{Vegan Recipe} Cake in a Mug!

I've had microwavable cake before, and each and every time it was either hit or miss. Critics advise you to never make cakes in the microwave, no matter how cute and impressive it may be. Yet, there are books, blogs, and even cooking shows dedicated to this kind of stuff. So it can't be that bad, right? Either way, I've always been fascinated with the whole craze.

In my sophomore year of high school, a few friends and I made "cake in a bowl." We literally just threw a bunch of random ingredients into a bowl. It was more of a random mash of cake that didn't taste like cake, but me and my friend Rachel ended up eating it at 4 AM anyways.

Here I am now, attempting the 'Cake in a Mug.''

There are several things you need to keep in mind. What taste am I looking for? Do I have a special diet I need to tend to? Will it rise correctly? Will it overflow? No worries if you follow this recipe.

The recipe I am giving you is unintentionally vegan. The amount of ingredients I give you are perfect so the cake will rise like any other cake, but it leaves some room on top for your choice of toppings. So...let's get started.

What you'll need:
5 tablespoons of flour
2 1/4 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
a sprinkle of salt
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 1/2 tablespoons water

optional: chocolate chips, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, frosting, etc

Now what to do:

1. Spray or coat your mug with some nonstick cooking spray.
2. Add all the dry ingredients to the mug. Mix around with fork.
3. Add all the wet ingredients to the mug. Make sure to really fluff everything around with your fork so it cooks correctly. Feel free to add chocolate chips, sprinkles, or chia seeds. (or anything else you'd like!)
4. Cook in microwave for 1:20 - 2:00 minutes. It depends on your microwave. It took me 1 minute and 45 seconds. Just really keep your eye on it!
5. Done! It's really that easy. I recommend adding whipped cream or chocolate sauce on top for added sweetness.

It takes 5 minutes to make this, which is why I love it so much! I've been experimenting with different flavors and different ingredients. Some are better than others, but still, you can rarely go wrong with this. It's also really easy to clean your mug when you're done with it. I can get used to that.