What’s better than cake out of a mug? You throw a few ingredients in a bowl, give it a mix, and pop it into the microwave. Presto, chango – you’ve got yourself a single-serving cake with half the clean-up of a full-blown dessert.
In my search for desserts that are great for people who live alone, I stumbled across this Nutella Mug Cake beauty. If I had made a whole cake, I’d be hoarding it like crazy, scarfing parts of it down whenever I get a chance.
But this mug cake is genius because, hello, built-in portion control. Now granted – I can’t really speak to the healthiness of this recipe. It calls for Nutella and cocoa powder. I’m not breaking any records here for ‘good-for-you’ desserts tonight. But still. It’s cute, it’s delicious and I found it from this fabulous blogger, Spend With Pennies.
I made a few changes from her version. First off – I added a sprinkling of chocolate chips into the dry mix. Because you know what a chocolate dessert needs? More chocolate. Other important note, cooking time. I imagine everyone’s going to be different on this one because all microwaves are not the same. I ended up cooking my cake for about 2 minutes total. You want to aim for a fudgy center – but also make sure you’re not just shoveling uncooked batter into your mouth. That IS really tasty… but no one wants to get sick here.
This recipe is everything I hoped it’d be, and more. The Nutella really brings out a great hazlenut hint of flavor, and makes the cake extra moist. This reminds me a little bit of one of those melting lava chocolate cakes that cruise lines have. I could eat one of these every day (but I won’t, I promise!) but this is a great little just-for-you snack to have.