Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mug Cake & Chattin' Around the Kitchen Sink

I was so fortunate recently to be invited on a wonderful food radio show called "Around the Kitchen Sink".  It's hosted by the ever-so-lovely Heather from Basilmomma.  First let me say, I hate hearing myself talk and I get super nervous really easily.  So I was really nervous and a bit jittery leading up to this.  I'm a talker by nature.   I get it from my Momma and we can talk to just about anyone about anything.  But being on the radio was different.  People were gonna listen in on this conversation.  I knew I was either gonna blabber on forever and they were gonna have to force me to shut up by going to commercial or I would completely clam up and barely get a word out.  I never do anything half way's all or nothing with me. 
 Well, I have no idea what I was getting all worked up for.  Heather was an absolute pro and she really made it feel like we were just two gals hanging out in the kitchen having a talk over coffee.  Except it was 11 o'clock at night.  And I was sitting in my rocker on my front porch (so I wouldn't wake everyone up in my house with my loud mouth) and praying the listeners wouldn't hear the dog barking across the street, and Heather was in a radio studio.  But ya know, she made it so comfortable and casual that it felt like it really was just a two friends having a nice late night chat.
Anyhoo, you can catch the whole show right here with this Podcast player, just click on the one that says "The Country Cook", or you can also download it free from iTunes here.
We talked a little bit about everything, as women tend to do.  We talked a lot about Crock Pot cooking and Poke Cakes.  Heather and I got to talking and having so much fun that I forgot to talk about a fun and easy dessert recipe that I had planned to share with everyone.  I truly don't know the origins of this cake.  I remember it being on the back of a Duncan Hines cake mix many years ago.  If any of you who ever lived in a dorm or in a teeny tiny apartment that didn't come with an oven, then you are probably VERY familiar with this recipe since learning to cook with a microwave can be it's own art form when you don't own an oven. And this recipe totally impresses kids who get instant gratification by seeing a cake cook in the microwave in a minute.  Seriously, try this out at your daughter's next slumber party and you will totally get "Cool Mom" status. And it is great if you only want to make a small bit of dessert instead of enough for a crowd of people.  Got a late night sweet tooth?   This will fit the bill.  It's called Mug Cake or 3-2-1 Mug Cake.  Here's how ya do it. You won't need to see this recipe more than once to have it down pat!
1 (16 oz). box Angel Food cake mix
1 (15.25) oz. box any flavor cake mix
1 tub frosting (optional)

Pour both dry cake mixes into a gallon-size Ziploc bag.
Zip it up tight and begin to shake it well to make sure cake mixes are combined thoroughly.

In a clean mug (you do not need to grease the mug), combine 3 tbsp. of the combined cake mixes with 2 tbsp. of water.
 Stir well until completely combined.
Batter will get foamy as you stir.
Then pop it into the microwave. Cook on high for 1 minute.
And that's how it gets it's name,  3-2-1 Cake. 
3 tbsp. cake mix
2 tbsp. water
1 minute in the microwave.

When it's finished, carefully take it out of the microwave (mug will be very warm).
Dab a little frosting on top (optional) and dig into the warm cake.
You can eat the cake right out of the mug...
...or you can run your finger or a butter knife gently around the inside edge of the mug.
Flip mug over on a plate. 
And dig in!
If you like, add a dollop of frosting on top.
It will melt slightly since it's going on a warm cake. Yum!
Keep your bag of cake mix stored in your dry and cool pantry for up to 2 months.

Cook's Notes:
Use any type of cake mix you like. But it has to be mixed with the Angel Food Cake mix for this to work properly.  I absolutely love Lemon and Dark Chocolate cake mixes with this.   My son is pretty partial to this Rainbow Chip flavor.  And feel free to play with different toppings depending on the flavor of cake you use.   Whipped cream, canned fruit fillings or fresh fruit are all great toppings to try.



Basilmomma Heather Tallman said...

I love this!! Adding into my grocery list today!!
Thank you for comng on the show :)

Anonymous said...

