A Solitary Snack: Cake For One


-Rache’ll Brown

I have a massive sweet tooth. Honestly, it’s a problem. I am constantly craving sugar, and sometimes exercising self-control can be hard, but I’ve discovered the perfect solution: Cake in a Cup! While browsing Pinterest, I discovered Chocolate-Covered Katie and her Single Lady Cupcakes, which inspired me to create a healthier, single-serving dessert for myself.

Cake in a Cup
3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate (or normal hot chocolate!)
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
Splash of vanilla (I never measure!)
1 tablespoon of sugar-free applesauce (or vegetable oil, if you aren’t trying to be fat-free)
Water (Just add enough to make the batter wet – the constancy shouldn’t be super thick and pasty, but it shouldn’t be really runny and thin!)

Mix all of the ingredients together directly in your mug, and then microwave for one minute. Sometimes I add colorful sprinkles on top, but usually the plain old cake is good enough for me! Of course you can substitute different ingredients to tailor the dessert to match your taste – you could omit the hot chocolate mix for a more plain cake, or add chocolate chips, sugar or nuts for more flavor. You could also use pumpkin or banana instead of applesauce for a more autumnal feel.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to alter it to create a dessert that fits whatever you are craving, and since it is only one serving, you don’t have to worry about the leftovers haunting you from the kitchen! So, the next time you are craving a little something sweet, reach for a mug and create a cake in a cup. It’s simple and delicious, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand anyway.

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