If You Ever Crave Chocolate

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I never used to have a sweet tooth. I never really actually understood when other women would say that just needed to have some chocolate. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it — it was fine. But I can’t say I ever craved it, or needed it. And then I got pregnant with baby number four and all things changed. Chocolate was a NEED. A real give-it-to-me-or-you-die kind of need. I didn’t worry about it because I knew that once I had the baby all would back to normal and all Twix and Reece’s would be safe once again. Boy, was I wrong.

My baby is now 16 months old and I still crave chocolate. It is better than it was (starving the craving does, admittedly, help a little. But shhh…I didn’t tell you that) but I sill crave it at times. It just meets some instinctual female need, I guess. Me + chocolate = happiness.

So, if you are like me and have ever craved chocolate — I have a treat for you. A few weeks ago I was blog hopping and came across something — and they warned me — VERY dangerous. Very, very, dangerous. Over at the Everyday Celebrating blog they had a recipe for 5-minute chocolate cake. Yes, you read that right. You are just five minutes away from amazingly yummy homemade chocolate cake. You are five minutes away from this:

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Oh yea…that’s what I am talking about. A little bit of chocolate heaven in a cup. And it is totally easy! Here is the recipe:


4 tablespoons of flour
4 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons of milk
3 tablespoons of oil
3 tablespoons of chocolate chips (optional)
A splash of vanilla extract
A coffee mug

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1. Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well.

2. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

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3. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

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4. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract and mix again. (Now I realize that the recipe says that chocolate chips are optional, but I am telling you, the are not optional! Well, not for me anyway).

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5. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.

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Don’t be alarmed if the cake rises over the top of the mug!

Now you can eat it as is (which is my 9 o’clock snack method) or you can wait for it to cool, slice in half, top with some whipped cream or ice cream and voila!, a perfect five-minute treat. Won’t your friends be impressed when they stop by unannounced and you serve them this!

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