The Craft Patch: Pinterest Tested: Microwave Mug Brownie

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Pinterest Tested: Microwave Mug Brownie

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? This is the place to find out! Each Monday I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It's like the Mythbusters of Domesticity! 

I'm sure you've seen all the different treats on Pinterest  that claim they can be made in the microwave. It sounds like the perfect solution: quick baking time and individual serving size means you can have a treat any time without eating an entire batch of something.

I've sort of made it my quest over the last few months to find out if there is a good microwave treat recipe out there.

My first try was several months ago with the microwave cookie (read about it HERE). Not so successful. It was rubbery and just too weird. We still ate it (I mean it is sugar, fat and chocolate), but didn't love it.

Next try was this recipe:

It looks good, right?! It's a chocolate peanut butter mug cake. I thought this one would be the winner for sure. I don't know if I did something wrong or what, was so gross! Even my kids wouldn't eat it! We ended up tossing it. Good thing it was only one mug's worth, right?

Then I came across another recipe. It caught my eye because there was no egg in it, which I suspect is what was making the final product in other attempts so rubbery. Look at this chocolaty goodness:

Can I just say that it was love at first bite?! You whip a few ingredients together in a mug, microwave it for about 40 seconds and end up with a gooey lava cake/brownie that tastes great and satisfies even a crazy chocoholic like myself. And it was cooked in the microwave. My mind is blown.

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tiny dash salt
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons flour

Melt the butter in a coffee mug. Add water, vanilla and salt and stir until smooth. Add sugar, cocoa powder and flour and stir until all the lumps are out. Put the mug in the microwave for 40 seconds (longer if you don't want the awesome gooey fudge center). And that's are done! Enjoy with a glass of milk or a dollop of whipped cream. Or ice cream if you have it...but that's the whole reason you whipped up this little mug cake anyway, right? If you'd had ice cream in the first place, you wouldn't have needed a sugar fix. But I digress...

So now you will either love me or hate me for introducing you to this sinful little recipe. I have had it two nights in a row now. Dangerous, I tell you...dangerous!


  1. Another tasty one to try! I did my own Pinterest testing on this a little while ago! Also a recipe without egg -
    I swear by this recipe now, it takes 40 seconds to cook, and tastes amazing :D

  2. I tried one and it was an epic fail - so I'm going to try yours in a few minutes. Thanks for sharing!

  3. We just tried this tonight and loved it! Perfect way to squash a chocolate craving. And Zach thought it was a science experiment haha!

  4. Looks good!

    My first mug cake tasted good, but what a mess. It said to use a large mug, but I guess I didn't understand what that meant! We have made it on more than one occasion - Nutella Mug Cake from Angie McGowan at the Family Kitchen. Yum!

    I am going to try yours though, because we don't always have Nutella in the house!


  5. The boys and I tried this last night. Excellent! It was easy to make and, what I really love about it is that it contains ingredients that I always have on hand.


  6. I love that you are doing the research for us! Made this recipe and I am amazed. Thank you.

  7. Yay! I wont be mad at you until I gain 10 lbs. haha. I just tried it and it was delicious. I added nuts and whipped cream. Yummy. This is my little secret. I am not letting the kids in on this one.

  8. @Tamber Yay! I'm glad you like it! I am right there with you on the weight gain. haha. And guess what? I haven't shared with my kids either! This is mommy's treat when everyone is finally in bed. :)

  9. I did not need to find this recipe. Yummy doesn't do it justice. It is wonderful!!

  10. Okay, so I've been trying for a while to find an ooey gooey recipe for my treasured microwave as the recipe my aunt gave me from her cousin isn't chocolately enough. So I just made this recipe about 5 minutes ago and the mug is in front of me.

    Other than it being hot, I approve. And I think I might have to make another. Because I might have added one extra tablespoon of flour cause I was excited. The batter is also very yummy too.

  11. WOW. AMAZING. I've tried so many microwave mug recipes and this is the ONLY. I REPEAT ONLY recipe that i'm satisfied with!!!! I didn't have any cocoa powder, so i melted some dark chocolate and used that instead, and i added a teensy bit of baking powder (although it might have too little an amount to have an effect, so scratch that i guess?) and I used milk instead of water. Oh, and I forgot to add salt. But it was still DELICIOUSS. Perfect with some dulce de leche gelato too;) thank you!

    1. I am glad you liked it! Good to know about melting chocolate if I run out of cocoa. I will have to try it with ice cream!


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