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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10 thoughts on “Emergency chocolate cake

  1. Nic says:

    Having been party of a chocolate emergency once, I can attest to the yumminess of this quick fix! I now have my own Choc ER kit ready in pantry, just in case. πŸ™‚

  2. debbiedoormat says:

    mine didn’t come out NEARLY as pretty as yours did but holy wow was it good…it only took me like 3 min. to prep…very QUICK and EASY and YUMMY!! THANK YOU!!! πŸ™‚

  3. April in CT says:

    This is dangerous! It’s entirely too easy to make and comes out SOOO good. I’ve been making it in a ramekin which is really handy. It’s easy to mix and you can add a scoop of ice cream right to the bowl. It’s also really good with caramel syrup drizzled over. Thanks for sharing!

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