have your cake (and eat it too)

*WARNING: lots of yummy-looking cake in this post!*

it was my grandma's 79th birthday on monday! yay! grandma's fun. we visited her on sunday in palmdale and brought her cupcakes from the new place that opened up there, nadia cakes.

i tried the white chocolate raspberry one (top left) and mom tried the red velvet. grandma and auntie ate the chocolate vanilla and other red velvet. and oh my...they were SO GOOD.

if you're ever in the antelope valley, you definitely have to visit the place! it's worth checking out--i promise. they have classic flavors like strawberry and chocolate, but also inventive, non-traditional ones like caramel macchiato, pina colada, and butterfinger! they even have different flavors available every day. ahhhh. i'll have to go back again and try...all of them. now why did we have to move after the cupcake place opened??

okay, so now you're probably done drooling over the pictures i posted and have developed a craving for some cake. what can you do about it?

how about this awesome 5-minute mug cake that i found on cut out + keep? it's super easy and will help fulfill your cake craving whenever you have one. i just tried it out yesterday and was really impressed! it actually turned out pretty good--i might have to make it for breakfast every morning. i didn't have any cocoa powder though, and substituted Nesquik (chocolate milk mix) for it. i'm thinking of experimenting with other flavors (5-minute lemon mug cake? 5-minute green tea cake? i'll let you guys know if i'm successful).

what you need:
  • 4 tsp self-raising Flour (i used 5)
  • 4 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa (or chocolate milk mix, like i used)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 tsp Milk
  • 3 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • a small splash of Vanilla
  • a large mug
here's how to make it:
  1. mix all ingredients together in the mug.
  2. microwave for 3 minutes (you might want to check on it after 2 minutes to determine how much more time you'll need. microwave times may vary depending on wattage).
  3. top with ice cream or powdered sugar (like i did!), or leave it plain. then you're done! eat!

visit the original tutorial here to see pictures and other versions of the cake! let me know if you try making it. i'd love to know how it turned out! :)