Strawberry Balsamic Sponge Microwave Mug Cake

Friday, 18 January 2013

Kind of a mouthful, but I didn't know what else to call this.

Ever have one of those days when you just want a little treat but can't be bothered to get put the beaters, and then you decide you could whisk by hand, but then realise that you'd have to turn on the oven anyway, and what if its too hot, or you just want the treat right now? Welcome to my life.

I know there are lots of microwave mug or even microwave ice cream cone cakes put there. But this has a little extra, a little somethin' - somethin' else. It is light as air and so fluffy, but so rich and moist; it's fruity but not too sweet. And best of all, it takes two minutes in the microwave, so you can make it right before you settle down to watch whatever romantic comedy you're secretly about to watch tonight, or when you're right at the end of your lunch break at work, or when you're with a group of friends and you just want some treats. I love treats.

Some people are a little weirded out by the balsamic vinegar in this - e.g. my best friend said "we" when I told her. I reminded her that people do balsamic icing all the time, and Adriano Zumbo even makes balsamic strawberry macarons! (I may have lied) Anyway after that she grudgingly agreed that she should be more open to new flavours, but she hasn't tried this yet. Let me know if you do (:

But anyway, the balsamic just adds a tiny bit of tanginess to the sweetness of the cake, and it goes really well with the strawberries. And I just saw a recipe online for ice cream drizzled with balsamic vinegar. (Seriously that's all it is - here)

Enough rambling now, on to the treats!

Makes 3 mugs
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsps sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 6 tbsp self raising flour
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Mix egg, oil, milk, and vinegar together.
Add in sugar and strawberries then fold in the flour.
Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into mugs.

Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Serve with ice cream.

How easy was that?
Look how airy the insides are!
Delicious (:

xx gee


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