There are those moments when you just want cake. But then you don’t want to bake a whole family-sized thing, because you are afraid you will be tempted to eat it all by yourself, or maybe you are trying out a new recipe and don’t want to take the risk of having to throw away an entire cake in case it does not work out. For those moments, there is the mug cake. Today, I highlight the chocolate version, because tomorrow is valentines day. And on valentines day, you eat chocolate.
A Bit Late
To be honest, I know I’m about a year behind on this hype. Some time ago mug cakes were everywhere on food blogs and in magazines. One of my roommates in the Netherlands was even making them, telling me how amazing they are. But somehow, I didn’t feel like trying these tiny little cakes. I think that is mostly because I don’t want to use a microwave, and it just didn’t occur to me that they would also be perfectly fine when made in an oven. Anyhow, better late than never, I’m finally convinced of their awesomeness!
The whole point of a mug cake is that they are small. At least to me, that is the big advantage. Since I’m a more free, experimental cook, I usually just throw some things together to see if it works. But when baking things like cakes, I’m always a bit reluctant in that. It would be such a waste to have to throw away all those used ingredients in case the experiment goes wrong. Now I have the mug cake. That way, it’s possible to try out a recipe on a small scale first, not risking so much ingredients. Perfect!
Although baking a mug cake is not so fast as preparing a piece of knäckebröd or making some granola, it’s still one of the more quick to make snacks. In only about twenty minutes, you will have a warm, sweet-smelling, delicious little pot of cake to delve in to. That is not too long, is it? Oh, and your kitchen will be smelling lovely as well!
Make your small cake even more special by adding some chopped strawberries. You can just use frozen ones that you chop with a sharp knife. Add them to the batter just before transferring to a ramekin. The freshness and sweetness of the fruit is a perfect addition to the chocolate. Hmm, who could ask for a more delicious little snack?
Chocolate Mug Cake (serves one)
What you will need:
- 3 tbsp of (whole-wheat) flour, I usually use rye
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp of your favourite milk
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tbsp liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey if not vegan
- Optional: chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- Preheat your oven to 180° C
- Grease a small ramekin or oven-friendly mug.
- In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Then add the rest.
- Mix well. If the batter is still too dry, add a little bit more milk.
- Transfer the batter to the ramekin.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. Or if, like me, you prefer a more gooey, soft cake, take out after just over 10 minutes. Then the inside will still be soft and gooey and yummy.
- Enjoy your delicious cake!
Note: I just recently made a mug cake with blueberries that might have been even better than this one. So I will share that recipe with you soon as well!
Enjoy your delicious moments of cake!