Ten Reasons to Love this Recipe:
1) It’s vegan, so no worries about using egg or milk.
2) It’s great alone or with ice cream, syrup, fruit, coffee, liqueur…etc.
3) The texture is soft but gooey on the edges.
4) It smells yummy.
5) It’s a single portion cake.
6) It’s made from scratch (for those of you out there avoiding mixes).
7) You bake it in the microwave.
8) It’s a quick chocolate sugar fix.
9) It’s cute.
10) AND it tastes good (Hubby approved!).
What more could you want from a dessert?
I got this idea from a blog I read that had a recipe for a cake made in a coffee cup and baked in the microwave. It was quick, it was cute, and it was a nice way to get a sweet fix – or so I thought until I tried it. Unfortunately the texture and the taste were nothing to swoon over, and the combo left me disappointed. I really wanted a cake that could stand on its own without soaking it in liqueur or pouring on the syrup, and it just didn’t satisfy those requirements. I tried it again, tweaking the amount and type of sugar to no avail. It was only slightly better. With this second lackluster attempt I decided to leave it for another day. Well, today is that other day.
I realized I had a perfectly good Wacky Cake recipe that I could cut down into coffee cup size portions and go from there. I thought this might be a better method than attempting once again to tweak the recipe I had tried before. Below is the recipe I came up with along with some suggestions to try if you want to tweak the recipe more to your taste.
Quick Wacky Coffee Cup Cake
microwave time: approximately 2:30 on high makes: 1 large coffee cup size cake
- 6 Tbs. all-purpose flour
- ¼ c. white sugar
- 1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp. vinegar or lemon juice
- 1 ½ Tbs. (or 4 ½ tsp.) canola oil
- ¼ c. water (or cool brewed coffee)
1) In a small bowl mix together the dry ingredients.
2) First pour in the vanilla extract, vinegar, and canola oil and then add the water.
3) Mix with a fork.
4) Pour the mixture into a coffee cup.
5) Put the cup in the microwave for about 2 minutes 30 seconds on high (times may vary depending on your microwave).
6) Use a toothpick to see if it is done (it should come out clean).
7) Add ice cream, syrup, or nothing at all and enjoy!
Just a Few Suggestions to Try:
- Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top before baking.
- Use brewed coffee (cooled) instead of the water (and add the cinnamon sugar topping too).
- Put chocolate chips on top or in the batter.
- Put powdered sugar on top.
- Add nuts on top or to the batter (my favorites are pecans and walnuts).
- Add berries on top.
- Pair with vanilla ice cream and/or chocolate sauce.
- Pour in liqueur.