Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's Cooking Wednesday: All The World's a Cake...



Please go to Shan's place for more What's Cooking Wednesday participants.

...and all the men and women merely eaters (apologies to Willy)


Here's my favorite Shakespeare mug:




Here's my favorite Shakespeare mug with gooey, rich, made-from-scratch chocolate cake that was put together and baked in less than five minutes:




WARNING - this recipe is DANGEROUS. Go no further if temptation is your weakness.

Now, on the other hand, if you see the world like Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock's role in Miss Congeniality), and when a bartender asks you if you're sure you want the whole pint, and you say, "Yeah," and he pulls out a pint of Ben and Jerry's Super Fudge Chunk, then this one's for you.

This is not my recipe. I found this recipe on Mae's Food Blog. Apparently, it's not Mae's recipe, either. Her friend Roberta sent it to her, and it's been making the e-mail, etc., rounds.

I tweaked Mae's recipe because 3 TBS of oil was way too much. So was 4 TBS of sugar, because I like my chocolate bittersweet. So if you want the regular, full fat version, please visit Mae.

Here's mine:

Grease or spray a large, microwaveable mug.

Add:
4 TBS flour (not self-rising)
3 TBS sugar
2 TBS good quality cocoa powder

Stir together.

Stir in one egg and mix well. (It will seem like this won't mix, but persevere - it will get better shortly).

Stir in 1 TBS oil and 3 TBS lowfat buttermilk. Mix well.

Stir in 2 TBS bittersweet chocolate chips.

Microwave for 3 minutes. Cake will rise over the mug in the microwave. It might look like it will explode. It won't. It will settle back down after cooking.

Let cool for a couple of minutes.

Serves 3 - 4 adults, or 1 teenage boy, or 1 woman with PMS.

Nutrition Info (with this recipe serving 4):

Fat: 6.9g
Carbohydrates: 20.9g
Calories:150.2
Protein: 3.5g

Nutrition information provided by sparkrecipes.com

45 comments:

Mae Travels said...

Jen -- Your version sounds really good too, I didn't have the nerve to go all the way down to 1 TB oil, but now I will. Thanks... Mae

Lilacspecs said...

Ooh, this is going on my "must try" list

thailandchani said...

Yum, yum, yum! I always look forward to these recipes. :) Can't try this one because I'd gain ten pounds *making* it, let alone eating it. It certainly looks good though!

I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts on The Shack. :)


~*

Ben said...

LOL. I love it! Why didn't I listen to your warning. Now I have to get up and make it :D

painted maypole said...

chocolate inside a shakespeare mug???!?!???

it doesn't get much better than that

Marianne Arkins said...

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glamah16 said...

I giot this. Glad to see you made it and actually liked it.

anno said...

YUM!!!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Mae - it may be denser and less fudgy, but the chocolate feel was still good.

Lilac - it's really too good to be true!

Chani - I might have that same problem - I'm going to check nutrition info after leaving comments here.

Ben - TOLD you it was dangerous. ;-)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

PM - I couldn't agree more. ;-)

Marianne - yup.

Glamah - are you a non-chocolate person? Do I remember that correctly?

Anno - as I said, guilty pleasures!

Dingo said...

You have made my day. OMG. The Bard and some chocolate cake? I love you. Love, love, love you.

glamah16 said...

I love chcolate! I havent tried this so Im tempted.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Dingo, Shakespeare and chocolate seem a natural fit, don't they?

Glamah, yes, the thing is you can monkey around with this to make it sweeter or less so or more with a milk chocolate or a dark chocolate slant. It's pretty versatile!

EAT! said...

What a deadly recipe!! Chocolate cake in 5 minutes?! I hear my microwave calling me now.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

It is... it's deadly. Fortunately, though, if you just eat a small portion (and believe me, a little goes a long way) it's not SO bad.

Sandy C. said...

No WAY! In a mug?

I...could kiss you.

My jeans...will be sending you hate mail shortly.

:)

Amy said...

I think you might be the devil.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Very dangerous indeed! But hey,you only live once!!

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Oh I love this! And it's just what I've been craving without even knowing it...grazie :)

Dharm said...

That does look sinful...! I'm a sucker for chocolate too.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Sandy - my jeans, too. Here's the thing - you need a teenage boy in the house and then you sneak bites of his. ;-)

Oh, Amy, I hope not! ;-)

Yes, Proud, I think so, too.

Michelle, actually I was thinking of you and other expat friends when I put this up - any of the ingredients can be found anywhere - the milk can be plain milk, and the chips could be chopped chocolate.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Dharm - I think we cross=posted - yes, this is an ultimate chocolate-lover's recipe! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Goofball said...

one of your first recipes that do not tempt me at all. Not the slightest bit, on the contrary.


don't take that personal though...it's me and chocolate that do not go together at all.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, I know about you and chocolate Goofball, and despite this MAJOR flaw in your personality (cough, cough), I love you anyway. ;-)

Meg said...

Love the mug!

Thanks again for the bloggy award. I hope you don't mind, but since I had one, I stole the Arte Pico one instead. I'll give you a shout out on tomorrow's post.

About A2 -- email me and I'll come up. I'm:

pegcypher@sbcglobal.net

But you can call me Meg.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Meg, isn't it a great mug? I'll write... catching up today on stuff. And yes, you're welcome to the Arte y Pico instead. ;-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A dangerous dessert! Interesting!

cheers,

Rosa

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

It's way too good for its own good, Rosa. Thanks for stopping by!

Heather said...

Oh, mercy. I never thought to bake a cake in a mug. I bake brownies in ramekins (they take half as long to bake, done that way) but a mug is fantastic!

peter said...

MAN I could have used that yesterday to distract the wife monster.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Heather, it's funny you should say that because I think I'm going to move this to four ramekins so the one, huge, ginormous portion isn't so damned tempting!

Peter - this is certainly a recipe that can soothe savage emotions for any chocoholic, if that would have helped. ;-)

Charity said...

I'm going to have to try this with the kids (this does look like something I can actually cook).

I think they'll get a kick out of cake in a mug.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Charity, the most fun part is watching it "blow up" in the microwave. Then it totally shrinks when you take it out.

Mariposa said...

I'm trying this with IT Guy this weekend...should post photos!

Mikaela said...

Oh my... Good thing I'm not gonna cook in my disgustion hall kitchen!

Betsy said...

Oh. My. GOD! That looks DELICIOUS!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Mariposa, I think you'll both have fun with this.

Mikaela, yeah, probably just as well...

Betsy - it's a sure way to dazzle the kids.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Now that looks seriously dangerous Jen! I love the Shakespeare mug!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

yup... seriously dangerous, Jenn. Even more so because I think there's lot of room for monkeying around.

Luisa Perkins said...

We don't have a microwave, but it looks yummy!

I've missed you!

Leslie said...

Yum! Fast, easy and chocolate. That's my kind of recipe!

Sister Sassy said...

I always love the pictures you take for your food posts :)

Shan said...

I think Abby would love her own chocolate cake in a coffee mug. I will be trying this!

Virtualsprite said...

Oh, that looks so good!!!!!

I'm laughing over your mug. My favorite apron is one I found at an outdoor theater here in Wisconsin and it has the "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" soliloquy from the Scottish play printed on it. Very cool.

Flower Child said...

this is great! and good for a dinner party - you could totally serve this to friends and look like a culinary rock star with so little effort! love it!