When it comes to cooking, I’m more your ‘throw together a bowl of noodles with meat & healthy vegetables’ than ‘artfully balance a stack of food’ cook. I opt for substance over style, while at the same time ensuring everything looks edible, because the priorities drilled into me by The Mothership were always to make sure that my food was delicious and nutritious.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve thrown the odd dinner party for friends, but I find it such a panicky whirlwind wondering what I should cook that will keep everyone happy, cater to various food allergies or hates, how many courses I should limit it to (for me, always 3: starter, main & dessert with an Irish coffee to finish everyone off – basically coffee, or hot chocolate depending on preference, with a generous tot of brandy or Baileys), how early to start cooking and so on. I’m someone who finds recipes to suit a need, not someone who comes up with recipes for the fun of it.
Basically, what I’m politely trying to tell you is that you won’t often find me sharing my own recipe creations with you as I don’t spend my time coming up with food concepts, don’t spend my Wifelet days in the kitchen on trial & error missions, cooking for hours on end until I perfect my souffles or risotto, although I will admit to investing time into mastering the dark art of the crème brûlée.
So for me to share a recipe, instead of my usual approach of using Twitter to direct people to a useful or interesting website containing a culinary creation by someone else, is a rare thing.
So without further ado I give you The Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake In The World. I beg of you, use this power for good and not evil.
You will need the following:
- 4 tablespoons self raising flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
- A small splash of vanilla extract (& optional: a small amount of your favourite alcoholic tipple)
- 1 large coffee mug – yes that’s right, a coffee mug.
Add dry ingredients to your largest mug and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using), vanilla extract and a drop or two of your favourite tipple (if using), then mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed and panic! Leave that mug where it is.
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (This can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous, although the cake here was clearly dished up for 1).