Miniature Birthday Cake
It was Blake’s birthday yesterday (insert confetti here.) Since we’ve both been so busy, Blake wanted to wait until we go to Georgia for Thanksgiving to really celebrate. But I felt it wasn’t right to go through one’s birthday–even a something+1 birthday that is not twenty+1, the only fun one–without a bit of cake or pie.
I therefore baked a tiny, single-serve cake in a mug before Blake came downstairs Sunday morning. It went surprisingly well for my first attempt, but I would make some changes. Below is the somewhat modified recipe, culled from a combination of various sources like this one. I can’t find the exact ones I pulled from because I deleted my web search history in efforts to hide from Blake that I was planning to bake him a mini cake. I’m such a Ninja.
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder (We didn’t have any of this, and I forgot to substitute any dry ingredient for it, so my cake ended up a tad too moist, but it still worked.)
- 1/8 tsp salt, or more like a tiny pinch
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tablespoon splenda or similar (or plain white sugar)
- 2 tsp vegetable oil or similar
- 3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used fat-free powdered milk, mixed up)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl VERY WELL. Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl. Add dry to wet and mix well.
Grease a coffee mug and put batter into the mug. Microwave for 30-40 seconds. Mine took a bit longer, but that might have been because my batter was too wet without the cocoa powder. For icing, there are lots of options (see a couple of good, easy ones for mini cakes here), but you can basically mix together 1/4 cup of peanut butter, a few teaspoons of maple syrup, powdered sugar (or splenda) and some cocoa powder and get something delicious and spreadable.
I decorated the top of the cake with almond slivers and a bright red cherry. I added a green candle in the center for the final presentation. Blake ate it all standing up in the kitchen. A good way to start the morning!