I don’t usually write about life at home…but this was far good NOT to mention. It’s that good, that I made it last night, then made it again tonight, just so I could blog about it. That is good, friends. That is GOOD.
So what is? It’s 3 minute (eggless) mug cake. That’s what.
A cake. In a mug. That takes 3 minutes.
Now I like bake, a lot. At ridiculous times. In fact, the boy thinks I am so ridiculous, he likes to tweet about it.
It's 10pm, of *course* my girlfriend is going to make a cake. Makes perfect sense.
— James Whatley (@Whatleydude) July 9, 2012
So at 10pm, it’s not necessarily great to start baking a cake that takes an hour. And it’s also not a great time to go and get eggs from the shop, when you haven’t got any. But it IS a good time to eat cake. Well, any time is a good time to eat cake, right??
So here’s a little treat that is perfect at any time, that you can make with the simplest ingredients (that you should have in your store cupboard…), and almost no washing up.
You can kiss me later.
- 4 tablespoons flour (I used plain, all we had in the cupboard)
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used a mix of dark and milk chocolate powders, again, all we had in cupboard)
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips (I used a few squares of bashed up milk chocolate. I tend to improvise)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 scraped vanilla pod (I have used both)
And now it gets complicated (it doesn’t, I’m lying).
- Measure dry ingredients into a mug (make sure it’s microwave proof, please?!)
- Add in milk
- Add in oil
- Add choccy chunks and choice of vanilla
And nuke! That’s all there is.
Now – be careful when you cook, as each device will differ. Mine is 850w and it takes just over 2 minutes to get the perfect texture…I originally tried 3 but that was just too much. So I suggest trying 2, checking if the mixture is clean when you test with a skewer/knife, and if not, try another 30 seconds until you find the perfect time for you.
When the mug comes out of the microwave you should have a delicious, fudgy, slightly gooey chocolate cake that is absolutely PERFECT to east in front of the TV, served with a big dollop of vanilla ice-cream scooped straight into the mug. If you’re more civilised you can of course turn the pudding out into a bowl..but what’s the point of that?!
Seriously, this is delicious, easy and quick – so the perfect thing to whip up if a surprise visitor comes over, or you just fancy a quick dessert.
There are various alterations and additions you can also try to make this suit you. Swap the chocolate chips for blueberries. They turn into a kind of jam once they pop in the microwave. I loved it when I tried…the boyfriend didn’t. Each to their own. Try liqueur instead of vanilla. Try custard instead of ice-cream. And, if you do have eggs and want to add them you can, but I’d add just 2 tablespoons of whisked egg to the mixture (before the milk and oil) to make sure it’s not too heavy.
And that, my friends, is that! It took me 5 minutes from starting to measure to eating my cake…and that included taking photos. So you should be done in 4, max.
Let me know if you try it, please? Really love to know how this turns out for you!