The title says it all, guys. I mean, a CAKE in a MUG?!! Your next cake-craving just got a whole lot easier with this delicious, simple, aaand surprisingly healthy recipe!
I've tried out so many different mug cake recipes (chocolate is the most popular), and honestly, none of them have turned out. I've had chocolate soup, chewy chocolate crisp, and burnt chocolate bark. I had to modify this recipe a little bit to get it to turn out right (I found it on www.juliannehough.com by Lori Zanini), but it's definitely my favorite mug cake I've made! So don't worry: I did the hard part of finding a good recipe for you and changing it to actually work, and now all you have to do is microwave some ingredients together!! Yaaay.
First, a little heads up. This recipe contains black beans. I'm not trying to scare you, but I just wanted you to be aware of this fun, healthy twist! Black beans are really good for you, and I usually do not have beans everyday. So, I was very glad to eat some in this cake! And I promise you this recipe does not taste like beans. :)
Let's get to the recipe! I'm going to share it with you a little differently today - first I'm going to show you how to make it step-by-step with pictures. Then the detailed and real recipe and procedure are below. Enjoy!!
We begin with beans. Yay! Don't skip this ingredient just because a savory ingredient in a dessert scares you. I promise it turns out delicious in the end!
Get out all your ingredients and a blender. Start with the beans, and scoop out 1/4 a cup.
Dump them in the blender - kinda looks like chocolate, right?
Now onto the oats. Yum. Two tablespoons will do.
The cocoa powder gives us our chocolate-y flavor - also two tablespoons.
Also two tablespoons of agave nectar! Yum. You can use whatever sweetener you prefer, but make sure it's a liquid sweetener.
With the few remaining ingredients added in, this is what your pre-blending mixture should look like. Not so tasty.
Mmm...our smooth n' creamy cake batter mixture. It's time to find your fave mug!
Like my mug?? Hopefully you can do this while you eat your cake. :) Make sure your mug is microwave-safe, and then spray the inside and pour the batter in. Microwave for 2-3 minutes.
But not too long, otherwise this will happen. (And this actually did happen). Bam - microwave EXPLOSION. :( Not fun to clean up.
Hopefully your cake looks more like my trial #2 cake. (Make sure you keep an eye on your microwave so you won't end up like me!)
Let your cake cool for a few minutes, and then slice up some strawberries. Mmmm.
Or you can add a lil scoop of ice cream. Just a little, riiight? :)
And there you have it! One gorgeous, easy-to-make mug cake recipe. Enjoy!
CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE RECIPE (serves 1):
1/4 to 1/2 cup black beans (your choice, really does not matter, I did in between)
2 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup (whatever you have on hand)
1 teaspoon milk of your choice
1 teaspoon canola oil, plus more for greasing the mug
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking powder
sliced strawberries, if you'd like
1. In a blender, combine the ingredients and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a lightly greased, microwave-save coffee mug.
3. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Start with two and see how the cake looks.
4. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the mug.
5. Serve, topped with strawberry slices.
Recipe by: Lori Zanini from www.juliannehough.com, modified by Ashley
Pictures by: Ashley