But recently I’ve had two experiences with cake, one literal and one literary, which are forcing me to reconsider my dessert options. And my breakfast options, too, I’m afraid. And my middle-of-the-afternoon-how-to-fulfill-the-craving options. Late at night…
A friend of mine e-mailed me a recipe for 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake this summer. It was one of those “I’ll send it to five people, then you send it to five people…” pass alongs that we usually take one look at and that’s the end of it. Oh, if only I had deleted it. Instead, I’ve had chocolate cake every day for the past week. It’s ironic because I’m pretty sure one of the selling points of 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake is that you’re only making a small amount and therefore won’t have a whole cake to work your way through. You know how we hate to waste things. We’d rather get fat. But now, I’m never more than a few minutes away from hot, gooey chocolate dessert. It’s really gooey. It’s the chocolate chips that make it so. In the recipe I received, the chocolate chips were listed as optional, but they really are a must. The first time I made it I left them out because I didn’t have any. Chocolate chips don’t last long in our house, especially if the bag’s open. The final product was no big deal.
Oh, why didn’t I leave it at that?
I bought some on my next trip to the store. Semi-sweet. Came right home and tried the recipe again.
Oh my goodness.
Don’t do it.
I’m going to print the recipe here just so you’ll know what not to do.
5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
4 Tablespoons flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips
a small splash of vanilla
1 large microwave safe mug
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Tip cake out onto a plate or eat out of the mug.
I will redeem myself a little by telling you that every time I’ve made it, I’ve shared it with one or sometimes two other people.
And I’ve hidden the chocolate chips in a place they’ll never find them.
Fortunately they all take longer than five minutes to make.