Picture this, you just finished dinner and you have the taste for something sweet, something rich and chocolaty. You only want one serving and you really didn’t want to spend the next forty minutes baking a cake. No problem, I’ve got just the dessert for you. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake is a rich chocolate cake streaked with smooth and creamy peanut butter that can be made in about five minutes. The best part is most people probably have these ingredients already in their kitchen.
I surprised my family with this dessert on a Wednesday night after dinner. “What, you’re making a cake?” My family thought I lost my mind. “No ladies, I’m making four cakes, in less time it takes my thirteen year old to check her Instagram.
This is a fast recipe, so let’s get to it. I decided to use ramequin for my mug cake because I think they look nicer, but coffee mugs would work just as well. I have to admit that desserts like these are the reason I bought ramequins in the first place. Actually, I bought ramequins so I could make creme brulee.
I put a pat of butter into each ramequin then put them in the microwave so the butter would melt. It only takes ten to fifteen seconds to melt the butter; you’ve got to be careful not to make a huge mess in the microwave. I added equal amounts of white and brown sugar, along with a few drops of vanilla extract and a teeny bit of baking powder. I stirred the ingredients together then added an egg yolk, cocoa powder, a pinch of salt and some flour.
I mixed the batter together and was impressed because it was really looking like cake batter. I stirred in some chocolate chips then added a generous amount of peanut butter that I lightly swirled around. I wanted the cakes to me marbleized with peanut butter so I was careful not to stir it too much.
Then it was time to bake, no wait. I meant microwave these cakes. I microwaved them separately because I wanted to find the perfect time to cook these things. For my microwave the perfect time to cook the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake was fifty seconds on high, until the top looked dry. That was it, my homemade cakes were ready to eat! Only after they cooled off, of course.
If you like making single serving desserts like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake, purchasing a set of ramequins like this may be a good idea. I first bought a set of these when I was making creme brulee and had nothing to serve it in. The ramequins were the perfect dish for creme brulee and all sorts of other desserts that I make. I use them for making other single serving desserts like bread pudding and Italian ice.
Adapted from Crazy for Crust