Tuesday, October 26, 2010

5 Minute Chocolate Cake and 10 Minute Soup

5 Minute Chocolate Mint  Cake

Sometimes, you want something sweet, but you don't want to turn your oven on or in my case, I don't want to have a whole cake or batch of cupcakes tempting me. The other night, that was the case, so I whipped up this little chocolate cake in the microwave. It took 5 minutes from start to finish and made two perfect little servings. I am not 100% thrilled with the recipe, but it's pretty good and I'll tweak it a bit the next time I make this. 

1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 c sugar
1/4 t baking powder
pinch salt
2 T cocoa powder
1/4 c non dairy milk 
2 T coffee
2 T oil 
1/4 t vanilla
several drops peppermint oil 

Mix everything together well and pour into 2 ramekins sprayed with cooking spray. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before eating. 

I obviously didn't frost the cakes, You could make a quick chocolate glaze with coffee/soymilk, cocoa powder and powdered sugar if desired. 

I mentioned on twitter I would share the method for my 10 minute Creamy Broccoli Soup. This post seems to be all about the microwave, which actually is something I don't use very often, but it does come in hand now and then.  You can make the soup on the stove in around the same time. It tastes better cooked on the stove. 

For the soup I used my 4 c pyrex measuring cup. I placed around 1/2 c of the Nutirtional Yeast Base Sauce, 1/2 a chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, dried roseamery and marjoram, 2 c broccoli, 1 carrot, 2 T quinoa and 1/2 c cooked white beans. I poured enough water to cover the mixture by 1/2 inch or so, then microwaved for 10 minutes. I let it sit for another 5 minutes then added some chipotle, balsamic vinegar and seasoned it with salt and pepper to taste and pureed it with my hand blender.  ( this is an old pic ) You could add uncooked pasta or any other fast cooking grain instead of the quinoa.  A yukon gold or red potato diced would work really well too and add to the creamy texture. 


It is a beautiful day today! I think a long walk with my dog is in order. 



Who can resist this face??

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chocolate cake recipe. I've been looking for a vegan version of a "cake in a mug" recipe for a while. This will come in handy on those nights my girls could use a little treat for dessert!

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  2. I've been seeing these cake in mugs and jars all over the place. I may need to try a GF version. What if I don't have a microwave?

    Your dog is adorable. She could be my Sienna's sister.

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  3. Wait--I thought you didn't/couldn't eat gluten? Do you think the cake recipe would work with a gluten free flour as well?

    Thanks!
    Courtney

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  4. I think GF flour would work just fine.. you may need a tiny bit more liquid and maybe a tsp of flax meal..

    Bitt, I wonder if you could steam it like you do brown bread? hmmmmm

    Courtney, I am mostly GF.. I try not to eat much.

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  5. Yummy! I love anything that involved little time, especially with a baby on the way!!!

    Love your pooch! So adorable!

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