Chocolate cake, the new breakfast of champions


By Bill Colvard - [email protected]



Chocolate Cake in a Mug, 1 Minute Microwave Brownie and Classic Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake are three of the fastest ways to a hot breakfast that inclusdes chocolate cake.


Bill Colvard | The News

It’s always fun when something that used to be bad for you suddenly isn’t any more.

Earlier this year, pasta was promoted from naughty to nice and, now, there are rumblings in the foodie world that chocolate cake can be part of a healthy breakfast.

Research on the topic turns up way more in the way of photos of devil’s food cakes and brownies dripping with hot fudge sauce than actual scientific data.

The whole thing seems to have started with Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, (MD) who wrote a book called “The Big Breakfast Diet” in which she proposes that it’s not so much what you eat as when you eat it.

Jakubowicz has basically repackaged the old “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” chestnut and added some new bells and whistles. “When you wake up, your brain needs energy immediately,” she says, and recommends eating a huge breakfast within fifteen minutes of waking. That breakfast should include a sweet treat. Supposedly, cravings for carbs are reduced for the rest of the day and it is then easier to control overeating. Several research studies tend to agree with her.

Add to that a recent study Syracuse University in New York involving 968 people between the ages of 23 and 98. In this one, chocolate was the winner.

“Habitual chocolate intake was related to cognitive performance, measured with an extensive battery of neuropsychological tests,” the researchers found. “More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance.”

Put those together and you have the latest diet trend, chocolate cake for breakfast.

There are a couple of obvious challenges here. A big breakfast requires a large time commitment and especially a breakfast requiring cake. Having cake around the house and restricting its consumption to first thing in the morning is not always easy. Even if Dr. Jakubowicz is correct and cravings are completely eliminated, a good cake is like Everest. “Just because it’s there” can present a midnight emergency.

A possible solution to this dilemma is a mug cake. Mug cakes, if you aren’t familiar with them, are single-serving cakes baked in a coffee mug in the microwave. Mixing one up takes three or four minutes, they bake for a minute or two and then cool for maybe five minutes, while you’re scrambling your eggs or frying sausages for your monster breakfast.

As you may have suspected, there are rules here. Those extra calories consumed at breakfast are made up by very light meals the rest of the day. WebMD has a very good summary of the Big Breakfast Plan.

While constructing your perfect breakfast, it might be interesting to note that the ingredient in chocolate considered to be so beneficial are flavonoids that make up to 20% of cocoa. Another good flavonoid source is red wine, which may or may not be of interest to you when putting together your own personal breakfast of champions.

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

3 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt, optional

3 tbsp. milk

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

Splash vanilla extract, optional

3 tbsp. chocolate chips

Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt if using in a 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug. Blend thoroughly with a fork. Add the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla if using and blend until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Do not overcook or the cake will be dry. Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before eating.

Classic chocolate microwave mug cake

1 slice of butter 1cm thick (30g)

6 squares of milk chocolate (30g)

1 egg

2 tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. vanilla extract

4½ tbsp. plain flour

½ tsp. baking powder

In a mug, melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds (800 watts). Beat the mixture until smooth, then allow it to cool slightly. One by one, whisk in the egg, sugar, vanilla sugar, flour and baking powder. Cook in the microwave for one minute 20 seconds (800 watts). Allow to cool for one minute before eating.

Chocolate and peanut butter microwave mug cake

1 slice of butter, (scant 1/2 inch)

6 squares of dark chocolate (1 oz.)

1½ tsp. peanut butter

1 egg

1 tbsp. soft brown sugar

5 tbsp. plain flour

½ tsp. baking powder

For the filling and decoration:

1 tsp. peanut butter

1 tsp. chocolate sprinkles

In a mug, melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30–40 seconds (800 watts). Beat the mixture until smooth, then allow it to cool slightly. One by one, whisk in the peanut butter, egg, sugar, flour and baking powder. Cook in the microwave for 50 seconds (800 watts). Push the spoonful of peanut butter into the middle and cook for a further 40 seconds. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles. Allow to cool for one minute before eating.

1 Minute Microwave Brownie

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

3 tbsp. brown sugar

3 tbsp. cocoa

3 tbsp. canola or coconut oil

3 tbsp. water

pinch of salt

1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. chocolate chips

In a microwavable mug, mix together all of the ingredients. Mix in the chocolate chips. If you don’t want to cook them off right away, then place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Microwave for 45-60 seconds. (Timing is based on a 1200W microwave so your timing might vary). Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.

Oreo milk chocolate microwave mug cake

1 slice of butter, (scant 1/2 inch)

3 squares of milk chocolate (1/2 oz.)

1 egg

2 tbsp. cream

few drops of vanilla extract

4 tbsp. plain flour

½ tsp. baking powder

3 broken Oreo cookies

To decorate:

1 broken Oreo cookie

In a mug, melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds (800 watts). Beat the mixture until smooth and allow it to cool slightly. One by one, whisk in the egg, cream, vanilla sugar, flour and baking powder. Add the broken Oreos without stirring too much. Cook in the microwave for one minute 30 seconds (800 watts). Decorate with the broken Oreo. Allow to cool for one minute before eating.

Chocolate Cake in a Mug, 1 Minute Microwave Brownie and Classic Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake are three of the fastest ways to a hot breakfast that inclusdes chocolate cake.
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By Bill Colvard

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Nominate your favorite cook to share their love of food with readers of The Mount Airy News.

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Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699, on Twitter @BillColvard.

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