Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bryanna's 5-Minute Miracle Chocolate Mug Cake

Sometimes I just really want a nice, gooey dessert. And sometimes, I just gotta have chocolate. Usually this urge strikes right after dinner, leaving me unsatisfied and wishing that I'd baked something earlier in the day day. So when I found the recipe for Bryanna's 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake on Vegsource, I couldn't wait to try it. Since it is so fabulously quick and easy to make and yes, yummalicious, it can be whipped up anytime the urge strikes in the future! I also couldn't wait to share it with my readers.

All you need are a handful of simple ingredients, a couple of coffee mugs (or ramekins), and a microwave oven. Over the years, I had drastically reduced the use of my microwave oven and had even considered getting rid of it, because of articles I'd read about the hazards associated with its use. But in Bryanna's vegsource post, she thoughtfully provided a link about microwave cooking, safety, and nutrition. I learned a few things I wasn't aware of. For example, I didn't know that doctors Neal Barnard and John McDougall both use microwave ovens in their cooking. If they don't fear the microwave, why should I? And another tasty tidbit: Did you know that a microwave saves 80% of the energy that would have been used in a regular oven?

After assembling the ingredients on my counter top, it took me less than four minutes to measure them out and mix them together, and another minute and ten seconds to heat them. Oh yeah, these babies came out nice and chocolatey!

Mark ate his naked, (the cake was naked, not Mark!), but I couldn't resist eating mine with a scoop of So Delicious Green Tea coconut milk ice cream! Ordinarily, I would have grabbed a container of vanilla, but since I was out of it, I discovered that green tea, coconut, and chocolate are a heavenly combination.
Such a deeply rich and satisfying dessert as this, which can be put together in no time at all, truly is a miracle!

12 comments:

Helen said...

Ooh, this is right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing the link to this recipe. And the info on microwaves is really interesting, too. I can't wait to try this with So Delicious coconut milk ice cream. The Green Tea flavor is so good!

Sarah said...

Chocolate cake in five minutes sounds like a dream! I already have all the ingredients on hand, (even the So Delicious ice cream) so I'm good to go. Thanks for sharing!

Ivanna said...

I am SOOOO going to make this! I can just hear my kids squealing with delight!

Rio said...

I love Bryanna! Thanks for sharing the recipe link. And thanks for reminding me to check in on Vegsource for all the latest, greatest info and articles.

Shear Sensations said...

I make this once in a while ...it is so good especially with some vegan ice cream.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Thanks for trying this and posting, Gail! I'm so glad you liked it! Yesterday, I semi-thawed all the remaining of last year's frozen homemade applesauce and re-froze it in ice cube trays (I'd used up the last of my applesauce cubes), just in case the urge to make this cake strikes me! (But, the cubes are handy to have for lots of recipes, I should add!)

Vegiegail said...

Thank you for stopping by Bryanna! I really enjoyed this cake. And the frozen applesauce cubes are a fabulous time-saving tip! I can't tell you how many times I needed applesauce for a something and realized I didn't have any. (Or worse, that an opened jar had gone moldy in the fridge.)

Randy said...

Wish I'd known about this cake last night. I was so craving chocolate. Just as well. I need to go buy some more So Delicious coconut milk ice cream. I haven't tried the Green Tea flavor yet, but Turtle Trails is amazing, and I bet it will be uber delicious with this cake!

Shari said...

Green tea coconut milk ice cream and chocolate cake? Sounds like nirvana to me!

Alicia said...

All I can say to this post is YUM! You had me with the 5-minute chocolate cake, but when you went and added green tea coconut milk ice cream, well, that just sent me over the edge! I don't know if I can clean the drool off of myself fast enough to make it to the store and back.

NYVegan said...

RE: microwave ovens, I heard a scare monger on the radio comparing microwave oven radiation with that of x-rays and nuclear plants. The essential difference is, well, essential. Nuclear radiation is ionizing radiation, in which subatomic particles or electromagnetic waves are energetic enough to detach electrons from atoms or molecules, thus ionizing them. Microwaves do not contain sufficient energy to chemically change substances by ionization, and are thus nonionizing radiation. The word "radiation" refers to the fact that energy can radiate, and this is true of all energy in the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible light. The term in this context should not be confused with radioactivity. I stopped by the nuclear radiation lab in my campus when microwave ovens were first introduced, and they said the only concern was those who watched their food cook for a very long period. The screens leak very little energy, but enough to heat the smallest capillaries in the body--those in the eyes--if you stare at the oven for a very long (i.e., tens of minutes) period while the oven is operating.
Thanks for the heads up on the desert, the blog and the tag line, which I may have to borrow!

cleanteenkelsey.com said...

Thank you so much for this link! I'm eager to make that mug cake haha. It looks amazing. I know what you mean about the microwave... I almost got rid of mine, too, but it's convenient to have sometimes. Love your blog by the way, it is absolutely beautiful.