Diane Prather: Bake a cake in a mug? It works!

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Diane Prather

Diane Prather's columns appear in the Craig Daily Press and Saturday Morning Press. You can call her at 824-8809.

This week's recipe comes with a warning (all in fun): "And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are only five minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!"

This unusual recipe was sent to me by my sister, Darlene Blackford, who got it from her friend, Shelby Mustain of Cheraw, Colorado. Thanks, Shelby and Darlene!

It takes just three minutes in the microwave to make "Chocolate Mug Cake." It took me less than 10 minutes to make the cake, and most of that time was getting out the ingredients.

The mug cake serves one or two people. It's a fast way to make a chocolate treat for anyone, but I think kids would really enjoy making the cake (with adult supervision).

First, find a fairly large mug that can be used in the microwave. The mug I used holds 2 cups of liquid when filled to the very top, and it was just right.

You'll need the following ingredients: 4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self rising), 4 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons oil, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional), and a small splash of vanilla. (You probably could use some chopped nuts, too.)

Put the dry ingredients in the mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. (The dough will be stiff.) Pour in the milk and oil and mix some more. Then add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla and mix again.

Put the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes in a 1,000-watt appliance. You might put the mug on a plate just in case. The cake will rise to the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! It will settle down.

I put my mug on a plate, and the cake did rise to the top of the mug, but there were no spills.

Allow the cake to cool a little, and tip onto a plate, if desired. Eat! (This can serve two - if you care to share.)

Note: I used chocolate chips, and the cake really has a chocolate taste. I didn't turn the cake onto a plate. My husband scooped out half of the cake and put it in a bowl with cream.

If children make the cake, suggest that they use long-handled soda spoons to stir up the batter. That way, they can reach the bottom of the mug.

Just a word about the "Zucchini Beef Soup" in last week's column. I made the soup on Sunday and followed the directions exactly. The soup's broth had a delicious taste.

If you have a recipe you'd like to share, call me at 824-8809 or write to me at Box 415, Craig 81626.

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