Friday, 5 November 2010

Comfort in a cup

Sometimes my morning doesn't go to plan. 
Occasionally (actually rather often) my ambitions for the day goes down the drain. 
From time to time my aims for the week are just not doable.
Suddenly it is November and I haven't even registered that October was here!
Its been several weeks of lovely visits from family, Aline's christening and perpetual colds and runny noses for everyone in the household -and failing internet.  So my intentions of exercise, blogging and PhD-ing... -well let's just say it didn't happen. 

When October was at it's snottiest and I was feeling rather miserable for having to be shut up inside and not having the energy to do exercise or studies a blog entry from Homemade Mamas brightened my day. They blogged about making cake in a mug in minutes -too good to be true. So I gave it a try -and for the amount of effort (or should I say lack of effort) that is required and the (lack of) time it take to make I can warmly recommend it for those days where nothing goes to plan and you need to take a moment out and remember that life isn't to bad after all.

The second time I made it (yes, I had more than one occasion last month were I needed a time out) I did some changes which in my opinion made it even better *wink*. If you want the original version (with simpler ingredients) you'll find the recipie by clicking on the link above. 
My pimped version is under the photos. The recipe is supposed to be for one big mug, but on both occasions I've found it enough for two mugs (which makes Stefan happy) -even though that means it doesn't bulge decadently over the top.  

  • 3 Tbsp. Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. of ground Almond
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Muscovado sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. natural yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Splash of Vanilla
  • 1 Large Coffee Mug
Optional extras:
  • 3 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  • a splash of Coffee
  • some orange zest
  • caramel sauce 

 Mix it all together and pop in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes.
Serve while warm with some ice-cream or just a dusting of vanilla sugar. 

Now colds are clearing up, we are back online, I've been for a run and November with all it's coziness is upon us! 


  1. I love cake in a cup! You're right, it is perfect for those days when you just need some cake. I am definitely trying your pimped out version soon! But what is muscovado sugar?!?!? I'll have to see what they have at our grocery store. thanks!

  2. It's good portion control too! I could so easily eat a whole cake if I made one ;)
    Moscovado sugar is a kind of brown sugar that has a nice caramel taste to it. Lovely in coffee too! If you can't get it dark brown sugar is good too.