I have to admit I have been super skeptical of the mug cake scene. I remember attempting some chocolate ice cream concoction that was going to turn into the cake of my dreams with just a pinch of flour… but it ended up turning out into the trash. What a waste of ice cream 😦
My oh my have my eyes been opened. This morning I found myself staring at our fruit bowl over my first cup of coffee and saw a sad sad looking banana. Too rotten to be frozen and used for smoothies, a few bananas too short to make a loaf of banana bread. Waste not want not, right? There had to be something.
A little Google search brought me back to the idea of mug cakes… yeah I’ll probably pass on that I thought. However, nothing else for “uses for one rotten banana” really tickled my fancy. Mug cake it is. I read a few recipes, gathered the mental notes needed to prep my experiment and created a cup of cake all my own. I saved that rotten banana and turned it into all kinds of wonderful. Plus, my faith in mug cakes is coming back (slowly). If you have a hankering for banana bread, but don’t have the time or resources to make a whole batch, try throwing your effort into a serving of one. Follow the recipe below for fantastic results.
1 rotten banana (mashed)
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP milk
3 TBSP flour
3 TBSP brown sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1. Grab your favorite mug (larger the better to prevent batter from spilling over)
2. Add mashed banana, egg and butter to mug, stir to combine. Add milk and stir.
3. Add dry ingredients, chocolate chips, pecans and stir until well mixed.
4. Place filled mug in microwave and cook on high for 1 min 10 seconds
5. Remove mug, stir mixture to bring gooey insides to the top for cooking
6. Place mug back in microwave, and cook for 30 seconds
7. Top with additional chocolate chips and pecans and enjoy!
When mixing the batter, it should look reminiscent of an actual cake batter. The egg, banana, butter and dry ingredients should all be combined to a well mixed consistency.
I hope you enjoy your personal banana bread cake. I know I did and it was hard for me to save some for my husband to enjoy after work!