I loved hearing you on the radio show! you were great! As for the new recipe I showed it to Skye and he said COOL! guess I will be making this one before long. Thanks for all the great recipes! <3 Amanda

The Country Cook said...

Amanda - I appreciated you staying up to listen that night!! :) Hope Skye likes this one!

JANNA said...

Thank you so much for posting this!!! I have been craving cupcakes for weeks now but I have held off on fixing them because the three of us do not need 24 cupcakes! Now I can get my cupcake fix without any going to waste or gorging on them to keep them from wasting! ;) I have never heard of this before but it sounds so neat!!

Pretend Chef said...

My guys would go crazy over this. Love the ease of it.

The Country Cook said...

The other good thing about these Janna is they aren't really heavy. they are light, yet moist! Hope you love it!

The Better Baker said...

AHA - I have the VERY SAME thing in my pantry...marked on the bag and everything!! Love this for a quick snack...and lowfat too. Really really fun to get to hear you on the radio Girlie! But you were a STAR before you were on the radio...=)

The Better Baker said...

P.S....thanks for sharing my blog link...Woot!

Gypsy Heart said...

How neat that you were on the radio! Unfortunately, my speakers are out and I cannot listen. :( Thanks for sharing this Mug Cake recipe ~ I'm thinking of several people that would love it.

You always share such wonderful goodies!


tracy said...

It's been so hot we haven't cooked anything in ages...but with our weekend cool spell, I gave your Crock-pot cubed steak a go. My hubby was so pleased to have "food" again lol. Made your 3-2-1 Mug cake (using lemon cake mix) for dessert too....Wonderful meal. Thanks for the 'food' ideas;-) Really love your site and recipes.

Medeja said...

Looks so fun!

Savory Sweet said...

So simple and easy and just the right portion size! Thanks for sharing!

Patti said...

Congrats for being on the show Brandie!!! Glad everything is going well for you!

Anonymous said...

Just made this with a plain yellow mix so I threw in about a 1/2 cup of sprinkles. YUMMY!! Couldn't find my frosting so I took some bark chocolate and shaved it off over the top and it melted so easy. Thanks for another great recipe. I'll be sharing the bag with a friend. Teri :)

Shawna said...

that looks great!! And my momma had those dishes like your mug (with the brown around it) and I have the green like your plate!!
My kids are gonna loooove this!!!

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

Brandie, Love the picture of you sitting on the porch so as to not wake the family. Having never heard you speak, it was so fun to hear a southern accent. Perfect! So is this mug cake...I love individual portions, especially if I can have a cake to call my own. Brava!

Michelle @AmourBeurre said...

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?!?! This is dangerous knowledge to posses.

Phoenyx said...

I was so excited to see this recipe and then it just tickled me when I saw the cup. I yelled over to my husband "Look honey! She has our pattern!!"

Anonymous said...

I am very excited about this! :) I am headed to college in August and will only have a microwave. Since I love to bake, I will miss having an oven, but this will be a happy substitute I think :)

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Haha! I would love to get more of this pattern. Right now I just have the cups. I do a lot of thrift store shopping so I'm always looking out for them,

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you! I hope this will at least be an easier and tasty way for you to get your cake fix. Microwave cooking becomes an art while in college. Ha!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

I'm in love with this. I love having single desserts like this. I make a 100 calorie brownie very similar to this, but this looks magical - thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am going to the store and picking up all the things for this my grandaughter can put it together and make some for us. Thank you and I would love to listen to you on the radio if you were only in Indiana on a radio station.

Amber said...

This is amazing! I am heading to college in a week and this will be perfect for late night studying!

Jennifer said...

Do you know if this works with the gluten free mixes

denise urevick said...

This has to be the greatest invention of the 21st century! My granddaughter loves cupcakes and so do I. Now we can make them whenever we want! Any suggestions about how to make and keep frosting on hand?

ML Kennedy said...

I love this! I have found that with chocolate cake, it's better if you also add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the two mixes. Also if you want a double portion, it still only takes a minute to microwave.