This is a 2 minute wonder. Another fantastic recipe for kids to do with very little help.
Another of my Cheater Recipes…
I am the kind who uses the microwave only for heating & defrosting. Rarely do I cook in the microwave. But this particular day, after lunch the kids proclaimed with sad faces that they wished they had some chocolate cake for dessert. I kinda felt sorry for them; there was nothing at home other than some fruits & raisins to make those sweet teeth happy. Google to the rescue, as usual & I found a cute red cup with a cup cake in it at Coffee & Vanilla & made it right away, with slight changes… yes it was indeed a 2 minute magic, especially when those 2 pairs of eyes sparkled to see a rising cake in the microwave! This is more of a cake in a cup than the little cupcakes in paper cups in the traditional sense. However it is not impossible to bake them in the traditional form.
UPDATE (or rather a WARNING):
I have had this recipe a many times by others. Some loved it and some quite did not and you can read all about in the comments below. I do appreciate your honest opinions!
I needed to update this post and it with the same things I have mentioned below and after the recipe, but I get a feeling most people do not read through the post and head straight to the recipe. DO NOT expect this to be a cake from an European Pastry shop. DO NOT even expect it to be a dense moist juicy love to bite into delectable home made chocolate cake which you would have baked spending 2 hours or more of your time. It is not. It is far from moist. BUT it takes only less than 5 minutes of your time and your expectation should match the amount of time and effort you are putting into making it.
Have it right away, and NOT by itself. You will be disappointed. Use ice cream/cream/chocolate syrup/sauce anything. But the best to have this is to soak it with juice or booze (for adult version). Since it is cooked in the Microwave, it is dried out (microwave will dry out anything, esp. when cooked uncovered).. but the texture is such that it is a great candidate for soaking like a sponge cake. If you are soaking it, let is sit for a couple of minutes.
Please read the instructions and adjust sugar, cocoa and other flavorings to your taste. I hope this helps you to make this, and also set your expectations.
Few Notes about this cake before I go to the recipe:
This is not like an oven baked cake; it is far from moist & dense, but pretty hollow & spongy in texture.
Eaten without any ice cream or sauce, it tastes a lot like a thick sponge cookie, but what the heck! how does it matter? it is a chocolate cake. At the end of the recipe is a list of ideas to how this cake might be enjoyed by adults too…
Microwave Cup Cake
Ingredients: (makes 1 Coffee Mug Cup Cake)
- 3 Tablespoons Plain Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon powder (Optional)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Caster Sugar (more or less)
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 1 small Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Milk or Orange Juice ( I used orange juice)
- Dusting sugar, ice cream, or some sauce / syrup to serve (Optional)
Combine & Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour content in a coffee mug.
Cook for about 2.5 minutes on full power in microwave. (Cooking time may vary a little with the powe of microwave)
Mine oozed out a little bit while cooking in the microwave… but no harm done.
Dust with icing sugar or serve better with some sauce, custard or ice cream on a side.
Some ways to serve this:
Serve warm with Ice Cream
Serve topped with some sauce – fudge, chocolate, caramel, compotes, anything you fancy
Cut into thick cookie circles, soak it with orange liquor or rum (any booze or if you do not do booze use some kind of juice), layer it with whipped cream & chocolate shavings, fresh berries or fruity syrup/compotes - this is my favorite!! It is quick & makes a wonderfully elegant dessert!
Sending the cup cake to Microwave Potluck Party, hosted by Srivalli herself at Cooking 4 all Seasons.