Hooray! Sunday Cook-Up is back!
Sorry it’s been on such an extended hiatus, but it’s here, and the world makes sense again.
And my word, is it back with a vengeance:
In the form of a sticky date mug cake. Yep, you heard me. A sticky date cake you can make in your microwave in about 5 minutes. I’m not sure whether to bow, or apologise. Perhaps both.
This mug cake is the perfect sweet treat for chilly evenings, or even in the middle of the day just because. I’m not judging. You do you.
This recipe makes 1 mug cake.
For the cake
– 7 dates, chopped roughly
– 1 1/2 tbsp boiling water
– 1/8 tsp bicarb soda
– 1 1/2 tbsp butter
– 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
– 1 1/2 tbsp self raising flour
– 1/2 egg (what a shame, you’ll just have to use that leftover half an egg to make another mug cake…)
– 1/2 tbsp walnuts, chopped roughly
For the sauce
– 2 tbsp brown sugar
– 1/2 tsp butter
– 1/2 tsp cream (or milk)
Place the dates and water in to the cup. Microwave for about 50 seconds, until the dates are nice and soft. Add the bicarb soda, stir and let it sit for 30 seconds. Mash with your spoon.
Add the butter and microwave for 15-30 seconds so the butter melts, then stir.
Add the brown sugar, egg and flour, and mix well (you don’t want any yucky floury bits!) Sprinkle the walnuts on the top of the batter – it won’t look very full right now, but trust me – it’ll rise! – and microwave for another minute (it’s a good idea to sit it on top of a plate or saucer before microwaving it this time, so if it overflows, you won’t lose any!) If it doesn’t look ready, microwave in 15 second intervals until it is. Be careful not to cook it too much!
To make the sauce, place all ingredients in to a ramekin and microwave for around 30 seconds. It’ll bubble – that’s good! Stir, then place back in to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir and place in the microwave once more for another 30 seconds. Repeat the process once more, then stir. You should have a totally delicious-looking dark brown caramel sauce. (It might look almost like it’s split for a moment – keep stirring and it’ll come together perfectly!)
Drizzle the sauce on top of the cake and eat it! Yay!
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I hope you LOVE this cake. (Who am I kidding, of course you will!) I adore mug cakes, they are so simple and so quick – and soooo delicious!
Have you made a mug cake before? What’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
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