Cake in a cup!

It’s a strange thing to live in a house where one person is trying to drop some lbs. and the other is trying to gain them. Reminds me of that nursery rhyme about Jack Sprat and his wife.

I tend to eat smaller portions (as I should for my size and metabolism) while the manfriend can chow down on mega portions and still be hungry. Here’s an example – he’ll eat around 3 cups of chicken, 2 cups of rice, 3 cups of salad and an entire sweet potato and then sit back and say, “Hmm. I’m still hungry!” I think he has a dietary segmented companion (aka tape worm). Seriously, it’s insane. And he can’t manage to gain a single pound. ARGH!

One night, after professing his hunger after another large meal, a light bulb went off and he dug out this crumpled old piece of paper and began to do the strangest thing I’d ever seen. He mixed a buncha stuff in a mug and popped it in the microwave. The result was a mini cake. He’s been doing this a lot lately, perfecting his own variation.

Cake in a cup

  • 1 coffee mug (good size)
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 4 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs baking cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbs milk
  • 3 Tbs oil
  • 3 Tbs chocolate chips (optional)
  • Small splash of vanilla
  1. Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
  3. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla and mix again.
  4. Put the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug – don’t be alarmed.
  5. Allow to cool a little and tip the cake out on to a plate and eat!

Our own tips:

  • We use almond meal instead of flour
  • We use almond milk or soy creamer instead of milk
  • We’ve added in all sorts of fun like chopped almonds and dried fruit
  • When microwaving the mug, the manfriend puts a piece of wax paper to catch any overflow drips
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