After writing past my bedtime last night I discovered, to my horror, that I was on the verge of completely missing out on National Cupcake Day (October 18). Steps had to be taken. I turned to my faithful fallback below. I have thrown these together as a perk after a long day, a quick little snack after the babies had been tucked in, and they have also stepped into the chasm to serve as my emergency chocolate when needed.
Three-Minute Cupcakes (Serves two or three, depending on your baking vessel)
3 T. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 T. cocoa
1 t. baking powder
Melt the butter in a large microwavable measuring cup or bowl. Add the egg, vanilla and sugar. Stir.
Add the dry ingredients. Stir.
Grease either two coffee cups or three ramekins.
Divide the batter between the dishes.
Microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, depending on if you want a gooey center or one more cooked through.
Serve with berries if you want to be all healthy about it or mix up a quick batch of chocolate ganache for the top.
Quick Chocolate Ganache
2 T. chocolate chips
1 T. full-fat coconut milk
Mix in a microwavable measuring cup or bowl.
Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth and pour over the cupcakes.