This birthday mug cake is the perfect quick dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Well hello there, it’s Lauren. As the summer months swiftly approach, I am often reminded that I am quickly and dreadfully approaching a quarter life crisis. I had no problem with 25. Twenty five was fine. Twenty six though. That pesky 26 is actually tricking me into thinking that I have dimensia, back problems, failing vision, and no plan. Am I being completely ridiculous? YES. Probably because I’m getting old and senile. I am being dramatic, obviously. But 26 is causing me ALL THE STRESS.
This rant is leading somewhere, I swear. The point is that the more I think about my birthday, the more I stress eat- yes, but also, the more I think about cake. Vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles to be exact. The best kind of cake. I don’t know about anyone else, but that is always the kind of cake I envision any time there is mention of a birthday cake. In general, I’ve never been a big birthday person. They just aren’t that big of a deal to me. (Aside from my irrational panic attack this year). There are people that spend 364 days of the year trying to come up with one monumental festivity to celebrate their born day. I am not one of those people. Just give me a cake with a candle to blow out and I’m happy. No need to sing. Thanks.
(Anyone else get wildly uncomfortable when people sing to them? Like you want to crawl out of your skin and bury yourself in a hole until it’s over? Just me?)
Anyway, there is something about birthday cake that tastes better than cake on any other day.
Personally, I think that waiting for one day in the year to have birthday cake is absurd, and I refuse to live in a world where that is a thing. I don’t want celebration cake just on my birthday. I want cake all the time. You feel me? You shouldn’t have to wait for one specific date to celebrate the joys of being alive. With that being said, sometimes you just really really want cake, but you either:
a) don’t have the ambition to make an entire cake for yourself, even though you know for a fact that you could destroy that entire thing.
In one sitting.
b) you don’t have enough ingredients to make a whole cake.
c) you have zero patience whatsoever and cake baking takes way too long.
d) you’re knee deep in an episode of ‘Iron Chef’ and need to be back by the end of commercial break.
That’s where this mug cake comes in. It only takes 90 seconds in the microwave, and then you’re done. That’s about as close to instant gratification as you can get. Gathering all of the ingredients and stirring them together is the most time consuming part of the whole process.
I topped mine with homemade whipped cream that I happened to have already made in the fridge, but you could leave your cake naked if you want. Or top it with ice cream. It’s your ‘birthday’, do whatever you want.
If you like these quick microwave desserts, check out our Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie Recipe from a few weeks ago!
*Note-Make sure you use a larger sized mug! We usually use small ramekins for our microwave desserts, just because they are the perfect size, and also because we are obsessed with them, but you don’t have to. Any microwave safe dish will work, really. You want your cake batter vessel to be filled about 2/3 of the way full. Any more than that and its going to look like a funfetti cake bomb went off in your microwave. Trust me, it sounds fun, but it really isn’t.