I’ve been making this Hot Chocolate Cake for years but only recently noticed the ambiguous title. Then, I also noticed that all possible meanings are borne out. How fun!
The temperature’s hot. The spices are hot. Follow your honey into the bedroom with it: Super-hot!
Not only is the chocolate cake Hot! Hot! Hot! but it’s also just like a steaming mug of hot cocoa (thus, Hot-Chocolate Cake):
- It’s cooked and served in a mug.
- It’s topped with a cool mountain of whipped cream.
- The blaze of chili and cinnamon heat me up just like the Mayan Hot Chocolate served at Soma in Toronto’s Distillery District.
- And, the cake is “baked” in the microwave, which is how I warm a quick mug of hot cocoa.
I guess it’s Hot Hot Hot Hot-Chocolate Cake. Maybe I should consider a different title. How about:
Warm ‘n’ Spicy Hot Cocoa Cake for Two
The original idea for a microwaved chocolate cake in a mug came to me via email from my friend Amy years ago. Since then the trend has caught on everywhere such that googling “microwave cupcake in a mug” yields thousands and thousands of similar recipes and many interesting variations. There’s even a book devoted to the genre: 101 Recipes for Microwave Cupcakes by Stacey J. Miller. Here’s my variation on the theme. Be warned: It’s hot!
Serves 2 (or 1 serious hot chocolate lover)
- 2 and 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 and 1/2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (add less if you’re afraid but do try a little bit at least once. If you’ve never had spicy chocolate before, you’re in for an experience).
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup whipped cream (from a can or made from whipping cream, I prefer unsweetened here)
In a large microwave-safe coffee mug combine the dry ingredients. Add the milk, oil and vanilla and stir to combine.
Microwave on high power for 1 minute. Microwaves vary: If a fork stuck in comes out with soft crumbs rather than uncooked dough, you’re all set (and so is the cake).
Top with the whipped cream and garnish with a dash of cinnamon or some chocolate shavings. Share it with someone you love.
Check out the other posts in my series Linguistically Ambiguous Foods:
Get unsweetened cocoa powder info and recipes at Foodista: