Cooking Lesson and Frugal Christmas Gift: My Modification of the Chocolate Cake in a Mug Recipe

Get out one of the soup mugs (we have one with roses on it, and one with cherries on it- they are bigger than the rest)

Get out these ingredients:

Flour

Sugar

Cocoa powder

salt

Egg

Cream (because we have a surplus of cream just now, and deficit of milk, but milk is what the recipe originally called for)

Oil

Chocolate chips

Hazelnut or orange extract, Or Cherry jam (this is my innovation, and it makes a moister, richer cake)

Put in the mug:

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons baking cocoa

Pinch salt

Stir well. Now add:


1 egg
3 tablespoons milk or cream
3 tablespoons oil

Small splash of orange or hazelnut extract., OR 2 teaspoons of cherry jam

Stir well (especially be sure to blend the egg)

Add:
3 tablespoons chocolate chips

Stir, then scrape sides of the cup so that there are not streaks of batter running down the edges or along the edge inside the cup.

Put this in the microwave and cook for three minutes. It might rise above the cup, but that’s okay.

Let it cool for about a minute.

Top with some frosting (pantry) or chocolate syrup from the fridge and bring it to me with a fork. You can make yourself one, too- after I get mine.=)

Put everything away and wipe up any spills on counters and floor.

Most significant modifications:

Directions are written for a beginning cook to make…. for me
Chocolate chips are not optional
jam as an alternative flavoring
my font is pretty

It also seems to me this would make a fun and frugal homemade Christmas gift- a cooking kit for one- nice for the single gal, the budding cook, the guy on his own, the harried mother who needs a secret stash of woman vitamins, the college student

Find a pretty mug* (thrift shop, yard sale, dollar store), and a ziplock bag I would put in a ziplock bag:

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon powdered milk
3 tablespoons of chocolate chips

Tie the bag up with a bow, label it “The Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake Mix in the World,” or “Emergency Chocolate Cake Mix, for those days when you have GOT to have an instant infusion of chocolate,” or something more clever- and put it in a pretty mug with these directions:

Put the contents of this bag in your mug, along with:

1 egg
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons oil
dash of vanilla (optional)

Stir well

Put this in the microwave and cook for three minutes. It might rise above the cup, but that’s okay.
Let it cool for about a minute. Eat it as is, or drizzle with chocolate syrup if you have it.

Then include directions for making it from scratch from start to finish, and this note:

Why is this the most dangerous chocolate cake in the world? Because now you are only three minutes away from a delicious, warm, chunk of soothing chocolate cake!

Write or type the directions out on pretty paper, fold them in booklet form, punch a hole through a corner, tie it to the mug with a ribbon, and wrap it all up in clear plastic wrap and more ribbons.

*Some people won’t want a pretty mug, of course, gear your mug to the tastes of the recipient

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One Comment

  1. Mama Squirrel
    Posted February 9, 2020 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Making this for dinner. Infusion of chocolate required.

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