Tuesday, August 28, 2012

1 Minute Lava-Awesome Cake

What am I reading now? Clockwise (Elle Strauss)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Casey, at 15, travels alone. Not a safe thing to do. She knows. But she does it anyway. She'd stop it if she could. Sometimes she dresses up as a guy--easier to get work that way.

Life as a "traveler" is unpredictable. One minute she's enjoying her real life in the 21st Century and the next second she's in 1860-America. There's talk of civil war, abolition and an election year with Lincoln running for the presidency of the United States.

Only this once, when she's dancing with incredibly hot, crush-worthy Nate and travels, he "trips" along with her! She finds out he was only dancing with her as a joke and now she's stuck with him for who knows how long.

Heads up teachers--especially grades 5-8! I read this book just for interest (in YA and time travel--of course), but I can see it has great connections that could be made with the Civil War, Civil Rights and our current state of affairs concerning Equal Rights. There's also a good link to be made for Women's Rights in the three time periods as well as social tolerance and expectations.

Not a heavy read, and the author doesn't try to teach a lesson--just brings up the topics as they naturally unwind in the story.

1 Minute Lava-Awesome Cake

I haven't given you a recipe this month yet--and you are going to love this one. EZ to make and it's beautiful, baby!

You just need to make a chocolate cake mix and have Dove chocolate squares.

Gather the ingredients for the cake mix EXCEPT subtract 1/4 cup of the water it asks for and ADD 1 egg. Then mix it up.

Pour 1/3 cup of batter into small mugs, ramekins or baking bowls that have been sprayed with Pam for Baking. (containers with straight sides work better than ones that bulge)

Then push two-2-two Dove chocolate squares into the batter for the melty happiness that becomes the lava. Top with a spoonful of batter to completely cover the chocolates.

Cook each one in the microwave for one minute. Let cool a few minutes. Run a knife around the edges and invert on a plate.

I served these chocolately-heaven volcanos with whipped cream and macerated (sugared) raspberries to dress it up.
Plus I love-love raspberries and chocolate together!

We didn't want to wait for each cake to cook individually so I cooked four at a time--it took 2 1/2 minutes. So yeah--it was less than 10 minutes for everything start to finish!

1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I thought Clockwise was a fun book, and I was thinking the same thing about how it was a great tie-in for society, not just in the time just before the civil war but also the 1960s. It was a great leap to see how it was for African Americans in each time period.

Also loved the the surprise twist at the end. =D