Baking doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen. If
you have 5 minutes and a few pantry staples, you can make satisfying
and delicious cakes in any microwave-safe mug. Chocolate, vanilla, red
velvet—the sky’s the limit when it comes to flavors.
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup high quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Toppings, like whipped cream, powdered sugar or
Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
Divide between four mugs. One at a time, microwave on high for 2 1/2-3 minutes, until cake rises above the mug.
Let cool for 2 minutes and garnish with desired toppings.
Cakes can be made in mugs, cooled and then frozen for up to 1 month. Add toppings just before serving.
Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe
Follow the chocolate mug cake recipe, substituting seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract) for the cocoa. Cut
the bean in half lengthwise, then use a small sharp knife to scrape out the seeds. Garnish with twirls of lemon peel.
For a stronger lemon
flavor, use 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1
tablespoon fresh lemon zest instead. Finish with a lemon glaze: Heat
1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice over low heat
and stir until
sugar melts. Brush over cakes while they’re still warm and let it
soak in for 20-30 minutes before serving.