When it comes to chocolate, I’m not a good sharer. In fact, I will go out of my way to ensure no one touches my chocolate stashes or chocolate desserts. You remember that Friends episode where Joey blows a date because “Joey doesn’t share food?” Yeah, that’s me with chocolate. Which is why this dark chocolate pumpkin cake for one is so very perfect for me. Oh and it’s not even healthy in the slightest but you know what, a girl needs one cheat day 🙂
With a normal cake, you sort of have to share (or risk a few unwanted pounds by eating all of it). With this? It’s made just for you in a tiny bite size ramekin. Filled with a gooey, molton center and a fabulous pumpkin spice, you may find yourself hoarding three or four of these luscious cakes this fall.
Now, I know that’s slightly stereotypical. “Women obsessed with dark chocolate.” I get it. But there’s a reason we ladies flock to this dark, creamy, decadent elixer of life. Dark chocolate doesn’t just taste good, it’s been scientifically proven to make you feel good too! According to FitDay, there are several componenets of chocolate (such as phenylethylamine (PEA), the chemical your brain releases when you fall in love) that cause it to increase your mood and have a positive effect on your brain. This results in a feeling of euphoria, relaxation and, in turn, happiness!
So therefore, chocolate makes me happy. And a happy wife equals a happy life, am I right? (Ahem, E). What I love most about this recipe is how easy it is. You simply whisk, melt and bake! In just 12 minutes you have an ooey, gooey chocolate pumpkin cake that oozes when you take a bite. It’s absolutely decadent and so worth the extra fat and calories.
Now, I’m not stupid. I know one little cake won’t solve your problems if you’re really struggling with exhaustion, depression or anxiety. (One day I’ll invent a way to make that happen!) For those really struggling with ways to feel Happy, Calm and Focused, check out HCF! Another one of my sponsors (peek over to the right), HCF works to replenish the essential amino acids in our brain that help to make us feel calm, collected and happy! This all-natural brain supplement supports the increase of ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters in our brain very similar to what you would actually find in some foods, like chocolate!
Guys, I made this cake yesterday and I wish I quadroupled the recipe so I could have some for breakfast. I mean, scientifically, chocolate for breakfast would lead to a happier day, right? I’m just going off the science here 🙂
*I’ll be back on Saturday with a skinny dessert to make up for this one!
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cake for One
Serves 1. Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker.
Prep time: 5 – 8 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder, divided
- 4 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 4 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon flour
- Dash of salt
- Walnuts for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a small ramekin with nonstick cooking spray and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together the egg, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar. Add a dash of salt. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, heat butter, applesauce and chocolate over medium heat until chocolate melts. Remove from pan and pour into the pumpkin mix and stir to combine. Stir in flour and second 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder.
- Carefully pour cake into the prepared ramekin. Place the ramekin on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cake is slightly puffy. Let cool for about 2 – 5 minutes and then gently flip cake onto a plate (or eat directly from the ramekin). Sprinkle with walnuts and eat immediately!
Fat: 28 grams
Carbohydrates: 42 grams
Fiber: 4.2 grams
Protein: 9 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 11