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Monday, September 28, 2009

Healthier coffee mug cake

I've been intrigued by coffee mug cakes ever since I heard about them on twitter several months ago, but hadn't gotten around to trying one until this past week. Since I'd long forgotten the link, I googled "coffee mug cake" and checked out several recipes before deciding on one.

All of them seemed to include 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, which seemed a bit excessive, particularly after seeing the size of the finished cake. It was pretty tasty, but all evening my stomach felt queasy. I checked the label to remind myself of how many fat grams are in 3 tablespoons of oil, which did nothing for my queasy stomach and instead almost made me faint.

I decided to try and make a healthier version, using the old "replace the oil with applesauce" trick. I tweaked a few other things too...rather than chocolate, I have this obsession with pumpkin, (have you noticed?) particularly this time of year. I replaced the oil with a combination of applesauce and pure pumpkin. I replaced the cocoa and sugar with pudding mix. While it's no pumpkin roll, it was quite tasty, and much faster to make! I served mine with a healthy dose of whipped topping - yum! (just remember it's going to slide right off if you don't let the cake cool first - oops)

If pumpkin isn't your thing, use all applesauce or substitute a different flavor, the recipe is quite flexible.

Pumpkin Mug Cake
4 tablespoons flour
1 small package of instant pudding mix
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 egg
4 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix flour, spices and instant pudding. Add egg, applesauce, pumpkin and milk, stir well - make sure to get the dry ingredients mixed in at the bottom of the mug. Microwave for 5 and a half minutes. (I have an 800 watt microwave, for reference) Let cake sit in mug for a few minutes to cool. It has a very moist consistency, much like the bread without the sauce.

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McVal said...

I think I have all the ingredients except for the applesauce... I do have some apples on the tree... I think I could punt for that one.
Looks great! Gotta try it soon!

Marva said...

That is a great idea! thanks sweet friend! Blessings!!!!!

Michelle said...

Did you just try to make cake healthy? Hee hee! Isn't that the whole point? :)

I've never heard of a mug cake, and I think maybe it's better for my wardrobe if I just pretend I never read this post!

Chelsea said...

Check out coffeemugcakes.com. With a lot of trial and error, I've come up with a lot of recipes that work in the microwave. Feel free to email me at chelsea@coffeemugcakes.com if you have any questions or comments!