Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chocolate mug cake


Surely you've heard of Mario Batali. He's the orange Croc-wearing Iron Chef who is well-known in the world of food. He's most famous for his Italian dishes and vivacious personality. Last summer, my husband and I were fortunate enough to dine at his restaurant, Osteria Mozza, in Los Angeles. We both agreed that it was the best meal of our trip. 

To celebrate its 100th birthday, Hellmann’s is teaming up with celebrity chef Mario Batali to showcase how decades of delicious meals start with real, quality ingredients. For 100 years, Hellmann’s has brought together the best ingredients - such as oil, vinegar and now cage-free eggs – to help bring out the best meals and moments to America’s tables.As part of the brand’s 100th birthday celebration, Hellmann’s is helping provide one million meals* to Feeding America to help the fight against hunger nationwide.

Mario recently took 6 classic Hellmann's recipes and recreated them with his own twist. I normally follow recipes to a T but thought that it would be a fun challenge to put my own spin on Mario's classic chocolate cake recipe.  You all know that I love chocolate (and chocolate cake), but a full-sized cake just isn't something that my 3-person family would normally eat. I thought about making cupcakes, but I didn't feel that it was original enough.

So, I decided to make a single-serving chocolate mug cake with chocolate frosting. This is perfect for portion control and something you don't have to share - unless you're feeling generous.The mug cakes were nice and moist from the Hellmann's mayonnaise and reminded me of a slightly fudgy brownie. There is lots of chocolate in every bite. And the frosting on top (totally optional, but you'd be silly to omit it) was smooth and decadent. Best part? No leftovers.

I hope you'll take a moment to visit Facebook.com/Hellmanns to watch Mario share his modern twist on some of Hellmann’s classic recipes and enter for a chance to win a seat at the Blue Ribbon table in NYC for Hellmann’s 100th Birthday celebration.Join the Hellmann’s Blue Ribbon table, co-create a recipe with Mario Batali and enter for a chance to win a seat at the World’s Longest Picnic Table for Hellmann’s 100th birthday celebration in September.

Check out the Hellmann's contest page to enter for a chance to win. This could be your opportunity to meet Mario in person and cook with him. I'd love to go and would be thrilled if you could be there with me.

Chocolate mug cake
  • 4 TBSP cake flour (can substitute all-purpose, but it won't be as fluffy)
  • 4 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Dark)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 3 TBSP milk of your choice (I used soy)
Chocolate mayonnaise frosting
  • 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1/2 TBSP Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk of your choice (I used soy)
Directions
For the cake: Using a fork, thoroughly mix all ingredients in a large coffee mug. Microwave on high for 1 and 1/2 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean.  Allow the cake to cool for at least 5-10 minutes before frosting.

For the frosting: In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, mayonnaise and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the powdered sugar and milk. Add more powdered sugar or milk as needed to achieve your desired consistency. Frost on top of the mug cake and enjoy.

Yield: 1 serving (or 2, if you are willing to share); Frosting will yield about 2 Tablespoons

Source: An Eva Bakes original; inspired by Mario Batali

Disclaimer: I received a stipend for this sponsored post.

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