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5/31/16

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake


Hey cakenistas. These past few week has been rainy and grey. Rainy days can have a tendency of pulling the laziness out of us and usually call for relaxation and a movie. I finally had a break in the middle of finals week and took the opportunity to lounge around and play a few games. 

Of course, I was also in the mood for something sweet but who wants to bake when they're trying to relax? 

Not me. So, I created the ultimate combo: one of my favorite drinks - hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon (if you haven't tried it, you're missing out) and chocolate cake. Why not kill 2 tasks with 1 stone. I made a couple of hot chocolate mug cakes that not only tasted like decadent hot chocolate, but looked like it also. 

This 3-ingredient chocolate cake is topped with chocolate ganache, chocolate whipped cream and a chocolate smoke cloud. I hope you like chocolate ^_^

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake
Double the recipe for large mugs
Cake:
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
4 tbsp powdered sugar
1 large egg
chocolate chips
Whipped Cream:
1/3 c heavy cream
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp powdered sugar
Chocolate Ganache:
1/4 c heavy cream
1/4 c chocolate chips
You'll Need:
white candy melt
sandwich bag
parchment paper
piping bag & star tip
microwave
mug
spoons

Step 1: Cake


Add cake ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, egg) directly to the cup and stir together until completely combined. Add as many chocolate chips as you'd like and microwave for 1 minute. Add an extra 15 seconds if you'd like.

Step 2: Chocolate Whipped Cream


Combine the whipped cream ingredients (cream, cocoa, sugar) to a bowl and whip for a couple of minutes until stiff peak stage. Once they hold stiff peaks, stop whipping. If you do over whip and the cream begins to break, add a small amount of cream and whip again to bring it back to life.
Put the whipped cream in a piping bag with a star tip and allow to refrigerate until your ready to pipe.

Step 3: Chocolate Smoke


This is what's going to create that perfect little touch to your hot chocolate mug cake.
Completely melt down the white chocolate or white candy melt in a small bowl. I microwave my candy melt in a bowl for 1 minute 30 seconds while stirring everything 30 seconds. Carefully place candy melt in a sandwich bag and cut off a corner.
On a sheet of parchment, create a smoke wave by piping a question mark shape and following through with a smaller wave and long tail (similar to a snake). Set this aside for about 5 minutes to harden.

Step 4: Chocolate Ganache

In a small saucepan (or microwave) combine the chocolate and cream. If using the stove, heat on low heat and stir slowly until completely melted. It's a small enough batch to do without a double boiler, but be careful not to scorch the sauce.

Spoon the chocolate ganache over the cake and tap the mug a few times to allow for the ganache to settle into any crevasses and create a smooth surface.

Step 5: Putting it together


Pipe a swirl of chocolate whipped cream on top of the ganache.
Finish with a swirl of white chocolate smoke.
Dig in and enjoy :)


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