Emergency chocolate cake

You know how it works: it’s 10:30 at night and you just. have. to. have. chocolate. cake. right. now. NOW. Nothing else will do. What’s that? No cake in the pantry? Well in three minutes there will be one in your hot little hands.

I’ve been tweaking this recipe for a while now, purely in the name of research (what??), and this is the best incarnation I’ve come up with. I do not use the egg that most recipes call for because it’s just too much; all you taste and feel is boiled egg. I use cake flour because AP flour can feel dense in this and make the cake too heavy, but obviously if you’re experiencing an Official Chocolate Emergency, use what you have.

So next time you’re dying for chocolate cake, try this:

Start by spraying the inside of a coffee mug with nonstick spray. Then put into the mug:

  • 2 Tbsp. cake flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. oil
  1. Stir together with a fork until well blended
  2. Microwave for 60 seconds
  3. Turn out onto a plate; eat it plain or top with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or both!

Isn’t that easy?

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8 thoughts on “Emergency chocolate cake

  1. Wow! Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water. As a certified chocolate addict, I’m very excited to try this one out. Maybe I will have a chocolate cake emergency tonight. Wish me luck, hope mine turns out as great as yours!

  2. Brianne says:

    Wow, this was great. I did not have high hopes but I was having such a chocolate emergency and remembered seeing this website when I was viewing your site a while back… it took under 5 minutes from start to finish, and even looked cute. I topped mine with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar and it hit the spot! I loved it ❤ ❤ (PS I only had AP flour so I used about 1 1/2 tbsp to avoid it becoming too dense and I think it turned out great!)

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