The magic of microwaves, eh?!
While this isn’t the most attractive looking creation, it can be dressed up once cooked and tastes divine. Well, as delicious as a microwaveable cake can taste.
Here is what you’ll need. And, remember, a tablespoon is 1.5 dessert spoons.
• A large enough bowl (a decent breakfast bowl will do)
• An egg
• Three tablespoons of milk
• Three tablespoons of oil
• Four tablespoons of sugar (yep, that much)
• Two tablespoons of cocoa powder (we used Cadbury drinking chocolate)
• Three tablespoons of chocolate chips (or broken up bits of leftover Easter eggs)
• Four tablespoons of self-raising flour (but plain cream flour will do)
• A dash of vanilla extract (but, to be honest, I can’t tell the difference with or without it)
• Throw all the dried ingredients – the flour, the sugar, the chocolate chips and the cocoa powder – into the bowl and mix.
• Crack in the egg and continue to give it welly with your wooden spoon
• Then add the rest of the wet ingredients – the milk, oil, and vanilla extract – and mix again.
• Put the bowl containing the mixture into the microwave and cook on full power for 3 minutes (or until the cake stops rising; it obviously won’t rise as much if you used cream flour)
• Stick a knife into the cake, about an inch inside the bowl. If cooked, the knife should come away clean. If you want your cake really gooey in the middle, like a massive chocolate fondant cake, leave it to cool as is. Otherwise, pop it back into the microwave for another 20-30 seconds.
If you’re trying to impress with your home baking skills, perhaps stick the bowl under the grill briefly to get that freshly baked crust/taste.
Let’s be honest, it looks like a dog’s dinner. Literally. However, if you scoop it into ramekins and douse in either custard or ice cream, it is almost presentable. And what kid ever really cared what a chocolate cake looked like, they just want it in their gobs.
If, however, you want to present this as some sort of Birthday Cake as opposed to merely an impromptu Scoff Cake, that may just be possible.
Firstly, ensure the cake is fully cooled. Once cooled, place it in the fridge, preferably overnight. When it’s chilled, carefully place the bowl in a pot of hot water, then – hopefully – the cake should just plop out onto a plate. Naturally, it’s not going to be the prettiest, but just get some readymade icing from Lidl/Dealz and spread it all over the cake.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of such a creation; who has the time to be dealing with all that palaver?!