Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Expresso Cake in a Mug

Per Serving (entire recipe): 4 Points+
147 calories, 3.25g fat, 446mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 3.5g protein

The recipe: "Hungry Girl 1-2-3", page 89

I haven't made an actual dessert in a long time.  I've been mostly eating single-serving ice cream bars, such as Healthy Choice Fudge bars and Skinny Cow ice cream bars sandwiches.  But, the other night, I just really HAD to have chocolate.  It's been way too long!  I opened up my "1-2-3" cookbook since the "300 under 300" one doesn't have any official desserts in it.  I prayed there was a yummy chocolate dessert in there that I happened to have all of the ingredients for.  There was!  

I was so excited to find this cake mug recipe, especially since it was chocolate and espresso flavored - a favorite combination of mine.  And for only 147 calories, you really can't beat it for a cake dessert.  This recipe brought back memories of another mug cake recipe I used to make.  I received an email one day with the recipe for an individual chocolate cake that you could make in a mug.  The only thing was, it had hundreds of calories in it.  I think the thing called for a quarter cup of oil and a whole egg or something crazy like that.  Have you ever seen the recipe I am talking about?  This is definitely a good replacement for it!

The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the size.  The recipe says to get a large mug to make it in.  I just used my regular-sized coffee mugs, which aren't particularly large.  This cake didn't even come close to oozing over the edge of the mug.  I'm not sure why she says you need a large mug, when any size will actually do.  Here is a picture so you can see how much it really filled up my mug, which is about an 8oz mug.  It maybe filled up about a third of it. 

Besides the size, though, this cake was delicious!  I actually made this two nights in a row, and might even make it again tonight.  It is moist, chocolatey, and you can definitely taste the coffee flavor.  I added a little bit of cool whip on mine the second time I made it.  Delicious!  It definitely satisfied my chocolate craving, and it was nice to eat something for dessert other than an ice cream bar.  I loved the fact that this is a single serving dessert that is enough of a pain to make so I am not tempted to make two of them.  If you like chocolate, then you will love this cake!

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