>> Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Cooking (and now baking) is one of the many ways I de-stress. I find it therapeutic to just stir ingredients in a bowl/mug, cut ingredients into neat sizes, & watch the results of my labour coming to reality. As lunch breaks are a short, yet great time to catch a breather, I decided to fix myself a simple salad *bliss...de-stress time for 1st-half of the day*
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Since the day I decided to pick up baking, I've attempted many simple, fuss-free recipes that does not require a cake mixer/weighing scale. After a long day at work, I decided to unwind & try out a non-chocolate "mug" cake. "It only takes 5 minutes anyway", I thought to myself. But I've learned some lessons from my 1st attempt last week, so I ensured that I don't make the same mistake this time around, even if it takes me more than 5-minutes to get this simple 'cake' out.
I used my own tip in my previous blog post & mixed my ingredients in a bowl first before transferring the mixture into the mug. It's truly much better! :D It took me more than 5-minutes, no doubt, but the end result is a much smoother & well-mixed microwaved cake ;) Below is the list of ingredients used for this attempt (same recipe with some tweaks):
Cake 1: Vanilla + Mango
Cake 2: Banana + Coffee
Cake 3: Triple Choc - Cocoa powder, chopped blueberry dark chocolates, chopped white chocolates, chocolate rice (optional)
* coffee mug
4 tablespoons flour - make sure you measure it right - or the cake is a lie!
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons whisked egg - 1 egg is too much, 1 egg white is too eggy, 1 yolk is too dense, but 2 tblsp is just right!
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
splash vanilla or other flavoring - try peppermint or cinnamon
1 ripe banana (3/4 mashed & 1/4 sliced to top the cake)
3-5 tablespoons of mashed mangoes (I used the orange ones & you can add as much mangoes as you want into your cake. I have some diced mangoes as toppings too)
2 tablespoons of chopped dark chocolate (I used what I have in my fridge - with blueberries)
2 tablespoons of chopped white chocolate
1 tablespoon of chocolate rice (optional)
1 tablespoon of chopped almonds (optional)
Some coffee powder
* For a fudgier version, omit egg!
"Mug" Cake Crazy,