Sometimes the urge for a home baked cake doesn't mean you want to turn on the oven or grease up the cake pans. Sometimes there's no one else around and it's only yourself that you've got to please. Sometimes you just want it now—like within the next 5 minutes.
For times like these, nothing does the job faster than the miracle of a microwave baked mug cake. Toss a few tablespoons of flour, cocoa, sugar, butter, and chocolate into a mug (microwave safe please), stir it up, zap it up, and you've got a warm and gooey single serving of chocolatey cake waiting to be devoured. For this dense and fudgey version, I've added a dose of coffee powder to give it an awesome mocha edge.
This is so simple to prepare that you could cook up a bunch of these mug cakes all at once for a quick, warm, a la minute dessert at your next dinner party. To top it off, dollop on a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. And in case you were feeling guilty about giving in to your sweet craving, maybe the best part is that since you've only dirtied a mug, the evidence can be cleared away in no time.
About the Author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of the new cookbook One Bowl Baking: Simple From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts (Running Press, October 2013), and available at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, The Book Depository. Watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. Follow her Chocoholic, Chicken Dinners, Singapore Stories and Let Them Eat Cake columns on Serious Eats. Follow Yvonne on Twitter as she explores Singapore.