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Recipes: New cake trend involves mug and a microwave

Baking » Single-serving treats mixed in a coffee cup depend on the microwave — not the oven — to achieve perfection.

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The company makes eight mug mixes both sweet and savory. The most popular is the chocolate brownie cake, but there also are walnut, pumpkin spice, pancake, yellow cake and cobbler and a gluten-free chocolate. On the savory side, there’s corn bread and quiche.

The single-serving packets are available at Harmon’s Grocery stores and participating Associated Food Stores for $1.50 to $2. They also are available online at ShirleyJ.com.

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Blueberry Muffin Microwave Mug Cake

1 egg

2 tablespoons mixed blueberry yogurt (with the fruit stirred in)

1 tablespoon oil

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding powder (not prepared)

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Prepare mug by coating the inside lightly with cooking spray. In a small bowl, beat egg with a spoon. Mix in yogurt, oil and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

Pour batter into the mug (do not fill more than halfway) and smooth the top with a spoon. Thump mug firmly on the tabletop six times to remove excess air bubbles. Place mug on top of a microwavable small plate or saucer.

Bake in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the mug cake. The cake is done when the toothpick comes out dry.

Remove from oven and wait 2 minutes, then run a butter knife along the inside of the mug, and tip the cake onto a plate. Position the mug cake so that the slightly rounded top is on top. Your microwave mug cake will now look like a slightly overgrown muffin.

Optional frosting: Top the mug cake with blueberry pie filling, blueberry jelly or the rest of the blueberry yogurt. You can also split the cake in half and frost each half individually.

Serving » 1

Source: 101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes

Caramel–Fleur de Sel Mug Cake

Fleur de sel is a fancy sea salt, hand harvested from evaporating pools along the coast of Brittany in France. Similar “gourmet” salts can be found in many stores and specialty shops. If you don’t have sea salt caramel candies on hand, it’s fine to use generic caramel candies.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 table caramel sauce, store bought or homemade

2 tablespoons milk

6 tablespoons self-rising flour

½ teaspoon fleur de sel

4 caramel candies, preferably salted

In a large mug, whisk together butter and sugar with a fork. Stir in egg, vanilla, caramel sauce and milk. Add flour and ¼ teaspoon of the fleur de sel. Beat the batter until smooth. Divide batter between two mugs. Top each mug with a pinch of the remaining fleur de sel. Microwave separately for 30 seconds each. Place two caramel candies on the top of each partially cooked mug cake, then continue cooking 1 to 1 ½ minutes more until risen and firm.

Topping ideas: Crème fraîche, fresh peaches, salted peanuts, chopped pecans or a drizzle of vinegar-caramel sauce.

Variation: Try this recipe using cajeta, the Mexican caramel made with goat’s milk. Its unique flavor will hook you.

Servings » 2

Source: Mug Cakes: 100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy your sweet tooth

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Olsen said the savory mixes are great for meals, too; just place ¾ cup leftover soup or chili into a mug and then pour the batter on top before baking.

Just before Christmas, Kodiak Cakes, based in Park City, launched Minute Muffins. The just-add-water mixes come in microwavable cups and are available in blueberry, double chocolate, apple cinnamon and lemon chia, a twist on lemon poppy seed.

The cups are $1.79 each and are sold at Associated Food stores along the Wasatch Front. They also will be available in more than 200 Wal-Mart stores beginning in January, according to marketing director Cori Goddard.

She said the product came about on a whim.

"We had seen the mug cake thing and it got us thinking what would happen if we microwaved our pancake mix?" she said. "When it came out fluffy and hot, we knew we had to get this to our customers."


Deep dark chocolate mug cake

This mug cake is rich and moist — more like a brownie than a cake. It is perfect for the serious chocoholic.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup dark chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet)

1 large egg

3 ½ tablespoons buttermilk

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons self-rising flour

Pinch of kosher salt

Combine butter and chocolate chips in a large mug. Microwave 30 to 60 seconds until melted. Add egg and whisk with a fork. Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, sugar and cocoa. Add flour and salt. Beat batter until smooth. Divide between two mugs. Microwave separately for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes each until risen and firm.

Topping ideas: Top with whipped cream, ganache, orange segments, fresh berries or shaved chocolate.

Servings » 2

Source: Mug Cakes: 100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy your sweet tooth

Pink Champagne Mug Cake

This mug cake is perfect for Sunday brunch. The strawberries add just the right amount of sweetness to balance the acidity of the wine. They also look cute.

4 strawberries, washed, dried, and diced

¼ cup Champagne

1 large egg

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

1 drop pink food coloring

¼ cup granulated sugar

6 tablespoons self-rising flour

Pinch of kosher salt

Topping ideas: whipped cream, sifted confectioner’s sugar or fresh berries

In a large mug, combine diced strawberries and Champagne. Set aside to macerate for 5 to 10 minutes.

In a second mug, whisk together egg and butter with a fork. Stir in food coloring, sugar, macerated strawberries and their liquid. Add the flour and salt. Beat the batter until smooth. Divide the batter between two mugs. Microwave separately for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes each until risen and firm.


Mimosa Mug Cake » Omit the food coloring and add the finely grated zest of 1 orange, or 1 teaspoon of orange juice concentrate.

Beer Mug Cake » Omit the food coloring and berries, add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and replace the Champagne with your favorite beer.

Guinness Mug Cake » Follow Beer Mug Cake instructions above, and replace 2 tablespoons of flour with unsweetened cocoa powder.

Servings » 2

Source: Mug Cakes: 100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy your sweet tooth

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