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Chocolate Cake in a Mug…in FIVE MINUTES!

Ok. You may have come across a version of this cake…it is for one person, made in a mug and in the microwave.

I personally found that the original recipe tasted ‘flat’ – it was made with oil, had no salt, and I found that it came out dry and tasteless. So, I have tweaked the recipe and come up with the following recipe. The crème fraiche makes all the difference, as it keeps the cake extremely moist and unctuous!


In a large mug put:

3 Tablespoons of salted butter – put on high in the microwave for approximately 40-60 seconds just to melt.

Once melted add and mix together in the mug:

4 Tablespoons of sugar (white or brown)
2 Tablespoons of cocoa

Once mixed, add:

4 Tablespoons of self-raising flour and when incorporated (so it is all chocolatey) then add:

4 Tablespoons of crème fraiche

Stir just to mix all together.

If you feel like it, at this point, put in a couple of Terry Chocolate Orange segments or some of your favourite chocolate.

Put the mug into the microwave and heat on high starting at 1 minute and pull out. Let sit for 1 minute, (it will still be cooking) and then depending on how you like it, you can place it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. At 1 minute, it should be very moist in the middle, and as there is no egg there are no worries about it not being fully cooked).

It is delicious with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream. You can also add orange zest to the chocolate batter or top with a dollop of crème fraiche with grated orange zest, too.

This is a VERY DANGEROUS cake, as it literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish, and believe me, once you memorize the ingredients and how to make it, it can be whipped up in a jiffy! It is also great to impress friends, and although probably very ill-advised, it is pretty gosh-darn good in the middle of the night when you are sore and can’t sleep…true comfort food!

By Alyssa Savage

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