Sprinkles. Cake. In the microwave. ‘Nuff said.
Or is it? Think of a cupcake prepared in a mug in the microwave, start to finish, in under five minutes. Warm and gooey with frosting, this warm dessert is a perfect treat for one on a cold-ish night or for an impromptu celebration.
Muffin had been bugging me for those (insanely overpriced) microwaveable cake-for-one desserts in the store. I kept putting him off, knowing I had this recipe in my back pocket to make as a special pre-trick-or-treating Halloween treat.
He…wasn’t as thrilled with them as I thought. The only thing I can attribute to that is the applesauce meant to replace the oil in the recipe. It made the texture slightly grainy.
Overall, the texture was better than in other microwave cakes which tend to be bouncy and springy in a bad way, rubbery, almost what I imagine a tennis ball tasting like.
I, personally, loved it, and am stowing it away for the rainy day when I need a pick-me-up.
Funfetti Mug Cake
3 T yellow cake mix (preferably one with pudding in the mix
1 T water
1 T unsweetened applesauce (or vegetable oil)
1 T egg (Next time I will use egg in a carton!)
1 T confetti candy sprinkles and more for garnish
3 T rainbow chip frosting, or 3 T white frosting mixed with additional confetti candy sprinkles
1 maraschino cherry
Lightly spray microwaveable mug (8-10 ounce) with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, beat cake mix, water, applesauce or oil, and egg. Fold in 1 teaspoon sprinkles; immediately pour into mug.
Microwave, uncovered, on high 1 minute. Let stand five seconds. Top with frosting, additional sprinkles, and cherry. Serve warm.
Note: The frosting melts and turns into a glaze. Alternatively, wait for the cake to cool and top with the frosting (piped in even), sprinkles, and a cherry.
What is your favorite type of cake to adapt to a mug?