I really like chocolate.

For the most part I tend to lean towards savory foods: meat, fish, potatoes, cheese, bread; stuff like that. However, at the end of the day I do usually have a hankering for something sweet and chocolate fits that bill.

But what do you do when you come downstairs at 11 at night in search of chocolate only to find out that someone else in the house (you know who you are) ate the last of the chocolate cake? Although thoughts of swift and decisive retribution immediately come to mind, that in and of itself will not produce the aforementioned chocolate.

Time to make a cake. Not a bake in the oven at 350 degrees for a long period of time cake, but a 2 minutes in the microwave cake!

My mom sent me this recipe a while back and I finally tried it a couple of weeks ago. I was skeptical about “baking” in a microwave (I don’t really like microwaves all that much; I am more of a toaster oven kind of guy), but this really works. Here is what you will need:

  • 1 Large Coffee Mug
  • 1/4 cup Flour (all-purpose is fine)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 3 tbsp Oil (vegetable, not motor oil)
  • A healthy splash of Vanilla
  • Chocolate Chips (to taste)

In the mug mix together the flour, sugar, and cocoa thoroughly (it will help cut down on lumps later). Crack in the egg, add the milk, oil, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add in your chocolate chips (if desired) and nuke it in the mug.

The original recipe said to microwave for 3 minutes in a 1000 watt machine, but I have found 2 minutes to be better (it gets really hard in the middle if you do it too long). If you like more of a pudding cake you could even go as little as 1 1/2 minutes.

You will see the cake start to rise above the rim of the mug, but that is okay; no need to panic. When it is done just turn the mug over onto a plate (it should slide out on its own) and serve with ice cream or whiskey. I warn you, it is addictive.

I know that this is not really a hillbilly themed posting, but hillbillies are resourceful critters and this is about being resourceful in the face of a problem. Using only the materials found in a standard kitchen, you too can conquer the late night growlies.