Pantry Staple Chocolate Mug Cake

Foodie Weekender by Holly Royce

Did you know,
cutting food waste by 50% will save you money AND cut ½ a tonne of pollution each year?!!

1 million women

One way to do that is investing in some kitchen staples. These things like flour, sugar, etc. mean that you can make more precise portion sizes for your needs, resulting in less waste.

I really wanted to share this recipe with you today, it’s a mug sized chocolate cake that only uses pantry staples!

That’s right. You’re welcome.

The best bit is, because you can make individual servings you can make the ingredients last as long (or as short) as you like!

One Minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

4 Tablespoons Flour
4 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder (if you use hot cocoa mix, adjust your sugar)
1/2 Teaspoon of instant coffee (for added richness)
a few drops of vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (optional-sometimes I just add water and it still works amazingly)
4 Tablespoons Water (sometimes I add more water if I feel like I want a more pudding like consistency)
Dash of salt

STEP 1.  Mix dry ingredients in the mug.

STEP 2. Add in the wet ingredients. Using fork, mix wet into dry. Make sure to mix the bottom edges of your mug. You don’t want to be getting a big old mouthful of dry flour in the last precious mouthfuls (trust me).

STEP 3. Set your microwave to high and cook for 1 minute (adjust 15 seconds more/less according to your microwave and your preference). Less than 1 minute will make it very gooey. Don’t go over 1 minute 30 seconds or you’ll have a chargrilled lump of coal in your mug. Unless that’s what you like, then go for it.

Enjoy your mug cake and your weekend!

1 million womenUp to 30% of food we buy is wasted, at an estimated national cost of $5 billion-plus a year. Cut down on waste by not letting food go out of date, avoiding over-catering and looking after any leftovers.

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7 responses to “Pantry Staple Chocolate Mug Cake

  1. Yum.Thank you for a quick dessert which will make my tummy and my soul happy at the same time!

  2. Actually that reminds me, I’m sitting here eating my ‘bottom of the crisper’ soup for lunch. I use up all the vegies and herbs (like the end of the celery, the broccoli stalks, carrots that might be a bit limp but are fine for soup the last spinach leaves, even lettuce can go in etc) that are still fine the day before I go and shop. Chop all up, add an onion, some garlic, chilli (if you like it) stock of your choice, a can of tomatoes (or fresh if you have those..)if you want meat leftover chicken, mince or even steak sliced up thin goes in too, simmer away for a couple of hours and season to taste- try some garlic croutons made from left over bread on top with a sprinkle of cheese if that’s to your taste and yum.You can freeze it too. Lunch for a week or a couple of dinners.

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  4. It works with both flours although you need a bigger cup with self raising ( i use a soup mug and share) I also add crushed nuts and vary the flavours eg orange essence or add choc chips
    Its an easy receipe to vary

  5. 😦 this sounds delicious but I choose not to own a microwave, so I’ll have to leave for those that do. From a chocaholic for only half a second wished she had a microwave 🙂

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