Indulgence in 5 minutes (or less)

One of my all-time faves

One of the joys of the Internet—besides the availability of photos of mischievous and/or deliciously-cute kittens—is the quick spread of easy recipes. I remember in university when it seemed that everyone had a copy of the urban-legend-status “Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie” (which is a good cookie, but doesn’t quite live up to its hype). All of a sudden, anyone could be a great baker.

Nowadays, it seems that the one doing the rounds is the 5-Minute Cake-in-a-Mug, aka “The Most Dangerous Cake in the World”—dangerous to your hips because now you’re always only five minutes away from having cake.

We got this recipe from a friend a while ago, and we have to keep the recipe hidden from a certain someone in the house who claims that he has no willpower, and would make this all the time. It’s so easy that kids can whip up cake for themselves in five minutes (or less, depending on how powerful your microwave oven is, and how hungry and frantic they are in throwing the ingredients together).

Normally, this is where I'd insert a pic of my cake-in-a-mug, but then it would look too tempting, and that combined with the simplicity of the recipe at left, would make you completely lose all control, wouldn't it?

Wanna make the whole experience even faster? Pre-mix the dry ingredients and keep it ready in a container in the pantry, which is what we do for often-used homemade mixes like pancakes, waffles, and favourite cupcakes. Then all you have to do is add the wet ingredients, and voilà, you’re down to four-and-a-half minutes! Just make sure to keep your cookie mix hidden from spouses who have no willpower.

Five-Minute Cake-in-a-Mug

1) Mix these first four ingredients in a mug.

> 4 tbsps. flour
> 3 tbsps. sugar
> 2 tbsps. cocoa powder
> 3 tbsps. chocolate chips

2) Add these ingredients to the mixture and stir well.

> 1 egg
> 3 tbsps. milk
> 3 tbsps. melted butter or oil
> 1/2 tsp. vanilla

3) Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes.

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