OK, after more experimentation, I got it to where I’m happy. Well, as happy as I ever get, with cooking. Like when I travel, I don’t like going the same way twice. When making food, I don’t like using the exact same recipe twice. I’ll almost always fiddle around with them. ‘Cause you never know when you might come up with an even better version.
So I’ll give you the basics, then some variations I like.
- 4 tbsps sugar (powdered)
- 4 tbsps flour
- 2 tbsps unsweet cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp oil
- 8 tbsp water
Add the dry ingredients to a glass (I use a 8-oz measuring cup). Mix them up so they’re well distributed. Then add the liquid ingredients. Mix some more until smooth and there aren’t any dry bits. Stick in the microwave and cook on high for a minute and a half. Take out, let it cool, eat.
Adding the extra water seems to help make it puffier, yet more cakey, which is how I like it.
Optional additions I’ve used:
- Dried mint
- Fruit-flavored liqueur (not citrus-ey, unless you like that)
- Nut-flavored liqueur (like Amaretto or Frangelico)
- Sweet’n Low (in place of some of the sugar)
Other additions I’ve not tried, at least in the microwave version:
I think you get the idea. Don’t be afraid to experiment, though. The way I like it mayn’t be how you prefer. Since this is so simple to make, and relatively inexpensive, even the mistakes are pretty edible. Enjoy!