May 17

Rich Chocolate Cake, for one

Once in a while, I get the sudden urge for chocolate cake. If you’re anything like me, you know that when this urge strikes, it isn’t easily satisfiable. There isn’t much that can compare to a big slice of warm chocolatey goodness, and don’t try to tell me that a cookie or a chocolate bar will do the trick. I assure you, it will not.

Not wanting to commit to baking an entire cake for these dire moments of need (because if I have an entire cake I will eat an entire cake), I knew that there had to be a solution. It turns out, I wasn’t alone in this thought and have since found a multitude of recipes that result in just enough batter to make one decent portion of ooey gooey deliciousness. A single, personal sized chocolate cake, if you will. After testing out a few versions I came up with what I believe to be the perfect recipe (see below). The combination of ingredients results in a cake that’s not too sweet, not too dense, and just chocolatey enough to fulfil any and all cravings.

::what you’ll need::
.4 tbsp. flour
.2 tbsp. good quality unsweetened cocoa
.1 egg, whisked
.3 tbsp. milk
.3 tbsp. canola oil
.3-4 tbsp your favourite chocolate, chopped (I used semi-sweet bakers chocolate)
.1/4 tsp. vanilla
.a drip of almond extract (optional)

::what you’ll do:: 
.Preheat oven to 350 F*
.Mix all of the dry ingredients together
.Add the wet ingredients and mix
.Add the chocolate and mix
.Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins*
.Enjoy it warm alongside a cold glass of milk (with a fancy straw)

*Note: this can also be made in a mug and microwaved for 2 1/2 mins or so (depending on your microwave). My oven-made version takes significantly longer, but I’m convinced the anticipation enhances the taste and, honestly, microwaves freak me out.

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