Ever since I had Carolyn’s (All Day I Dream About Food) Meyer Lemon Mug Cake a few months ago, I’ve been obsessed with them. I had never made them before, but I loved that they were so easy (and fast!) to make, and that you aren’t committed to an entire pan of something. Portion control is so much easier when you are only making one or two servings of something at a time!
I knew I wanted to do a chocolate version of the mug cake, but I wanted it to be more brownie than cake-like. It took some experimenting (oh the things I do for you), but I finally hit on the right combination to get the texture that I wanted. Not too dry, with just the right amount of gooeyness!
A word of caution, microwaves and mugs vary – I found this out the hard way. I had been using the same mug for several tries with great results, then I made the last one with a thinner walled mug and it was WAY overdone. So I’m giving you the shortest likely time, and if it’s too gooey just throw it back in for another 30 seconds until it’s the consistency you want – once you go over it’s trashed, so err on the conservative side if your microwave is really strong, or your mugs are really thin walled. Same goes on the other side of the coin, if your mugs are really thick or your microwave whimpy, you might need to add a little time to cook them all the way through. Also, I divided this into two portions for the sake of calories – but you could just as easily make it in one large mug and microwave it for a minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
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This was warm and comforting, and perfect with some whipped cream or sugar free vanilla ice cream on top. In fact you almost need something creamy to break up the richness of the brownie.
I added pecans to mine because nuts are a must in brownies as far as I’m concerned. I’m listing them as optional though, because some crazy people out there don’t like nuts in brownies. They probably hate puppies and rainbows too. But whatever floats your boat. Except raisins, never put raisins in your brownies – that’s disgusting, and just wrong. If you do it, don’t tell me or I’ll totally lose respect for you and ban you from the blog. Ok I wouldn’t really because that would be extreme, but deep inside we’d both know that you’re dead to me.
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