Want cake. Need cake. Eat cake.

I need to know that I’m not alone. Really.

Every afternoon, when the clock threatens to strike 3pm, my brain starts telling me things like: Jodi, you should have a slice of cake. Jodi, you really should go and buy a slice of cake. Jodi, how about that cake? Before long, I’ve conjured up an image of moist, gooey chocolate cake in my head and I CANNOT concentrate until I’ve shoved it down my throat.

So, most of the time I do not have time to leave my desk, get in my car and go and buy a piece of cake. Or, if I’m at home, I’m just (shamelessly) too lazy to get off my derriere and actually bake it myself. Now, here we go: I’m here to save your life. Two words, people: MUG. CAKE (cue the angels singing). These things of beauty do not need an oven, strenuous mixing and those agonising hours of waiting. All you need is a mug, a microwave and a few simple ingredients which, chances are, are lying in your kitchen. Let’s go!

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Nutella Mug Cake – For The Chocolate Hog

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Three tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Three tablespoons Nutella (or more if you want a crazy sugar high)
  • Three tablespoons milk
  • Three tablespoons olive oil

Method:

  1. Combine all your ingredients in a large coffee mug (or one of those old-fashioned soup cups). Whisk with a fork until smooth, then microwave on high for 90seconds to three minutes, depending on your wattage.
  2. Gooi some whipped cream…or melted chocolate…or chocolate syrup…heck, whatever you like, and enjoy!

Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake – For the Lah-Di-Dah 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry yogurt, well stirred
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream for serving

Method:

1. Lightly film the inside of your mug with cooking spray and let it dry.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yogurt, oil, baking powder, extract, sugar and flour until completely smooth.

3. Fill the mug to halfway full and microwave on high for 3 to 4 mintues, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Top with strawberries and whipped cream and serve.

Have a sweet weekend, everyone 😉

 

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