Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chocolate Cake in a Coffee Cup

I'm not much of a cook.  I do it, but I don't love it.  The Mr. is a good cook, and he likes to do it.  (It's a marriage made in heaven!)

When K was a kid, she couldn't boil water.  She burned Ramen noodles.  Through the years she has become a pretty good cook.  These days, she actually likes cooking.  

Now, L is a cook.  She loves to cook.  She uses fresh herbs, owns spring form pans, and actually knows how to use them.  If she had her way, she would go back to school-- culinary school this time around. 

I bought L this movie for her birthday.  We loved it in the theaters.  It kind of made me want to learn to cook! Kind of.  Now that I think about it, maybe it just made me want to eat!

What I'm going to share with you next would make Julia Child cringe.  (It probably makes L cringe a bit, too!)  My cousin and her friend shared two recipes for Chocolate Cake in a Coffee Cup. 

These recipes are for when you need a little something sweet, but don't want to eat an entire cake.  (Or at least shouldn't!)  I've tried both recipes.  They are both good, though one is a bit healthier than the other.  Both are cooked in the microwave.  One cooks in under a minute and makes one serving.  The other serves two and cooks in just three minutes.  It doesn't get much quicker than that.

Recipe #1-  Serves 1
Spray a coffee cup with PAM
Then add the following to the cup:
2 TBS. of sugar
1/4 tsp. of baking powder
2 (slightly heaping) tsps. of cocoa powder
a pinch of salt
2 TBS. of milk
1/2 tsp. of vanilla
2 tsp. of oil
2 TBS of flour

Mix well with a fork until there are no lumps.  You can stir in a few chocolate chips if you want.  Cook in the microwave on High for 60 seconds.  You can eat it straight out of the mug, or turn it out onto a plate.  You could add a bit of  whipped cream, chocolate or carmel syrup.

Recipe #2-  Serves 2
Spray your coffee cup with PAM
Add dry ingredients to the mug first:
4 TBS of flour
4 TBS of sugar
2 TBS of cocoa
Then add wet ingredients:
1 egg
3 TBS of milk
3 TBS of oil
splash of vanilla
Mix well with a fork until you have no lumps.  Stir in chocolate chips if you want.
Cook in the microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.  (You think it will spill over, but it won't.)
Turn out on a plate and cut in half.

This was my kind of recipe: easy to make, quick to cook, and there is very little clean up-just your mug and a fork! 

I don't pretend to be Julia Child or Paula Deen.  (There's no butter in this recipe, so my guess is that Paula Deen might not approve either!!)  I think a 1st grader could make this recipe!

So from the non-cooking side of the family:  thank you, crazy cousin Ree!  I'll think of you every time I make this.

And there is your mug full of love this Thursday!


Anonymous said...

WOW....I FINALLY made it on your BLOG!!! LIFE IS GREAT!!! From one CRAZY cousin to another.....LOVE YOU & the little mug of chocolate goodness!!!

Gayle said...

Hmmm, I wonder if these would work in my microwave. It's an old one that is low wattage. I'm going to print these out. I know my youngest son will want to try them! Thanks mrs. e!

Dandy said...

I've seen this recipe in email!

Kitty M said...

Can't wait to see this movie - I must look out for the dvd as I missed the film when it was out at the cinema :-) xxx

Katie @ Can't Get There said...

A mug of chocolate-y goodness - does Love Thursday get any better than that? I think not. :)

Shannon said...

Great idea - gonna give that a try sometime! We watched Julie and Julia the other night. Even the Captain liked it. Meryl Streep is something else. What a talent!

Shalet said...

This is a seriously good idea. When I make cupcakes I end up 36 at a time. Let me tell you. No person needs 36 cupcakes. I may just have to give this a try!

Debbie said...

I still have not seen the movie (must be the only woman who hasn't. Thanks for posting the info.

2Thinks said...

I loved that movie. My dad sent me one of these recipies the other day in an e-mail. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking about it.

(I'm over here reading all your posts I missed by being away soooo long)