It could also be my total and complete refusal to do any kind of weight lifting or muscle-building push-ups. Whatever the cause, the result is undeniable: my right shoulder, neck, and back hurt. I’m talking chronic nagging pain that won’t go away with a simple stretch or rub. I figured I should take it easy for a few days until my body healed itself, which unfortunately means no heavy lifting and no baking.
Ask anyone I’ve ever lived with – I’m a pack rat! When others gobble down entire bags of candy or polish off pints of ice-cream, I eat a little bit and hide the rest for later. Exempting a few incidents when my hiding places were discovered by sneaky roommates, stashing treats to satisfy future cravings is usually a fool-proof plan. This time, two frozen bites of chocolate later, my sweet tooth still wasn’t satisfied… the greedy bastard.
I scoured the web for a quick microwavable chocolate cake recipe — something I’d seen, scoffed at, and dismissed. I always thought: why microwave a cake when baking a cake takes just a little bit more effort?
Why indeed…. Less effort, faster results. Duh! Aching and cranky, I wanted an INSTANT cake. Hello microwave, my good friend.
I found many microwave chocolate cake recipes online, but a chocolate chip filled peanut butter cake recipe stood out above all the chocolate cakes. I hopped up during a commercial break and sat down, cake in hand, just a few minutes later.
For all you non-believers out there, let me assure you — this cake was moist with a nice crumb, subtly sweet, and completely satisfying.
Without further ado, I give you:
1 Minute Peanut Butter Cake (Recipe slightly adapted from Back to Her Roots):
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 small handful M&Ms or chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon milk
- Crack egg into a coffee mug and beat well with a fork
- Add sugar, flour, baking powder, and peanut butter and mix together
- Stir in M&Ms (or chocolate chips)
- Microwave uncovered for 30 seconds – 1 minute
- While the cake is
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- Pour glaze over cake before you eat it warm
NOTE: I didn’t fiddle with the microwave settings at all – just assumed it was set to the highest setting
ALSO NOTE: Cake will look a little undercooked after 30 seconds. Because of this, I zapped mine for another 30 seconds. I don’t think it dried out or hurt the cake in anyway, but feel free to experiment with time and let me know your thoughts!
|The melted M&Ms leave a nice color in your cup!|
Happy Microwaving Fellow Bakers!