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I have made many mug cakes, some have been total disasters and some, like the one today, are totally lip-smacking! The secret to a good microwave mug cake is not to overcook it. Even if the taste is nice, an overdone mug cake’s rubbery texture completely ruins it.

The jam heart mug cake I am sharing with you today is one of the best I have tasted and made, and I am sure you all with love it too. It’s also very quick and easy to make, like all our recipes, and you can do it completely on your own as the process is very easy and safe.

Happy cooking!

Ingredients

• 2 tablespoons (or/30g) butter
• 4 tablespoons flour
• 1 egg yolk
• 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 tablespoon milk
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
• 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
• 1 teaspoon sprinkles

Instructions

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Place butter into a microwavable mug and microwave until just melted. It takes about 20-30 seconds.

Take a microwave-proof mug and add the wet ingredients first, stir and add the dry ingredients, except jam and sprinkles. Stir well with a fork until smooth and well blended.

Now add the sprinkles, stir and take a tablespoon of strawberry jam and place it in the centre of the mixture, placing the spoon deep into the batter. You can use the fork to make sure the jam comes off the spoon and press it gently into the batter, leaving a little of the jam showing from the top.

Microwave for 50 seconds or until firm on top. Cooking time varies according to the setting of different microwaves. Mine turned out with a perfect sponge texture in just 50 seconds. Don’t overcook as microwave cakes tend to get rubbery when they are overcooked.

The hot melting strawberry centre was a delightful combination with the soft sponge cake. Let it cool down for a couple of minutes, or five at least, before eating it as the inside of a microwave cake remains very hot for long.

Note: You can substitute strawberry jam for any other jam flavour or a chocolate piece if you want.

Published in Dawn, Young World, March 10th, 2018