I was going back through some old posts the other day, and I found one that I had commented on. I'd never logged on to see the replies I'd received, though, and much to my surprise, I had two people asking me how to make the microwave cake that I'd mentioned in my comment. I figured, "Why not share this knowledge with the college kids of the world?" (Note: high schoolers can still do this one, although you guys probably still have access to an oven. This recipe is pretty much essential for living in a dorm.)
- Between 10-12 people, depending on how many servings each one gets and how big these servings are. (When I last did it at my house, the eight people we had attending the party were able to get two servings apiece, and they were all different sizes.)
- 1 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola (NOT DIET, NOT OFF-BRAND; it has to be real, honest-to-goodness Coca-Cola)
- 1 box of chocolate cake mix (any kind works, pretty much; I use Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil's Food)
- 1 whisk (or a spoon, or a fork; just some way to stir the thing)
- 1 very large bowl (you won't believe how much this makes)
- OPTIONAL: Mini-marshmallows and chocolate syurp (or ice cream)
- Open cake mix. Pour into large bowl. Whisk the lumps out.
- Open can of coke. Pour coke into bowl with cake mix.
- Mix coke and cake thoroughly.
- Put bowl in microwave for ten minutes.
- Wait. Read a book. Interpretive dance. Pass the time.
- Enjoy! Garnish with marshmallows, ice cream, or chocolate syrup.
Be sure to be extra-careful, as this cake holds heat like you won't believe. Also, cover it up when you've eaten as much as you can; it'll keep for a good week (if it lasts that long without people eating it, that is). It's moist, and keeps better than a normal cake, at least in my experience.
**The only problem will be finding a bowl big enough, I suppose. And once you find a bowl big enough, you'll have to find a microwave big enough to fit the bowl. (Unfortunately, none of the microwaves in my dorm are large enough to fit my cake-bowl in. But I still eat this at home whenever I can!)
(Note: You can also do this with white cake mix and a can of Sprite; again, it has to be real Sprite, not any sort of off-brand soda. The steps are the same. It's just not as good as the chocolate cake.)
I hope I've made your impromptu dorm parties a little more awesome! Will you please tell me how your cake turned out, or how your friends responded? Or, better yet, how many people did your cake feed? I enjoy collecting data on cake. Because cake is delicious, and everyone should know about it.
Credit: Microwave from Google. Recipe stolen from my younger sibling.
Originally published on February 11, 2013.