Chocolate mug cake

by Paula Casimiro
Today I will write about simple things. Three mills recovered on the Ovil river. The silence is only interrupted by the crackling of the wood on the fireplace or by the sound of the river that runs under the porch, magnified by the rain that continues to fall after some days. Having a kind of a brunch for dinner, enjoy the nightfall, turning on the oven in the morning to make fresh bread for breakfast, reading, listening to music. Today, how many times can we be quiet, without distractions, places to go or things to do, just talking and enjoying each other’s company? It rained more in the first days of 2016 than in the last months of 2015 but now even that weather seems to me a blessing, intended to make us slow down and just being.

On a cold and rainy winter day we were greeted with burning fireplaces, music playing, the table set with care for an afternoon snack. In the kitchen there was food, a bottle of wine in the fridge and bread dough on the counter, ready to go into the oven heat the next day. There were small messages scattered around the house, candles to light up, books scattered everywhere, two baskets of firewood. At Moinhos de Ovil everything is simple and, at the same time, everything is thought in detail to delight and bind. Otherwise, how could we explain that even before leaving we were already making plans to return, perhaps in the summer to enjoy the calm waters running right at our feet, take breakfast on the porch, perhaps catch a trout for dinner.

Today’s recipe, coming out from Moinhos kitchen, is equally simple but also has a detail that makes all the difference, is made with real chocolate with 70% cocoa, no powder chocolate or cocoa. The end result is the simplest chocolate cake in the world, but with a rich, intense and luxurious flavor; proof that, like the Portuguese poet Ricardo Reis said, we must put all that we are in the least we do.

(This is not a sponsored post. It’s just a way to thank Eduarda by the kindness and care with which she welcomed us at her Moinhos.)

See you soon.
Chocolate mug cake
Chocolate mug cake
Chocolate mug cake
Chocolate mug cake
Chocolate mug cake
Chocolate mug cake

Chocolate mug cake

The simplest chocolate cake in the world but with a rich, intense and luxurious flavor.

serve 1

Prep time:

Cook time:


  • 40g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 40g butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour



  1. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. If necessary, microwave again at smaller intervals of 10 seconds each time.
  2. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Then add the egg and stir well, until completely smooth. Add the flour and stir just until combined and lump-free.
  3. Pour the batter into a mug that can go into the microwave. Microwave (900 W) for 1 minute, for a moist cake, or 1 minute and a half if you prefer it more dry inside.
  4. Let stand for 2 minutes before eating (if you can).



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