Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chocolate Mug Cake

Hello! Welcome back to my blog, Cooking with Ally! Today I will give you a mug cake recipe! :) It's a great recipe to make when you have a craving for something sweet but don't want to make a whole bunch. It's just enough for one person or two smaller portions to share.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar (you can add 1 tbsp. more to make it sweeter)
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. hazelnut chocolate spread (aka... NUTELLA!!)

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and batter has no clumps.
  3. Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug. You want enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over (14-ounce mug is recommended).
  4. Add 1 tbsp. of hazelnut chocolate spread in the middle of the batter. Just plop it in the middle, you don’t need to push it down or sink it into the batter.
  5. Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is just to any catch batter if your mug cake overflows).
  6. Microwave mug cake for about 70 seconds on high (ALL MICROWAVES ARE DIFFERENT SO YOU MAY USE LESS OR MORE TIME).
  7. Carefully remove from microwave and enjoy!
    (If you want, you can top your mug cake with other things! We just use ice cream and whipped cream for ours.)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chocolate Thingies

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog! As you all probably know, yesterday was Valentine's Day. I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day! We went to a friend's house and we were in charge of bringing dessert! We went a little chocolate crazy! We made lots of chocolate thingies! (Watch video below to understand what I mean!)

Wasn't that funny? Now, lets get to the part you've all been waiting for!
The recipes!

We made chocolate covered strawberries and pretzel rods. We used a homemade chocolate sauce that hardens when chilled! Our "secret" trick is to use good, quality ingredients. Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Dipping Sauce

    • About a 1/4 pound of chocolate (we used Trader Joe's Pound Plus Belgium Milk Chocolate Bar)
    • About 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil (we used Trader Joe's coconut oil)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  4. Stir.
  5. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Dip strawberries and pretzels (or whatever your heart desires) into the chocolate sauce.
  7. Place chocolate thingies on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  8. Chill in fridge to firm up chocolate.
  9. If desired, drizzle with melted colored candy melts, like we did, then chill again.

Finished Chocolate Thingies!
Chocolate Dipping Sauce
See? Quality ingredients make a big difference!