We all have those moments when we're snuggling under a blanket in front of the telly on a rainy night and perhaps about to watch our favourite Jane Austen movie adaptation, and all of a sudden the urge for something comforting and chocolate-y STRIKES! So, you ambush the pantry, only to remember that it has been one of those weeks when you have decided that you are an extremist health freak and in a moment of moronic good intention, you've stocked the cupboard with Superfoods and thrown out all the tasty stuff. Oh, bugger. You quickly figure that a raw carrot or Weight Watchers jelly cup is just not going to cut it. And driving down to the servo for a Cadbury family block after you've already showered, scrubbed your face and put your pyjamas isn't really an option (although, where I live, plenty of people walk around like this after dark, thinking to themselves that they're being pretty rad andout there. Sad, but true). So what do you do? Nuke yourself a chocolate cake for one (or two, if you're the generous sharing type).
First, you need a gigantor mug like mine. This one holds about 1 1/2 standard cup measures. One of those soup mug type things from Woolies would probably do the trick. (Edit: Or probably not. Beckatried cooking cake in a soup mug for two minutes, and got an overcooked cake. Ooops, sorry! Try a lesser cooking time if using a soup mug, or a taller mug with a narrower base. Thanks for the heads up, Beck!)
Then put in 4 Tbsp plain flour, 3-4 Tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you like your cake, so 4 for me!) and 2 Tbsp cocoa and mix it all up together with a fork.
Add one egg, and mix it up, as best you can (it will be super gluggy). Then add 3 Tbsp milk and 3 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil, and mix it up again until thoroughly combined. Chuck in a wee squirt of vanilla, and, if you like and you have them laying about, throw in some chocolate chips (about 1 to 2 Tbsp) and stir to combine.
Pop your mug on a saucer (there may or may not be spillage!) and put it in your microwave. Now, my microwave is an 1100watt and takes about two minutes and 15 seconds on high to cook nicely without going crunchy on the bottom. If yours is of a lesser wattage, you may want to cook it a bit longer. As it cooks, you'll see the cake rise up over the rim of the mug, but don't panic! It will sink back down as soon as your microwave stops and beeps at you. Oooo, look at that!
If you're sharing, tip it out, cut it in two and plate it up with some cream or icecream or chocolate sauce, or all of the above. Stabbing a few marshmallows into it while it's hot is always a good option, too. Or, if you are feeling reeeally hungry and want it all to yourself, just add your extras to the cup you cooked it in and grab yourself a big ol' spoon. Be warned though, it is quite a big serve for one, so you may need to post dibs on the DVD player the following night, too, so you can watch another period drama while you finish your cake. Go on, you earned it.