Archive | February, 2012

3 Minute Chocolate “Cup” Cakes

1 Feb

This is a great recipe from my co-worker Jenna! She tries out new recipes from popular cooking shows and posts it on our company blog, viamediablog.com, each week. I have not actually tried this, and I have to say I was skeptical when Jenna first told us about it, but she said it tastes exactly like a piece of chocolate cake! If you are a little baking-challenged, or pinched on time/ingredients, this is a super quick and easy recipe! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

When I saw this recipe, I was completely skeptical! How could I not be skeptical when there are only 6 ingredients (not counting salt) and it only cooks for 50 sec in the microwave?? As I was preparing the ingredients, I felt like a scientist doing an experiment. I almost wanted it to fail because the process made no sense to me.

The recipe is from a show called Symon’s Suppers on Cooking Channel. You can find the recipe here. I have to say, I just love the new Cooking Channel. While Food Network will always be my favorite network, most of the programming has become cooking contest shows, like Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-OffChoppedCupcake WarsThe Next Iron Chef. While I love those shows, its nice to get back to the basics sometimes and the Cooking Channel is primarily all cooking shows that demonstrate recipes and how-tos.

The first step in the recipe is to melt the chocolate and the butter together. I used the microwave instead of a double boiler because of the ease. While that was melting, I whisked together the other ingredients in a small bowl. After the chocolate was melted, I combined the chocolate mixture with the “batter” mixture.

The recipe called for using coffee mugs, but I decided to use my mini ramekins. The recipe should fill 6 of them perfectly. If you don’t have ramekins, a coffee mug would work perfectly too.

So the true test came after the batter was in the cups. Would microwaving batter REALLY make a cake? I cooked them on high in the micro wave for 1 min 30 sec and the result……

An ACTUALLY moist and delicious “cup”cake! Yum! The only thing that would make this cake more delicious is vanilla ice cream. If I had read the recipe more closely I would have noticed that Chef Symon recommended topping with ice cream and cherries.

Try out the 3 minute “cup” cake and let me know your thoughts!!

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