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Chocolate Lover’s Cake in A Mug

chocolate microwaved cake in a coffee mug

I resisted attempting one of these chocolate cakes in a mug because I know my own weaknesses.  Chocolate cake is like kryptonite for me, along with m&m’s, potato chips, ice-cream…well, you get the idea.

Eventually good sense gave way to a craving and all it took was my son saying, “I wish we had something sweet” to send my mind into a tizzy.  Chocolate Cake in a mug became my sole focus.

I think an alternate name could be PMS cake, but maybe that’s just my imagination gone wild.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is a cake cooked in the microwave, so don’t get your expectations up too high.  It’s good, but the texture is a little rubbery.  Don’t skip adding the chocolate chips.  Those help a lot and they’re not bad for the taste either.  I mean, chocolate on top of chocolate is Love + Love.  It cannot equal anything less than good.

I first followed and tried this recipe from Completely Delicious; however, I’ve looked at a million recipes and they are all pretty much the same.  Use the normal cake ingredients and you really can’t go wrong.  I like this particular recipe because it adds the chocolate chips.

microwavable chocolate cake in a cup

The Recipe:

3 TBS Vegetable Oil – I’m betting you can substitute butter, or if you’re like my kids, use olive oil.

3 TBS Milk

1 Egg

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract, preferably Fringe Vanilla.  Oh, and I never actually measure my vanilla.  I just pour.

3 TBS Flour

4 TBS Sugar (ok, I never claimed this was good for you.)

2 TBS. Cocoa Powder

Pinch of Salt (whatever that means)

3 TBS Chocolate Chips (Don’t skip this step.  Trust me.)

Mix all the ingredients in a large mug.  My mug is pretty big and gives me room to put a small whisk inside of it.  Then pop it in the microwave for two minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and it’s read to eat.

One mug of this cake is a lot.  It’s too much for one person, even me.  So plan on sharing it with someone, unless of course you need it all.  Then by all means, indulge.

Valentine's Day chocolate cake

This might be a fun Valentine Day treat you let your kids help make and then share.  I think the novelty of eating cake out of a cup is enough to make this recipe special.


P.S. I know today is Wednesday and I usually participate in What I Wore Wednesday, but I only have one picture from this week.  I intended on getting more pictures, but the timing, the snow, and the photographer (aka my kid) just didn’t work out this week. If you want to see my one outfit (and believe me it’s nothing special), head over to my facebook page and I’ll post it there.  Thanks!

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Sweet Hot Chocolate – A Recipe

I’m so happy to welcome Jessie to The Domestic Fringe.  She blogs over at Dream and Differ where she talks about food, homeschooling, and decorating.  Be sure to check out her What I Wore Wednesday posts, because she always looks adorable.

In October she ran a series called 31 Days of Comfort Food.  That’s when I officially fell in love with her recipes.  This girl is a good cook!

Make sure you follow the link and go visit her blog.  I would hate for you to miss out.

There are few things that sweeten up a bitter-cold day like hot chocolate.
Creamy, smooth, rich hot chocolate; it can satisfy a troop of cold kiddos, or it can turn up the heat for your Valentine.
I am no stranger to the convenience of Swiss Miss, but for a special treat nothing beats the Real-Deal Hot Chocolate. This recipe makes enough syrup for a party sized batch of of hot chocolate. It would be perfect for a sledding party- just keep it warm in a crock pot. The syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days, which I love. The kids can easily mix themselves up a mug when they come in from playing in the snow. This recipe is adapted from Jan Karon’s “Mitford Cookbook.”
To make the syrup, you’ll need:
1 {11.5 oz.} bag of Nestle semisweet chocolate chunks
1-2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 {15 oz.} can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Combine all ingredients {chocolate chunks, cocoa, condensed milk, boiling water, and sugar} and melt in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  Stir till well combined.
 When everything is melted, remove from the heat and let the syrup cool.
Do not, in your greed, lick the still-hot spoon. You will burn your tongue… not that I would know anything about that.
 To make the hot cocoa, pour 2-4 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup into a mug. Pour piping-hot milk over the syrup and stir to combine. You can add more syrup according to your taste. Top the cocoa with marshmallows, whip cream, chocolate shavings… whatever your {sweet}heart desires!
Store the leftover syrup in an airtight container in the fridge. Or, put it in a pretty jar and share with a friend; it makes a great gift.

