Buffi's Chocolate Cake

    Thanks to our cousin Buffi Basso for this special Lenten "low calorie" chocolate cake receipt.

    The cake can be prepared in about six minutes; it is "baked" in a microwave oven. The suggested serving shown here is one half the cake sliced lengthwise; but the next time we will be slicing it into four cylindrical disks. It is quite rich.

    The cake reminded us of "Crosse & Blackwell®" brand canned chocolate cake we used to purchase in the 1950's, only richer. This was also available as a date and nut loaf.

    Don't believe that line above about "low calorie"; this is a rich pudding type cake.

Chocolate Cake Suggested Serving


1 large coffee mug (see Note)

4 Tablespoons flour 
4 Tablespoons sugar 
2 Tablespoons cocoa 
1 egg 
3 Tablespoons milk 
3 Tablespoons oil 
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 

  1. Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. 
  2. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. 
  3. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. 
  4. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. 
  5. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! 
  6. Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. 
  7. EAT! 

Note     Here is a photo of the finished cake.
     We used a soup cup as shown here. It holds approximately 1 3/4 cups or 400 mL filled right to the brim; so make sure your "coffee mug" is large enough. 

     Possibly a 2 cup (450 mL) Pyrex® measuring cup could be used. 

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