If you’re in dire need of a bit of cake or an emergency pudding, then look no further! My fellow book and baking blogger friend Claire posted this recipe at Art & Soul and I just had to try it to see if it really would work and what result I would achieve.
What you need:
4 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp caster sugar
3 tbsp milk (I used semi-skimmed)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
What you do:
This is great because there’s no pre-heat the oven or grease and line a tin 🙂
- Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a jug or bowl and then add the sugar, and mix.
- Add the egg and milk to the dry mixture and mix well.
- Pour your mixture into your mug or cups etc, only half filling them to give the cake room to rise.
- And bake…oh ok, microwave! I followed Claire’s guidance of 2.5 minutes in my 700W microwave but next time will go for 2 minutes as it started to smell like burnt chocolate after this (even though the cake wasn’t burnt). My cake almost rose over the edge of the cup, and then sank back down again hence the cake around the edge of the top of the mug.
The cake has a dense and close texture and tasted like those Heinz chocolate puddings you buy in the tin. It was a little too dark for me, so I would try with less cocoa powder next time. I also wonder if it would work without the chocolate, may be a plain sponge with a blob of jam in the middle.
Until next time…Happy Baking!