Hope you enjoy this sweet recipe!


Redneck Gourmet

I’ve always said that I want to support my kids in whatever they choose to do, whatever dreams or ambitions they desire to chase.  I want to stand behind them and cheer them on.

When I held my baby boy in my arms, I never thought that in a quick thirteen years he’d become a redneck gourmet, but life is full of surprises.

redneck gourmet

Last week he told me that he wanted to cook a hot lunch and bring it to school.

“What do you want to make?”  I asked.

“Sausages and rice.”

“Well, I’ll have to get some sausages next week when I go grocery shopping.  Do you want the fat links or are you talking about breakfast sausage?”

“No, no.  I want the little sausages that come in the can.”

“Vienna sausages?”

Realize the disbelief in my voice was heard around the world.

“Yes!  Those are the ones.”

I’ve never in my life eaten a Vienna sausage.  The mere thought of them completely grosses me out, but I aim to please and I figure they can’t kill him, at least in the short term.  So I bought two cans of sausages and a bag of rice.

This morning my sous chef was simmering rice without the lid on the pot.  He had a square plastic container with all these little pale colored sausages stacked up.  Next to the “meat” he stacked a pile of sugar-snap peas, uncooked.  Then he piled in a steaming mound of half-cooked brown rice.

He was so proud of this meal, happy at the thought of home-cooking.  It almost makes me want to go out and buy him another can of sausages.  Almost.

He’s lovin’ him a little redneck gourmet.

Hopefully it’s a stage.


Lollipop Birthday Cupcakes

lollipop birthday cupcake yellow & blueMy daughter’s birthday is December 28th.  It’s may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it isn’t the best time for a birthday.

kids decorative birthday cupcakes

Her birthday parties never seem to work.  People are away and busy with the holidays.  Some years bring blizzards and cancellations.  For one reason or another, FringeKid’s birthdays are never well attended.

That doesn’t mean we don’t party like it’s 1999.

lollipopsI generally always bring cupcakes for the Christmas party in school.  They double as birthday cupcakes, and although they are usually decorated for Christmas, they come with a great big Happy Birthday.

This is year is special though.  It is the last year I will be bringing cupcakes to school.  All school birthday parties end in the middle school.

party cupcakesThese cupcakes come with mixed emotions.  On the one hand I am sad at the ending of an era.  My baby is growing up.  On the other hand, I am incredibly proud of the young lady she is becoming.

She is sweet and kind and beautiful, inside and out.

So, this year, her cupcakes are a reflection of her.

birthday party cupcakes child's party

Lollipop Cupcakes

One box Funfetti cake mix – Substitute oil for one stick melted butter.  Replace water with whole milk and bake according to the directions on the box.  Frost and sprinkle with candy sprinkles.  Add two Dum-Dum lollipops and a cute little toothpick flag.

Sing Happy Birthday and enjoy!

platter of birthday cupcakes with lolli-popsLinked to: A Glimpse Inside.

Spreading Christmas Cheer & Easy Cake Recipe


I’m linking up with Lisa Leonard and saying hello to spreading some Christmas cheer and baking easy cakes, because who doesn’t like an easy day in the kitchen?

Christmas tree cake with M&M;s

If you don’t know your neighbors, or wish you knew that man with the snow blower two houses down, throw a Christmas party and invite everyone who lives around you.

You might get some funny looks at first, but everyone will have fun and you’ll get to know the people who live closest to you.

We decided to host a Dessert Party.  I threw everyone off with the name, but I needed to write something on my very fancy invitations – a 3×5 card.

I also had to let my neighbors know to eat something real before they came, because I was only giving them butter and sugar in their tastiest forms.

