Monday, April 16, 2012

Crater Cake: The One-Minute Dessert

You read right. This dessert can be made in one minute. Okay, technically it cooks for one minute, and it takes about 30 seconds to prepare, but "The minute-and-a-half dessert" just doesn't have the same ring to it. This dessert is the cutest, easiest thing ever. Unfortunately, I was not brilliant enough to come up with it myself; it was a Pinterest find that I decided to try. The name, however, is totally mine. :) The Pinterest post I saw just gave the directions, which are simple enough, but did not give any pictures or descriptions, so I was a little surprised at how it looked when I made it the first time. Therefore, I thought other people might appreciate a more detailed post on this, like I would have.

Here's what you need: 1 box of Angel Food cake mix and 1 additional box of cake mix of any flavor you'd like. Apparently one of the boxes has to be Angel Food for this to work; I haven't made it without Angel Food to test this claim. I assumed they knew what they were talking about. I chose to use a triple chocolate fudge cake mix with mine, but I'm anxious to try it with other flavors.

Dump both cake mixes into a gallon Ziploc bag and shake until well mixed. Then, get yourself a coffee mug.

I wrote the directions on the Ziploc bag so that anyone can just grab the mix out of the pantry and fix themselves a little treat.

Measure 3 T of the dry mix into the mug.

Add in 2 T of water and stir. The mixture will be about the consistency of a milkshake.

Next, microwave on high for 1 minute. When it's done, it will look something like this:

This pocketed look is what inspired me to call it Crater Cake, which is a much better name than "those little individual mug cake things". To be honest, I was a little dubious the first time I made this and it came out looking so spongy. This was part of the reason I decided to write this post, even though this was not my original idea, because the post I saw did not prepare me for this. I was expecting, you know, a cake, not a sponge.
Do not despair. It actually tastes delicious; it's light and airy, but still satisfyingly chocolate. (Yours might be satisfyingly strawberry, or vanilla, or whatever).

While it's delicious just like this, I like to serve it with a dollop of ice cream on top.

Mmm. Perfect individual portions, ready to eat. I think this would be adorable for a kid's party. Or how about for a sleepover? Just leave the mixed cake mixes in a bag with the directions on the counter, and let the kids fix it for themselves when they get hungry at 2:00 a.m.

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