Monday, April 4, 2011

Chocolate Cake in a Mug- Ready in a Minute

You must be familiar with ‘chocolate-cake-in-a-mug’ having already been featured in umpteen blogs and sites. It is delicious and comes together quickly which is great!. After having baked brownies over the weekend I didn’t need any more cakes, but then India won the Cricket World Cup. It’s not everyday that this happens and you will agree that calls for celebration, right? If you have been following this blog or know me personally, you also know I am an ardent fan of cricket. I have been on cloud nine ever since Saturday when India won the World Cup after a long gap of 28 years. I don't even remember the 1983 world cup, when we last won the cup. It was considered a miracle of sorts at that time, and people even today fondly remember and narrate how Kapil Dev (then captain of the Indian team) and his army brought home the cup. Surely I need to celebrate this win.

Chocolate cake in a mug

The match played on Saturday was tough. The Sri Lankan team has seasoned players and is great on the field. The Indian cricket captain, Dhoni, and his team fought hard to win this game. And the victory was sweet.
We needed this break.

Chocolate cake in a mug
In India, cricket is more famous today than even our national game of hockey. Cricket players like Sachin are sometimes referred by people and papers as gods, even if exaggerated it shows how much the game and players are revered. An article in New York Times says cricket in India has the same effect like monsoon rains permeating into the soil. Therefore, it is no secret nor surprise that all Indians wherever they are, celebrated India's win, and I'm no exception. I had every reason to celebrate and having some more brownies left over a small, but deliciously sweet reason to celebrate this victory.

Chocolate cake in a mug

So here is chocolate goodness for TEAM INDIA ! Oh! How my heart swells with pride :)


Chocolate cake in a mug

A special thanks to all my friends on Facebook. I want to especially share this virtual treat with you for watching the match and sharing the emotions via FB.

Happy Ugadi!

Ingredients:

All purpose flour- 5 Tbsp
Granulated sugar- 5 Tbsp
Cocoa- 2 Tbsp
Salt- a pinch
Baking powder- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
Egg- 1 large
Milk- 4 Tbsp
Vegetable oil- 4 Tbsp
Pure vanilla extract- a dash
2 microwave-safe coffee mugs

Method:

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a coffee mug to make the cake.
2. Beat the eggs slightly in a small mixing bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well with a fork.
3. Add in the dry mixture and mix well.
4. Pour out half of the batter into each coffee mug.
5. Microwave the coffee mugs,one at a time, half- filled with the batter, on high, for a minute. If it does not get done in a minute, keep for another 20-30 seconds. Do not overcook, you might end up with a dry cake. (I kept it for 1 minute and 20seconds)
6. Let it cool and dig in.
7. It will be wonderful if you can top with vanilla ice cream

Notes:

1.The baking powder makes it less dense and more soft when compared to the original recipe.(thanks for the idea "not quite Nigellla" !)
2.The top of the cake looks a bit gooey when you take it out from the microwave after a minute. But it will be done already and do not over cook.
3.If you living in a place which is at sea level you could add a little more baking powder.
4.The cake rises up while cooking, but when you take it out it comes down. So a tall mug/microwave safe utensil is recommended.
5.The original recipe calls for 4 Tbsp each of flour and sugar and 3 Tbsp each of oil and milk. When I made it I added the above amount by mistake and it turned out to be better than the original .(later I tried once with the original measurements too !)

Recipe adapted from here (mostly) and here
Contributor: Namitha

53 comments:

  1. wow this cake is made in a minute!!
    I am going to boook mark nad try it for sure.

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  2. hmmmmmmmmmm!marvellous I wanna give this a sure try.

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  3. Oh Yummy and easy recipe and you get it finished fast...{cooking & eating...:)]...

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  4. Yum, this looks delicious...Mouth watering recipe with awesome photography...And yes, cake is just perfect for this celebration...I am still can't stop thinking about THAT MOMENT..:-)

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  5. delicious mug cake.. love this idea of making cake in a mug..

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  6. Nami, I have tried a similar cake before when I was in India and it went straight into the bin...but since you baked it, I think I should give it another chance :D Will try this, for sure, soon :)

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  7. Lovely Cake.Yeah, I have seen it in many blogs. Very popular post,yes?
    Your mug and its content are looking fab. So wonderful it looks that I traced an outline wishing I could get to it. I probably think its that time of the month for me. Chocolate has never looked more desirable!

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  8. Cake in the Mug have turned out Perfect.....Lovely shots..

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  9. Cool idea,looks superb dear, adipoli aayitundu.

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  10. this is like the best!...for my sweet tooth which has to timing!:)
    Smitha
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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  11. wow...such a simple n delicious cake...would surely love to try it sometimes....I would love to share some awards with u ...plz visit my space n accept it :-)

    http://onlyfishrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  12. Superb cake,would satisfy the instant craving,thanks for sharing.

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  13. Wonderful recipe and awesome clicks

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  14. I heard lot about chocolate cake in a mug. I haven't tried though. This one looks delicious.

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  15. delicious dessert looks wonderful

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  16. OH WOW! Super gooey and delicious!

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  17. Nami, this is a kidilan cake, njna ethu nale undakittu thanne ullu ketto..

