One Bowl Baking and Chocolate Cake in a Mug

This book is made for people like me.  People who hate the washing up.  Well, I wouldn’t really know.  Beardy Fiance does all the washing up in this house – it’s a constant competition between seeing how quickly I can fill it and seeing how quickly he can clean it up (I have the edge – I can dirty pretty quickly while he’s still at work).

One Bowl Baking is probably the most urban cookbook I’ve ever read.  It is a book which recognises that some people cannot use a lot of bowls or use a lot of space.  It’s also incredibly versatile – it includes everything from chocolate cake in a mug to cheesecakes (I kid you not, cheesecakes.)  With cookbooks like this, there’s always the risk that the the concept takes over – not true in this case!  I loved the recipes and even without the shtick, they would have been great (see ruby-red grapefruit bars and sour cherry almond clafouti!)  But for me, I absolutely loved the personal cakes and cookies that you can put together in a microwave – perfect if you need comfort food for a friend in your urban kitchen or for places without a cooker!

51i9ofhllDL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Chocolate Cake in a Mug (from One Bowl Baking)


3 tablespoons caster sugar

3 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

5 tablespoons whole milk

1 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

DSC_1450Measure the dry ingredients into the mug.  Mix in the wet ingredients then sprinkle in the chocolate chips.

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Bake in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes – (how long will depend on the power of your microwave, so keep an eye on it.  You want the centre to be cooked through, but still soft and a bit squishy.)

DSC_1455This made a quick little pick me up for Beardy Fiance – I hope you find it cheers you up as well!

I was provided with a free copy of One Bowl Baking to review by Perseus Book Group, but all opinions are my own.



  1. Wow, I really admire your bakes, they are so beautiful!

  2. KP has a one bowl obsession. Thinking of buying this as a present for him…for me.

    1. Have to love gifts for you!

  3. This book is so going on my wish list! I really want to get in to baking, but all the washing up puts me off – perfect. Thanks!

    1. I’m the same way, so lucky the Beardy Fiance does it for me!

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