I'm a lazy girl at heart.
In fact, I'm a lazy girl where most of my body is concerned...Make-up? Maybe I'd wear it if I knew how to apply it. Hair-styling? As anyone with curly hair knows there is no such thing as 'styling', it's more of 'let it do what it wants and hope it doesn't look shit' approach. Wearing clean clothes? But the tea stains and peanut butter smears really bring out my eyes...But chocolate cake - now a good chocolate cake is something that I think is always worth the effort. Even more so if that effort is summed up by throwing things into a mug and microwaving them, as is the case with this glorious two-minute chocolate mug cake.
Now I'm somewhat of a chocolate connoisseur. I have whole Pinterest boards dedicated to different types of cakes and brownies (I call it my happy place..) so I'm not one to discriminate - dark chocolate, white chocolate, with nuts, without nuts, full of choc chunks, scattered with raspberries, swirled with caramel...I really don't care. As long as it's gooey and fudgy and full of chocolately goodness I'm happy.
This recipe was the result of me being heavily-pregnant and desperate for a brownie, but too lazy and impatient to make a whole batch and feeling somewhat guilty about sending my unborn child straight down a path to diabetes due to all the sugar usually contained in a cake. So I made it my mission to satisfy my chocolate cake craving without compromising my personal cooking philosophy of making things both delicious AND nutritious. I'm so happy with the result I think I may actually end up giving birth to a chocolate cake, because there have been a lot of these made in the last few weeks....
The best part is: when I say two minutes, I mean MAXIMUM two minutes. Mine cooked in 90 seconds, so use your own judgement and adjust according to the wattage of your own microwave. This recipe is SO easy and SO adaptable. Add nuts, berries, or even caramel if you're less concerned about sugar than me. Serve with a big dollop of coconut yoghurt to keep it healthy, or serve with vanilla ice-cream for an indulgence. It doesn't matter exactly how you decide to make it, as long as you make it! Your taste-buds and waistline will thank you.
Two-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
2 tbsp wholemeal flour
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 to 1 tsp instant coffee (to taste)
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1) Add all dry ingredients to a large mug, followed by all the wet ingredients.
2) Mix well so that there are no big lumps of dry mixture in the batter.
3) Microwave for one minute, then remove mug and mix contents well (the top will usually cook the quickest so you want to mash that through the remaining uncooked batter).
4) Place mug back in microwave and cook for further 30 seconds to one minute, or until cake is just cooked through.
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