Quick and easy chocolate mug cake

This simple recipe can have you celebrating in ten minutes - with minimal washing up too. What more could you ask for?

  • place PRE 15 mins
  • place COOK 2 -3 minutes
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 The UK arm of PJ Library, the charity that sends Jewish books to children, will be five years old next week. They asked five food writers to create a recipe to mark their special day. How better, I thought, than a cake you can make in a minutes! 
It’s not quite up there with a baked sponge, but it’s moist, chocolatey and simple enough for little hands to make. A perfect treat when you need a cake in a hurry. 
Find the other birthday recipes on their website.
  • In a large mug, whisk together the egg and oill with a fork. 
  • Stir in the buttermilk, vanilla, and sugar. 
  • Add the cocoa, flour, salt, and vinegar. 
  • Whisk the batter until smooth and divide between two smaller mugs. Do not fill more than halfway.
  • Microwave separately for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes each until risen and firm.
  • If making the icing, whilst the cakes are cooling, beat the butter, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth, then beat in the cream cheese.
  • Once the cakes are cool, cover with icing and shower with sprinkles.

1 large egg

3 tbsp vegetable oil

3 tsp buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla extract

45g caster sugar

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

45g self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

¼ tsp white wine or cider vinegar

For the topping (optional):

25g butter, really soft

60g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract 

30g cream cheese full fat

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