Kensington Market & Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Headed down to Kensington Market the other day with a friend, and my daughter came along. It wasn’t quite as colourful (or warm, of course!) as our summer visit to the market, but it was fun. We had some Dim Sum first and then wandered around the market for a bit.

Rebecca checks out the colourful wares, and wishes she hadn’t spent all her money so she could buy something:





There are some weird things to see in the market, like this bin of gas masks:


But some yummy sights too, like these colourful cupcakes shot through the store window:



Shot these colourful glasses in a large market there, think it’s called the Blue Banana Market?


Rebecca, giving me the evil eye:


Enough with the pictures Mom!


5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Later Rebecca and I tried out this cake that you cook in the microwave (see recipe below) that my mother emailed me quite a while ago.





Rebecca added both white chocolate and chocolate chips to her mug cake:


AND then added some mint chocolate chip ice cream on the side as well!


Can I recommend this cake? Well, I’m not sure, I only had a taste but Rebecca seemed to enjoy it! (And my son, seeing these photos, wants to try making it too!)

Here’s the recipe:


  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
  • a small splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (not sure how strong our microwave is, we cooked it for the 3 minutes and it turned out fine). The cake will rise over the top of the mug (depending on the size of the mug), but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.


ManuellaMarch 11, 2009 - 12:11 pm

Hey, you live here in T.O, how cool. I love kensington, haven’t been there in years though, must go back.

Oh and that chocolate Mugh cake, OMGOSH, I must try that, thanks for posting it.

All your dishes look yummy!

ManuellaMarch 21, 2009 - 9:11 am

I tried making the cake, several times,lol. Everyone has loved it, including my kids and friends, I’ve fed one to just about everyone that’s come over this past week. Thanks for the recipe, this has definitely become one of my fave recipes.

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