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Microwave Mug Cakes

I am starting to see a lot of recipes for these cakes, and was wondering if any of you have made them. If so, do you have any good recipes. TIA

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  1. Microwave Chocolate Brownie in a Mug in 60 seconds

    This makes a delicious brownie for one in about a minute.

    Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie

    2 Tbs butter, room temperature
    2 Tbs water
    1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    dash salt
    4 Tbs granulated sugar
    2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (sweetened cocoa powder doesn't work and results in a gloppy brownie)
    4 Tbs all purpose flour

    In a 12 oz microwaveable coffee mug, add water, butter and vanilla. Whisk well with a fork.
    Add cocoa powder, whisk well. Add sugar and salt, whisk well. Add flour, whisk well.

    Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds. Center should be slightly molten. Enjoy with a spoon. Careful brownie will be hot. Top with a tablespoon of ice cream for a real treat!

    I used a 1100 watt microwave. 60 seconds makes a molten center brownie. 75 seconds make a uniformly done brownie.

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    1. re: Antilope

      The recipe I posted above has over 50 reviews on Food.com and is rated at close to 5 stars.

      Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie

      1. re: Antilope

        I was just sitting here at the desk, minding my own business while it's cold and sleety outside, and along comes this recipe for brownies in a mug.
        I just now made one for me and one for DH. Holy crap, are these good.
        I didn't have ice cream, but I had a little bit of vanilla boiled frosting in the fridge that I had made a few days ago. It had hardened as it chilled, and I'd been serving it as hard sauce with the last of the fruitcake.
        A little tablespoon of the cold frosting in the center of the hot brownie...heavenly.
        Thanks, Antilope, for the recipe. And thanks, paprkutr, for posting the thread!

        1. re: Antilope

          I tried this tonight and I believe it was the best mug cake I've made thus far.

          1. TJ's has a mix (if you're near one) I thought the flavor was fine, but the texture 'off'

            1. There's a recipe in the CHOW recipe archive for microwave mug cakes if you want to watch a how-to video.

              This is incredibly popular at my son's University. Microwaves are only available in the food service areas but I'm told students prepare the mix and bring their mug to the microwaves...my son burns the midnight oil @ the science lab and uses their microwave, lol...

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              1. re: HillJ

                What a great idea! If we'd have known about these many moons ago when I was in college we probably would have made them waaaay to often. We had a contraband microwave in our room :-)

              2. Thank you everyone. I hope to try these soon.

                1. Love the idea!! I have a friend who loves microwave mug cakes, apple crisps, all sorts of desserts but I've never ventured into this territory. As someone with a low threshold for too much sugar and only likes a small serving of desserts, I imagine these single serve recipes would be great and result in much less wasted food or leftover food pawned on coworkers/the mail man/you name it.

                  1. I'm gluten free (not by choice, LOL) and this is the mug cake recipe I make a lot. It's probably a bit lighter in calories then some of the others, because there is no flour in it. I add a little espresso powder, salt and chocolate chips and cook it less then the recipe calls for. http://www.thewannabechef.net/2011/12...