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:
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
1. Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well.
2. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
3. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
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).
5. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
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!