Tuesday, 15 November 2011

How to Make Cake in a Mug

When your sweet cravings kick in but you don't have time to bake something tasty and warm, here's an excellent recipe to make a simple, quick and easy chocolate cake. It's a great cooking lesson for kids, and a different way to use hot chocolate mix any time of the year. Share this recipe with everyone and use this as a "friendly" treat for friends.
Recipe 1 - Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cake
  • 9 Tbsp. hot chocolate powder mix
    • look for sugar-free, calcium fortified mix for a healthier cake
  • 4 Tbsp. self raising flour
    • use whole wheat flour for a healthier alternative
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
    • for a healthier recipe, use canola oil
Recipe 2- Chocolate Cake
  • 4 Tbsp. cake flour
    • if you don't have cake flour, sift 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour and 2 Tbsp cornstarch
    • other kinds of flour will work as well, but the cake will be heavier
  • 4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. milk (any kind)
  • 3 Tbsp. oil (any kind but peanut)
  • splash in a little vanilla
Recipe 3 - Honey bun coffee cake
  • 1/3 cup (75g) yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • topping mix (optional)
    • 2 Tsp. brown sugar
    • 1 Tsp. finely chopped pecans
    • 1/4 Tsp. cinnamon
1.     Grease the inside of the mug with cooking spray.

2.     Measure and pour the dry ingredients into the mug. Stir ingredients with a spoon.

3.     Crack the egg and add it to the mug. Stir well to get the egg incorporated in the dry ingredients.

4.     Measure and pour the wet ingredients into the mug.
5.     Stir and beat everything together to get a "cake batter" mix. Use your spoon to scrape the bottom. Fold the bottom mixture onto the top a few times to get all of the dry ingredients (chocolate powder and flour) moistened and incorporated with the wet ingredients (water, egg, and oil).

6.     Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Timing may be different for various watt amounts.

7.     Watch as the cake starts to rise while in the microwave.

8.     Use a potholder or oven mitt to remove the mug from the microwave.
9.     Remove the cake from the mug. Take a fork and cut the cake into 4 pieces (quarters). Cutting the cake will help it cool down faster.

10. Garnish the cake with ice cream, whipped cream, glaze, syrup, or another topping of your choice.
  • For an extra treat, add a few mini marshmallows (you can learn how to make marshmallows from scratch!) or chocolate chips before you put the mug into the microwave. If you're using marshmallows, be sure to "protect" your microwave tray by lining the bottom with paper towels.
  • After the mug has cooled down, soak it in water to loosen and remove cake residue. It will be harder to clean it if not taken care of or tossed into the dishwasher "as is". Be sure the mug has cooled down.  A hot ceramic mug may crack violently if placed in cool water.
  • For a more uniform baking double the time, add 35 seconds and set your microwave to half power.
  • Just before you put all ingredients inside the cup, first brush the inside of cup with little butter or oil. This will help in removal of cake smoothly and with fine texture. Also always use little bigger cup then normal and can add 1/2 table spoon of sodium bi-carbonate in the mixture for getting a more spongy and fluffy cake. You can also add 1 table spoon of vanilla essence or some raisins in the mixture for getting a sweet aromatic flavor.
  • When you remove the cake from the mug, the bottom may still be in a liquid form. This is okay, and if you wish to, place the cake back in the microwave for a longer time.
  • Never use a cracked or chipped mug in the microwave, or handmade stoneware one, or one with gilding or other metallic decoration; mugs with these characteristics can break or cause arcing or sparking in the microwave and should be avoided. Also, do not use handmade ceramics unless you know that the clay body it was made from does not contain iron, as microwaves will weaken and eventually break the mug.
  • It is best to set the mug on a microwave=safe plate, as the mixture seems to love to boil over like a volcano.
Things You'll Need
·         Tablespoon
·         Large mug (microwaveable)
·         Microwave oven
·         Cooking spray
·         Fork
·         Spoon

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