The Mug Cake

Emotional support treat

It’s late. It’s been a heck of a day. You’re tired, your sweet tooth is fired up, and you are rummaging through the cupboards about to eat a spoonful of peanut butter, and some stale raisins just to keep the beast at bay. We have a better way — hot, gooey cake — made in minutes. Like magic, thanks to the microwave. If you have flour, sugar, butter, and cocoa powder, and of course a mug, you’re in business. The day’s woes will slip away like a silk sheet. You’ll say, “Self, am I really having a brownie-like cake right now? Three minutes ago, I was about to lick the sides of the empty maple syrup container, and now I’m saved. Nice job, self!”

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon liquid mix-in (examples: peanut butter, hot fudge, Nutella, or caramel syrup)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Pick a heat-proof 12-ounce mug. Mix dry ingredients in the mug. Add all wet ingredients. Mix again. It may seem like there isn’t enough moisture — don’t add more, just keep mixing. Mix until thick. Push batter into bottom of the mug. Microwave for about 45 seconds (no more than one minute). Add mix-ins like nuts, candy, or chocolate chips.

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