Another recipe, finally. I was hoping to make the most of the last few weeks before classes start, but little things jump in my way. I had a bit of a health scare and stayed with my grandparents for a few nights, but it seems to have cleared up on it’s own. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t come back, because waking up in pain at 5:30 AM is not my idea of a good start to the day.
Some better news, though; it’s my little brother’s birthday!
And by ‘little‘ I mean younger than me, but annoying taller, stronger, and bigger, so I guess big-little brother is more accurate. Being in London, I can’t bake him a cake as I always have in the past – like last year Borderlands Cake (I ran out of icing for the other arm, but he was holding a sparkler at least…).
At least I can’t bake a cake and give it to him. There’s nothing wrong with making a cake and eating it on his behalf, right?
Nothing wrong at all.
Especially when it’s a super-awesome Chocolate Mug Cake topped with home-made banana fro-yo. Yummy! No oven required, either; just your favourite mug and a microwave. And the ingredients, of course. Did I mention it’s egg-free?
Recipe beneath the cut.
Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake
- 4 teaspoons melted butter (or oil)
- 3 tablespoons water (or milk)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-3 tbsp plain flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (omit if you prefer a denser, more brownie-like cake)
- In a large mug, mix together the melted butter, water and vanilla extract with a fork.
- Add the sugar and cocoa powder, and mix well until no lumps remain.
- Finally, add the flour and baking powder, and mix again until smooth.
- Microwave for 60 seconds, then check. If you don’t want the middle to be gooey, microwave for another 20-30 seconds. 90 seconds should be enough, but if you have a lower powered microwave heat further in 15 second blasts until the middle is cooked, taking care not to burn the outsides.
- Grab a spoon, and enjoy!
For a Hazelnut-Chocolate Cake, switch the Water for Hazelnut Milk, and replace 2 teaspoons of oil/butter with 1 tablespoon of Nutella. Alternatively, if peanuts are more of your thing, replace 2 teaspoons of oil/butter with 1 tablespoon of smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Yum!
This is great eaten with a spoon fresh out of the microwave (it’ll be hot!) topped with some ice-cream or frozen yoghurt. I’ll write up the recipe for the Home-made Banana Frozen Yoghurt in the next day or two – hopefully sooner than later.
I’m sure whipped cream and marshmallows would be another lovely alternative.