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Chocolate Vegan Mug Cake

From Nora Cooks

The best chocolate vegan mug cake out there! Super fudgy, moist and perfect anytime you need a chocolate fix, quick! Ready in 1 minute.
Cook Time: 1 min   Total Time: 1 min
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Nora Taylor


  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, melted coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (soy, almond, rice, oat etc)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips


  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder to a mug. Stir or whisk to combine.
  • Pour in the oil, non-dairy milk and vanilla into the mug with the dry ingredients and stir well with a spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  • Cook in the microwave for 40 seconds. It will likely be a little undercooked in the middle at this point, which is my preference, but if you want it cooked more, microwave it another 10-20 seconds.
  • Serve immediately.


  1. I think the mug cake tastes best with white flour, but you can use whole wheat flour, or a gluten free flour mix. I wouldn’t suggest using all almond or coconut flour.
  2. You can use natural cocoa powder or dutch processed. Either work fine for this recipe.
  3. Feel free to substitute coconut sugar for the regular sugar, or lower the sugar amount if you want a less sweet dessert.
  4. For the oil, you can use canola oil, melted coconut oil, vegan butter or any other oil you prefer. You could also substitute applesauce for oil free, but it will not be quite as rich tasting.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg

Annual General Meeting

June 28 7:00PM – 8:30PM on Zoom

View 2020 Full Annual General Meeting Package

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Shelbourne Community Kitchen provides an opportunity for our members to learn about what’s happening at the Kitchen and to take part in the election of the upcoming year’s Board of Directors. We look forward to your participation in the 2021 AGM.

Like last year, we will be having the 2021 AGM as a virtual Zoom meeting instead of in person. You can access the Zoom platform on your computer, tablet, iPad or mobile phone.

To attend the virtual AGM, please follow these instructions:

  • Let us know you want to attend the AGM by sending an email to Ann Baty ( before noon on June 22, 2021
  • A link to register for the AGM on Zoom will be sent to you on June 24 or 25.
  • Open the link, follow the prompts to enter your first name, last name and email and hit submit.
  • Zoom will send you an email with the meeting link for the June 28 AGM.
  • You must register through Zoom to attend and to be able to vote in the meeting.
  • Access to the meeting begins at 6:45pm on June 28.

The AGM will include the election of nominees to the board.  There are member-at-large positions vacant on the board. If you wish to nominate someone, or stand for a board position yourself, please contact the Board Secretary, Helen Marzolf ( before June 14.  Information about the role of The Kitchen’s directors is on The Kitchen’s website and in the Constitution and By-laws.

Watch the Kitchen website for the 2020 Annual Report which will contain the Agenda, Financial Report, Board Nominations and much more.

We look forward to seeing you—virtually!—at the AGM.

Our Timeline and Program Transition Plan

We’re Moving Soon! 

As you may know, the Temporary Use Permit that has allowed the Kitchen to operate at our little bungalow at 3541 Shelbourne Street has come to an end. We are pleased to announce that we have signed a lease for an expanded facility that will become the home of the Shelbourne Community Kitchen.

The new premises will be located at 3787 Cedar Hill Road, (corner of Cedar Hill Cross Road) on the lower level of the Lutheran Church of the Cross. The entrance to the new facility will be on Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Our new home requires some significant renovations before we can move in. A building permit has been submitted and is currently awaiting approval. Renovations are anticipated to begin in March, with a tentative occupancy date of May. 

Our Timeline and Program Transition Plan

APRIL (Tuesdays 9am-5pm only)

  • The Grocery program will be temporarily put on hold for the month, so that we can pack, focus on the move, and successfully transition into our new facility.
  • The Voucher program will continue in April. Vouchers can be picked-up from the current Kitchen location (3541 Shelbourne St.) during reduced hours (see below), or mailed out by request. 
  • Are you registered for the Grocery program only? You may request to receive a voucher for the month of April (available by mail or pick-up).
  • No Virtual Cooking programs are scheduled.
  • We will not be registering new members this month.
  • We plan to share updates about the project via email, phone, and on our website throughout the month.
  • Reduced office hours and services – we will be open one day a week: Tuesdays 9am – 5pm. No grocery access will be available. Voucher pick-up only. Take-out coffee, tea, and snacks will be available and information about alternative community resources will be provided.  


  • Our anticipated re-opening at our new home!
  • The exact date that we will re-open at our new location cannot be confirmed at this time. This will depend on the successful completion of our renovations and how quickly we can set up our new space.
  • The first program to be re-introduced will be the Pantry Program, which includes the Grocery and Voucher programs.
  • Following the results of our recent Pantry Program survey, our services may change to better reflect the valuable feedback and suggestions we have received from our members. 
  • We plan to share updates about the project via email, phone, and on our website throughout the month.
  • Hours of Operations: to be confirmed at a later date.

