Weird. That’s what you are thinking, I know. Microwave cake?? Intriguing and yet dubious. So many questions – will it taste good? You can make cake in the microwave? Should this recipe be trusted?
Fear not! For I am here to answer your questions.
It all started when I got back from my break in San Francisco (which was lovely, thank you!) and found that the pilot light in my stove wasn’t on, and I couldn’t light it. I called the gas company and they said that they gas wasn’t off, but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong remotely so they would have to send someone out. Thanks, gas company. I’ve been living without a stove for the past two days, which resulted in my discovering alternate uses for my waffle iron and eating a lot of microwave food. Last night I googled “microwave oven meals” and I happened upon the microwave cake. WHOA.
4 TB flour
4 TB sugar
2 TB cocoa powder
3 TB milk
3 TB oil
1/2 square of bittersweet chocolate, chopped OR 3 TB chocolate chips, both optional.
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Microwave safe mug
Mix together all of your dry ingredients.
Add the egg, milk and oil.
Now is the time to MICRO!
The actual recipe says to microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. I have a 950 watt microwave, and I microwaved for 2 minutes and that was plenty of time. In fact, if I’d left it in for the 3 minutes suggested I probably would have had sad, rubbery cake. So, I’d say to start with about 1.5 minutes and go from there.
The cake will puff up and make it look like your mug is wearing a square-shaped afro. This is ok, and is in fact very entertaining.
It gets taller.
Remove from the microwave.
Most recipe say to take it out of the mug, but I didn’t. Why bother?
But is it delicious? you ask.
This is not the most incredible cake ever, but it is good. I would recommend eating it with some nutella, cool whip, whipped cream or jam because it gets a teensy bit dry if you let it cool (dude, if you poured caramel or melted chocolate on this cake right when you take it out of the microwave and let it cool like that, it would be AMAZING!) but this is something that I would definitely make – and eat – again. Just don’t over cook it! Overcook BAD.
Now go and eat tasty five minute cake!
I finally got around to eating my entire mug of cake (that was really fun to say!) and I have to say that it was surprisingly delicious. It might help that I am slathering it with nutella (I totally recommend this) but still. Cake in five minutes! I can’t get over the awesomeness.