It may not look pretty, but it is fast and tasty. You want to know about this recipe. (Also, use a bigger mug.)

I really like to cook. And I really like chocolate. But making a whole chocolate dish for just one person? (Because my husband doesn’t love chocolate and my daughter only gets “treats” if she eats all her veggies and that just doesn’t always happen.)

Not a great idea.

A couple weeks ago, Mark’s dad and brother were over for lunch. They were lamenting that they don’t often cook some of their favorite foods, because as men living alone, they just can’t finish a whole cake by themselves.

Um, yeah. Let’s just say I have the opposite problem. Or not. We don’t actually have to talk about it at all. But that IS why I was excited to see a recipe for chocolate cake for one on Simply Cooked, my blog match for the month with the Secret Recipe Club.

[That sounds fun, doesn’t it? Secret? Club? For recipes? Right. It’s as awesome as it sounds and more, so if you cook and blog about it, check it out.]

Chocolate Cake for One (in a mug)
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
pinch of salt

Spray the inside of a [large] mug with baking spray. Mix the dry ingredients in the mug. Combine the wet ingredients and then add them, mixing well. (For the record, “mixing well” sounds a lot easier than it is, especially if you happen to use a mug that is too small for this project.) Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let stand for five minutes so you don’t scald your mouth, and then dig in!

My mini cake was pretty tasty, but I do believe I’ll add some chocolate chips next time. And maybe some ice cream. I didn’t happen to have any ice cream on hand, but I imagine a scoop of vanilla on this puppy would really take it over the top!

Simply Cooked is a great blog about simple, healthy, home-cooked meals. Sarah says that she’s a veggie lover married to a carnivore, so she’s creative in her cooking. However, she’s also a math teacher who happens to live in Hong Kong (and cook in a tiny kitchen), so she loves keeping meals simple. In other words, she’s my kind of cook!

Also, I can’t wait to try Sarah’s chocolate snacking cake when I have more time and more people to feed!

By the way, did you see my other Secret Recipe Club entries? You might notice a pattern (a dessert pattern): First came baked apple crumble and next was double chocolate pumpkin muffins. Yum!

Have you ever made dessert for one? (And I don’t mean a 9×13 pan that you polish off by yourself. In three days.) (What? You’ve never done that? Okay, right. I was totally joking.)

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