Let them eat cake! (in a cup, no less)

cake in a mug

Yesterday, Ann in New Orleans wrote: “Emily, you have to send this out! I really enjoy your blogs and especially if there is a recipe!

This is a chocolate fix in an instant! Try it; it really works! What did we do before the microwave was invented? ”

Ann, I love this idea and will make it a part of my Christmas Eve tradition forevermore. My boys and I always go out for Mexican (go figure) on Christmas Eve. This will be dessert when we come back to watch “A Christmas Story,” which we’ve done every year since they were toddlers.

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

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

A similar recipe was also sent in by Jane in West Point, so I know it must be good. I’m going to mix the dry ingredients and set up the other stuff on my new tray Ruthie gave me (even though we weren’t going to exchange presents!). I’ll let my Christmas eve guests make their own cakes while we watch the movie – you know the one, with Ralphie and the “leg lamp?”

Sidebar: Did you know?

Ralphie’s “A Christmas Story House,” now restored to its movie splendor, is open year to the public for tours in Cleveland, Ohio.

christmas story Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s snowsuit and zeppelin, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and the family car. After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie’s house don’t forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia.

7 thoughts on “Let them eat cake! (in a cup, no less)

  1. We tried the cake in a cup at work, and it was an instant hit. And CHOCOLATE in 5 minutes!!!

  2. They give away that recipe at the Pigeon River Pottery in Pigeon Forge–and, of course, they have a large mug if one wishes to buy one. I’m glad you brought this up because I had totally forgotten that I have the recipe; but I don’t have a clue where it is, therefore, I will make a copy of the above. I feel so much better now, you know, remembering that I had forgotten about that.

  3. If you find it, I’d be interested to know if it is the same as Ann’s recipe. I was wondering if you could make cornbread dressing in a cup. I do love it and wonder why I only make it at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  4. No large mug is needed-really! Just a regular one. I plan to add pecans to mine the next time I try it!

  5. Did you see today- Sandra Lee did a similar thing on her Christmas show. I caught the tail end, but I’m going to google her show and find out what else she might have added. She topped it with a mixture of coolwhip and vanilla extract. This will definitely become my Christmas eve treat for my boys. Thanks for introducing me to it.

  6. Good one, I may have to try this, tired of Christmas left overs, this could be my little secret, I could make it for Butch and pretend it is hard to do. ha

    Love your colum in the DTL, Emily!

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