Who has ever felt really guilty after eating too much cake? Almost everyone, including us ’round here. Sometimes you get a slice of cake or a whole cake, or you bake a cake, and you are left with it. You don’t want it to go to waste so you end up eating it and then your waistline and face tell the story!
Can anyone relate?
But at the same time, especially after dinner, you tend to feel peckish. Sometimes the need for something sweet and satisfying is all we need to do the trick to tell our bellies, ok, that’s enough for the day.
Well, it’s in times like this that I turn to my trusty mug cake recipe. The best thing about it is that it only takes a minute or two to bake in the microwave. Yes, you heard that right! It’s easy to come up with whatever flavour you like. We love a marble and vanilla cupcake but we also love several others too, including this lemon mug cake. Its lemon flavour rich with the zest of fresh lemon makes it so welcoming, especially with a cup of tea.
This week, we put the vote out to our Youtube subscribers to see which mug cake they wanted to watch us bake live. The winner was actually a runaway winner. It was for the lemon mug cake and we were not at all disappointed in the least.
So when we cooked it live, we had a lovely audience chatting, asking questions, and making sure things were going well with the timings, etc. One subscriber, Debbie, was also cooking along with us at home. How fun was that!
On our most recent occasion, we had it with lemongrass tea, as requested by one of our subscribers.
I like the fact that nothing fancy is needed. They are all store cupboard ingredients that you already have at home. If you don’t have or use lemon curd, you can add another tablespoon of milk and perhaps a little more lemon zest. It’s very difficult to spoil it, so don’t worry too much.
Just a bit of advice
- This recipe makes enough for two 300 ml cups
- remember not to fill the cup as you will need to give the cake space to rise. If the cup is too full, it will run over in the microwave and give you some extra cleaning up to do!
- When the cup comes out of the microwave, it will be piping hot, so do be careful. With the cups we use, the handles were still ok to touch, but not the body of the cup. We used these coffee cups and they were perfect, and affordable too.
- If it’s your first go at making a microwave mug cake, give it a little less time than the suggested 1 minute and 40 seconds, just to check
- The cake won’t have the usual golden brown colour on top so think of a creative way to make the top more attractive. We used lemon slices and a light dusting of icing sugar. Sprinkles and melted chocolate are good ideas too.
Ingredients you will need
5 tbsp self-raising flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter or margarine (approx. 30g)
1 tbsp lemon curd
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
The method for making the lemon mug cake
- Melt the butter and pour it into a bowl or large measuring jug
- Add the tablespoon of milk
- Crack the egg and whisk it into the melted butter and milk mixture
- Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and whisk
- Add the sugar to the lot before lightly folding in the flour
- Transfer the mixture to one or two cups/mugs
- Microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds
- Allow to cool slightly and decorate as you wish
Not only is the cake delicious but it’s not very expensive at all! You should find all you need already in your fridge and pantry.
If you do try this lemon mug cake recipe, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @joleisacreed where you will also find photos of our cakes on the grid. Speak soon,
Jo and Leisa