Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chocolate Mug Cake with Yogurt

Another microwave cake recipe?


You betcha.

This one is called eggless microwave brownie, and hails from the blog, Cook's Joy.
I thought it was pretty normal as far as mug cakes go.  It was neither super cake-y nor super lava-y. 

This recipe only calls for 2 T of sugar, but as it is powdered sugar, there are less grams of sugar than say a packed 2 T of brown sugar.  However, it does contain 1.5 T of yogurt, and even the low sugar versions of yogurt are pretty high in sugar.  So I don't think this version is any lower in sugar than the "original".

The recipe also calls for 1.5 T oil vs the 2 T in the original.  However, there is some fat in the milk and yogurt (depending on your brand), so it probably evens itself out.

What tips the scales is that this recipe includes Nutella, which also contains sugar and fat.  However, I've been known to scoop a big ole dollop of Nutella into the original version on more occasions than not. 

One thing I didn't like about this cake was how much it deflated after sitting.  You can see the mark from where the cake rose to on the inside of the mug.  It fell nearly an inch.  It didn't have any affect on the taste of the cake, I was just disappointed that my cake lost so much volume.

Overall, I don't think this version of the microwave cake is any better or worse for you that the original version.  I did prefer the richer chocolate taste of the original.  The original version also contains less ingredients and therefore, takes less time to prepare.  It's for those reasons that I'll stick with the original version when that craving for something rich and chocolatey.

Here's the recipe for the version with yogurt if you'd like to test it for yourself:

Eggless microwave brownie with yogurt from Cook's Joy
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1.5 tbsp yogurt
1.5 tbsp milk
1.5 tbsp oil
1 tbsp Nutella

In a microwaveable mug, combine the first 5 ingredients.  Then add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.  Microwave 45 sec -2 minutes (It was cooked after 45 sec for me) and let stand 1 min before eating.

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