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Jeanetta Darley’s Choco-Raspberry Micro Cake

Bowl of raspberries jeanetta darley

It’s June and while it may not officially be summer, school is out and the summer heat is just getting turned on.  My garden is finally getting the kick it needed.  One of the few fruits of my yard I have been enjoying is my raspberries.  They over spill in a flower bed near our back porch.  I have a table where I write and draw at that’s right next to the raspberry bed.  I can reach out and snatch a snack when needed.  As a teenager I developed a sever allergy to the “other red berry” so raspberries are my go to berries. 

raspberries in the wild jeanetta darley

While these late spring temps are still pleasant we know the heat is coming.  One thing I always look for as the temperatures rise outside is a way to cook that does not heat up my house.  Dessert, in my opinion, is often greatly overlooked.  Sometimes you just want a little dessert that doesn’t involve a major baking event.  A small one or two serving creation doesn’t sit around on your counter tempting you to indulge.  So in my desire to beat the heat and not eat a whole cake myself I created this microwave cup of cake recipe.

raspberries jeanetta darley

I can hear you now. “Microwave?!”  But trust me on this.  Think of it as a grown up much tastier version of our Easy Bake Oven adventures.  The recipe is easily adaptable to many flavors.  But since I have raspberries in abundance and there’s always an occasion for chocolate, I whipped up this version of a Choco-Raspberry Micro Cake.

jeanetta darley choco raspberry micro cake

This is also a quick and easy recipe for the kids to make.  Watch the video of my son and me whipping up a bowl.


Jeanetta Darley: Choco-Raspberry Micro Cakes


  • ¼ cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon milk, cream, or half & half
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine all dry ingredients into a small mixing bowl with a fork.
  2. Whisk all remaining wet ingredients with the fork in a liquid measuring cup.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Lightly grease 2-3 coffee cups, ramekins, or 1 cereal bowl. Toss in a few raspberries. Pour batter halfway up baking dish. Place the cup on a plate in case the cup overflows while cooking.
  5. Microwave on high in two 30-second intervals. Cook in 15-second intervals until you can smell the chocolate.
  6. Be careful because the cake and cup will be hot. Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or powdered sugar and enjoy!

Jeanetta Darley: Rolling with Jams and Jellies {Foodie Friday}

Celebrating the Summer Bounty

The summer heat is bearing down on us.  I know I’m sweating through every inch I have on when I’m out in the garden.  But it also means that our gardens are bursting!  And not only are our home gardens but there tons of local farms over flowing with the berries and fruits.  U pick farms are a great way to support your local agriculture system and they help educate our kids on where their food comes from and the hard work that’s involved in producing it.

Ripening blackberries

“But what do I do with a bushel of peaches or 5 gallons of blackberries?”

I hear this all the time.  Truthfully, I say this to myself often.  And one of my favorite solutions is to make jams and jellies.  When I suggest this to one not initiated in the art of canning, I can see a wave of fear cross their face.  

Blueberry on the bush

“That’s one of them old timey arts that MeeMaw use to witchcraft up yummy stuff with.”

Now I would never weigh in on whether your grandma was capable of using a broomstick for more than just sweeping floors but it’s not that scary.  It’s a delicious form of magic we can all achieve.

Bowl full of raspberries

To me the hardest part about making jam and jelly is just getting all your supplies out and making sure they are clean.  And, of course, making sure the kitchen is clean and clear because you do need a good area in which to work.  If you can wash dishes and follow a recipe, you can make jelly!

Let’s just go over some of the basics.  A jam is a fruit spread that utilizes the juice and meat of the fruit.  It’s thicker than a jelly.  A jelly is made from the juice of the fruit obtained from either bought juice or boiling the skins of the fruit and pouring it through a strainer.  Jelly is clearer than jam.  Both are delicious.

  • Basic Supplies
    Waterbath canner with a canning rack
    Funnel (optional)
    Jar grabber (optional)
    Glass preserving jars with bands and lids
    A few basic kitchen items
    Large heavy sauce pan
    Measuring cups and spoons
    Kitchen knives
    Cutting board
    Large spoon & ladle
    Dish towels & oven mitts
  • Basic Ingredients
    Fruit and or juice
    Pectin (powdered or liquid)
    Lemon juice

Jams and jellies set, or solidify, because of the perfect ratio between the fruit, sugars, and pectin.  When you are starting out, follow a tried and true recipe out of your box of pectin.  Once you get your “jamming jelly” feet under you, start to experiment with new flavors and combinations.  If you can boil water, set a timer, and don’t mind standing at the stove to stir you can make your own jams and jellies before you know it.  So give it a try!

And what’s the worst that can happen?  So it doesn’t set.  Well believe me you’ll have some darn good syrup to put on ice cream, waffles, or pancakes.  Or cheesecake.  YUM!

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Jeanetta is an artist, blogger, and sometimes homesteader.  She’s addicted to coffee, her garden, and chickens. You can see her art and read more stories at JeanettaDarley.com.  Or follow her on social media @jeanettadarley.