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Peppermint Chocolate Mug Cake For Two

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This peppermint chocolate mug cake is perfect for two and is made in the microwave in under 5 minutes!

This peppermint chocolate mug cake is perfect for two and is made in the microwave in under 5 minutes!

Mug cakes are probably a dying phenomenon these days. They are joining Nutella and sweet desserts with bacon in them in the graveyard of once popular food trends. Which obviously means that I just jumped on board and am falling madly in love with them.

I tried mug cakes ages ago when they were at the height of their popularity and everyone and their mom had a recipe. But they were spongy and dense. And it never failed that you ended up with a super weird texture. This home girl does not like weird textured cake. Even if it does only take two minutes.

So instead I opted for cupcakes pretty much every time. But 90% of the time I don’t need 12 cupcakes laying around my house. And small batch recipes require liquid egg or scrambling an egg, trying insanely carefully to measure out a tablespoon or whatever, and tossing the rest. I don’t like either option.

This peppermint chocolate mug cake is perfect for two and is made in the microwave in under 5 minutes!

But I really wanted some chocolate cake the other day. I mean really wanted some chocolate cake. Then I found this cute mug at the store and I knew me and mug cakes needed another shot. I tried a few and they were all spongy. Nothing had changed and I was about to give up. Clearly mug cakes and I were not going to work out.

Then I found this post from Table for Two. Suddenly it all made sense! It’s the egg that makes the cake spongy when you cook it in the microwave. Most cupcake or cake recipes call for 1-2 eggs for a dozen or more cupcakes and a whole egg or even your best try at 1 tablespoon of egg can have the opposite effect on the texture of your cake.

Bye bye egg. Hello extra chocolate. And you have a moist, chocolatey mug cake calling to you. Make me. Share me. Or don’t share me. I’m fine either way. <— It’s a chatty mug cake.

This peppermint chocolate mug cake is perfect for two and is made in the microwave in under 5 minutes!

I switched it up a little bit and traded out the cocoa powder {I’m not a huge fan of the lingering taste here} for melted chocolate instead. Likewise I opted for butter instead of oil. Go big or go home amIright? THEN I took it 10 steps further and added a splash of peppermint extract. You’re welcome.

Doubling the recipe to fit in the super cute snowflake mug I found makes this a great shareable recipe, too. Or don’t share. I won’t judge! I’ve topped this with both ice cream and whipped cream and I can’t decide which one I like better. Try them both and let me know whatcha think!

This peppermint chocolate mug cake is perfect for two and is made in the microwave in under 5 minutes!

Meaghan

 

This peppermint chocolate mug cake is perfect for two and is made in the microwave in under 5 minutes!

Peppermint Chocolate Mug Cake for Two

Yield: 2 people
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 22 oz or larger mug

Instructions

  1. Add butter and chocolate chips to your mug and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir mixture together with a fork until chocolate chips are melted.
  2. Add in sugar, milk, and peppermint extract and mix until combined.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until completely incorporated.
  4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. If you find the top of your cake is still wet after 2 minutes continue microwaving in 15 second intervals until cake is no longer wet/tacky on top.*

Notes

*You really shouldn't have to microwave for longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds but all microwave ovens vary.

 

Please keep in mind that I have not tried this recipe in the oven and so do not know time or oven temps to make this cake in anything other than a microwave.

 

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Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Sunday 11th of December 2016

I am totally ok being the tast tester for this recipe! Can't believe you didn't share the last one with me!!

Meaghan

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

This one turned out SO good! I'm so happy to have a microwave and be able to make mug cakes again!

~Meaghan