Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vegan PB mug cake FAIL!

What the?

 In all the times I have made mug cakes, THIS has never happened.

The cake EXPLODED in the microwave.

This was supposed to be a Vegan Peanut Butter mug cake from Hot Pot Cooking.

The only thing I can think that could have caused this disaster was that this particular microwave mug cake called for a "Flax egg."  A flax egg is part water and part ground flax seed.  This mixture gels up and behaves very much like a real egg.  It's pretty common in vegan cooking.

To add insult to injury, the gooey mess tasted horrible.  This is another thing I can't figure out.  Before I popped the mug into the microwave, I licked the spoon I'd used to mix the concoction. It tasted just fine.  However, when I took a nibble of the gooey mess inside the cup, the offending substance coated my mouth.  It was like a thick gel that was so gooey, it prevented me from being able to form enough saliva to spit it out. 

Any ideas as to what might have caused this disaster? Was I right that the flax egg was the culprit?  Could my ground flax seed have gone bad?  Please share your thoughts!


  1. Hi I don't know why it exploded when I googled I got this message. This is important: Add flour and stir until just combined and then stop stirring. But be sure your flour is in fact fully mixed in, or according to one reader, your cake may explode in the microwave. Simply stir it until the moment it is combined—no runny batter with chunks of dry flour floating in it—and then stir no longer. I know it sounds like brain surgery when I emphasize every part of it like this, but when you go to do it, you’ll see it’s not difficult.

    1. Hope it helps you. Try again with some tips and let me know

  2. Hmmm...I did that, stirred until just combined, with no flour chunks. I do that with all my cake/muffin batters. Overmixing is bad.

    But why would microwaving it change the taste so drastically? So weird.


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