I am such a lazy cheater pants. As a registered card caring lazy cheater pants, I really love the microwave. Yeah I know it robs all the nutrients from your food. Blah blah blah. I'm a horrible mom so I don't really care. Besides, do nutrients really matter if you are making a microwave cake for one?
To date, I've made three different versions of the microwave mug cake for one. The first being the original eggless chocolate cake. This one is by far my favorite. Of course it is. It has 4 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of oil....for one serving. Yeah. Why wouldn't it be delicious?
The second version of mug cake I made contained bananas and peanut butter. The fat from this recipe came from the peanut butter. The sweetness came from half a banana and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. While this recipe had less and healthier sugars and fats, it didn't taste nearly as good as the first version. Mostly because it tasted like bananas. Not a bad thing, except I am not the biggest fan of bananas.
Then, I tried a non chocolate-y, coffee cake version. It was also very yummy, but contained 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of butter. Delicious, but not the lowest of calorie desserts when you consider this is a single serving!
I played around with the original recipe, using whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of sugar. It was just ok, and a bit on the dry side. Guess that oil and sugar were there for a reason.
Then I found another recipe for a chocolate mug cake at This Homemade Life. It only contained 2 tablespoons of sugar and applesauce instead of oil. Not too shabby! Now I'm sure even though it is no sugar added, there is still sugar being added to the dessert from the applesauce. But they are good fruity sugars! As are the sugars from the milk. Good milky sugars! I'm sure that if you added up the sugars from 1/4 c apple sauce and 3 tablespoons of milk it wouldn't equal the 2 extra tablespoons of sugar from the "original" mug cake.
Now a bit about this particular mug cake. Wow did it rise. The original recipe barely rose at all, but this one came almost to the top of the mug. I only nuked it for 2 out of the suggested 3 minutes because the top started to look a bit rubbery. I bet if I had kept it in for the whole 3 minutes, the cake would have rose above the mug. Even though the top started to get on the rubbery-chewy side, the bottom 3/4 was nice and gooey. Not so gooey that it could be confused with a lava cake, but pleasantly between regular cake and lava cake.
I doubt this recipe will completely replace my original recipe for mug cake. Sometimes you just need that no good for you sugar-y goodness. I do think I will make this slightly healthier version more frequently, provided no one eats up all the applesauce!
Chocolate Mug Cake from This Homemade Life (serves 1)
4 tbsp white whole wheat flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp nondairy milk (I used non fat milk as it was what I had on hand)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2-3 tbsp vegan (or not) chocolate chips
In a small bowl mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix in applesauce, milk and a drop or two of vanilla. Mix in chips. Pour batter into a coffee cup, and microwave for three minutes. (I thought 3 minutes was too much. At 2 minutes the top started to look rubbery. Only the top part was like this. Underneath was a slightly lava cake-ish dessert. So know your microwave!)