Thanks so much BuzzFeed for featuring this mug cake!! You can see 17 more awesome mug cake recipes on their site HERE.
Wow! Why did I not get into the mug cake phenomenon until now? When I would see the pictures of mug cakes floating around on Foodgawker.com I thought, seriously, how could a cake be made in the microwave and actually be good? Well, I am here to tell you mug cake works! Not only does it work, it is incredible. It’s brilliant. It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!
I think I may gain 10 pounds this month from adapting this method for making cake. I created this recipe because I adore cinnamon rolls but I’m not a fan of the prep/wait time. This can be made, ready to eat in 3 minutes flat. This cake is surprisingly moist, it has every flavor of a cinnamon roll, it’s easier and last but definitely not least, clean up is a breeze! How can I go back to the tedious method of rolling and rising cinnamon rolls now? I love the idea of mug cakes because really, what dessert can be made so quickly and taste so decadent as though it took hours to make? How amazed would unexpected guest be when you have this delicious, fancy cake sitting in front of them in just a number of minutes. If you are not a baker, fool anyone into believing you are with this simple cake =). It’s easier than making a box of mac n’ cheese. So husbands that say they can’t cook, see here. You’ve just run out of excuses.
Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake (made in 3 minutes!)
Yield: 1 Mug Cake
- 2 Tbsp applesauce
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp buttermilk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp (scant) salt
- 1 Recipe Cream Cheese Icing , recipe follows
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese , softened
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp milk
Prepare Cream Cheese Icing according to directions listed, set aside. Combine all ingredients (minus Cream Cheese Icing) in a mug then whisk together with a fork until combine and nearly smooth. Microwave mixture on high power for 1 minute then check cake for doneness. If it is not fully cooked microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Serve warm topped with Cream Cheese Icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.