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11 September 2012 @ 09:52 pm
Recipes #29: chocolate chip cookie dough mug cake  
chocolate chip cookie dough mug cake

Usually when I read a recipe online, I do 2 things. The first is that I read several of the reviews to see what people think or advice they have. The second is that I look at the list of the ingredients and figure out what I want to add, if anything, to make it more suitable to my tastes. For some reason, I did neither of these things this time. I think because I've come to expect that a blog's comments are usually made by people who want to make a recipe but haven't actually tried that, instead of sites like Epicurious where all the comments are reviews. Turns out that for once, most of the comments WERE reviews.  Then, instead of having them all listed out, it was written out in steps that took you to a different page.

This recipe was awful, in my opinion. I took it out of the microwave and it didn't look or smell great, but I just shrugged and figured it might still taste fine. It did not. It was too eggy and rubbery, really dense, a bit flavorless, and dry. I even checked to make sure I followed the recipe exactly, and I did.

Ways I would make it better:
1. Add vanilla and salt.  have NEVER baked anything without vanilla before, especially not something sweet!
2. Cut it down to half an egg if I use an egg at all. I've made a vegan mug cake before and it tasted fine without an egg.
3. Add some milk
4. Cut down the microwave time. I find usually 40 seconds is good, and you can always stick it in for a bit more if needed.

I'm not looking for a gourmet dessert by any means, since it IS a microwave cake that only takes a few minutes to make. But I've made a few others that were delicious, so I don't even think that's a good excuse. If you want a good mug cake, I suggest 5 minute chocolate fudge smore mug cake by how sweet eats

and one minute chocolate cake by chocolate covered katie (vegan) which needs a little bit of extra milk and sugar, but once you add that tastes fine. I'm not even a big fan of her blog anymore, minus a few good recipes which require some changing on my part, but I like this.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
tsukkomi_boke on September 12th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Did you tweak the 5 minute one at all?? I need to bake so bad and have none of my baking supplies. ;A;
ladysophiekittyladysophiekitty on September 12th, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Nope, the only thing I did was to make my own chocolate sauce since we never have any.

ETA: nevermind, the chocolate sauce was for a different recipe. No, I didn't, though I think the first time I was a bit lazier about separating all the ingredients before heating them up. But it still tasted fine.

Edited at 2012-09-12 07:27 am (UTC)