Chocolate Cake in a Mug
My wife's sister Judy sent us four gorgeous mugs with zip lock bags filled with what looked like instant coco powder. There were also little packets of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, crushed candy cane and cinnamon chips.
Hmm, I thought, this looks interesting, but what is it?
Caught up in the Christmas frenzy, I didn't spend too much time checking out the mugs with the powder concoction inside but knowing what a great cook my sister-in-law is, I should have stopped immediately and taken a closer look.
But I didn't. And then we were off to St Croix for a week's vacation and didn't give the pretty mugs another thought.
When we were back from vacation a couple of days, my oldest daughter decided to give the Cake in a Cup a try and was I surprised when she gave me a taste. In fact, I was blown away!
The cake only took 2 ½ minutes to make in the microwave and was delicious. Moist, rich and chocolaty, this was really good cake.
I couldn't believe it came from that zip locked bag of powder. Granted Nell added a few fresh ingredients, but 2 ½ minutes in the microwave!
This morning my daughter made another batch for her friend Maggie whose had a sleepover with Nell to celebrate her birthday. Nell made it as a birthday breakfast cake.
Any excuse will do. The photo is Maggie enjoying her Cake in a Cup. I think you will find this as much fun to make as it is good to eat. Let me know!
Happy Birthday Maggie!
Cake in a Cup Recipe
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg
- splash vanilla extract or other flavoring like cinnamon or peppermint
- In a medium sized mug (be sure it is microwave safe), add the vegetable oil, egg, milk and whatever flavoring you are using. Mix up these ingredients until well combined.
- Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Again mix until well combined. If you are using any of the suggested add ins, now's the time to add them.
- Cook in the microwave on high for about 2 ½ minutes depending on your brand of microwave. The end result should look like the photo at the top.