Our Move:  Frequently Asked Questions

  • How far is the new location from where you are now? Our new home is just 7 blocks away (1.1 km) from our current facility, so the Kitchen will be staying in the same great neighbourhood we have come to know and love.


  • Will it be larger than your current location? Our new facility will be twice the size of our current location and will provide more space for our many programs.


  • Why do you have to move? Our Temporary Use Permit that has allowed us to operate in our little house at 3541 Shelbourne Street has come to an end. We are also bursting at the seams and need more space! Our new location is in the same building as the Kitchen’s new food storage area, which will greatly improve the efficiency of our daily operations.


  • Are you becoming part of Lutheran Church of the Cross? No. The Shelbourne Community Kitchen is not a faith-based organization. While we will be located in the same building as the Lutheran Church of the Cross, the Shelbourne Community Kitchen will operate as an independent tenant with a separate street entrance to our facility located on the lower level.


  • Will your programs and services stay the same? We plan to offer the same great programs and services that our organization has become known for within the protocols presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are learning a lot from the feedback we are receiving from the Pantry Program survey and look forward to improving our services to better serve the needs and interests of our members.


  • Will there be a garden? There is no space at our new location for a garden unfortunately, but we are planning to set up another garden as close to our new location as possible. It will be a new space where we can continue to grow food and host workshops. More details to come!
  • Is the new location on a bus route? Yes.  Our new home is directly located on the #24 bus route (Admirals and Cedar Hill). It is also near to the #27/#28 at Shelbourne St however there is a 2 ½  block walk up hill.


  • Can I help with the move in some way? Absolutely! We are planning on holding a ‘Town Hall Meeting’ soon and will be inviting all of our members to attend. Stay tuned for the Town Hall meeting invitation and details to come soon.

COVID-19: Service Updates and Resources

Shelbourne Community Kitchen
Service Updates & Resources
March 20, 2020
So many aspects of our lives, daily routines and the resources we access have changed over the last few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been following the COVID-19 developments closely and are adhering to provincial and federal restrictions and guidelines. The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff is very important to us.

It’s important now, more than ever, that we keep calm, stay well informed and take care of ourselves and each other.

Our team’s primary focus is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the risk to our members, while making drastic changes to our programs and procedures in order to continue to offer food distribution through our Pantry program.

Our team has reduced our volunteer team in order to follow social distancing recommendations and ensure that vulnerable community members stay home safe.

As of March 19th and until further notice:

Participants and visitors are no longer allowed in the building at 3541 Shelbourne St.

All cooking programs and events are cancelled until further notice.

The Pantry Program will continue to offer healthy food distribution during regular hours which are Tuesday to Friday 10am–2pm.

We know that the grocery stores are struggling to keep stocked and many community resources are closing. With this in mind, Participants are invited to pick up groceries two times per month during March and April (voucher remains monthly).

How we are offering food distribution safely:

  1. We have established strict sanitation and cleaning protocols including wearing gloves and hourly sanitation of all work spaces, equipment and donations.
  2. Participants and visitors are no longer allowed in the building
  3. Participants can access the Pantry program during operating hours by placing an order at the main entrance window .
  4. Participants can also place an order over the phone (same day pick up only) so it’s ready when you arrive.
  5. Emergency Food Delivery is now available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 12pm-4pm. Please call to place your order over the phone
  6. A trained staff member or volunteer will then follow strict food handling procedures, wear gloves and use new grocery bags to pack your order.
  7. Once your order is ready, it will be placed on the table outside of the entrance for you to pick up. Please keep the entrance clear.
  8. If a line up forms: Please be patient. Everyone will be served, one at a time. Please wait your turn and practice social distancing by remaining 2 meters (6 feet) from other members, staff and volunteers.

Please do not come to the Kitchen if you are sick or symptomatic.

Please be safe, be kind and take care.  We are all in this together! 

Kim Cummins, Program Director, Shelbourne Community Kitchen

Community Resources and Support
Do you know of a helpful community resource or service that has become available?

Many businesses, utility companies and other organizations are reaching out to support vulnerable members of the community. Our team is gathering information about resources and supports that may benefit our members, and we will share this on our website and social media as it becomes available. Here is just a start:

Canada’s Economic Response to COVID-19 (includes financial support information for Canadians and businesses)

Victoria Public Transit (free until April 19)

Income Tax Deadline Extended to June 1

What is Open and Closed in Victoria (VicNews)

For the latest updates and federal guidelines about COVID-19 please, visit

Please email us with your tips, resource links if you feel they would be helpful to other members. Thank you!