Sometimes, you just want a piece of chocolate cake. The challenge with such cravings is healthy eating and chocolate cake don’t really make a great team. That’s why I rarely make full-sized cakes. There are only two of us in the house and since Greg’s willpower is much stronger than mine, I end up eating more than my fair share. “We can’t just let it go to waste,” I say to myself, knowing the trade-off is that it goes to a different kind of “waist.”
That was my dilemma recently when I was reading a novel and the hero ordered a piece of chocolate cake, thereby creating a craving. Oh, man … I really, really wanted a piece! As I mulled over my options, I remembered seeing something once about making a single “piece” of chocolate cake in a coffee mug. I grabbed my phone and googled it. Yes! There it was and it looked easy and quick.
I measured out the ingredients with ease … three tablespoons each of sugar and flour
Two tablespoons of cocoa powder, a pinch of salt and a quarter teaspoon of baking powder. Blend the dry ingredients with a fork. Easy peasy.
Add in milk, oil and a dash of vanilla and mix thoroughly. I opted to skip the chocolate chips suggested in the recipe. Bonus – while there are no beaters to lick, you can lick the fork after you’re done stirring.
Pop the whole mug into the microwave for a mere 90 seconds. The aroma of chocolate cake wafted into the air and filled my nostrils. My stomach offered an anticipatory rumble in response. The instructions said wait two minutes … that was certainly the hardest part. I wasn’t sure if the heat from the cooking process continued to cook the cake, so I waited dutifully if not impatiently.
Then came the moment of truth. I stuck my fork into the porous-looking cakey confection. It was soft and fluffy!
I sampled the first bite with glee. Success! I now have a way to make a single serving of chocolate cake when I just have to have it.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Eat cake!
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