    Pinne cricketine pattty epol etra paranjalum matyavanilla lle.

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  18. Lovely clicks and the mug cake looks delicious

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  19. does it need to be in a mug? maybe i can try in a ramekin. looks delicious

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  20. thats a wonderful way to celebrate the occasion.perfectly made and wonderfully clicked

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  21. Perfect mug to celebrate the occasion. Love those beautiful clicks.

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  22. i tried it once but didnt come out as i expected.. its somewhere in my blog.

    was urs soft?

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  23. Wow! Chocolate cake in a minute, thats amazing. Perfect way to celebrate the WIN.

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  24. Perfect dessert for 2. No left overs and mess... Nice recipe.... YUM!

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  25. Beautiful clicks, Nami..Njnaum ethu kure blogsil kandittundu pakshe i have never tried it. Will give it a try soon..

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  26. Looks so awesome ....such wonderful pics Nams ....wonderful way to celebrate :D

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  27. you know what... i tried this once thinking it would be jackpot if it did hit the spot..but was super disappointed..esp when you dont eat it immediately..its the worst :(
    i dont know if it was something i did wrong or if its that way for all

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  28. Wat a quick and delicious cake,feel like having now..

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  29. beautiful clicks namithecheeeeee....kandittu vayiloode oru kappalodunnundu..

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  30. This is a very quick cake :)

    And taste is awesome.

    Good one :)

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  31. Hey Nami the pictures are just mind blowing.. the mug and the BG are just beautiful.. nice shots dearie.

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  32. Brilliant. I'm pretty sure I need to bookmark this site for when the craving hits...which it usually does! Haha, thanks for sharing!

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  34. so cute love the clicks perfect for a girlie girl party

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  35. Thanks everyone, you guys are the best :-)

    Hello, Ria, Nisha & Shifa,

    Answer to your doubts/questions : I made this cake a couple of times and the first time I mistakenly added 5 Tbsp of Flour, 5 Tbsp of sugar ,4 Tbsp of milk ,4 Tbsp of oil and rest of the ingredients the same. It came out well, though I had to microwave it for about 1 minute and 20 seconds. (the original recipe calls for 4 Tbsp each of flour and sugar and 3 Tbsp each of milk and oil !) Then I made it with the amount mentioned in the original recipe.It is done in a minute, though I kept it for 5 more seconds to make sure.But I still feel that the recipe I've given here is the best when I compare the both.Pl see the notes I've added after seeing your questions .Hope you will get it right when you try this :-)

    Shifa: I saved a mug cake to take some pictures, since it was so cloudy when I made it. After taking the pictures I ate it and it was still moist and soft.I should add that I live in Colorado, which is so much drier compared to most other places.I just used a cling wrap to wrap it and left it on the counter-top overnight.But I have to agree with you guys, it is best when you eat it on the same day :-)

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  36. Yay we won! loved the winning moment it was great! and wat a lovely way to celebrate, just all ur extra note, this is to be enjoyed on the day it was cooked, then will go for it on my choc craving days! and thanks for those words felt encouraging! about PhD seriously were you in research who else can understand better :)

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  37. Wow choco cake in mug looks super yummy..

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  38. Yes the mug cake spins the wen for years, that is great treat for any time! Looks gorgeous ur picture!

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  39. Drooling over the contents in the mu while still not getting over the fact that WE ARE ON TOP OF THE WORLD:)

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  40. Wowww... looks really good and tempting.. awesome clicks !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  41. I need this for work. Everyone will assume it is coffee, but BAM!!!! cake!

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  42. Wow I love this recipe!! I will have to make it soon...

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  43. I've tried a few different recipes of this same cake, and this is by far the best one! the others turned out rubbery and gross, but this one was perfect.

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  44. I used to do chocolate cake in a mug - so easy! Especially since I'm in a dorm room.
    But, I've converted to brownies in a mug since they're so much more decadent.

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  45. I saw this on food gawker and just had to try it! It is perfect for me since I am baking for one, and a full cake is just silly.

    I have made it twice now, and the second time I added just over a tablespoon of melted butter, and it made it so much more rich and decadent. Just a thought!

    Thanks for posting!

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  46. Thanks guys. I am so happy to know that many people have tried it already and they all loved the cake :-)
    @abigailthompson: Thanks for the feedback :-) Really appreciate it. Will try adding the butter next time ;-)

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  47. SO I've tried a lot of these recipes over the past few months, and have grown frustrated with the results. But tonight, I think I've come up with the winer.

    I saw this post, and was in the mood to try something like this again. I started out following your recipe until I realized I was out of cocoa powder. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. After I calmed myself down, I thought "No sweat, I'll just make vanilla" I added two tbsp of brown sugar, and a little more vanilla extract. Then I was hunting through my cupboards and found Oreo Cookies. I smashed up three and added them to my mix.

    Instead of dividing the mix between two mugs, I poured it all into a big one I had on hand and microwaved it for about a minute and a half.

    My result? Amazingly delicious, light, fluffy, and moist Oreo cake. In a mug!

    When all else fails, use your imagination, kids! You'll never know when you'll create something to die for.

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