As much as I’m loathe to admit it, there are moments in life when half a block of chocolate won’t cut it.
And there are moments in life when four consecutive heaped dessertspoons of sunflower seed butter, eaten with your eyes closed, won’t stem the panic.
Even devouring half a packet of sour Warheads, and subsequently becoming convinced that you’ve dissolved the top of your tongue, won’t necessarily enable you to remember how you felt when that person smiled at you.
Sometimes, you need something more comforting than a quick snack. You need a dessert, and you need it now. In such cases, there’s only one woman you should turn to.
The Domestic Goddess.
And her chocolate mug cake.
Look, it might not be Lorraine’s mug cake exclusively, but she’s the one whose blog gave me the recipe, and so she’s getting my credit.
Except for the part where I turned Lorraine’s original recipe into a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Mug Cake.
I’m giving me all the credit for that.
You know what? It turns out that a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Mug Cake is precisely what the doctor ordered for a man who had to go into work at 3am to single-handedly save all the computers at his workplace from dying a slow and painful death, and then back again from 10:30pm to 5am on the same day to restore said computers to life after their forced hibernation.
Yes, my dad is a superhero, and his superhero power is COMPUTER MAGIC HANDS. He also has amazing blue eyes.
Hi, Dad! I hope you liked your cake-treat! Om nom nom!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake for a Superhero Dad
Recipe from Not Quite Nigella
- 2 tb (40ml) flour
- 2 1/2 tb (50ml) caster sugar
- 1 tb (20ml) cocoa
- pinch salt
- 1/2 egg, beaten lightly (yeah, I know. This is where it becomes really easy to justify making two mug cakes…)
- 1 1/2 tb (30ml) milk
- 1 1/2 tb (30ml) neutral oil (I used canola)
- 3 Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
1. Measure the flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt into a mug, and mix well. Add in your egg, milk, and oil, and stir to combine. Lastly, stir in the equivalent of two chopped Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups, reserving the rest for garnish.
2. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes on medium (this may differ depending on your microwave’s strength, so don’t be scared to play around. After all, there’s nothing wrong with having to eat many, many trial mug cakes in your quest for perfection).
3. If you can, wait a minute or so after the cake has come out of the microwave. (Science-people tell me that microwaved products keep cooking after the microwave has turned off. I think this is because leprechauns get into the food via the turntable*.) Top with a generous spoonful of double cream and the rest of the chopped Peanut Butter Cups.
4. Chase all your blues away.
* It was St Patrick’s Day recently, after all.