It’s getting to the darkest part of the year, and the creative part of me is finding it harder and harder to function. I combat my tendency to just hibernate on dull days with SAD lamps, comfort food and a promise to myself to take Vitamin D, exercise every day, and go for a walk whenever I can (natural light is so important, and even fifteen minutes outdoors makes an enormous difference to me).

For those of you who feel the same way about winter, I’ll be posting some of the things I find helpful on here over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on what’s going on. And to start us off, here’s my favourite chocolate mug cake recipe, from my friend, the chocolate chef David Greenwood-Haigh. It takes five minutes, it’s simple, and it’s the perfect brain food for those lightless, wintry days…


  • 30g plain flour
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/4 tspn baking powder
  • 30 g butter
  • 40g chocolate


Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave in short 30 second bursts

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.

Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
(The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t worry!)
Allow to cool a little, and eat it straight from the mug. Enjoy!