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The Most Dangerous Recipe Ever

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Today, Simple Plate (the blog) is 2! And every two-year old KNOWS a birthday party is a MUST. 

So, to quiet my inner 2 year old, WE’RE HAVING A PARTY!  And You are getting the presents.  Of course, you’ll need to do a few things to participate in the party, but they’ll be fun I promise.

Everyone knows my theory about life. It’s short. So you should eat dessert first!  So lets start with the cake!

Several years ago, when I’d decided to re-invent myself and return to school,  I became an impoverished graduate student. One with a craving for good food and chocolate!  Well, as you might imagine, my budget wasn’t much over ramen noodles. EVERY night. But I managed to survive and to come up with some fairly good recipes during that time. Cooking for one is always a challenge and even though I’d moved all of my cookbooks and notes into the farmhouse I was living in, dessert for one, was  next to impossible.  Until, that is, I learned to whip up this  yummy bit of deliciousness. Today, all sorts of variations of this thing exist, this is my own.

A  word of warning.. this is THE MOST DANGEROUS RECIPE EVER!   Use this recipe wisely! You’re only 60 seconds from having  chocolate cake anytime you want it!

most dangerous recipe ever

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5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Cake In A Mug

A brownie like cake for one. Extra yummy!
Servings: 1


  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Madagascar vanilla extract
  • dash salt
  • whipped cream for topping
  • Powdered cocoa for Topping


  • In a small bowl whisk together butter, water and vanilla.
  • Whisk in cocoa, flour and salt.
  • Pour into a 12 oz or larger mug.
  • Microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Cake will be HOT!!! Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool.
  • Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa.


My microwave is 1100 watts. Center of cake will be like a ‘molten’ chocolate cake that you get at some restaurants. If you cook about 75 seconds you’ll get a uniformly baked little cake. Personally, I like the molten variety. You can use cupcake liners or not.


Now that you have you cake, and you can eat it too, lets get on with the presents! And I have some good ones!  Beginning today until Friday I’ll add one gift to the  list. I’ll draw for the gifts on April 18, 2012, so be sure you  visit each day this  to  enter the drawings.    Here’s the first! (Each Gift will be drawn individually)

The first gift  I have is a  MiFi®2200 Intelligent Mobile Device from Virgin Mobile. I love their service as they’re on the Sprint Network. You can connect up to 5 devices through this for internet access at 3G speeds at home or on the go!

No Contract, No Overages & No Activation Fees
Nationwide Sprint® 3G Network
Only Pay for What You Need
Change Plans as Your Needs Change

The gift drawing is for the device only. Service is available through  Virgin Mobile, USA. You can get more details on plans and pricing at

Here are the rules. Yes we have to have rules.

1.If you have a blog you must link up through the linky below. If you have NO blog (really?) You’ll receive one entry for your comment only (please let me know you do not have a blog in your comment)

2. Entrants will receive one entry for a link up through the linky tool AND a comment.

3. Additional entries are as follows and are NOT REQUIRED  in order to be eligible.[donotprint]

  • One additional entry  for  following me on Twitter  AND Tweeting this Birthday Party with the hashtag #HappyBirthdaySimplePlate  (let me know in the comments)
  • One additional entry for following me on PinterestAND  Pinning this  recipe on Pinterest (let me know you’ve done this in the comments)
  • One additional entry for telling your readers on your blog about this Birthday Party (leave a link to your post in the comments)

4. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email and here on the blog. If the winner fails to respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Of course I’d love it if you would also follow Simple Plate on Facebook, but I can’t offer you an entry for that.

disclosure: I have not been compensated or given any product by Virgin Mobile USA, I doubt they even know I exist until I miss  pay my monthly bill.  This item was purchased by me. I have one. I love it. I thought you would too!

Here’s the link up!  Each Gift will be drawn Individually!  DRAWING DATE 04/18/2012 We Have chosen a winner. YOUR COMMENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

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  1. Cyndi says

    April 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Debbie,

    I’m passing your blog address on to a friend who LOVES chocolate cake. I’m sure she’ll love this recipe! This is my first visit to your site –it won’t be my last! Take care!

  2. Erin S says

    April 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The only thing saving me from making this right now is that I’m out of cocoa… but I’m there in spirit!
    … and I don’t have a blog. yet. :)

  3. Chef in Training says

    April 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    What a great recipe! Happy birthday to your blog! How exciting! I linked up my blog through the link up. I hope I win something!

  4. Chef in Training says

    April 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Following you on Pinterest and pinned this recipe! Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Audrey at Barking Mad! says

    April 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    That little wifi thing is tres cool! I want one!

    And I’m kinda hoping Gareth doesn’t see this recipe. Otherwise I can pretty much see where every mug in our house is going. Well except for those for tea. A Brit has to have his tea!

  6. Tonya says

    April 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hey girl! Love the recipe and I am going to try this! Happy Birthday to your blog!! :)

  7. Kelly says

    April 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    OMG! I just made this for dessert – so good! I made an addition to it. I put in a TBSP of peanut butter just before I popped it in the microwave. It made a nice gooey center – yummy!

  8. cheapcraftymama says

    April 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

    That looks so beautiful and delish! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party “Pin It and Win It Wednesday” @!

  9. Cheryl says

    April 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    …and followed….
    @ThatDealDiva 4:31pm via HootSuite
    The Most Dangerous Recipe Ever & A Birthday Party! #HappyBirthdaySimplePlate @Simple_Plate

    …and I love this site. I am making this cake in a mug. Delicious! :)

    Posted on my site’s Facebook page:

    Did I do this right? :-)

  10. Kelly says

    April 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    This cake was so good when I made it earlier this week, I had to have it again! I’ve been on a bit of a boozy baking kick and I modified this recipe along those lines. I used 1 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of Ravenswood Zinfandel. The texture was the same as the original version and the wine gave it a fruity-spicy flavor.

  11. Dezi A says

    April 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Cool prize. I have no blog – well a private family blog that has nothing but pictures of my 5 sons, so nothing exciting to link up. :)

  12. Laurie Kearnes says

    April 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Oh, my gosh, there’s nothing I love more than chocolate cake! Love to win this prize!

  13. gailllc says

    June 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Finally! I tracked down the recipe I used! I have to say, after reading chocolate-cake-in-a-mug recipe after recipe, this is the easiest because it has no egg (way too much for a mug), no half-an-egg (way too much work and dirty dishes for those urgent cravings), and no prepared boxed/packaged/other-flavored ingredients. Just nice pure chocolate flavor and only the baking pantry basics!

    I have plans to try this with a bit less sugar and a bit more cocoa because that’s the way I like my chocolate, but thanks for the best-ever first experience of cake in a mug!

    • Debbie Lawrence says

      June 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I have used Girhadelli’s dark semi sweet cocoa and less sugar and its the bomb! Let me know what you do for your changes!