Mug Cakes

Lately I’ve run across some recipes for mug cakes. Before that, I hadn’t ever thought about such a thing. They’re really neat! They make wonderful gifts that aren’t expensive. I played around with it to make my own. You can adapt it to your taste or what you happen to have on hand when you decide to make it. (If you’re industrious, you can even make your cake mix from scratch!)

When you do give these as a gift, you can give the person the mug with the cake mix and glaze mix inside and include the directions or, like I did, you can bake it in the mug, frost it and decorate it first. Either way, they’re gonna love it!

I experimented with with different amounts of ingredients. My first attempt didn’t “rise to the occasion” but the second did. If you have an over sized mug, just add more ingredients.

This recipe is easily adapted using whatever cake mix and pudding you want. I used these because, well, that's all I had on hand at the moment.

This recipe is easily adapted using whatever cake mix and pudding you want.

I put the cake mix and pudding mix into a bowl and whisked them together really well. This serves as the mug cake's batter. It'll make approximately 8-9 mug cakes.

I put the cake mix and pudding mix into a bowl and whisked them together really well. This serves as the mug cake’s batter. It’ll make approximately 8-9 mug cakes.

Separating the egg yolks from the whites. I use the left over yolks for another recipe or microwave it for our lil Dachshund Scooby. He LOVES that! ;)

Separating the egg yolks from the whites. I use the left over yolks for another recipe or microwave it for our lil Dachshund Scooby. He LOVES that! 😉

With a fork, I mixed together the cake mixture, egg white, vanilla, oil and water. (Don't over-mix this or it'll be a little "tough".)

With a fork, I mixed together the cake mixture, egg white, vanilla, oil and water. (Don’t over-mix this or it’ll be a little “tough”.)

Here's my first attempt in the microwave...

Here’s my first attempt in the microwave…

It had cooked up nicely but, when it cooled, it kinda shrank. Back to the ole drawing board...

It had cooked up nicely but, when it cooled, it kinda shrank. Back to the ole drawing board…

Beginning my second attempt...in this one, I used a lil more ingredients.

Beginning my second attempt…in this one, I used a lil more ingredients.

Attempt one is on the left, attempt two on the right. Different sized mugs will need different amounts of the ingredients. They ALWAYS taste good though! (Is it true that the mistakes have fewer calories?? I wish!)

Attempt one is on the left, attempt two on the right. Different sized mugs will need different amounts of the ingredients. They ALWAYS taste good though! (Is it true that the mistakes have fewer calories?? I wish!)

Mug Cakes

1 Cake Mix (any flavor)

1 (4-serving size) Instant Pudding Mix (any flavor)

Zip Lock Baggies 

Glaze Ingredients (for each serving):

1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 1/2 tsp dry flavoring (cocoa powder, dry lemonade mix, dry instant breakfast drink mix, etc.)

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake mix and pudding mix. Measure 1/2 cup of the cake mix into each plastic baggie.

2. For each mug cake, you’ll need a baggie of glaze ingredients. Mix (in each baggie) 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 tsp dry flavoring of choice.

3. In a coffee mug, put 1 cake mix packet and 1 glaze mix packet. Include a small card with the directions: With a fork, whisk together the cake mix packet, 1 beaten egg white, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbls oil, and 1 Tbls water. Microwave for 2 minutes. Whisk together the glaze packet and 1 1/2 tsp water. Pour glaze over cake in mug. Enjoy!

*NOTE: For flavor variations, you can use:

*Devil’s Food Cake Mix with Chocolate Pudding

*Lemon Cake Mix with Lemon Pudding

*Butterscotch Cake Mix with Butterscotch Pudding

*Pineapple Cake Mix with Coconut Pudding

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2015

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