Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dangerous Knowledge

See this? It's chocolate cake. It's pretty good chocolate cake, in fact.So what's so dangerous about this chocolate cake?

It was made in five minutes, start to finish. One mug, one spoon, one microwave. You probably already have the ingredients -- an egg, a bit of flour, sugar and cocoa; a dollop of milk and cooking oil, maybe some vanilla and chocolate chips.

Recipe is at the link. Read it and you'll be five minutes away from chocolate cake whenever you want one. And that's dangerous!

19 comments:

North said...

You are like a scientific Brigid!

North said...

WV: And this word was 'cramin' as in "I'd be cramin those into my cake hole!"

Nathan said...

Hmm...made with Splenda baking mix, it might be something diabetic wifey could eat.

To the laBORatory, Igor!

Roberta X said...

Oh, heck yes, Nathan!

docjim505 said...

I have enough trouble with my weight as it is! Grrrr....

;-)

Tango Juliet said...

Oh oh! Another source of unneeded calories.

Keads said...

This is great news! I will try it as soon as possible.

Guffaw in AZ said...

@Nathan
I've had some luck with crystalline fructose (NOT HFCS) in diabetic baking.
And barley-malt sweetened chocolate chips (from the health food store)
Just don't do it daily, or hourly.

Robin said...

You've killed me.

Sabra said...

Lacking a microwave, I shall stay safe. However, I feel I must point out a similar (albeit more complicated) recipe for nearly-instant cheesecake: http://www.2stews.com/2009/09/cheesecake-in-mug.html

Nathan said...

RX: Sally said she got this identical recipe from Weight Watchers :)

DJ said...

I tried it. The verdict: bland. Really bland. A Hostess cupcake is much tastier. I'm not in that much of a hurry, i.e. the pros are not worth the cons.

But, watching it rise in the microwave was impressive, like a time lapse view of baking in a normal oven.

John B said...

Yes, the end of self restraint as we know it.

Of course self-restraint as I know it usually consists of a brace of cops dragging me off in cuffs.

Recipe enlarged for easy reading, posted above the microwave, and copies tucked away if three safe places.

Yes, Bobbi, I take my chocolate seriously!

Anonymous said...

@DJ
I made one in 12 minutes start to finish. It was a tasty cake. I added about 1/4 tsp salt because I think all sweet/baked goods are bland without a touch of salt. I did the chocolate chip/vanilla option. My wife finally acknowledges my awesomeness.

Roberta X said...

Heh!

DJ: It's a recipe. If it's bland, fiddle: more milk, maybe a dollop of chocolate syrup if it needs to be more moist. Fancier cocoa powder. A dash of cinnamon or allspice (?) or...well, whatever you think might work. A couple of teaspoons of orange marmalade, perhaps? Some coffee? (Tam;s got espresso sugar: mocha cake?)

Anonymous said...

some google fu

Salt provides a contrasting flavor, making the complex flavors of the cocoa more pronounced.
As a general rule, all sweet recipes should include a little salt. Salt is traditionally referred to as "seasoning" for the simple reason that it is so widely applicable.

All senses, including taste, function based on contrast. If you eat pure sugar, it tastes extremely sweet. If you eat sugar with just a little bit of salt to it (not enough to be identifiable as salt), you'll actually find that the "sugar" suddenly seems richer in flavor.

In chocolate-based recipes in particular, the saltiness brings out the complex flavors of the cocoa solids (chocolate is composed of cocoa solids and cocoa butter, but hot cocoa is just cocoa solids, without the fat flavors).

DJ said...

Roberta: I'm not an experimental cook; that's my wife's forte, and she's very good at it.

Even so, I did try. I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa, but I detest Hershey's chocolate syrup, and I don't drink coffee, ever.

Given that I'm diabetic, eating cake has to be worth the penalty. If I have to add flavorings to taste the cake, then I don't need the cake. I tasted this cake alone, and found there wasn't any there there.

Anonymous said...

DJ: C'est la vie, then. No, wait, C'est le g√Ęteau

Andrew said...

Not bad.

* If you have one of those turbocharged nucular 1500-watt microwaves, 1:45 might be long enough.

* You'll need a really big mug,

* It could probably do with 2 T of oil instead of 3, and the salt is a good idea.

* Try 1 T of rum and 2 T of milk. :)

wv: coodst -- Neighbor, coodst thou spare a few tablespoons of cocoa?