A life consumed by food. A lifetime consuming food.
On Friday, it was almost midnight and I had a slight itch for something sweet. I thought about baking something rich and chocolatey, but it would’ve been a while before I would be able sink my teeth into it. The ’5-Minute Chocolate Cake’ recipe which is ever so popular in the blogosphere was one I had yet to try. I was very skeptical about a cake “baked” in a microwave, and that was the main reason I hadn’t tried it. But this time I couldn’t be bothered to bake a whole batch of something, and after looking at some recipes I really needed a dessert. Bad.
Okay, so not exactly a looker. In fact, it looks like a creature from the black lagoon walked through the snow and showed up for dessert, but let’s get past all the superficial details. I would say that the flavour of the cake was better than most cake mixes, even though it was a bit sweet. I feared that it would’ve turned out very gluey and wet, but the cake was neither wet nor dry. What it was lacking was in the structure. It had rather large pockets of air (as it is clearly shown in the photo above) and was rather dense in some areas where a traditionally baked cake would have a fine and light texture throughout. The centre of this cake was dry and hard, due to overcooking, but this was something that is likely to be solved by adjusting the cooking time.
Whoever invented this recipe was either very smart or very desperate. Overall, I think this is a great recipe for anyone who is in a predicament such as I was, but I wouldn’t serve it to The Queen or The Pope if they show up at my house for an impromptu dinner. It was good enough to say that I would make it again with a few minor adjustments. But, a glass of milk or a scoop of ice cream is an absolute necessity to serve alongside this recipe.
5-Minute Chocolate Cake
Makes 1 Cake