We originally wanted to host a buffet style dinner, but when you’re inviting twenty people, that gets pricy, so we slashed all the food and I baked a few cakes.

We had such a nice time, I think it may become a tradition.


Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling and Butter-Cream Frosting

Cake:  Use one box of vanilla cake mix, substituting the oil for one stick of melted butter and the water for equal amounts of milk.  Bake as directed on box.  In between cake layers, spread a thick coat of strawberry jam or preserves.  Frost.

Butter-Cream Frosting:  In a mixer combine two sticks softened butter  with one bag of powdered sugar, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and whipping cream (milk or 1/2 & 1/2 – I used 1/2 & 1/2).

Be sure to alternate powdered sugar and cream/milk.  Beat at a low speed until all the powdered sugar is incorporated. Slowly add cream until the desired consistency is reached.  You don’t want it runny, especially if you live in a warm area.  Also, make sure your cake is 100% cool before icing.

Tip:  Line the edges of your cake stand or plate with plastic wrap before you begin icing.  Just slip the plastic wrap right up to the edges of the cake.  This will allow you to be messy and still have a perfect edge around the cake after it is frosted.

I’m not great at cake decorating, so I took the easy way out and made an M&M tree.

You hosting any Christmas parties this year?


Birthday Cake Shake

birthday cake shakeWe never set out to make traditions.  They just sorta happen.

Some families love tradition – the memories, the ritual, the thought of passing down something to another generation.  We just haven’t prioritized making traditions.  We’ve made lots of memories, but that’s about it.

Perhaps it’s because we’re not overly traditional.  I mean, FringeMan is more traditional than I am.  He insists we eat turkey every Thanksgiving; whereas I wouldn’t mind eating baked ravioli parmesan on our November holiday.

Despite the spontaneity and haphazardness of our lives, some traditions find us.

Getting a special treat after the Christmas program in school is a tradition.  It all began after my daughter’s first chorus concert.  We decided to stop at McDonald’s and get a milk shake.  She reminds us it’s something we do after every concert.

The other night after her performance I decided to make Birthday Cake Shakes.

I originally saw the recipe HERE, but tweaked it slightly to work for what I had in my cabinets.

You’ll need:  1/2 gallon vanilla ice-cream, one funfetti cake mix, and milk

In a blender combine the softened ice-cream, approximately half the bag of cake mix (or about one cup), and a splash of milk.  By splash I mean about 3/4 to one cup.

Blend away.

karo syrup and candy sprinkles

Lightly coat the rim of a glass (I used too much) with corn syrup and dip in a bowl of sprinkles.  It ups the fancy ante.

birthday cake shake with sprinklesEnjoy!  And try not to think about the calories.


Heart Shaped Cinnamon Roll Waffles

I’m pretty sure my kids thought the world was ending this morning.  I made breakfast on a school day and it was full of sugar and all things good.

Pillsbury cinnamon roll heart shaped waffle

Normally a weekday breakfast in our house looks like a bowl of cereal, microwaved oatmeal, or toast with peanut butter.  I’m not a morning person and I don’t pretend to be one.  My kids know that.  They’ve been fixing their own breakfast for as long they’ve been able to use a toaster.  I sit close by, sip coffee, and remind them to brush their teeth.

Yup.  No mother of the year award for me.

cinnamon rolls from a can

I do love breakfast though, so on the weekends, I am always sure cook us up a yummy brunch.  Sometimes I even make enough pancakes to last the week; however, last night I decided to let this morning’s love look like a cinnamon bun waffle.

You’ve probably seen someone already do this, but I figured I’d share this fancy recipe anyway.

You need:  One can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and a Waffle Iron.

Heat up your waffle iron and place two buns side-by-side.  Cut the third bun in half and place half under the other two. It should look like a very snug smiley face.  Then drop the lid and cook away.

Wah-la!  A cinnamon bun heart waffle.

heart shapped waffle

Spread some icing over the top and you’re done.

I guarantee you’ll be mom-of-the-day in your kid’s eyes.

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