Quick, cheap and easy

Cake in a cup. The easiest sponge you’ll ever make…

cake in a cup

It's not hot choc it's cake

It’s getting to the end of term, we’re all tired and running out of cash. We don’t have enough energy to put into any extravagant cake making. But then it’s the christmas season, and that means eating. Lots of eating. Events, and guests to cook for.

I stumbled across a very attractive recipe for a cake in a cup that looked impressive and also very tasty. The best thing about it? it didn’t require any posh, expensive ingredients. So would be a fantastic desert to serve at a dinner party, also quite a novelty having a cake in a cup. Or alternatively it’s something to rustle up quickly when you’re having a greedy moment (like me).

The recipe came from the book Gorgeous cakes, which is currently my cake bible!

Here’s what you need for eight ‘cup’ cakes:

  • 450g Dark chocolate
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 heaped teaspoons, golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs (free range of course)
  • 1 tablespoon, plain floor, sifted
  • Extra: Creme fraiche to serve
  • cocoa powder to dust

Pre-heat oven to 200c/gas mark 7. Butter 8 small cups. Place the choc, butter and half the sugar in a bowl set over a little simmering water in a pan, and gently melt, stirring occasionally. (this bit alone tastes amazing)

Remove from heat. Whisk eggs with the remaining sugar, in a food processor  for 8-10 mins, until they have increased in volume several times and are very pale (I braved it by hand, only did it for about 3 mins and turned out great because only used 1/4th of the ingredients)

Transfer the egg mixture into a large bowl, if using a food processor, fold in the flour, then very gently fold in the melted chocolate.

Spoon the mixture into the cups, so they are 3/4 full. Cook for 5 mins. THe tim should be just set and the centre loose. Then leave to set for a few hours.

Tip 1: Definitely use small cups- mine were a wee bit too big!

Tip 2: I only wanted to make two (don’t trust myself with eight mini cakes) so I roughly divided the measurements by four, (100g dark choc, 60g butter, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, dash of plain flour and one egg) turned out well. So think bout it, you could even make cake for one. A night in will never be the same again.

Cost: I only made two cups worth of cake so hardly used any ingredients. Plus the recipe only required a tiny bit of flour and sugar. (Cakes are usually expensive to make because they require so much of so many different things.)  Get a cheap bar of dark chocolate and away you go.

The taste taste? Seriously amazing. Really rich, dark chocolate taste and the texture is really smooth. It’s a mix between mousse and cake, interesting. Considering how easy it was to make , this is a huge winner in my books. You will blow the socks of your guests if you make this one.


4 Responses to Quick, cheap and easy

  1. Rebecca Rees says:

    I challenge you to make a Gingerbread House for Christmas! They look impossible! I’m gonna stick to the more traditional mince pies!

  2. stick says:

    awesome stuff!

    we once had a demo on how to make this at work:

    2 ½ heaped dessert spoons of self-raising flour
    2 heaped dessert spoons of caster sugar
    1 heaped dessert spoons of cocoa powder
    2 dessert spoons of milk
    2 dessert spoon of sunflower oil
    1 medium egg

    1. Mix together the sugar, flour and cocoa in a mug. Make sure they are all nice and mixed up.

    2. Add in the egg and squish him about a bit with a fork. Mix as best you can though it may be a little dry still.

    3. Add in the milk and oil and give a super thorough whisk so all the bits are nicely mushed in.

    4. Put in some marshmallows or choc chips if you like.

    5. Put in microwave on high for approx 2 mins. Take it out after a minute and a bit just to test it. You want it to be slightly sticky still, but coming away from the edges at the top.

    6. Put it in yer mouth and EAT IT. YUMMY.


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