I am NOT a baker. I have tried repeatedly to make things from scratch and I always manage to mess them up no matter how stringently I follow the directions. I’m not sure why this is, but I’ve learned to accept it and just buy packaged mixes or ready-made cookie dough. C’est la vie.
However, several weeks ago, I came across a recipe in a magazine I was glancing at and it claimed to be an easy 3-minute way to make chocolate cake…in a cup…in the microwave! I was intrigued by this obvious “challenge” thrown to me by Michael Symon of the cooking channel. I was sure that nothing could be that easy, but in spite of my reputation as a professional baking disaster, I decided to try it out with my kids. If anything went wrong, I could just blame it on them, right? (as if anyone would believe that at this point) So this weekend, it was finally game time.
- 8oz. butter
- 8oz. dark chocolate, chopped (we used white and dark chocolate chips and it was fine)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 1tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. orange zest (we omitted this because I don’t care for the flavor, sorry Mr. Symon)
- whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping
- Put butter and chocolate in a glass bowl (and then sneak a few of the extra pieces of chocolate for a pre-dessert snack)
- Microwave for 1 minute on highest setting and stir until melted.
- In another bowl, whisk together sugar and next 4 (or 3) ingredients.
- Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture to create a batter.
- Divide batter among 4 mugs (we ended up using 5 because there was extra, most likely because it was so runny).
- Place mugs in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on highest setting. Let cool 30 seconds. (we ended up having to cook for 4 minutes, probably because our batter was runny or because we had 5 mugs instead of 4, so just start out with the 3 minutes and work your way up from there if you need to, which you probably won’t since you know how to bake properly).
- Top with whipped cream or ice cream and dive right in!
Clearly, I am not a gourmet chef and this project wasn’t pretty. I’m going to blame it on my kids for abandoning me when the going got
runnytough. But, I assure you that the cakes actually tasted really good when they were nice and warm, straight out of the microwave. Yeah, I said it; MICROWAVE! True, the “molten chocolate” ended up on top instead of inside because it didn’t process correctly somewhere along the way, but it was yummy nonetheless.
So, if you are jonesin’ for a quick and easy cake fix anytime in the near future, try this one! It really did only take about 15 minutes total, and at least 5 of those minutes were spent trying to coax my kids back into helping me with the poo-esque batter mixture. And, if you do try this recipe, please send me your pictures showing how this should have really turned out! 🙂 Enjoy!