In any case, I do hate to be called a cake tease. Here you are, then. The recipe for "The Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake in the World." (And why is it dangerous, you may ask? The e-mail explained that, too: Because we are now only three minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night. Ahhh. I get it now. Let's just make a cup of cake, shall we?)
I have made this cake exactly once, so obviously I am an expert, and as such, here are my notes. First, I highly recommend not skipping the "optional" chips, though I'm not convinced you need three full tablespoons. Chocolate need never be "optional," but it needn't be excessive, either. Secondly, I neglected to read the actual instructions until I had everything already in the coffee mug (Wine, remember? I'd had wine.), so I just mixed everything up all at once. As far as I'm concerned, it worked fine. Also, I have no idea what my microwave's wattage is. It is white and medium-sized and was purchased in 1992. That probably doesn't help at all, but my point is, three minutes still seemed just about right. And my cake didn't rise over the top of the mug, but I used a gigantic mug that is likely the size of two mugs, so that could explain that. And finally, I would like to suggest that if you don't have baking cocoa at home, perhaps you could skip that and make an equally tasty vanilla cake? Frankly I'm not sure if that's a sound theory or not, but if you want to try it and report back, that'd be cool. Me, I actually had baking cocoa in the cupboard. It's the egg I'm still sort of stunned I had. It's also the egg (and the fact that I don't usually have eggs just hanging out on hand in my fridge) that will prevent me from making a single-serving chocolate cake every time I want one. My aversion to eggs is finally good for something, it seems. Whew.
1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons plain flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash of vanilla
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well with a fork. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and continue to mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake might 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.