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22 August 2011

One-Person Chocolaty Snack

The land of learning is upon us once more! All my FB friends from across the country (and Britain, too) have been talking First Day of School for about three weeks; Texas students return today; I'll be back on Wednesday. The lucky ones who still have a week or two to go are also staring down the start line. All that to say, back to some collegiate blogging and other fun stuff.

I make my cake in this mug.
This recipe I'm about to share with you comes from the University of Texas student paper, The Daily Texan. Now, I make fun of this paper from time to time, because some of the content makes me wonder what the writers were smoking, but then I wonder that about pretty much every newspaper, so that's nothing new. Case in point: The same issue of the paper that had this and other dorm-friendly (but mostly unhealthy) recipes also had tips on beating the Freshman 15. To be fair, though, while it sounds like a student paper, it can also be seen that these young journalists are learning their craft. Some articles are downright outstanding.

Diversion over! So, if you're a chocoholic like me and are likely to eat a whole cake in one go, this is a great recipe to use instead. If your kids can be trusted to stir, this might be a good weekend or rainy day project (or science project, if you homeschool). If you just don't want to share your cake with others, it's also a good one.

Microwave Molten Lava Cake

In a mug that will hold more than 1 1/2 cups, mix together:

3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
3 Tbsp sugar (or Splenda, or whatever floats your boat)
1 Tbsp flour

Make a well in the middle, and add:

3 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil (I use unsweetened applesauce)
3 Tbsp egg whites or 1 large separated egg (I use the whole egg and cut back on the applesauce)
1/4 tsp vanilla

Stir for two minutes. Sprinkle chopped chocolate bar bits and/or chocolate chips on top of the batter, concentrated in the center. Microwave for two and a half minutes; the batter should solidify a bit and pull away from the sides of the mug. If not, put it back in for 10-second intervals until it's done. Allow to cool and enjoy!

What other desserts could be improved by making them single-serving size in a mug?

5 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Can you make lemon meringue pie in a mug? If you can I'll send you my first born...no seriously....I'll send her to you along with the two she has cloned. I am also in possession of two recipes for "blender" pie which eliminates the need for crust making if you are interested.

Liz said...

It's back... I saw a similar recipe--the 5 min cake--around the Internet a few years ago. It's nice to see it making a comeback.

The other thing making its way around the web around that time was the cakewaffle. Normal cake batter cooked in a waffle iron. Careful, that one's addictive, too.

Su said...

@Delores: Mmmm. I'd love lemon meringue pie in a mug. I'm totally keeping my eye out for that one.

@Liz: I've heard other people talking about making cakes in a mug, but this was the first time I've seen a recipe. And fortuitously, I don't have a waffle iron, so I'm in no danger of the cakewaffle. For now. ;)

Karen Peterson said...

Looks like I know what I'm having for dinner tonight... ;-)

Su said...

My husband has eaten nothing else (or so it seems) since we made some together Saturday morning! I've created a monster!

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