Easy Recipe: Cake in a Mug

Have you ever craved dessert—cake, cookies, ice cream, anything—only to realize you have nothing in the house and no energy for a grocery store run?

This happens to me all the time, but luckily, someone turned me onto cake in a mug, which is exactly what it sounds like. Assemble all the ingredients in a coffee mug, pop it in the microwave, and voila, a personal treat in less than five minutes.

I’m a bit obsessed with being healthy, so I tweaked this recipe (I eliminated the egg and salt) and it worked just fine.

Here’s my chocolate mug cake recipe that won’t leave you with late-night guilt.

Add the following ingredients to a decent sized coffee mug:
• 3 tablespoons of flour

• 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar (I don’t like things sweet, but if you do, add a little more)

• 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

• A pinch of baking powder

• 4 tablespoons of milk

Mix the ingredients and drizzle canola oil until you reach the consistency of cake mix. If you want to cut down on oil, it’s fine to add a little more milk. If you’re a chocolate fiend like me, add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips. Microwave for one minute. If it looks gooey, zap it for another 30 seconds. You shouldn’t need more than a minute and a half, otherwise it gets rock hard.

Let it cool and dig in!

If you’re not a chocolate fan, try using the same measurements and technique but eliminate the cocoa powder and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a half teaspoon of lemon extract. If you’ve got kids, throw in a tablespoon of rainbow sprinkles. It’s a colorful and tasty alternative.

Check out what else you can make with a mug and a microwave: Cake in a Mug and More Mug Recipe Treats!

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