What Do I Do When I Want Cake, But No One Else Does?

Well, sometimes I make cupcakes and freeze most of them.

Sometimes I look online for something like mug cakes!

I have a mug. Now that it’s practically summer here in Southern California, I don’t use it for hot chocolate. Instead, it sits and waits for winter to come along again.

Recently, Kimberly of Mother of Girls posted some mug cake recipes. They sounded so delicious, I just had to try one.

Of course, I thought my son wanted some, too. Nope, he just likes to mix. I would have picked the chocolate and hazelnut one instead of the birthday cake surprise one, but I guess tomorrow will be another cake day!

So, we made the birthday cake surprise one. I gave my son a fork to mix and added all the ingredients.

I’m not sure if he had more fun mixing or eating the sprinkles, but it all got mixed together.


The recipe says 90 seconds in the microwave, but my microwave sucks and it was still a little wet after 90 seconds. Back in it went for another 30!


In another attempt to get my son to try it, I asked if he wanted to top it with Nutella or sprinkles or both.


Which was just a clever plot to get more sprinkles and a spoon of Nutella. I really have to catch on one of these days…


Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to eating it for another 1.5 hours, so it was a little tough and chewy (which happens when you leave any cake or cupcake to cool in the pan!). But I did manage a few bites when it came out. Hot, of course, but moist and delicious.

Overall, this went a long way to satisfy my cake craving. It was easy, my toddler had fun (and got to be sneaky. Really, what is wrong with me?!), and it’s really very good. It’s not too sweet and not too doughy, but if you can’t eat it right away, it is kind of dry, so you will definitely want to top it with something.

5 forks!

Be sure to check out Mother of Girls and give her a follow! She has tons of amazing posts, and some traditional Scottish recipes I can’t wait to try.

Have a dessert recipe you’d like me to try? Just leave a link in the comments! Fair warning: I’m a chocoholic and won’t bake anything that uses cream cheese or sour cream. Can’t explain it, but they make me shudder.

15 thoughts on “What Do I Do When I Want Cake, But No One Else Does?

    1. Life of a mom, right? After missing out on making a chocolate cake today, I am absolutely making it this week! The recipes can be found on the Mother of Girls blog. She also has other recipes and some great parenting posts.

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    1. Do try! It’s particularly great if you want just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth and a mug is much smaller than a mixing bowl so it’s easier for a child to handle. Happy baking!

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      1. That’s what I was thinking. If I want a slice a cake it never seems to be just one slice 😂 this would be the perfect alternative. Also ideal for little ones to get involved which is great.

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      2. Haha, that’s so true! Though I wish you luck if you have numerous mugs and dozens of recipes to try. They’re so easy, it’s easy to say “just one more!”

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