|Molten Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake|
So as most of you know, I am going through a transition in my life. One that originally, I was having a hard time with. Among other things that are going on, I recently just sold my house ( the house that I loved) and moved into a place of my own; the first place of my own that I have had in 13 years and it has been a big step for me. I thought that this move would be a horrible emotional thing, and it was while I was packing up memories and stuff, but as soon as I got out of my old house, I feel as though I have been set free. Since I have gotten in my new place, I have been busy organizing, decorating and planting. This weekend with the help of a great new neighbor, who spent 3 hours tilling up a large patch of lawn into a garden, I planted an entire vegetable garden. Other than the tilling, I have done it all by myself and am especially proud! I also planted lots of flowers to add great color to my porch and front yard. The neighborhood chipmunks have different reasons to love them I am finding out, but that is OK. I seem to even be O.K. with that...
|My new oasis...|
In my move to my new residence, I have of course experienced a few snafus. One night, the neighbors' who are on vacation, car alarm went off all night long and the following day, I am perpetually forgetting where I put things and since it is an older house I am constantly searching for an available outlet. Oh, and did I mention the chipmunks....
But the strangest thing that happened? I decided before I baked anything important that I should test out the oven to make sure that the temp was accurate and that the timing was on. So I bought a premade pizza from the frozen food section. This is totally against my definition of pizza but I thought, how can you mess this up. Even if it takes a little longer, I will have a good idea about the oven settings and I will have a cheap (albeit unhealthy) meal. I preheated the oven and put the pizza in on my pizza stone. I then went back in the guest bedroom and continued to unpack boxes. About ten minutes after I put the pizza in the oven, the oven was screeching and the display blinking F2, which Google later told me the sensor and heating element have gone and that the oven temperature had exceeded 720 degrees. Glad I did not go outside to talk to the neighbors! What I ended up with that night was a pizza that was almost total charcoal and for dinner I had a can of soup. So five days later, I am still waiting on the part to fix my oven.
|F2 must be the equivalent to FIRE!|
Until this coming Friday, I have to come up with recipes that do not require baking in any way. That is hard for a girl like me that relies on her oven for all things inventive and spectacular. And just like most things in life, when you can not have something, you want it even more. I have been dreaming of lasagna and chocolate gob cake, roasted beets and all things made in the oven. But tonight, I pulled out a recipe that I had found a while ago, that can be made in the microwave. It is a simple combine/stir/ microwave recipe then Voila! you have a fabulous one serving Molten Chocolate Nutella Mug cake. I believe this will become one of my favorite single girl recipes that I will rely on. Wonder if there is a single girl microwave lasagna recipe? Hmmmmm.......
Molten Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake
|Chocolate Nutella heaven|
4 Tbsp self rising flour
4 Tbsp white granulated sugar
1 large egg
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 Tbsp Nutella
3 Tbsp whipping cream or whole milk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
Mini chocolate chips
|Before cooking. The mug is about 3/4 full.|
Before cooking cake, beat the whipping cream and sugar for topping with an electric mixer until you have the consistency of whipped cream. Place in fridge until cake is done.
Combine all cake ingredients in a large microwave safe coffee mug. Whisk well with fork until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minute to 3 minutes depending on your microwave's strength. Mine took 2 1/2 minutes. Cake will raise up in microwave and fall slightly when you take it out. It will be slightly wet on the top but you will be able to see cooked cake underneath.
|It did not last long!|