Monthly Archives: April 2013

Admitting the Truth about Mug Cake

Should've left it batter.

Should’ve left it batter.

They’d been popping up everywhere on my Pinterest feed. Decadent-looking, single-serve bits of heaven in a mug. Mug cakes, of course.  It’s a single serving of cake that you mix up in a mug and microwave to have your own personal cake any time you’d like.  I pinned a couple of mug cake recipes and waited for the right moment.

Finally, there was an evening where I was to throw caution and calories to the wind and enjoy one of these delicious treats. I looked at my original pins and then decided to search the internet for a few recipes that matched the ingredients I had on hand.

Through my searching, a familiar theme came up. People were trying to find recipes without egg. “It tasted too eggy,” one reviewer said of a recipe. While I agree that one egg in a mug is a lot, eggs don’t have much flavor. I had never heard such a complaint.

I decided that my mug cake needed to have egg in it. It would be more moist and it seemed like the right thing to do.

I decided upon this recipe for 2 Minute Chocolate and Salted Caramel mug cake.

After I nestled the children all snug in their beds, I put on my comfy pajamas and bathrobe. My husband was watching TV in the other room and wasn’t interested at all in the mug cake. I headed into the kitchen and put the concoction together.

So, I’m standing alone in my kitchen in a bathrobe. There is no one to judge me. I don’t have to share my dessert. I have just prepared a delicious cake batter in a mug. You’re telling me the next thing people do is COOK the batter?

Bull butter.

It wasn’t the eggy flavor people were turned off by. It was a fear of salmonella.

I tasted a spoonful of the batter. It was delicious and perfect. For some silly reason, I decided to cook my mug cake. Even after I covered it in ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce (hey, I’m alone in my kitchen and I’d I just baked a cake for myself, why would I stop there?) it couldn’t hold a candle to the batter.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s my empty mug in the picture.  I still devoured it.  But there was a healthy bit of regret of my choice to cook it.

So, next time you think “mug cake” sounds like a good idea, don’t fool yourself.  Make yourself some batter in a mug.  Don’t ruin it by putting it in the microwave.  If you’re not adventurous enough to risk horrible food-born illness, leave the egg out.  But don’t lie to me.


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Go To Bed! And Other Things I Wish Someone Would Say To Me


Yesterday was one those non-listening days for Princess. Which means I had to repeat myself many, many times.

So, I guess I heard what I was saying more than usual.  And I realized that she HATES many of the things I say to her.

But I would LOVE it if someone would say them to me.  Because, let’s face it, a 3-year-old’s life is pretty darn good whether they like it or not.

Here are MY top ten things I’d like someone to say to me.  What are yours?

10.  I just finished washing and folding all of your laundry, can you help me put it away?

9.  No, you cannot wear makeup.  Your skin is much too perfect.  Makeup will ruin it.

8.  Please come to the table, I just finished making you lunch.

 7.  SIT DOWN!

6.  Please take off those shoes and put your sneakers on so you’ll be comfortable.

5.  It’s naptime, lay down and go to sleep!

4.  You  have to take a bath right now.

3.  Eat all of your pizza (or mac and cheese) and THEN you can have ice cream.

2.  You do not need anyone in there with you.  Just go potty by yourself.

1.  It’s 7:30, please get your pajamas on and GO TO BED!

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