A quick cake for one this autumn.

It’s easy to tell when autumn is coming: everything gets colder, and you find yourself craving more heartwarming and comforting food. As a student, cooking up a big stew or comfort dish may not be the easiest due to time constraints and dodgy student kitchens. So, for these colder times where a yoghurt for your dessert treat just won’t do, try out one (or all) of these quick, filling and warming mug cakes which are made with minimal ingredients and prepared in minimal time. All you need is a microwave, a large microwavable mug and a few staple ingredients, and you’re good to go.

Check out these variations:

Rich Chocolate

  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • Drop of vanilla extract

It couldn’t be simpler – put all ingredients into a microwavable mug and mix well (I tend to mix up dry ingredients before adding the wet). Make sure the egg is beaten and the mixture perfectly blended together. If you are feeling really cheeky, you can also add some chocolate chips to make it a bit more luxurious. To cook, simply put the mug into the microwave on full power for 3 minutes, leave it for a minute or so to cool, then dig in. This is ideal for those evenings when you fancy a warm treat, but the idea of greasing a baking tray for brownies is just too much effort.

Carrot and Raisin

  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • Drop of vanilla extract
  • Half a grated carrot (about 30g)
  • 30g raisins
  • Pinch of cinnamon/ all spice/ ginger (optional)

This pretty much has the same cooking method as the previous. Put contents into a microwavable mug and ensure everything is mixed together before putting in the microwave. I tend to top mine with some cream cheese and nuts just to add a bit of texture.

Do you have any microwave mug recipes that I need to try? Let me know in the comments below.


#tyro #bites #recipes

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