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» Pale Yellow

Cream together butter and sugar until pale yellow.

Single Girl Chocolate Cake

Tracy Byrne

Sometimes life is exhausting and you need a night to lay on the couch, catch up on some tv, and just relax by yourself.  I spent my spring break at the AMNH completing a PD about DNA Barcoding.  Don't let me fool you, I love me some science!  The past week was fantastic with lab work, talks from scientists, and the encouragement to increase my own pedagogy and professional development.  But my brain hurts and I'm tired.  So when I knew my roommates were going to be out for the evening, I took full advantage.

Joy the Baker is an awesome website!  So many food bloggers are wives or mothers or full time bloggers.  They create beautiful and delicious food and I enjoy their blogs tremendously.  Joy is none of those things, yet she creates beautiful and delicious food! I feel I can relate to her blog more than others, especially when she shows the food she eats alone.  I love her voice and her perspective.  One of the best parts of being single is being able to eat any assortment of foods and call it a meal.  I don't need to worry about what someone else wants or needs to eat for dinner!  Sometimes you just need recipes for one!  Her cookbook, which I highly recommend, has several.

The cake is spongy and moist and very chocolaty.  This isn't a diet food!  The ice cream was a decadent addition.  I found these adorable, little, single serving ice creams at Key foods and I couldn't resist the pistachio!  And, how cute is this?!?!

And it even comes with a little spoon!

Treat yourself, you deserve it!

Print the recipe.

Single Girl Chocolate Cake Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook pg 170 Yield - 1

cooking spray 2 teaspoons cocoa 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/4 cup dark chocolate chip cookies 1 egg 4 teaspoons sugar pinch of salt dash of vanilla bean paste 1 teaspoon floor 1/2 cup gelato or ice cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray the inside of an oven-proof mug with cooking spray.  Sprinkle the cocoa inside and coat completely, dump out any extra.
  2. Build a double boiler and and add the butter and chocolate chips to a heat-proof bowl. Stir until melted and then let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together the egg and sugar, pour in the melted chocolate chocolate, whisking until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and vanilla and stir until just combined.  Poor into the mug.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes (pull the ice cream out of the freezer now!) and then let cool for about 2 minutes.
  6. Use a spatula to get the cake out of the mug and place it on a plate.  Cut open to let the gooeyness out.
  7. Scoop the ice cream on top.
  8. Enjoy curled up on the couch with some trashy tv on.