Easy Recipe: Cake in a Mug

This cheerful cup cookie will wipe the mug right off your face!

Have you ever craved dessert—cake, cookies, ice cream, anything—only to realize you have nothing in the house and no energy for a grocery store run?

This happens to me all the time, but luckily, someone turned me onto cake in a mug, which is exactly what it sounds like. Assemble all the ingredients in a coffee mug, pop it in the microwave, and voila, a personal treat in less than five minutes.

I’m a bit obsessed with being healthy, so I tweaked this recipe (I eliminated the egg and salt) and it worked just fine.

Here’s my chocolate mug cake recipe that won’t leave you with late-night guilt.

Add the following ingredients to a decent sized coffee mug:
• 3 tablespoons of flour

• 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar (I don’t like things sweet, but if you do, add a little more)

• 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

• A pinch of baking powder

• 4 tablespoons of milk

Mix the ingredients and drizzle canola oil until you reach the consistency of cake mix. If you want to cut down on oil, it’s fine to add a little more milk. If you’re a chocolate fiend like me, add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips. Microwave for one minute. If it looks gooey, zap it for another 30 seconds. You shouldn’t need more than a minute and a half, otherwise it gets rock hard.

Let it cool and dig in!

If you’re not a chocolate fan, try using the same measurements and technique but eliminate the cocoa powder and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a half teaspoon of lemon extract. If you’ve got kids, throw in a tablespoon of rainbow sprinkles. It’s a colorful and tasty alternative. Next, try out these recipes that are as easy as boiling water.

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