5 Minutes Mug Cakes

20150112-220317-79397261.jpg Have you ever felt the crazy urge to eat a cake but too lazy to make or buy them? Especially when you want them NOW and you don’t want the hassle to make a whole big cakes that takes 20-30 minutes baking time? Yep.. That is exactly what i felt.. Like often. When i was watching a movie or tv series on the internet (i mean you gotta have a movie snack right? And i think that popcorns are just too.. Boring), reading a book, or even just doing nothing and then i just had this sudden urge of having a cake in my mouth.. Sweet.. Fluffy… Chocolatey… Creamy… Cake…
And this is often what i end up making to fulfill my craving of cakes. These mug cakes practically done in 5 minutes, and yes it includes the baking (more of microwaving) time. Not to mention this also serve as the perfect individual serving!

But the problem with microwaved cakes it is often either rubbery, dry, or just not that decent. One of my friends actually said that instead making a cake in a mug she ends up making ‘rock in a mug’.
The hardest part of making microwave cakes is just probably the cooking time. Usually cake in a teacup size mug takes about 1-2 minutes only to bake (or microwave?). If you feel like it’s still liquid inside, just give it another 10-15 seconds and that would probably do it.

So today, i’m approaching 3 of my favourite flavour of mug cakes. That is cookies and cream, chocolate chip, basic yellow cake, and moist chocolate cake.

Let’s get started!
For the cookies and cream mug cakes, the ingredients are

20150117-230315-82995387.jpgThe recipe for all have basically almost the same ingredients.
You’d need flour, baking powder, sugar, egg, oil, vanilla, milk and chopped oreo cookies.

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All there is to do is to combine all the ingredients except for the oreo then mix them up until smooth

20150118-001111-671107.jpgonce combined, stir in the oreo

20150118-221720-80240330.jpgPour the batter on separate mugs, this makes 2 mug cakes.
Sorry that this recipe won’t give you a single portion so that you can actually stop after eating one mug and not tempted to eat another.
There is a good explanation for this. So, too much egg would actually made the cake texture gets rubbery and not really cakey. I mean, think about it. A whole cake could actually use two eggs for the recipe and one egg for a mug cake is definitely too much.
But hey, you can always pour the other portion into another mug and refrigerate it then all you need to do is to put the batter into the microwave and you got your sweet treats in under 2 minutes!

20150118-222524-80724999.jpg*note to self: frost the cake while it has cooled entirely to get prettier picture*
I frosted one of them with chocolate ganache and the other with oreo frosting.

20150118-222925-80965143.jpgI just mixed some oreo crumbs on some pre-made frosting or whipped cream.

20150119-210345-75825169.jpgLook at those fluffy cake!

Next up! Basic yellow cake and chocolate chip

20150119-210602-75962788.jpgPractically the same ingredients as the cookies and cream one

20150119-210857-76137932.jpgMix the batter till smooth. This is the basic yellow cake batter. You can definitely put anything you want in the basic yellow cake batter. Raisins, sprinkles, m&m, Reese’s pieces, anything really.

20150119-211105-76265057.jpgI’ve put some of the yellow batter and then i put some chocolate chip on the other half.

20150119-211340-76420145.jpgTime to microwave!

20150119-211552-76552131.jpgCaramel yellow cake and chocolate chip microwaved cake!

20150119-212247-76967988.jpgI put some vanilla frosting and caramel sauce on the yellow cake

20150119-212537-77137192.jpgAnd some chocolate ganache for the chocolate chip one.

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20150119-213144-77504821.jpgFluffy, yellow, taste great!

Last but not least, moist chocolate nutella cake!

20150119-213331-77611624.jpgSelf raising flour, sugar, coco powder, milk, oil and nutella.
This recipe doesn’t use any egg so that the cake is moist and not ruberry.

20150119-213802-77882723.jpgJust like the other, just mix everything together and pour them into the mug

20150120-174641-64001488.jpgPut a dollop of nutella in the middle of the batter.

20150120-175013-64213513.jpgI just dust the cake with some icing powder. Look how cute this one!

20150120-175138-64298975.jpgThis chocolate cake is moist, and the melting nutella part is almost lava cake-ish.

Have some experiment of flavour with you mug cake! Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Just try to watch the cooking time. Don’t look for any brown top or anything because it won’t have that. The golden brown on the top of a traditional cake is created by caramelization of sugar, which occurs at 320ºF. A microwave doesn’t get much hotter than 212ºF — the vaporization point of water. So your mug cakes won’t brown, and that’s fine; they may be finished cooking anyways {copied from buzzfeed}

Have a great 2015 people!

Cookies and cream mug cake
(Make 2 tea cup size mug cakes)
• 5½ tbsp all purpose flour*
• ⅛ tsp baking powder*
• 4 tbsp sugar
• 1 egg
• 3 tbsp milk
• 3 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 chopped oreo cookies
How to make:
1) Combine all the dry ingredients, give a little mix then incorporate the rest of the ingredients. Beat until smooth, then incorporate the oreo.
2) Pour into two mugs (make sure it’s microwave safe) then microwave for 1 minute.
Remember that all microwave is different. Try for a minute first, if it still looks liquid in the middle, give another 15 seconds. Experiment to know how long your microwave cake should cook.
3) Let cool, then frost with whipped cream or pre-made frosting (combine with a little bit of oreo if desired)

Basic yellow cake and chocolate chip mug cake
• 5½ tbsp all purpose flour*
• ⅛ tsp baking powder*
• 4 tbsp sugar
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 tbsp milk
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Chocolate chips
How to make:
1) Combine all the dry ingredients, give a little mix then incorporate the rest of the ingredients. Beat until smooth.
2) Put half the batter into the mug, this is the basic yellow cake. You can incorporate anything, like sprinkles (to make confetti cake), etc.
3) Add chocolate chip into the rest of the batter, then pour it into the mug. Add a couple more on top.
4) Microwave for 1 minute.
Remember that all microwave is different. Try for a minute first, if it still looks liquid in the middle, give another 15 seconds. Experiment to know how long your microwave cake should cook.
5) frost with chocolate ganache or pre-made frosting

Simple chocolate ganache frosting: equal part of melted chocolate and heavy cream, stir in together until it looks glossy, then put in the fridge until firm enough to pipe.

*Note: you can substitute the flour and baking powder with 6 tbsp of self rising flour and a pinch of salt. I usually used self rising flour to make microwaved mug cakes but i don’t buy self rising flour often so i just wanted to give you an alternative.

Moist chocolate mug cake
Adapted from tablefortwoblog.com
• ¼ cup all purpose flour
• 2 tbsp cocoa powder
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 3 tbsp sugar
• ⅛ tsp salt
• ¼ cup + 1 tbsp milk
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread

How to make:
1) Whisk together the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients, stir until smooth.
2) Place the batter into a mug then put a dollop of the chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle.
3) Microwave for 1 minute.
Remember that all microwave is different. Try for a minute first, if it still looks liquid in the middle , give another 15 seconds. Experiment to know how long your microwave cake should cook.
4) Let cool a bit then dust with powdered sugar if desired.