Menu plan and a silly little cake

First, the menu plan, because heck, it’s what we do on Sundays here. Paying more attention to vegetarian foods around here again, since most of the Mom MEAT bounty is used up. It makes us feel better to eat less meat, anyway. Well, two of us. The kid practically goes on strike when there’s no meat, but she’s nineteen; she can buy it herself if she wants it so much, right?

Tonight: Cheesy noodle casserole with broccoli
Monday: Beans and rice and greens
Tuesday: Knaedlach soup (chicken soup with matzoh balls)
Wednesday: Bean burritos
Thursday: Risotto and vegetables
Friday: A big salad with lots of stuff in it
Saturday: Going out to dim sum with some friends for lunch; doubt I’ll want to make dinner, so probably sandwiches or hot dogs. Or I might put extra burritos in the freezer or something.

Also gonna make mustard batons at some point. I miss doing French Fridays, so I’m going to get back on the horse.

Now on to the silly cake. It’s been everywhere for the last, what, year or so? It’s here and here and here, but I honestly don’t know where it started. The recipe I used is here, but I used melted butter once because I was out of oil.

The other night, James really wanted some cake, and it was 10pm, so I decided to give the silly cake-in-a-cup thing a try.

It works just fine. It’s not the best cake in the world, but it’s FAST and cute and it hit the cake spot when we wanted it to. Isn’t it cute?

chocolate cake in a cup

(That’s because you can’t see the OTHER side of the cup. If you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you take a look:)

chocolate cake in a cup spilled over

Yeah, I used a bigger cup the next time. And my microwave is a little high-powered for this, so I also cut the cook time back to 2:30. James says it’s better now: more cakey, less chewy.

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Author: Serene

I run The Mom Food Project, which was born out of love for my mom and a desire to preserve the recipes of my childhood, which didn't actually exist in written form until I quizzed my mom and wrote the recipes down.

6 thoughts on “Menu plan and a silly little cake”

  1. this might MIGHT make me want a microwave. Ok I would love to have the chance to make a cake in flash, of course my hips might object!

    1. We never owned a microwave, and it bothered the kid a lot, but then Carin gave her one as a gift. It has its conveniences, but I wouldn’t miss it if it were gone.

  2. A co-worker gave me the recipe to this cake about a year ago and I tried it and had the same result as you did, Serene. Your menu for the week looks great – especially burrito night.

    1. Thanks! Have you ever tried it without the chocolate? That’s gonna be my next one, because the kid and I don’t like chocolate.

  3. I made that cake a lot at one point. I find I like it better when I omit the egg and add a little extra milk and a very small pinch of baking soda or baking powder. (Microwaves just don’t transform egg taste and smell in the way real ovens do.) I also make it in a ceramic microwave-safe bowl instead of in a mug.

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