Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cake In A Cup

from Mamas Fixins
It's not unusual to find people who would love a piece of cake but don't want to bake nor purchase a whole cake.  For a single person or someone who is on a diet and just wanting to calm that sweet-tooth a whole cake would mean possibly breaking the diet or throwing away a lot of cake (if they have the will power).

This little niche is quite satisfying not only to the appetite but also to the eyes and the wallet.  It's called a "cake-in-a-cup".   These can be used for a home appetizer or make them up for gifts at holiday times, birthdays or just to say thank you.  What you do is purchase one or more decorative mugs that are microwave safe.  Make up the dry ingredients, place them in a plastic bag with twist-tie then place in mug.  Print the bottom portion of the recipe for the receiver.  You might want to use decorative tags and write the "to/from" on one side and the instructions on the other.  Place in decorative gift bag with tissue and bow and you have a nice gift to give to anyone.

One baker, Natalie of Coffee Cup Creations has made this her niche. 
by Natalie at Coffee Cup Creation
by Natalie at Coffee Cup Creations

 As you can see she has some really beautiful gift sets to offer and the prices are not bad at all.

Really nice idea!

There are several recipes all over the web for this type of cake.  The ingredients vary somewhat so you might have to make adjustments if you decide to bake rather than buy.  Here's one from ehow.  They left off the baking powder but others included it so I did.

4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa (the baking kind, not hot cocoa mix)
1 Mug
¼ teaspoon baking powder
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa) together and put in plastic bag with twist-tie, place inside mug.
Make decorative tag with to/from on one side and directions (below) on the other.  Place inside decorative gift bag with tissue and wallah an easy gift for a special person!

Directions to print for the receiver of the gift:
1 Egg
3-4 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Mix in one egg, stir with fork enough to get dry ingredients moist, make sure to get dry ingredients on bottom but do not stir too much or else cake will be tough.
Add in milk and oil and vanilla and stir enough to incorporate.

Microwave for two minutes on high power. The cake will rise higher than the mug while cooking. Let it cool in the cup for a minute or two then remove the cake by tipping it onto a plate, and enjoy. If you want, you can add fresh fruit, icing or some whipped cream, or some chocolate syrup.

Until next time...happy baking!