Making mug cakes

Making mug cakes

By
Sandra Mahut
Contains
33 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781784880095
Photographer
Sandra Mahut

Mug cake

A mug cake takes approximately 2 minutes to cook in the microwave. For chocolate mug cakes, the method is almost always the same: begin by melting the butter and chocolate in the mug, whisk, add the other ingredients and briskly whisk once more. Put in the microwave to cook. It rises in 2 minutes and then it’s ready to eat!

Quantities

A mug cake is a real homemade cake using all the ingredients you would put in a regular cake. However, it takes a fraction of the time and is cooked in a mug in the microwave! The only equipment you require is a mug, a fork or whisk and (sometimes) a bowl. There’s no need to weigh anything – all the quantities are given in spoonfuls.

Equivalent weights

Here are the equivalent weights for the measures used in the recipes:

1 tablespoon flour/sugar = 15 g

1 teaspoon flour/sugar = 5 g

½ teaspoon baking powder = 2 g

1 slice butter 1 cm thick = 30 g

1 slice butter ½ cm thick = 15 g

1 square of chocolate = 5 g

Chocolate

Chocolate can be tricky to cook. It is important not to overheat the mixture or it can burn.

Be experimental with your mug cake and try out different chocolate combinations – they will all be delicious! Alternatively you can opt for the chocolate flavour you like best and customise it however you like.

Mugs & microwaves

A standard mug holds 300 ml. Set the microwave power to 800 watts.

A few tips

Making mug cakes is a delicate process. Microwave cooking can be unpredictable so you may have to try it a few times to get the best result. To get a smooth, even mixture, use a fork or a mini whisk. The batter has to be mixed vigorously in the mug to make sure the cake cooks evenly.

Sometimes a mug cake can rise too high or overflow: either the mixture contains too much butter, or the mug is too small or narrow. It’s simply a matter of trial and error, so if your first attempt doesn’t work, just try it again!

One fail-safe trick for getting a melting middle is to cook the mug cake for 45 seconds in the microwave, then remove the mug and push the melting ingredient into the centre of the mixture. Return the mug to the microwave and cook for a further 45 seconds.

Another tip for a lighter, fluffier mug cake is to use almond butter instead of regular butter.

Decorate your mug cake in your own way – with icing sugar or whipped cream, a glaze of icing with citrus zest, food colouring or chocolate sprinkles...

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