A late night craving for something sweet, almost, almost left us leaving the house to grab something delectable, dark and delicious. Nearly ten o’clock, though, neither of us were dressed or wanted to leave. We could make brownies, but that would take almost an hour, Jamie suggested. I wanted to make milkshakes, but we didn’t have any vanilla ice cream.
I got up, went to the pantry and grabbed the ingredients for a recipe that we hadn’t made in at least a year, dark chocolate mug cakes. I put the ingredients together, poured them into ramekins (four) or two mugs, and stuck them in the microwave to work their magic.
Most cakes that you make in the microwave are disgusting, and they get spongy. These mug cakes? They don’t. They stay moist, and if you under cook the ingredients for just a few seconds you get that delicious melted center that’s perfect for layering with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Dark Chocolate Mug Cakes for Two
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of sugar for sweeter mug cake
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of milk
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-4 tablespoons of chocolate chips
Combine the dry ingredients together and whisk in the milk. Next, whisk in the oil until all of the ingredients are combined and there are no clumps in the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Pour into two mugs, or four small sized ramekins (in case your kids are awake!), filling about half way to make sure there is enough time to rise.
Cooking time is going to vary by microwave, so your first batch might take a bit of trial and error. I used the high setting on our microwave, and cooked for 70 seconds. Watch the mug cake while it’s cooking.
Tip: To make this recipe even more simple. I’ve prepared three batches of the dry ingredients and poured into ziploc bags, with instructions to add milk and oil. This is going to make those late night cravings for a bit of chocolate even easier.
Note, this recipe is for dark chocolate mug cake. If you want it sweeter, add a bit more sugar to the ingredients. As the recipe stands, it’s got a delicious, decadent, dark chocolate flavour that will leave you refreshed after a little three-o’clock or late night mug cake break.