Emergency Pudding – Cake in a mug

It’s eight o’clock on a Friday night. I’ve had the week from hell and Jacob has been waking up twice a night for a straight seven days. We’ve had a take-away because we can’t face cooking but now we’re stuck without pudding. No dessert in this house is not a good thing.

Our heroine this evening is Ruth Clemens, finalist in the 2010 Great British Bake Off. She came up with this recipe for a microwaved cake in a mug.

Ruth may not regard this as “serious cooking” but there is a place and time for everything. Well a house full of dessert fiends with no dessert is as serious as it gets, so we salute and thank you for saving our somewhat frayed sanity this evening.

It’s dead easy to make, and even a seasoned cake-killer like me can get it right. That having been said, Annie did most of the work. I just stood there and back seat baked.

Whatever you think of microwave in a mug cakes, (as I said) there’s a place and time for everything, and this evening, there wasn’t anything better than two of these with a bit of raspberry jam. It doesn’t look great, but you know what? It was great nonetheless. Hit the spot and provided us with the pudding fix we craved on a rainy Friday night after a hard week.

I guess my point is twofold, one, that this cake in a mug is really good fun, I’m sure Jacob will make a few of these in his time. Secondly, just because it’s easy, quick and looks wobbly doesn’t mean that there isn’t a moment when it will be the most delicious thing in the world.

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