If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking that the words “microwave” and “cake” should never be used in the same sentence. “Cake” and “mug” is alright, it summons up an image of a cute mini-dessert eaten with a spoon…but microwave cake??
As a loyal pie fan, it takes a fantastic cake to win over my taste buds. Therefore, I really didn’t have much hope for any of the recipes in Stacey Miller’s book, 101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes, but did that stop me from trying something so ingeniously horrific? Nope.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Microwave Mug Cake (from 101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes)
1 T peanut butter, smooth or chunky
2 T milk
2 T oil
1/8 t vanilla extract
1/8 t baking powder
4 T sugar
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
4 T all-purpose flour
- If needed, prepare the mug by coating the inside lightly with cooking spray. I say “if needed” because the source recipe states it, but I went without and was fine. I ate my cake in the mug though so I suppose if you’re going to flip out your cake you may want to spray it to ensure a smooth transition.
- In a small bowl, beat egg first with a fork then add the other liquid ingredients. Then, slowly add the dry ingredients, whisking throughout, until all clumps are gone.
- Pour the batter into the mug (do not fill more than halfway) and smooth the top with a spoon. Thump the mug firmly on the tabletop several times to remove excess air bubbles. Place mug on top of a microwaveable small plate and place both in the microwave.
- Bake for 2-3 minutes. Check the cake by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If the toothpick comes out dry, the cake is done.
- Let the cake cool for at least 2 minutes before either frosting or removing.
Well. Considering it is a cake baked in the microwave, it’s…not bad. Not bad, and that’s about all I can say, haha. I suppose if you are absolutely desperate for a cake and had no one close by with which to share a traditional cake/cupcakes with, this would be the recipe for you. I see a much better use for these cakes in a family with young children. Ms. Miller’s book does, in fact, hold 101 varieties of microwave mug cakes (or “MMCs” as she likes to call them) – a taste for every palate. Kids would love to help measure the ingredients, mix them together, and watch the cake puff up in the microwave (from a safe distance, of course ;)). Older children, I’d say starting at 7 or 8 years old, can whip these up on their own.
Wouldn’t that be a fantastic birthday party?? A bunch of kids, a buffet-line of ingredients (or maybe a basic batter with a buffet-line of additions: banana, chocolate, sprinkles…), pop them in the microwave, and take turns watching your “build-your-own” cake bake up before your eyes! Now I wish I knew some munchkins to test my idea on, haha.
Overall Enjoyment: ♥ ♥ for adults, ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ for kids