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Week 51: Chocolate Butterscotch Bowl Cake

December 30, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

finished bowl cake

A few months ago I “baked” a Coffee Cake in a Mug. It’s a very practical recipe to have on hand. It’s easy, whips up in minutes, and really hits the spot when you need something sweet.

I wanted to make something else in the same vein. It’s snowed three times this past week in the New York area. It’s gonna be a loooong winter. And a quick, easy cake recipe can come in handy when you’re stuck indoors due to bad weather. This bowl cake serves 1 generously or 2 with a more modest appetite. And you likely have the ingredients in the cupboard.

I spooned 4 tablespoons of cake flour into a bowl. You can use all purpose, I just happened to use cake flour.

flourTo that, I added 4 tablespoons of sugar.



And the last dry ingredient was 2 tablespoons cocoa.

cocoa powderNext I mixed the dry ingredients together very well with a fork.

dry ingredients mixed


Next came the wet ingredients – 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, and a couple drops of vanilla extract.

wet in dryThen I mixed it all up and finally added around 3 tablespoons butterscotch chips.

butterscotch chips


Once the chips were incorporated, it was ready for the microwave.

bowl cake mixedThis cake “bakes” in 3 minutes.

finished bowl cakeI embellished it with some stuff I had lying around – a dollop of Cool Whip and some dinosaur-shaped sprinkles.

finished bowl cake bite


Week 51: Chocolate Butterscotch Bowl Cake
Recipe type: Cake
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Serves: 1-2
This simple, easy cake satisfies a sweet tooth or two in a pinch. To the batter, add nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you have on hand.
  • 4 tablespoons flour - all purpose or cake flour
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-2 drops vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, etc. - optional
  1. Place flour, sugar, and cocoa powder in a small microwave-safe bowl. Mix the dry ingredients together well with a fork.
  2. Add milk, oil, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add chips, nuts, or other desired mix-ins. Mix well. Microwave uncovered for 3 minutes.
  4. Garnish as desired. Enjoy!







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