Photos and Words by Eliza White
When I make my own food, I get such a sense of satisfaction that is just impossible to achieve otherwise. However, living in a dorm has left me without a kitchen, and with the munchies for homemade delicacies. Life lesson: never take for granted the power of a stocked kitchen at home. And while I could stock up my room with the grocery store versions of my mom’s specialties, keeping too much food around would be, frankly, quite the temptation. However, I have figured out a solution to all of my problems in the form of mug recipes.
I have definitely noticed an increase in the popularity and variety of these single-portion, microwavable novelties. Check out this website: http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/02/26/30-mug-recipes/; there are 30 right there. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, there is a mug recipe for you.
So, with my constant craving for pumpkin bread – which seems to just be a natural instinct that occurs with the changing of the leaves – I decided to experiment with my microwave and craving for a homemade goodie. I went online and found a recipe that appealed to me, and ran to my microwave.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake in a Mug
Adapted from Heather Likes Food
For the cake:
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
a few drops of vanilla
¼ cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
a pinch of ground cloves
For the streusel:
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
- Soften (but don’t melt!) the butter in your mug the microwave for about 5 seconds.
- Stir in 2 tbsp of sugar and mix.
- Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, flour, baking powder, and pinch of salt and cloves and stir until combined.
- Use the back of your spoon to smooth it out in the bottom of the mug.
- In a separate mug, combine the streusel ingredients and mix until it looks like lumpy sand.
- Pour on top of cake batter in your first mug.
- Cook in the microwave for 50-80 seconds depending on your microwave. (It took about 70 seconds for mine!). It should look slightly set on the top.