Molten chocolate mug cake and ice cream for one. Need I say more? Well, I will say more below, of course, but you get the point.
Life Changes and Revelations
Two crazy things have happened over the last few weeks. First, I’ve found myself in a position not unlike the one Diane Lane found herself in as depicted in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. Except instead of running off to Italy to buy a palatial villa, I’m moving to a master planned community not far from where I am now. Oh, and instead of hiring charming guys from Poland to help renovate my new place, I’m just searching for someone who’d be willing to mow my lawn for a reasonable amount each week.
So, yes, sort of the same, but different.
The second crazy thing that’s happened is a realization that people do, in fact, use their microwaves to actually cook things. Not just to reheat leftovers, or nuke a frozen meal, but real cooking where you combine raw ingredients, toss them in the microwave, and, voila, dinner or dessert is served. I have my best friend (aka Queen of Kitchen Convenience) to thank for opening up this whole new world. Last weekend we had an in depth conversation on the subject and I was left with a new appreciation for microwave cooking. Who knew?
Molten Chocolate Mug Cake
All of this brings me to this molten chocolate mug cake. You see, before two weeks ago (when life was very, very different) I sort of turned my nose up at cakes baked in the microwave. Not sure why I did that, but with my new status as a reluctant single lady, combined with the eye-opening conversation with my best friend, suddenly a 5-minute molten chocolate cake for one is sounding a whole lot more appealing. It’s fast, easy, and there’s no risk of chocolate over-dosing followed by day-after self-hate that goes with a giant regular-sized cake . The moderation is built right in thanks to the whole single-serving thing.
I’ll take comfort any way I can get it these days and what’s more comforting than a rich and chocolaty dessert?
A Mug and a Microwave
It really is as simple as combining a few ingredients in a mug and popping it in the microwave, but if you need a visual reference you must watch this Lucky Peach video. Not so much for the detailed steps, but more for the quirkiness of it that might make you smile. I adapted this same recipe here – I switched a few things up like cream for milk, butter for oil, and a nice dollop of ice cream to finish it off.
Decadence, it seems, is the order of the day.
In Other News
- If you’ve ever wondered if you really need a giant knife set (I’m in the market!) with a ton of different knives check out this article – it whittles it all down to the essentials.
- And more about knives! I am loving this knife block from Williams-Sonoma.
- I’ve mentioned my love of the docu-series, Chef’s Table, and now Nick at Macheesmo has figured out how much it would cost to travel to all the season 2 restaurants for dinner. A girl can dream, right?
- Check out my latest post on eHow.com – How to Make an Ice Cream Cake! Do you like coffee drinks? Then you’re gonna love this cake 🙂
As the name of this recipe suggests, this single-serve cake is "baked" in a mug in the microwave meaning there's just five minutes between you and a big spoonful of this chocolaty rich dessert. Adapted from Lucky Peach , my version amps up the decadence with some butter, cream, and a generous dollop of vanilla bean ice cream to top it off.
3 minPrep Time
2 minCook Time
5 minTotal Time
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup vanilla bean ice cream (optional)
- Combine the butter, egg, and cream together in a coffee mug until well combined. Add the flour and sugar and keep stirring. Add the cocoa, vanilla, and salt and stir until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Place the mug in a microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the mug from the microwave and let it sit for a few minutes to cool.
- Top the cake with the ice cream, grab a spoon, and dig in.