Or the five minute mug!
The quickest of bakes for fun with your smalls. Perfect for a quick weekend treat.
We have been exploring a lot of garden and nature play this week, so I wanted to make something honey and floral themed. However, emerging from a week of baby germ plague, visitors and other things meant that a big formal bake was out of the question. I needed a qucikie. This mug cake was my answer to the problem. Never in a million years did I think you would hear me extolling the virtues of microwaved cake. but it was unexpectedly brilliant. Definitely not the most beautiful thing I've ever made, but surprisingly tasty. The honey makes it tase almost like a syrup sponge and the fast forward style rise you get to watch through the microwave door is an instant kid pleaser. It genuinely preps and bakes in minutes, so it's perfect those of you who feel daunted by baking with your smalls or who worry about the faff and the mess. You can even make a super quick butter icing with a fork! Whole thing literally took me five minutes.
14g butter (only bit of measuring)
2 tbsp honey
3tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp self raising flour
zest of half an orange (optional - I had one that needed using up. You could probably use a lemon too.)
1. Melt the butter in the mug (10ish seconds in the microwave should do it)
2. Mix honey, egg and sugar into the butter with a fork until smooth. You might need to give little hands a help with a big beat at the end to achieve this.
3. Mix in the flour and stir until it looks like cake mix.
4. Microwave for 1minute 30 seconds then leave to cool. Don't be tempted to leave the cake in for much longer than this. Remember, microwave cakes won't brown, so it will look a bit weird if you're used to 'proper' baking.
If you want to make a little icing topping then put 24g of butter, 4 tbsp icing sugar, a tsp of honey and a splash of milk in a bowl and use the fork to squash and cut in the butter before whisking into a frosting. I piped this onto the top and added sprinkles and a crystallised primrose, but clearly a good dollop would do just as well!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not sacking off my oven for ever. This is not baking at its best, but it was really fun, hardly messy and tasty. A really good treat for a rainy day activity or quick weekend pudding. Happy, bakeful play.