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Fast Recipes for Work #2: Cup o’ Chocolate Cake

Here’s another of my favorite fast recipes. How many times have you been slaving away at the computer, trying to squeeze in that last bit of code, those final tweaks to the copy, or the final lines in your design when you were struck with an overwhelming urge for chocolate cake?

Sadly, this happens way too often here in my house. While I feel a bit guilty when I “forget” to tell my wife that I made a chocolate cake – I feel more so when there isn’t any left to share with her.

So I was delighted to come across this recipe – as it’s a personal-sized cake (well, really – what cake isn’t personal sized?).  And the best part is it will probably take you longer to eat it than it will to cook it!

This is a “Freelance Favorite” called Cup o’ Cake – but you don’t have to be a freelancer to enjoy it.  If you’ve got a microwave at work, you can bring the ingredients and mix them up for your afternoon coffee.  Why buy a $5 cupcake when you can make something like this?


  • 4 tbsp flour (all purpose is ok, cake flour is better)
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar (haven’t tried it yet – but you could probably use your fav. flavor Quik and skip the cocoa)
  • 1 med egg
  • 3 tbsp milk (evaporated milk might be pretty good, too)
  • 3 tbsp oil (or melted butter if you want to be decadent)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 large mug

Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips to the mug

Add egg, then milk and oil.  Mix very well. (A large mug is handy here, or this might be a bit messy)

Put the mug in the microwave, and cook on high for 3 minutes

Take out of the microwave, empty mug into a bowl.  Smother cake with canned chocolate sauce, ice cream, whipped cream or all of the above

Hide bathroom scale.

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Fast Recipes for Work #1: Pierogi Casserole

Everyone knows that freelancers live on caffeine and nicotine, but it’s important to put the right fuel in your body occasionally.  Based on the feedback from a previous article, I’d like to present a few fast recipes that let you create a quasi-healthy meal, with a minimum amount of prep time, cooking time, and most importantly, clean up time.  Try out the recipe, and let us know what you think.

Pierogi Casserole

  • 1 small bag frozen pierogi
  • 1 jar of your favourite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese(or mozza, or both)


Turn oven on to 350°F

Place frozen pierogi in a casserole dish (um, remember to remove from plastic bag…)

Add pasta sauce (pour over top of pierogi  – recycle jar)

Sprinkle with shredded cheese

Bake in oven for 45 minutes to an hour

Remove from oven, scoop into bowl, serve with side salad and/or garlic bread.

Go back to coding/writing/designing – with a full belly.

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