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Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Great Cake Recipe that Makes Good Eating - Easy, Quick, Chocolate Microwave Cake

I don't enjoy baking but my husband and I often get cravings for chocolate - especially in pastry form. While at the grocery store, we always stop at the day-old bakery rack to see if any chocolate doughnuts are available.

When there's nothing in the house, this great recipe for an easy, quick, chocolate, microwave cake makes a good substitute for store-bought baked goods and as an added plus, I know what ingredients have gone into the cake. I also like the fact that no eggs are required in this recipe and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. While the finished product does not look as pretty as a bakery cake, this recipe is a time saver and satisfies a craving for chocolate pastry.

Chocolate Microwave Cake


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water or cold brewed coffee
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Combine the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.

  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together the dry and liquid ingredients until well-blended.

  4. Pour into a lightly oiled 9-inch square glass or Pyrex pan or a microwave-safe tube pan.

  5. Microwave on high heat (use a turntable) for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cake tests done in center.

  6. Cool completely in pan. Store airtight.
Serves 6-8

To serve, cut in pieces and serve with chocolate pudding, or sauce over the pieces.

We like to make parfaits by cutting the cake into bite-size pieces and topping with vanilla yogurt, berries, and nuts.

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