Triple Chocolate Mug Cake

Friday 26 February 2016

photo of finished Triple chocolate mug cake
Delicious triple chocolate mug cake

This week I didn't have as much time for baking as I would have liked, but I still wanted to share a recipe with you, so I chose to make a mug cake. Mug cakes are quick and easy to make, and can usually be made with a few simple ingredients that you should have in your cupboard.

For this recipe you will need (Makes 1 cake):

  • 2 tablespoons soft butter (unsalted), plus extra for greasing
  • 90g dark chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons double cream
*Please note I made two cakes simply by doubling the measurements, which is why it seems as though I have a lot of batter.

Pictures of first recipe steps

You'll want to start off by greasing the mugs that you will be using for the cakes with butter, this will help when turning them out later. Next you make the ganache by putting the double cream and 50g of the dark chocolate, and putting them in the microwave for around 30 seconds until the cream is hot. Once the cream is hot you keep stirring the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted. Put this to the side to thicken up whilst you make the mug cake mixture.

photos of the steps for making the mug cake batter

With mug cakes (in general) you are perfectly welcome to make your batter directly in the mug you are using, however I tend to find that the size of my mugs vary, and as such there is sometimes too much mixture, which overflows when cooking. So instead I decided to make my batter in a separate bowl so that I could chose how much batter to add into my mugs. This also makes it easier if you are making multiple cakes at the same time, as making one batter for all of them is simpler than making several separate batters.

To make the batter you start by melting the remaining dark chocolate and your butter in the microwave, do this in 30 second bursts until the butter is completely melted, then as with the cream, stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Add the egg and milk to the butter/chocolate mixture, and mix well. Next add the sugar, flour, and salt and beat the mixture until smooth. Once the batter is made you can transfer this into your mug/s. I decided to place my batter in a measuring jug first, so that I could pour them cleanly into the mugs. I filled the mugs to just over half way with the batter, this was the amount that I thought was perfect to avoid spilling over when cooking. This is entirely trial and error and will depend on the mug that you are using, so don't worry too much.

Once the mug/s are filled you can place them on a plate and then put in the microwave (one at a time) to cook. 2 minutes 20 seconds @ 600W, 2 minutes @ 800W, or 1 minute 40 seconds @ 1000W. These cooking times will completely depend on your individual microwave, so just use your judgement. Do keep an eye on your cake, as it they can easily overflow, so just pause the microwave and allow the cake to sink back down before resuming. If the cake comes out and is still 'sticky' then put it back in the microwave in 30 second bursts until you feel it is baked. Once cooked allow the cakes to cool slightly, so that they shrink away from the side of the mug.

All that's left is to turn the cake out onto a small plate, and spoon over some of the ganache that you made earlier.

photo of finished Triple chocolate mug cake
Finished triple chocolate mug cake
Then you can simply enjoy your mug cake! These are perfect to eat warm, and are such a simple treat to make. I made one of these for Tim and he absolutely loved it. I really enjoy making mug cakes, and I feel like anyone can make them, as all you need are mugs and a microwave, no specialist equipment is involved.

Have you ever made a mug cake? Let me know in the comments what kinds you have tried.
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