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Have you experienced the immediate gratification that is a one-minute mug cake?
If not, you are in for a real treat today – because not only am I sharing a recipe for a delicious and decadent mug cake – I am sharing three recipes for one-minute lava mug cakes.
Now that Ella is in a part-time kindergarten program, I find myself trying to come up with little ways to make her day a little bit more special, since we are no longer spending those days doing fun activities and following her interests.
Part of that is really slowing down and connecting on the days that she is home, and part of that is packing fun lunches and having special treats ready for her when she gets home – from art invitations to quick after-school snacks that satisfy her foodie side.
I clipped some $0.55 off coupons for Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding from the September/October issue of ALL YOU Magazine, thinking that would be a delicious option – but I had no idea what I was in for when I got to Walmart.
Right there, beside the individual tubs of yogurt… S’mores Pudding!
Now, if you’re a regular reader, you know that we love our S’mores recipes in this house! From our 10-minutes S’mores Refrigerator Cake to our Red Velvet S’mores Cupcakes, I love fun twists on traditional s’mores.
(I even created a healthier graham cracker so I didn’t feel so bad about my s’mores love.)
Of course, Ella (and most kids) would just be happy to come home and find one of these pudding cups waiting for her, but I wanted to have some fun experimenting.
The results were three fun twists on one-minute mug cakes, each with a unique and delicious pudding center and fun toppings!
These recipes were a bit of trial and error on my part – I actually caused a small cake eruption with my first attempt!
The best and most foolproof method involves making the cake batter in a separate container, adding half to the mug, cooking it for 30-45 seconds, then adding the pudding layer and second half of cake batter, and cooking for another 30-45 seconds.
Mix the dry ingredients first, makings sure to really thoroughly mix and incorporate each ingredient and break up any clumps. With such a quick cooking time, this is really important so you don’t get a big clump of powder in your one-minute mug cake.
Next, add the wet ingredients and stir thoroughly. (Looking good, right?)
Add approximately half of the mixture to your mug and cook in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until the top appears cooked and is not wet to the touch.
Add a generous layer of s’mores pudding – I added a full pudding cup to mine – and then top with the remaining cake batter. Cook for another 30-45 seconds until the top is cooked and dry to the touch, like this:
I love how the pudding works it’s way up and creates a small tunnel in the center of the cake – ensuring that you get a bit of pudding and cake on the spoon at the same time, from the first bite.
Soft and fluffy cake mixed with warm, chocolate pudding and smooth marshmallow cream.
Now, this one-minute lava mug cake is delicious as-is, but because I was experimenting with three different lava mug cake flavours, I wanted to indicate what type of pudding center each one contained by customizing the toppings.
I added a generous dollop of whipped cream to the s’mores mug cake (alternatively, my homemade marshmallow cream would be delicious – just not quite as quick).
Followed by a drizzle of Hershey’s hot fudge sundae topping, and some cute mini-marshmallows.
I love that the one-minute s’mores lava mug cake looks just like a cup of yummy hot chocolate, but is actually a mini-cake waiting to surprise a lucky person!
The next flavour I experimented with was the chocolate-covered strawberry pudding. These are probably Ella’s favourite out of the three that I purchased.
I made this lava mug-cake the exact same way as the s’mores lava cake, just using the chocolate-covered strawberry pudding instead of the s’mores pudding in the center.
Doesn’t that just look amazing?!
Of course, I had to top the chocolate-covered strawberry mug cake with it’s namesake (and a bit of whipped cream).
And finally, I made a double chocolate lava mug cake with a chocolate pudding center, and topped it with even more chocolate – hot fudge drizzle and some mini-chocolate chips. (Does that technically make it a quadruple chocolate lava mug cake?)
These one-minute lava mug cakes are an amazing and decadent dessert or afternoon treat, with or without those customized toppings.
The below recipe is for an adult-sized portion (as shown for the S’mores Mug Cake in the blue mug) but it can be easily halved for a smaller version more suitable for kids (as shown for the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Mug Cake in the pink teacup). I’ve included measurements for both.
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoon coconut or vegetable oil
- 6 Tablespoons milk (can use soy or almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Hershey's ready-to-eat pudding cup, in your preferred flavour
- Half-size version:
- 4 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 5 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons coconut or vegetable oil
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Hershey's ready-to-eat pudding cup, in your preferred flavour
- Stir dry ingredients thoroughly, breaking up any clumps.
- Add the wet ingredients, mix thoroughly to incorporate.
- Add half of the batter to your serving mug.
- Microwave for 30-45 seconds until dry in appearance or to the touch.
- Add your pudding cup on top of the microwaved cake, and top with the remaining cake batter.
- Microwave for another 30-45 seconds until the top layer of cake batter is cooked and dry to the touch. The pudding will want to rise and might bubble out of the top of the cake depending on your microwave, so pay attention to this stage.
- Remove from microwave and allow to cool before adding your desired toppings and enjoying!
As a special bonus treat for you, I’ve created a free mini-ebook containing all three recipes — click the image above or this text link to download 3 Amazing Recipes for One-Minute Lava Cakes using Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding.
I leave you with a final parting shot of my favourite one-minute lava mug cake – the S’mores Lava Mug Cake. Perfection in a spoonful!
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