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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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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Inga
    May 17, 2012 at 4:23 am

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

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Perfect and only a little dangerous ;)

  • Reply
    tinajo
    May 17, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Oh la la – yummy and easy! :-)

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      ridiculously easy! And delicious!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    May 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Wow. looks so good!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Lauren! I can assure you it tasted as good as it looks

  • Reply
    frugalfeeding
    May 17, 2012 at 5:27 am

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

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    Style Theories
    May 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

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

  • Reply
    Tiffany @ Savor Home
    May 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

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

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      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

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    Haute
    May 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

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

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      you can thank me later ;) It’s so good!

  • Reply
    Neda
    May 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      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

  • Reply
    Leah // Freutcake
    May 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      dangerously easy is the perfect description. Emphasis on the danger

  • Reply
    Lonely Wife Project
    May 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This is genius!!!

  • Reply
    alongobucco
    May 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Alexa
    May 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      hahaha your comment made me laugh out loud. Me too, Alexa, me too. It’s already been made a handful of times in the last 2 weeks alone

  • Reply
    Lauren
    May 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    This looks so dangerous.

  • Reply
    Shoko
    May 18, 2012 at 12:16 am

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

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    May 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I love this idea!

  • Reply
    Andrea
    May 24, 2012 at 12:47 am

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

    Andrea x

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      May 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you Andrea!

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    Ash
    October 24, 2014 at 4:51 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      October 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

      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!

  • Reply
    Julia
    September 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

    This thing is rubbery, bitter and flavorless. I bake a lot and many of my favorite recipes were found on Pinterest, most of them turn out great, but this one is a complete disaster. No flavor at all- no sugar, no salt, no coffee, no cinnamon. The recipe has no baking powder or soda either. I thought there might be some beauty in this simplicity, totally not. I don’t remember throwing away baked goods, but I threw away half of this cake, because I just couldn’t finish it.

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      September 2, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Hey Julia! Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it. I’ve made it a number of times and have to respectfully disagree but to each their own! Best of luck on your future Pinterest recipe endeavours :)

      • Reply
        Jacquelyn
        September 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

        ps – I would love to know what type of cocoa powder and chocolate you used for the recipe as I do think their quality is essential. Since it is very simple, those ingredients need to be shining stars!

        • Reply
          Julia
          September 3, 2015 at 5:27 pm

          Jacqueline, I have to say I’m sorry. I think I was too frastrated when I baked your cake so may be I messed it up with my bad mood. I’m very seldom so harsh with people, sorry about that. The cocoa was good, the chocolate- not the best and not my favorite one. May be that was the problem too. Good luck with your blog and thank you for your wise and patient answer, it means a lot

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