This is a fun little project for a cold or rainy afternoon. These little cakes have a different texture than an oven-baked cake, but they are still good and entertaining to make. In my personal opinion, each cake can easily make two servings, so feel free to share or to save part of it for another time.
A pretty mug and the dry ingredients for this cake along with directions for making it would be an original gift for a teacher, co-worker or neighbor.
4 T. flour
4 T. sugar
2 T. cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
3 T. milk
3 T. oil
2 T. chocolate chips
a few drops of vanilla
Combine dry ingredients in standard-sized mug. Add egg and mix thoroughly. (It will take a while, but make sure you get it good and mixed.)
Add milk and oil; stir well.
Add chocolate chips and vanilla; stir well again.
Put your mug on a small, microwave-safe plate (so that you can remove the cake afterward without touching the very hot mug). Place the plate and mug in the microwave and nuke for 3 minutes (at about 1000 watts).
The cake will rise up over the rim of the mug and look like it’s going to take over your microwave. Never fear! It should not run over the sides or explode.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, then run a knife around the inside of the mug and slide cake out onto plate. Top with whipped topping or ice cream, if desired.