I feel like, before I go ahead with this recipe, I need to issue a warning: this recipe is dangerous. It’s way too easy, way too convenient and perhaps just a little too indulgent (the cake base on its own is about 400 calories). You might find yourself whipping up this cake far too often for your own good, so proceed with caution.
On the other hand, this cake might be your best friend on days you really need a quick boost of warm chocolate without going to the store or spending an hour baking a cake. In fact, you can make this little gem in five minutes flat, I guarantee it (I don’t actually guarantee it). It’s especially nice on snow days with coffee, and it would totally impress an unexpected guest – most if not all of the ingredients are probably in your kitchen anyway! If you don’t believe how easy it is, go ahead and give it a try. But know the awesome addictive power of a five-minute cake.
5-Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug (adapted from The Family Kitchen)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon water (or a bit more if needed)
- optional: sea salt, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, salted caramel candy, instant coffee, peanut butter…?
In a small bowl (think soup bowl sized), mix your mandatory chocolate cake ingredients. All of them. Seriously, just throw that stuff together and stir away. If you’re adding in something that will fill the whole cake, stir it in now: a small handful of chopped nuts, a quarter teaspoon each of cinnamon and chili, a half teaspoon maybe of instant coffee powder? Not all of them of course. Don’t be greedy. Pick a theme, you can always make another one later.
Then grease or spray a regular-sized coffee mug (something around 12 ounces) and pour the batter into the mug. If you’re adding something that isn’t incorporated into the whole cake batter, pop it in now: drop a couple caramel candies in the center, swirl in a tablespoon of peanut butter, top with crushed pretzels or sprinkle with sea salt.
Finally, microwave your mug of goodness for one-and-a-half to two minutes on high power. The mug will be hot, so remove it carefully and let cool a minute. Then…indulge. It’s really that easy. And addictive. Beware!