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I had a huge craving for chocolate cake the other day and it was only made worse because a friend had recently acquired a whole chocolate motherlode cake (well a half size one, so only 3 layers) from Claim Jumpers and she was showing me pictures of it.

Now, as much as I like the motherlode, I can’t really eat a whole one.  Even a slice is way too big.  When I get a slice, I always get it to go and it’s dessert for six days running.  What do you do when you want chocolate cake and you don’t want to buy a whole cake?  Microwave mug cake.  Def.

Now, if you’ve ever tried making a microwave mug cake and was entirely put off by the experience, I can’t blame you.  I too have been utterly disappointed by microwaving cakes.  Because…it’s a microwave.  And microwaved foods often have an…interesting…texture.  But I’ve finally found a recipe that produces a really great cake texture, probably because it doesn’t involve eggs.  It’s a recipe from tablefortwo and she even has a vanilla variant if you’re weird and don’t like chocolate.

WP_20141024_22_10_04_Pro 1WP_20141026_13_53_08_ProNotes:

  • I’ve made the cake with both Hershey’s Special Dark (top) and regular cocoa powder (bottom).  I also tend to use very generous tablespoons.  I’m really fond of chocolate, guys.
  • I substituted the milk for plain soy milk, because that’s what I had on hand.  Works just fine.  And the plain soy milk I have has a slight vanilla flavor to it, so it works well with the cake.
  • She microwaved for 70s at 950W, which I find to be just right.  I have a 1300W microwave, so I microwaved for 80s at 70% power. Came out nice and fluffy.
  • I think I might try stuffing a dollop of peanut butter in next time instead of Nutella.  It’s really good with Nutella, but I’m a big fan of the chocolate/pb combination.

I’m a big fan of guavas.  My parents are aware of this.  So my parents at some point planted at least five different guava trees in our yard, all different varieties.  This was fine when they were taking care of the trees.  But they are no longer taking care of the trees.  I have to take care of the trees.  It’s enough to make me reconsider whether or not I’m a fan of guavas.

Anyway, the current fruit tree I quite dislike right now is the one the with the pink-fleshed fruit.  They’re one of the more fragrant guavas, but they tend to be all soft and mush.  I don’t really like eating soft, mush fruit.  I prefer the really crisp and slightly tart Asian cultivars.  So I have this giant tree of fruit that I don’t want to eat and it’s raining guavas down into my yard.  What do?

Make ice cream.  (Sorry, I don’t have a photo because every time I’ve made this ice cream, people have fought to get the last spoonful.  I’ll add a photo when I make another batch.  I still have like 19827391283791823lbs of guavas.)


  • 2lb guavas, quartered
  • 1c evaporated milk
  • 2c heavy cream, divided
  • 0.5-0.75c sugar, depending on sweetness of fruit
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375deg F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread quartered guavas on the baking sheet. Bake until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Mash guavas with a potato masher or back of a ladle.
  2. Combine guavas with milk, 1 cup of cream, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a heavy duty saucepan. Heat over medium high heat until steaming, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks in a medium bowl until smooth. Ladle about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the eggs while whisking constantly.
  4. Return the egg mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Meanwhile, pour the remaining cream into a separate bowl and set a fine mesh sieve on top. Remove the custard from heat and immediately pour it over the sieve. Try to press as much of the liquid through the sieve as possible. Remove the sieve and stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Cover the bowl and refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 2 hours then churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.


  • Depending on your ice cream maker, this makes about a quart of ice cream.
  • If you want a contrast in texture, take a stick blender to the guavas after heating it with the milk/cream mixture before adding the eggs.  You’ll still need to strain it afterwards.  The resulting ice cream will have a little bit of crunch from the chopped up seeds.  I made it this way the first time and lots of people wanted to know if I had put peanuts into the ice cream.
  • If you’re not a big fan of straining all that liquid, you could try using a food mill.  I don’t have one so I’m not sure how the seeds would react to the milling though.