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So, last night, my friend Kelly wanted chocolate cake. Being of the instant gratification generation, she opted to use this recipe for a 5 minute cake you bake in the microwave (which is apparently very popular with the stoner crowd). After getting decent results, she convinced me to try it.

Now, as [livejournal.com profile] slaymesoftly can attest, my cooking skills leave something to be desired (although I think she exaggerates the number of things I've set on fire). But this is cake you make in a coffee mug in the microwave - how hard could it be?

Let's backtrack a bit. Kelly, who had apparently googled something to the effect of “baking for impatient people,” selected this recipe on the basis of reviews such as these:

“my friends and i are stoned eating the cakes now. they are awesome. and if we can make them anyone can. you have made munchie time easier thank you”
“your are the jesus of 13 year olds who are to lazy to make a cake"

I, of course, encouraged Kelly to “make the stoner cake!” Since Kelly does everything I tell her to, she did. The results:

Kelly: Um, it looks AWESOME. And it pretty much tastes awesome.
Eowyn: Now I want to make it.
Kelly: Doooooo iiiiiiiiit!
Eowyn: It only takes 5 minutes... ok, let's go to the kitchen!

Sold. Except… I don’t have any cocoa, so, on the advice of one of the commenters, I decide to substitute hot chocolate mix and use less sugar. One minute later:

Eowyn: Shoot! I forgot to put in less sugar. Should I dump and start over?
Kelly: Yeah...
Eowyn: You know, Betty Crocker actually makes this stuff already mixed.

So, we get past the dry ingredients without further mishap. Now, we are at the egg stage, and man, they were not kidding about the pasty part. Then, I add the milk and stir some more.

Eowyn: Er, now I've made chocolate milk with a soggy lump in the middle.
Kelly: Keep stirring!
Eowyn: This is taking longer than 5 minutes.

I add the rest of the ingredients, and then, as is traditional, lick the fork I’d been using to stir.

Eowyn: Ugh! I hope it tastes better baked than the batter just did.

Microwaving time! They also weren’t kidding when they said it would puff up above the rim of the mug.

Eowyn: OMG. It's like the Leaning Tower of Chocolate Cake.

Final result? Eh, not that great. Kind of bland – I think I needed to use more hot chocolate mix (or actual cocoa, like the recipe called for) and probably leave out the vanilla. But I did not explode anything, so perhaps we will try again.

Date: Apr. 17th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
silverusagi: (Spuffy manip (window))
From: [personal profile] silverusagi
I have never set anything on fire, but I did manage to boil cookies once, when I tried to cut the recipe down. I must have messed up something portion wise, because when I looked in the oven, they were runny and bubbling on top.

Oh, and my friend? She burned jello.

Date: Apr. 19th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
silverusagi: (Spuffy manip (watching))
From: [personal profile] silverusagi
She put the jello powder in the water and then put all of it in the microwave. It settled at the bottom while it was in there and turned black.

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] urania-calliope.livejournal.com
Oh man, so what is the exact recipe? I must try this! Fast chocolate cake... Mmm. :D

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] empresspatti.livejournal.com
So WHERE is the recipe? Inquiring minds want to know!

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
rahirah: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rahirah
I fear things cooked in coffee mugs.

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katiekat641.livejournal.com
I burned chocolate pudding. Tasted like burnt rubber. I a baked potato. One time while cooking a pork roast, the heat element in our oven caught on fire. I had to finish it on our electric grill. Best pork roast I ever made. And one time I forgot to make sure the oven was empty (my housemate has the habit of putting unfinished food in it) and caught several pizza boxes on fire, and did not notice until someone else saw the clouds of smoke. Burt cardboard smells horrible. And last but not least, I have accidentally melted several bakery cakes left in the oven for safekeeping. I always forget to check it before I turn it on....



Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (GG bring on the imperialistic condiments)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
hee kinda makes me want to create a mini-cookbook entitled "stonercake" - where it's all five minute microwave in-a-mug cakes XP

Would br fun to experiment with some, and not to mention handy, since they all only take about five minutes.

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (Chocolate)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
lol aren't you eager? I haven't seen any, but then again i haven't looked. Seems pretty intuative though, how you could f.exa. add blueberries or chopped up nuts, vanilla, etc. I'm sure there are many yummy alternatives!
*starts to ponder* I'll be getting a new camera soon too, so I'll need some project or other to take pictures of ;p

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (GG bring on the imperialistic condiments)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
It's cooking for teenagers and stoners. It's not supposed to look pretty. Sucks about your camera though.

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (SFU Claire hmmm sceptical sceptical)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
hm, well if you don't take a lot of pictures, might as well opt for a cheap one, and for that there's always birthdays and christmas.

Date: Apr. 18th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seductivembrace.livejournal.com
*wipes tears from eyes*

OMG... too funny. You're a better person than me for trying to cook cake in the microwave. I'm scared to even *buy* the ones that you're supposed to cook that way. ^_^

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