Sunday, 23 January 2011
Good for: Bribery. The promise of a rice cake no longer cuts it? This super-fast pudding might just do the trick.
Can something become a staple within the space of a couple of weeks? If so this 5 minute cake in a cup has become just that. I was sent it by a reader (thanks Jo Humphries) via Facebook, where it is liked by 182,688 people. It takes minutes to prepare and just 60 seconds to cook. As it says on the Facebook page "Why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of day or night."
I've tried several variations (I can't work out how to do a self-saucing one without it exploding in the microwave) and this is the best I've come up with so far. There's a lot of sugar in it so I can't pretend it's healthy, but as an occasional treat I don't think it's too naughty.
I'm going to continue working away at the recipe to see if I can improve on it (I know, selfless), but in the meantime I don't want to keep it to myself, so here it is. And if you hit on a good variant, let me know and I'll post it here. If you don't have a microwave then this probably won't work, but we have another fantastic recipe for chocolate fudge pudding which takes longer but you can do it in the oven, it's self-saucing (which means there's a big gooey load of chocolate in the middle), and there's no risk of explosion.
Five minute chocolate cake in a cup
Serves: 2 adults - or one adult and 2 kids
Start to finish: um, five minutes
4 tablespoons self raising flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil (I use sunflower, melted butter would probably be nicer but it would take too long and the idea of this recipe is that it is quick)
Chocolate chips (or just smash up a bar of chocolate)
A small splash of vanilla extract
2 tea cups to cook the cake in
Mix dry ingredients together. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract, and mix again. Divide mixture between the two teacups.
Put your teacup in the microwave and cook for 60 seconds (for one teacup, a bit more for two) at 1000 watts (high). Allow to cool a little and serve with natural yoghurt (an attempt at being healthy) or ice cream.
The original recipe is below. The quantities are enormous so I've halved them. Take a look.