Quick Dessert …..
Have you ever had a day that feels short on hours? That is today for me. Ok, that is most days, but when an unexpected appointment gets dropped in my lap right in the middle of the day it makes everything feel rushed. I’m a very scheduled person, and not exactly spontaneous. I like to plan weeks, if not months, in advance to do something. I guess that make me kind of boring, but routine is the key to my sanity, especially with kids. I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row for our son to start school in August, but registration is in April so that means getting all of his appointments done now. I called the doctor this morning and they are able to get him in for his school physical this afternoon so we will go. Why a 4 year old needs a school physical I will never know, but a lot of rules have changed since I was in elementary school so I guess it is just go with the flow. (And don’t even get me started on school supplies.)
I do realize that the world won’t come to an end if my schedule is thrown off from time to time, but it really is one of my pet peeves. So, right now I’m squeezing in some baking. It is going to be 73’ today and I would love to get the kids out for a walk before lunch, followed by nap, then off to the doctor’s after their naps. Naps are essential around here for everyone’s sanity, and if we have to sit in a doctor’s office they aren’t even remotely optional. I don’t know if you have ever taken a 3 and a 4 year old anywhere, but a doctor’s office is the least fun place to take them when they are constantly instigating each other.
One of the best thing about being busy is having easy, go to recipes on hand that take very little time to make. Have you ever come to the end of the day and you just want something now? Today’s recipe is perfect for that! This chocolate sponge cake takes 15ish minutes to put together and 15 minutes to bake. Really a fast dessert. The best part is that it is a single serve and is only 160 calories, so you can eat it all yourself! There are two tips I can give you for this recipe, first when you are done beating the egg add the flour a little at a time, and second do NOT overcook it. That is key. It will still taste good, but won’t be as moist. So, while you are cooking dinner toss a single serve chocolate sponge cake in the oven, then after dinner you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Chocolate Sponge Cake
By Angie Gouchenour
1 medium egg – room temperature
1 Tablespoon sugar
¼ capful almond flavoring
3/8 cup all purpose flour- dip method
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder – sifted after measuring
Pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder (Optional)
Preheat oven to 335’ f
Grease the bottoms and sides of a 10-ounce ramekin with nonstick cooking spray
In a medium bowl combine the egg, Truvia, and almond flavoring; beat with a mixer for 10 – 15 minutes to incorporate air. Make the egg mixture as stiff as possible (I hope you have a stand mixer. I used my hand mixer!)
In a measuring cup combine all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder if you are adding it. Gently fold it into the egg mixture a little bit at a time
Gently spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekin and place in the preheated oven
Check the cake after 10 minutes using a tooth pick. You want a few moist crumbs sticking to the pick
Remove from the oven and gently run butter knife around the inside edge to loosen and turn cake onto a cooling rack (If left in the ramekin to long the cake will over cook)
160 calories per cake
Modified from As Easy As Apple Pie