I decided to dedicate my second Lila, Chop! original recipe to my business adviser, Meng. When asked what his favourite flavour of dessert is, Meng responded with "Death by Chocolate flourless cake." Well! I thought, the man certainly has good taste, and a sweet tooth to perhaps even rival mine. (This I discovered during his visit to Stockholm when K and I took him to my favourite coffee house and bakery, Cafe Saturnus, for brunch and Swedish cinnamon buns.)
So, how do I go about finding an easy, healthy alternative recipe for this dessert? Naturally, it must be deeply, decadently rich and chocolatey. It must also be easy and simple enough for a man, who works tirelessly to make the world a better (business) place, to whip up whenever an onslaught of chocolate cravings hits him. Thus, I present Meng Mugcake: a Death-by-Chocolate flourless and sugarless cake recipe for beginners.
|scoop||Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Elite Protein Series, Chocolate|
|scoop||any chocolate-flavoured protein powder|
|tbsp||any vegan or low-fat milk (I used Isola bio unsweetened almond milk)|
|tbsp||Bob's Red Mill almond meal/flour|
|tbsp||Truvia Baking Blend natural sweetener or|
|tbsp||Sunfood Superfood organic raw cacao powder|
|tbsp||Viva Labs organic extra virgin coconut oil,|
|tsp||Rodelle Organics pure Vanilla Extract-Bourbon|
The thing about mugcakes is that one literally makes
them in a mug, in the microwave. Forget fancy baking
with different utensils and bake-ware and having to wait
for the oven to heat up before even baking the cake
itself —all a mugcake recipe requires in terms of
kitchenware is a teaspoon and a tablespoon for both
measurement and mixing, access to a microwave, and a mug.
The mixing of ingredients happens in the mug, and the
baked in the same mug in the microwave.
2-3 minutes prep-time, and 2 minutes in the microwave.
Voila! Cake prêt à manger. This must be the easiest
and simplest cake recipe in the world, and takes just as
much time to make as a sandwich. Who wouldn't
want this for a post-workout or anytime break-from-work
|2||min||Mix all the ingredients together in a mug.|
|2||min||Microwave on high-setting.|
|1||min||Flip mug onto plate and jiggle it around until the cake falls onto the plate.|
|5||min||Garnish with whatever toppings you want. I sprinkled more cacao powder and stuck 2 pieces of Lindt Dark Chocolate Swiss thins onto the cake whilst it was still hot so they started to melt before my first bite. Mmmmmm.|
Mug Cake Tips
If the cake sticks or burns to the side of the mug, try spraying a non-stick baking spray inside the mug before pouring ingredients in. Got no protein powder at home? No problem, this recipe works fine without! Simply replace protein powder with more cacao powder.
This recipe was adapted from Cleaneatingsurvivalguide's chocolate mugcake recipe.