As a single person, reading recipes for luscious cakes is a massive FOMO trigger. I like cake, I want cake, but would I eat a whole cake? No, my sweet tooth is easily appeased and I also like my pants to fit. Every once in a while, I flirt with mug cake and an unsatisfying relationship it is, too. Rubbery cakes whose diminutive size is the only plus. I searched for a really good mug cake and finally hit the sweet spot. Here are 3 worth the 2 minutes it takes to toss them together, 2 chocolate and 1 vanilla, suitable for single people, families where everyone wants a different cake, or midnight snacking. Key things to remember are don’t over-bake (if it pulls away from the side of the mug it is overdone), mix just enough to make a smooth batter, and don’t burn yourself eating it straight from the microwave!
King Arthur Baking Keto Chocolate Mug Cake (adapted)
As written this is a keto friendly mug cake using keto flour. But I have a bag of self-rising flour and I read somewhere that self-rising flour makes the best mug cake. Oh look, it’s vegan!
3 tablespoons self-rising flour [to make it keto, 3 tablespoons keto flour, 1/8 tsp baking powder, 1/16 tsp salt, For Butcher: 1/8 tsp = a dash, 1/16 tsp = a pinch, you can buy actual measuring spoons labeled thusly, and of course I did]
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cocoa
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon espresso powder [espresso powder enhances any chocolate recipe]
3 tablespoons water
Chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips (optional)
Mix all ingredients except chips in a cup, cup should be about ½ full, scatter chips on top
Microwave on high, 45 seconds to 1 minute
Let cool slightly, top if desired with whipped cream or ice cream or frosting, powdered sugar, crushed up heath bars would be amazing, whatever!
Chocolate Mug Cake Mix (makes 11 single serving mug cakes)
I love this idea to shave even more time off an already quick dessert.
1 cup self rising flour or (1 cup flour, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder and a dash of salt)
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup dry milk powder
¼ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon espresso powder
Mix together and store in covered container.
To make 1 mug cake, mix in a cup:
4 tablespoons mug cake mix
2 tablespoons water
Sprinkle top with:
Baking chips of your choice, optional
Microwave on high 30-40 seconds. Let rest 2 minutes. Add your choice of toppings.
Vanilla Mug Cake
Vanilla cake, how boring, but what if you added lemon, lime or orange zest and topped with a citrus glaze? Cinnamon sugar? Espresso powder? Cajoled @Hannibal into giving up some canned peaches? It’s a good thing to have in the cooking arsenal.
¼ cup plus 1 ½ teaspoons self rising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons coconut oil or melted butter
3 tablespoons milk (plant based milk is fine) or 3 tablespoons water plus 1 teaspoon milk powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in cup, microwave on high 60 – 90 seconds. Let rest 2 minutes. Top as desired. The first time I made this I ate it plain for breakfast and it was really good. Oooh, I could have put maple syrup on top!