tasty treats: rich chocolate cake (for one)

Once in a while, I get the sudden urge for chocolate cake. If you’re anything like me, you know that when this urge strikes, it isn’t easily satisfiable. There isn’t much that can compare to a big slice of warm chocolatey goodness, and don’t try to tell me that a cookie or a chocolate bar will do the trick. I assure you, it will not.

Not wanting to commit to baking an entire cake for these dire moments of need (because if I have an entire cake I will eat an entire cake), I knew that there had to be a solution. It turns out, I wasn’t alone in this thought and have since found a multitude of recipes that result in just enough batter to make one decent portion of ooey gooey deliciousness. A single, personal sized chocolate cake, if you will. After testing out a few versions I came up with what I believe to be the perfect recipe (see below). The combination of ingredients results in a cake that’s not too sweet, not too dense, and just chocolatey enough to fulfil any and all cravings.

::what you’ll need::
.4 tbsp. flour
.2 tbsp. good quality unsweetened cocoa
.1 egg, whisked
.3 tbsp. milk
.3 tbsp. canola oil
.3-4 tbsp your favourite chocolate, chopped (I used semi-sweet bakers chocolate)
.1/4 tsp. vanilla
.a drip of almond extract (optional)

::what you’ll do:: 
.Preheat oven to 350 F*
.Mix all of the dry ingredients together
.Add the wet ingredients and mix
.Add the chocolate and mix
.Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins*
.Enjoy it warm alongside a cold glass of milk (with a fancy straw)

*Note: this can also be made in a mug and microwaved for 2 1/2 mins or so (depending on your microwave). My oven-made version takes significantly longer, but I’m convinced the anticipation enhances the taste and, honestly, microwaves freak me out.

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29 Responses to “tasty treats: rich chocolate cake (for one)”
  1. Inga says:

    Chocolate cake for one in a microwave? That is perfect for me!

  2. tinajo says:

    Oh la la – yummy and easy! :-)

  3. Lauren says:

    Wow. looks so good!

  4. So pretty! I adore the pot! I get the same urges… sometimes one simply has to have a massive amount of chocolate.

  5. I have been wanting to try a recipe like this for awhile..I might just do it today!

  6. Looks fabulous! I made mine in the microwave, but I will definitely have to try this! Lovely photos…

    • Jacquelyn says:

      I haven’t made this one in the microwave yet but I’ve heard about very similar recipes that turned out great! I don’t have a microwave so I shall stick to my stove for now

  7. Haute says:

    Yum yum!! I will definitely have to try this recipe! An individual cake is just what I need!!

  8. Neda says:

    Actually perfect for me because my other half isn’t a chocolate lover like I am and I need my fix at least a few times a week. A cake would be a refreshing change of pace {I usually just indulge in a piece of chocolate}. Looking forward to trying it!

    • Jacquelyn says:

      ahh that’s like Justin and I! He goes through phases where he’s a sweet-a-holic and then he won’t touch a thing for months on end. Willpower I tells you. I need it.

      But yes, this recipe is PERFECT for those times when I’m desperate and he’s on his hiatus

  9. Yum! This sounds dangerously easy to make! :) Beautiful photos as well.

  10. alongobucco says:

    I am the exact same way–if I make a whole cake, I WILL eat the whole cake. I’ve been searching around for a great mug-cake recipe, I can’t wait to try yours!

  11. Alexa says:

    Oh good grief that looks amazing. I’m in so much trouble. Haha.

  12. Lauren says:

    This looks so dangerous.

  13. Shoko says:

    Jacquelyn, this is seriously the best thing I’ve seen all day. Wow.

  14. Vanessa says:

    I love this idea!

  15. Andrea says:

    What a fantastic idea! Also, I love the beautiful new layout of your lovely blog.

    Andrea x

  16. Ash says:

    The first thing that struck me is that this recipe has no sugar, and yet no one else commented on it, which made me wonder how many of them had actually made the recipe.

    I like this recipe – it was easy to make, it cooked really well, the cooking time was accurate. There was just one problem – it was a little bit bitter! Probably, because it had no sugar (although not as bitter as you might think).

    I would definitely make this again but with a tablespoon of sugar.

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Hey Ash! I kind of like the fact that it isn’t too sweet (the semi-sweet chocolate is enough for me) but it can easily be adjusted to suit your preferences, for sure!

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