Thursday, February 12, 2009


I'm sharing next week's post a little early, in time for Valentine's Day. My sister sent me this recipe e-mail from Hawaii...don't know if it's made it around the loop to everyone yet.

Anytime you are baking or cooking with your child, it's an excellent opportunity to learn math skills with measuring cups and measuring spoons. Compare the size of 1cup to 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup. Let your child pour 1/4 cup into 1 cup until the 1cup is full.

Of course, involve your child in the recipe...cracking the egg, pouring in ingredients, sprinkling a few chocolate chips on top.

Science comes into play as you combine dry ingredients and then add the wet...observe texture and let your child feel the mixture as she stirs. Then it's fun to watch in the microwave as the heat expands the mixture and the cake batter rises.

The original recipe is to be cooked in a tall mug. I separated the batter into 3 ramekins and microwaved all 3 together. It worked beautifully...especially with an extra helping of powdered sugar dusting over the top of the finished product (thanks to my 3 year old helper).

Serve with a dallop of vanilla icecream on top if you like...I like.


4 Tb Flour
4 Tb Sugar
2 Tb Cocoa
1 Egg
3 Tb Milk
3 Tb Oil
3 Tb Chocolate Chips
Small Splash of Vanilla Extract
1 Lg Mug

· Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well.
· Add the egg and mix thoroughly
· Pour in the mil and oil (Add in chocolate chips if you like)
· Put mug in microwave and cook for 3 min on High (1000 watts)
· The Cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
· Allow to cool a little and tip out onto a plate if desired. Serve a la mode.
· EAT!

And why is this the mots dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from a chocolate cake at any time- day or night!
(Unfortunately I don't know who to credit this recipe to, so if you know, let me know and I'll give props where they're due.)



Nann said...

I appreciate your ideas. I have a request... you seem to be labeling your post could you please display the labels on the sidebar so we could find things easier. I was looking for things that had to do with music and had to look through all the older post, it would be so much easier just to click on the music lable....thanks

SMMART ideas said...

Thank you for reminding me...another viewer suggested displaying labels as well, but I forgot to get around to it. I hope it makes it easier for everyone to find what they're looking for! Thank you for checking out this blog! Share this blog with your friends who have young minds to build.

Cara said...

I also received this e-mail recipe and tried it out that night for Family Home Evening. I let my girls choose their own mug at the dollar store and they loved it! I love your blog!


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