5/3/15

Eat it #1: Make mug cakes like a pro!

"Eat It" is a new feature I'm starting on my blog. I love baking but since I don't want to waste my precious reading time messing up everything in the kitchen, I like to do simple but delicious treats I can devour while reading. So why not share my inventions with you guys?
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I'm currently home-alone and this is the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen. I love baking but making a huge cake or pie for one person isn't very ideal. This is why mug cakes are the perfect treat if you want something small but still oh-so-delicious.

Mug cakes have been some kind of "food trend" for a while now, but until now I never managed to make the perfect mug cake. And I don't think many people do. It always ends up too sticky or too dry or... But today I actually mastered it! This is a basic recipe for two servings. So invite your best friend to share or just keep the two cakes for yourself ;)


What you will need for two servings

- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (+/- 30 grams) of granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons of self-rising flour (or 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of baking powder)
- a pinch of salt

+ whatever you want to be in your cake: sprinkles, chocolate (melted or chopped), rasped coconut, fruit, ...

Little side note: you can split all the ingredients in half and to make on serving. Only splitting one egg is a bit tricky. But it's not impossible of course. Just beat the egg with a fork and split it that way. It's not precise but it will turn out just fine ;)

Get started!

Step one: the mugs
Prepare your two mugs. It's best to use two big ones (like on the picture). Spray them with cooking spray to avoid that you cake will stick to the mug. If you don't have cooking spray, just rub some oil in it and coat the inside of your mug with flour. All extra flour that isn't sticking to your mug should be removed (hold your mug upside down and tap on it... although do this above a sink otherwise you'll have flour everywhere haha).

Step two: mix it up
Melt the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds.
Take your bowl out of the microwave and add all the other ingredients. 
Mix everything with a fork until you have smooth and yummie cake batter.

Step three: be original
Now it's time to get crazy! At this point you can add whatever you want to your basic batter. For the two mugs in the picture, I chopped some delicious chocolate and also added a big spoon of rasped coconut. 

Step four: baking time!
Now, here's the "tricky" part. Obviously all microwaves aren't the same, you might have to adjust the time to your liking. Do not microwave both mugs at the same time btw. Always separately!
Now, every mug should be baked for 1,5 to 2 minutes on the highest setting you have. I baked mine for 1 minute and 50 seconds each and they came out perfect. 
To see if your cake is ready just toothpick in it. If it comes out clean then you're good. If not, and there is batter sticking to it, put it back in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
If you cake ends up too dry... well, it's the perfect excuse to eat it with some yummie ice cream! ;) No but seriously, you can avoid it next time by baking it 10-15 seconds less! 

Step five: toppings
When the both cakes are cooled down you can top them with whipped cream, frosting, sprinkles, fruit, ice cream, chocolate... really, anything you like! Enjoy the fun and bon app├ętit!

Extra little tip: Eat you mug cake while it's slightly warm. If you added chocolate to it, it will completely melt on your tongue and you will love it even more! 

Share it #BookishMugCakes

When you tried it out, please share your mug cake on Instagram! I'd love to see you mug cake with your current read! Just tag your picture with #BookishMugCakes!