When I took over the Mum’s the Boss blog, I soon realised that the blog posts that are absolutely the most popular are the cake recipes.
Now I love a home made cake as much as the next person, but I can’t honestly say I do a huge amount of baking. I wanted to wow you all with my signature cake, but my brain went a total blank. So I had a chat with my very dear friend Angela as we met (for coffee and cake) in Costa one day.
Your signature cake is the mug cake – she said. Don’t you remember you sent it to me a couple of years ago and my waistline has never really forgiven you.
And then I remembered it too – the chocolate mug cake, that came round as an email attachment. I hadn’t made it for a while but I dug it out and had another go, to the delight of my children. I dare say a lot of you will have seen this already, but if you haven’t then take a look now.
I’m afraid I don’t know whose it is originally – if someone comments with the book that it came from then of course I will give credit where it is due.
My record for making this cake, from opening the first cupboard to eating it is 10 minutes flat, including cooking. This isn’t cordon bleu cookery, but if you want something quick and yummy to wow the children with (or share with a special friend who has popped in for tea) then this is the recipe you need:
4 tablespoons self raising flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla essence
1 large coffee mug or similar
- Lightly grease the mug you are using (this recipe is really for a large American-sized mug. I prefer to use a cereal bowl as I think it produces a nicer shaped cake)
- Add flour, sugar and cocoa and mix well. On this occasion I didn’t have any cocoa so I used chocolate Nesquik and just put in a bit extra to boost the flavour a bit.
- Add the egg and mix thoroughly
- Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
- Add the chocolate chips (if using), vanilla essence, then mix again, getting rid of all the lumps apart from the chocolate chips
- Put your mug/bowl in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). I did 3 1/2 minutes just to be on the safe side. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 or just scoff the lot yourself). This is lovely served to children with a dollop of ice cream and/or chocolate or caramel sauce on top. It tastes better hot and definitely should be eaten within an hour or two (not that you will need much excuse).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now you are only 10 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!