Thursday, September 26, 2013

DIY: Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

TL;DR:

Mug cakes are hideous but taste pretty decent!

Chocolate peanut butter mug cake 
(If I were ever on Iron Chef America, I'd get minus points for the presentation category)

So, here's something I've definitely not done before — a recipe post!

Mug cakes, minute cake, brownie in a mug, etc., etc. I feel like this is somewhat of a new trend in the DIY food industry. After having seen several mug cake recipes, I wondered if they would actually be a good, quick alternative to a real cake or brownies. And being someone who enjoys baking, I had to find out and decided to give this chocolate peanut butter mug cake recipe a whirl.

Here is the recipe, courtesy of Yammie's Noshery.

The verdict: 


Despite the looks of it, this mug cake wasn't bad at all!

As you can see, mine looked really ugly, probably because the mug was too tall for the cake, and I didn't bother to top it off with anything as did Yammie (or even wipe down the mug a little before taking pictures ... oops). More importantly, though, this was very quick and easy to make.

The consistency was a hybrid of a cake and a brownie, which was interesting yet still pleasant. The cake was a bit dry, so next time, I would microwave it for less than a minute or, as one of the commenters on Yammie's blog suggested, add some milk.

Nom nom nom

I would definitely recommend this recipe for someone with a sweet tooth who doesn't want to go through all the ingredients, process and dishes of making an oven-baked cake or brownies. But of course, if you want a good, decadent dessert, make the extra effort, and go for the real thing.

I would also suggest adding the chocolate chips (or maybe walnuts) that I omitted or topping the cake off with the peanut butter pie mousse that Yammie recommended — I think that would make this an even more luxurious dessert!

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