Now that our cake-maker extraordinaire has left the building, life is just a little less sweet. In our desolation we recently resorted to a recipe from the internets, cooked in the office microwave: 5-MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE, otherwise known as MICROWAVE MUG CAKE.
Dear readers, we have girded our loins to share the results with you.
It took the biggest mug in the office, the mighty Kwik Kopy 350mL, to accommodate all the ingredients. We watched through the microwave glass, feeling anxious about overflowage, despite the precautionary folded A4 sheet (recycled).
But it didn’t overflow, because we all held our breaths for three minutes (taking turns). It came out, looking promisingly shiny and risen and crusty on top, like a self-saucing pudding.
It had to be coaxed out, but eventually it confronted us in all its... *ahem*... glory.
We tried, o how we tried, to dress it up: with a feijoa, an out-of-focus coffee, and an arty leaning shot chanelling Donna Hay.
Perhaps we tried a little too hard.
Our taste-tester screwed up her face. It was no good.* We have been terminally spoiled and cannot settle for cake made in five minutes.
The Crumble Experiment fared somewhat better.
If you are bold-of-heart and think you’ll fare better than we did, you can find the 5 min choc cake recipe at a Google search engine near you.
*In fact, it tasted disconcertingly like salad. Although this was possibly due less to the recipe and more to the fact that we used olive oil decanted from a separated vinaigrette when there was none other handy.