteNigella, too, and was tempted by it. I'm glad you made it and posted process photos. I'll have to try it out soon.

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  33. amazing! never would have thought something that good can be made so easily and quickly!

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  34. Looks absolutely easy. Perfect for a non-baker like me :)

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  35. Weirdly enough i came across your blog while looking for a way to make Foochow red wine LOL i'm a teochew too! LOVE your blog (especially the photoheader of Teochew porridge with the bit of sweet potato!) and LOVE this recipe too, been meaning to make it for a while now :) keep up the great work!

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  36. COOL! This chocoholic shall give it a shot very soon! I wonder how it'll taste with soy milk since i dun stock cow's milk in the fridge (lactose intolerant...hmmm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe and process! :o)

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  37. finally made it! i doubled the recipe cos there are 4 persons but used 2 big mugs so had to also double the cooking time (or maybe i needed longer cooking time becos the microwave is old n not so effective)

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  38. I didn't expect it to be this good! It wasn't a high quality cake but what do you expect XD? Perfect for when I babysit the niece and nephew(AKA bottomless pits)and they want something sweet!

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  39. *copied and pasted from the comment that i posted to Not Quite Nigella*
    i just made the cake! (yes, imagine a desperate chocolate craving at 1.38am local time) i'm really glad it worked because i've never baked a cake successfully before (previous attempts included forgetting to add the flour into a chocolate cake). i just wanna quip in a few things, the teaspoon of baking powder is so essential to getting a fluffier cake that helps to lighten up the otherwise too rich and heavy cake. the portion is actually pretty big.. 3-4 people can definitely share it for a midnight snack. i baked this one is a Corelle dish, it rose quite nicely and only the middle sank slightly to the level of the cake. i microwaved till the top had no uncooked batter while the cake still wobbled when jiggled (about 2 and a half minutes). i was surprised when the cake was actually perfectly cooked except for a slightly moist base (almost like a chocolate sauce, who would mind that!), i would attribute that to the point that the dish that i cooked it in was pretty shallow compared to a mug (about 1.5inches tall and 6-7inches diameter). lots of love!

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  40. jus stumbled your blog and made it my daily readins~ ^ ^ love your motivation and quirky writings~ . gonna try the microwave chocolate CUP cake later on.. but with MILO! wish me luck!

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  41. Thanks for this!!! Just made it to satisfy that sudden chocolate fix!

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  42. Just wondering, if I use an oven, how long do I need to put it in? I don't have a microwave but I so want to try this out! :(

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  43. Hi, can i use an oven instead cos i dont have a microwave. if yes, how long should i bake and at what temp ?

    Betty
    Thanks heaps ! ;)

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    1. Hi Betty, I am sorry I really don't know. I have never tried baking this.

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  44. hi Ju,
    can i replace the oil with butter?

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    1. Hi! I guess you could. But you'd have to melt the butter first, and it might not be a 5-minute cake anymore. ;)

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