2015 Resolution RoundUp: Week 1: 1st – 7th January

So, how have those daily/ weekly/ monthly challenges been going, you ask? Bloomin’ Brilliantly!!

The twice daily flossing hit a snag the night I got to bed around 4:30am but Operation Drink-loadsa-water is going altogether more swimmingly (tea counts as water, right?)

On the Weekly front, things are going much better; having managed both penpal &  letters, at least one new recipe (MUG CAKES! – more about those later) , a couple of blog posts and a wee make. Wheww!

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So yeah, MUG CAKES! Yes, they ARE a thing and YES, they involve what is QUITE POSSIBLY THE MOST DANGEROUS CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE IN THE WORLD (partly due to to posserchancity of it exploding in your microwave; but mostly because you are never more than 4 minutes away from Chocolate Cake and that my friend, is a very dangerous place to be.)

Essentially, they are a single(?)serve cake that you make in a mug, in the microwave. In under 4 minutes. Cake. In under 4 minutes.

Vanilla Mug Cake. This is mine. Mine sagged a little. Teen2, who had the first one (which turned out perfect!) , stuck his spoon in before I could snap a picture...

Vanilla Mug Cake.
This is mine.
Mine sagged a little.
Teen, who had the first one (which turned out perfect!) , stuck his spoon in before I could snap a picture…

It involves a fair bit of trial & error but our first attempt worked out surprisingly well. Teen2 had just swum home from his first day back at school (possibly using his euphonium case as some sort of canoe) and was mooching for a treat to go with his lemon tea.

So, first, some Do’s & Don’ts

Check your mug is microwaveable : you want a large mug (350 ml is ideal) and you can check it’s suitability by heating on high for a minute : if it comes out HOT, try a different mug. Obviously, steer clear of your fine bone-China teacup or Granny’s best tea service with the gold rim 😉

Got a mug? Great!! So, without further a-do, let  us proceed with the diabolical plan….

  • Into your mug, scoop 2 tablespoons of butter and melt on high for 20-30 seconds.
  • Add 1 tablespoon milk , 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 egg then beat together.
  • Next, add 3 tablespoons caster sugar 4 tablespoons self-raising flour & a pinch ofsalt . Mix thoroughly, taking care NOT to beat in too much air.

Cooking times are dependant on your microwave and temperature of your ingredients etc, but as a guide:

  • min 50 sec @ 600W
  • 2 min 30 sec @ 800W
  • 2 min 10 sec @ 1000W

If you try these, remember to come back and tell us how you got on! In the meantime, we’re planning chocolate peanut next 🙂

The Weekly Make: did make something, but as it is a gift for someone, I don’t want to let the surprise out until they’ve received it.

The big Monthly challenges have yet to be addressed this month but I’m sure helping edit Teen1’s 6000 word History assignment counts as a little bit of studying.

Does anyone else have a scheme to win at New Year Resolutions? Did you make any? And how are they going?

Thanks for reading, and pop back soon!

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