Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A mug cake for my hubby from the non baking wife

These are my steamed mug cakes. How do they look? 

I have never baked before. Neither do I have an oven or microwave at home. My hubby and I happened to browse a book on the subject on steaming cakes. I took a look and why not just do it? Coincidentally, my facebook friend also sent me a chocolate cake recipe but it's baking in the microwave using self raising flour for 3 minutes. So I searched the internet for more recipes.

A lot of recipe calls for baking powder but I only want to use baking soda which I already have. I didn't want to invest in baking powder and have nothing to do with it till it expires. So, I substitute baking powder with baking soda and trace of fresh lemon juice

As a first timer making a cake, I find the recipe in Just One Cookbook easy enough. Nami, the writer of the blog even allow her kids join in the fun of caking making! This is one activity which I intend to do with my little one someday!

Chocolate Cheese Mug Cake

                                        Recipe modified form Just One cookbook!
Attached in the recipe which is slightly modified :
  • ½ cup (75g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda + trace of fresh lemon juice (1/2 tsp)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 sugar cube, grind to powder (note: I didn't want too much sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil ( I used olive oil )
  • ½  cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar cheese)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chocolate chips ( your preference)
Ingredients. Opps! Butter is not used in this recipe. 

In my excitement, I shredded 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese instead of the recommended 1/4 cup and decided to carry on with it since I like cheese. And I made a blunder by pouring in 1 table spoon of baking soda! I hurriedly scoop the excess off when I re-read the recipe from the web. 

I oiled the mug by pouring some olive oil and oiled it all over. You can use a brush for doing that. Otherwise, you may use the paper towel to oil the inside of the mug.


1. Set up the steamer and boil the water over medium high heat
2. Mixed the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder in the big bowl using fork. 
3. Then beat the egg, milk, sugar, olive oil , lemon juice together. 
4. Combine the two mixture and fold in the cheese and chocolate chips.
Combining both the egg mixture and flour mixture together

Add in chocolate chips and cheese
5.Scoop the batter into the mugs, load them into steamer (make sure the water is boiling) and steam for 10 min (depending on size of the steam cake, it can be anywhere between 8 min to 10 min)
6. Use a toothpick or skewer to test whether the cake is ready.
7. Once it's done, take the mugs out and allow to cool.
8. Run a fork or knife along the side of the mug cake if you wanted to take it out or you may choose eating straight from the mug.

My steamer can only accommodate 2 mugs. So, I scooped the batter equally into the 2 mugs and steamed for about 10 minutes.

Put into steamer
The resulting cake is a little salty, probably due to the extra cheese added. It's not very sweet. This is something which I like about making your own cake. You can control the level of sweetness!

Eating straight from the mug
And my guinea pigs responded quite well though. I was a little worried that they wouldn't like this slightly salty cake.
My hubby said it doesn't taste very sweet while the little one asked for more.
My little one told me that the cake is not sweet, neither is it salty. But she said she likes the black colour stuff in it. That's the chocolate chips. Maybe this is the reason she asked for more?!?
Taking the cake out
With this great start, I am looking forward into making steam cakes for the little one since she is a little picky with eating orange vegetables.I shall probably blog again on cakes using orange vegetables.

If you have any pointers to share, please do leave a message on my blog. I look forward into improving my cooking skills.

You may want to view other mug cake recipe. I didn't managed to google this site until now.


  1. Hi Lilium! Thank you for linking back to me and it was fun reading your experience in your first time making "cake"! I don't really have time to bake and I can probably count the times I that probably tells you that I'm not much of a baker. This steam cake is so easy though. Just mix, pour, and steam in a frying pan (in my case). No oven... just perfect for my quick "cake" for the kids. I think you can try adding a little bit of finely shredded carrots in the steam cake. This steam cake is not sweet at all, so it's perfect for small children, and my kids enjoyed from when they were young. Thank you again for trying my recipe! :-)

  2. Hi Nami,
    Thank you for your recipe and suggestion! I had fun making it! Probably the next time round, I will ask my daughter to join in, probably she will eat the shredded carrots in it then?:)


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