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The cake will rise over the top of the cup. Don't be alarmed. OK, directions. Besides, it's Sue's microwave anyway!

The cake will rise over the top of the cup. Don’t be alarmed. OK, directions. Besides, it’s Sue’s microwave anyway!

My Vinalhaven friend Meg sent me this recipe for microwaveable chocolate cake. Some have called it the ‘most dangerous recipe in the world’ because basically once you discover it, at any moment you are five minutes away from chocolate cake. Since we had several birthdays in the group in the past month (and I had a really crazy weekend as a bridesmaid), this seemed like an easy craft to relax with friends and get back in the swing of things.

Sam examines her cake. She's a bit skeptical but it turned out delicious.

Sam examines her cake. She is a bit skeptical but it turned out delicious.


Sue stirs it up. Yup, that's as complicated as it gets.

Sue stirs it up. Yup, that is as complicated as it gets.

4 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp. milk or half and half
2 tbsp. canola oil
large splash of vanilla extract
(Sue added instant coffee, which was good, and the recipe suggests chocolate chips, which also sound good)

A big mug

Cocktail of the Night: Limoncello (store bought this time)

1. Mix the three dry ingredients in a big mug. Pour limoncello in separate glass.

2. Stir in egg. Then add milk, oil, and vanilla.

3. Stir in extras, if you desire.

4. Microwave on high for three minutes. the directions warned it might go over the mug and it does if you have a shorty mug like I do. Sue and Sam’s cakes did not do this.

You can eat it out of the mug (uncivilized) or reversed onto a plate with ice cream and fruit (much more civilized).

I also appreciated the controversial nature of the cake. The original recipe is supposedly over 1000 calories but there were some good suggestions to cut down the oil (or substitute it for apple sauce) and substitute whole wheat flour and use egg substitute. We didn’t use applesauce because Sue’s allergic and because I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store. In other words, you can modify this as necessary to feel less guilty or just share it with someone.

I asked Nate’s Magic 8 ball app if I was going to eat the whole thing. It said ‘Yes’. That’s a good future predicting application because I totally did!

Aren’t you crafty… and an easy baker!

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