The best chocolate cake I’ve made without a pan – Advice Eating

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Sometimes sweet cravings hit hard. And no, this box of cookies and the half eaten bar of chocolate Keep them in the back of your pantry, won’t cut it. They just want a warm, sweet, gooey treat that doesn’t require an excruciating amount of time or effort to prepare. To this I say, keyword 5-minute mug cake.

There are three main reasons to love the humble mug cake. First it takes 5 minutes. Second, you make it, bake it, and eat it in a coffee mug, so you can quickly make a one-serving cake when you don’t want to wash a ton of dirty dishes. Third, mug cakes are a brilliant shortcut for people without an oven to make delicious baked goods at home since all you need is a microwave.

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I recently moved into an apartment with a conventional stove. Before that I lived in a tiny college dorm and then in an apartment in New York City, both without stoves. Before I buckled and bought a toasterI’ve been able to make good chocolate and peanut butter mug cakes in my microwave.

Whether you’re looking for a no-fuss dessert or a no-oven cake recipe, here’s how to make a chocolate cake in a coffee mug that will satisfy your cravings. I’ve also added a few ways to modify this recipe if you have dairy or egg related dietary restrictions. You can also easily make mug cakes gluten-free using gluten-free flour mixes that you buy or make from scratch. You can find more tips here cut a cake without a knife and how pit an avocado by stabbing himself.

Chocolate mug cake recipe

During my tenure as a mug cake, I’ve experimented with recipes from the Food Network, New York Times, Allrecipes, and Tasty to find the easiest way to make a delicious chocolate mug cake—one that requires minimal time and skill in preparation and ingredients You probably have on hand.

Many recipes look quite similar to the following, with the main ingredients being flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, milk, oil and an egg. However, some recipes called for less common ingredients that you may not have in your pantry, such as: B. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Others even called for butter (rather than vegetable oil), which required a separate cup to melt and some skill to avoid stirring your egg when hot. I tried to keep this one simple by sticking to pantry basics and oil, which are easier to incorporate and help keep this quick-to-make cake moist.

For an easy chocolate mug cake recipe, all you need are these staples:

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you want the cake)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips to taste (optional but if you have some I recommend)

1. In a standard-sized (12-ounce) microwave-safe mug, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Note that if you use a smaller cup, your cake may rise and spill over the edge. Mix thoroughly with a fork until the ingredients are well combined.

2. In the same mug, add milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and one egg. Whisk all the ingredients with a fork until the mixture is homogeneous and free of lumps. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.

3. Microwave your mug cake, uncovered, for 90 seconds. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes before eating – trust me, it will get hot!

4. Top the mug cake with more chocolate chips, powdered sugar or ice cream and enjoy.

Coffee cup cake with chocolate chips

After removing it from the microwave (and waiting for it to cool), your mug cake is ready to enjoy.

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How to make your mug cake dairy and egg free

Whether you eliminate dairy and eggs from your diet, have allergies, or want to avoid them rising egg pricesyou can easily chop a mug cake recipe to exclude milk or eggs.

For the recipe above, simply substitute an additional tablespoon of oil for the egg. However, it’s important to note that this will affect the texture of the cake and won’t rise as much during baking. To make the recipe dairy-free, simply use a milk alternative like almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk. The results are just as good.

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This cake is prepared in the microwave.

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How does a microwave bake a cake?

The history of the microwave can be traced back to 1955, when the appliance was first introduced to domestic kitchens, but the mug cake’s lineage is less clear. One of the earlier references to a microwaveable dessert being cooked in a coffee mug surfaced in a 2009 YouTube video titled “The World’s Most Dangerous Cake.” The woman in the video skeptically tries out her neighbor’s recipe and concludes that it’s “dangerous” because you can have a moist cake ready in less than 5 minutes, any time of the day.

Microwaves use super-fast electromagnetic waves to cook the food by vibrating the water in the food. This means that baking a cake (and other dishes) can be done much faster compared to ovens that use gas or electricity to heat the entire interior of an oven to cook food. A plus for ovens, however, is that they can also caramelize and crispen food, creating a nice crust on baked goods. For cake baking, this means that the color and texture of your dessert will be different if it’s microwaved versus baked in the oven.

For more information, see the six essential kitchen tools to improve your kitchenCNET’s recommendations for the best microwaves and countertop ovens. Besides, what is the difference between sheet pans, baking sheets and baking tins?

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