Monday 14 April 2014

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake

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I've got some really great news for you today. In case you haven't noticed, it's mid-April (already!?), which means it's practically summer. At this time of year many of us start to think about squeezing into our best beach wear for all the world to see, and simultaneously making a list of all the goals you'll need meet before that can happen. Well, guess what? You're stunning just as you are. To celebrate, eat some cake.

What's that you say? You are really committed to your summer-self goals? Awesome! Good for you! Work hard, play hard! I think concentrating on your healthiest self is really important, in both body and mind. So after sweating it out and really going for gold, don't forget to work on the mental aspect of your health too. One great way to do that is by celebrating small victories. Did you run an extra 5 minutes? Complete your first full body push up? Finish your first 5K/10K/half marathon? Then celebrate with cake! And do it happily knowing that this is a single serving cake, so you won't have 7 pieces of leftovers watching you from the fridge. Win-win!

In the past it has been said that mug cakes lack a certain something that causes it to be less flavourful and more spongey than a traditional cake. Blech. No, thank you! Luckily for you I have it on high authority (from Other Half himself) that this cake 'tastes like big mug of brownie' - sounds about right to me! This cake is light yet dense and quite rich in flavour.  It is also very versatile with a variety of possible flavour combinations. Play around, have fun, and let me know what your favourite is!

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake
Adapted slightly from The Novice Chef

3 Tbsp flour (all purpose works just fine)
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

3 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Nutella

  1. In a microwave safe mug, mix the dry ingredients together until well combined
  2. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until all of the dry ingredients are well absorbed
  3. Cook in the microwave, on high, for 1 minute and 10 seconds
  4. Enjoy!

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