Food, Gratitude and Joy

Day 128 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Chocolate Cake in a Mug

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.

The recipe seemed almost too easy.

I measured out the ingredients with ease … three tablespoons each of sugar and flour

Flour, sugar, cocoa powder …

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.

Stir to blend …

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.

All the ingredients easily fit into the mug.

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.

It looked good when it came out of the microwave.

Then came the moment of truth. I stuck my fork into the porous-looking cakey confection. It was soft and fluffy! 

Soft, airy, fluffy bites of steaming chocolate cake.

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.

I took my cup of cake outside and enjoyed it al fresco.

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Eat cake!

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