I said it yesterday on Instagram and I’m saying it again today here: whoever invented Mug Cakes are pure geniuses!
I was raking my mind on what nice dessert make because a friend is coming over for a ‘slumber’ party. I already knew what to prepare for dinner (Roast Potatoes, Roasted Coca Cola Spare Ribs, Garden Salad) but what to serve for dessert or something sweet was a bit hard to decide on. You see, I’m really not good at baking which I recently found out, and accepted, when I baked G’s birthday cake, so I was leaning towards a no-bake cake, ref cakes or fruit salad! Anyway, my go-to site has always been Pinterest (well, ever since I became a member) so I searched for ‘desserts’ and found a recipe for Mug Cakes! 🙂
I gave it a little tweak and here’s my version of the Nutella Mug Cake:
4 tbsp self-rising flour
4 tbsp brown sugar (you may use white, of course)
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
3 tbsp milk (fresh milk will do)
3 tbsp nutella
3 tbsp butter (you may also use olive oil or vegetable oil)
Dark chocolate droplets, marshmallows for filling
Easy. Combine all ingredients in a large mug. What I used was G’s humungous tea mug (which I think serves two!). Make sure the batter is smooth and mixed evenly. Drop the dark chocolate droplets and marshmallows in the middle, make it ‘sink’. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Now this depends on your microwave. It usually takes between 1.5 – 3minutes so you better check when you’re on the one and a half minute mark. Top with ice cream/whip cream/more marshmallows/more nutella/fresh fruits/etc. Serve and enjoy.
There are some important things to note though which I discovered through trial and error (I made a couple of batches yesterday).
1. It’s best if it’s really in a mug or any ceramic container. You may use a microwaveable ceramic bowl if you want to. I tried mine on a heart-shaped baking container, took me longer to ‘bake’ and it’s not as good.
2. You may change Nutella to peanut butter or any other possible ingredient you may find in your kitchen. I did it with Peanut Butter but Nutella cake was better.
3. Eat it hot/warm! If it cools down, it’s not as good!
4. You may drop salted caramel or fresh fruits or a piece of a chocolate bar in the middle. 🙂 To make it a bit moist. The cake cane get really dry when it cools down so a bit of gooey stuff in the middle makes it better. Might tweak it a bit to make it more moist as is even when it has cooled down.
5. Finally, you may get more mug cake ideas from this site.
I was so amazed at this mug cake recipe that I have convinced myself that I still have hope in the baking arena! 😉 Can you send me a photo of your final product? 🙂