Happy Birthday to me. Quarter of a century.

stand-by microwave chocolate cake, with candle

I make “birthday resolutions” kind of like most people make New Year’s ones. I feel this is necessary because sometimes people wish me a happy birthday with something like “Hope you’re one year the wiser!” Erm…. sometimes I am? Consequently, I feel that by holding myself to a resolution or two birthday-to-birthday it kind of keeps me on “track” with myself. That can’t be a bad thing, right?

Anyway, one of them to is to get back on this thing. So, stay tuned for the continuation of this foodie diary. I’m off to eat cake.




microwave + cake batter = late night snack

So, I know there are some purists out there who shun the microwave. My response to that notion is: How in the world could you??? All I know is, if I want an individual chocolate cake, say, it takes longer for me to put the ingredients together than it does to cook it.
You will never hear me complaining about something that easy.
A big mug, a tablespoon (T) measure, a spoon, and a microwave. Done.



Microwave Chocolate Cake

• 4 T all purpose flour (use whole-wheat if you want to be good, but the texture will be tougher)
• 3 T sugar
• 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
• pinch of salt
• 1 T water
• 1 1/2  T oil (canola or vegetable — any flavorless oil)
• 1/3 T coffee (you could use instant, dissolved in water)
• drop of vanilla extract
** optional: pinch of cinnamon, chocolate chips (!!)

– Combine and mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a big mug. (If using cinnamon, add here.)

dry mix

– Add water, oil, coffee, and vanilla. (If using chocolate chips [you want to], add here. It will keep the inside gooey!) Making sure to scrape to the bottom of the mug with a spoon to get any dry bits, mix together until combined.

add the wet

– Microwave on high for about 45 seconds. Depending on your microwave strength, and how wet or dry you like your cake, continue to cook at 10 second increments until desired cake texture is achieved.

my preferred texture = 50/50, gooey/solid

This is truly one of my favorite things to eat, especially late at night… don’t judge. Enjoy!

happy girl!