One thing I learned in marketing class is that I am a “laggard.” That is, I’m the person who never tries products when they are brand new; I wait until the product is practically old-fashioned before I grudgingly give it a chance.
Thus it is with the “mug cake.” They’ve been around for a while, and I first saw them a few years ago. But it wasn’t until I was staying at my mom’s this summer that I tried one for the first time.
(Also, I don’t have a microwave and she does.)
It works! I was skeptical of the concept, but, man, if you really want something warm and chocolate, this is a VERY fast way to get it. (Honestly, too fast: ***WARNING*** If you don’t need to be able to make yourself chocolate cake in five minutes, skip this post.)
I basically use Pioneer Woman’s recipe, but I tweaked it a little to my own taste.
what you need:
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons oil
- splash of vanilla
- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
- a microwaveable mug (some call for a 12-ounce mug, but I go at least twice that, for reasons which will become clear)
- a 1-tablespoon measure
- a 1/4-teaspoon measure
- a mini-whisk (a fork will do in a pinch)
what you do (follow along closely, lest you be overwhelmed by the advanced baking techniques required):
1. Measure flour into a mug:
2. Measure sugar into the mug:
3. Measure baking powder into the mug:
4. Eyeball salt into the mug (Julia Child measured salt this way, and I always do what Julia says.)
5. Measure cocoa into the mug:
6. Combine the dry mixture with your whisk or fork:
7. Measure milk into the mug:
8. Measure oil into the mug:
9. Eyeball vanilla into the mug:
10. Combine wet and dry ingredients:
11. Pretend I had chocolate chips, and measure them into the mug. Or dump in whatever you feel like; I tried peanut butter once, but it was a little dry, and not sweet enough. I guess the sugar would need to be increased for that add-in…
12. Nuke the mug for 90 seconds:
[This mug is my life’s motto. INTROVERTS UNITE!!! (In such a way that we aren’t required to leave our houses!)]
(See how you can see un-mixed flour? That’s because I was too lazy to get out the mini whisk and used a fork.)
I know there’s a lot of space left, but that allows me to do this:
See? Aren’t you sorry I showed you this? Nobody really needs to know how to make cake in their microwave in five minutes. Oh, well, in a few days I’ll be back in my own apartment, microwave-less, so I’ll be safe.
There are all different flavors of mug cakes (even brownies!), but I rarely find myself climbing the walls with cravings for things that aren’t chocolate, so I haven’t moved past this one yet. If I ever do, I’ll let you know how they turn out.