The Amazing Mug Cake

Make a cake in your microwave in five minutes flat.

Photo By: Kana Okada ©Kana Okada 2014

Photo By: Kana Okada ©Kana Okada 2014

Photo By: Kana Okada ©Kana Okada 2014

Photo By: Kana Okada ©Kana Okada 2014

Photo By: Kana Okada ©Kana Okada 2014

Photo By: Kana Okada ©Kana Okada 2014

Basic Mug Cakes

Stick with basic vanilla, or let the kids choose from five fun flavor variations. 

 

Photographs by Kana Okada

Confetti    

Make Basic Mug Cakes, adding 2 teaspoons rainbow sprinkles to each mug before adding the batter; stir. Top with whipped cream and more sprinkles.

Strawberry Shortcake

Make Basic Mug Cakes, adding 1 chopped strawberry and 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips to each mug before adding the batter; stir. Top with more chopped strawberries.

Triple Chocolate

Make Basic Mug Cakes, using only 1/3 cup flour; add 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder with the flour. Top with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sprinkles.

Chocolate Chip

Make Basic Mug Cakes, using dark brown sugar instead of granulated. Add 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips to each mug before adding the batter; stir. Top with vanilla ice cream and more mini chocolate chips.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Cheesecake

Lightly butter 4 small microwave-safe mugs. Microwave 8 ounces cream cheese in a large microwave-safe bowl until soft, about 30 seconds. Whisk in 1 large egg, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar (make sure your brand is gluten-free), 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Pour 1/4 cup batter into each mug; stir 1 teaspoon dried blueberries into each. Microwave, one at a time, until puffed, about 2 minutes. (Continue microwaving in 15-second intervals, if needed.) Let cool slightly. Top with blueberry preserves.

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