Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Strawberries and Cream Microwave Mug Cakes

By Stacie Morgan, November 10, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

The microwave is one of the best appliances for all the low energy use recipes I share with you. In fact, it’s the only appliance you will need to make today’s mini cake.

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This sweet treat is so full of flavor that no one will even know you made the entire thing using a microwave. They will probably assume you baked the cakes in the oven because the texture is moist and fluffy!

Referred to as “mug cakes” because you can make them in a coffee mug in the microwave, I’ve used a variety of methods to prepare these concoctions in the past.  This experimentation led me to develop a great base recipe featuring my own special mix of the boxed cake mix, sour cream, melted butter, and 2% milk. Specifically, the fat and zip of the sour cream combines with the moisture from the milk and the fat from the butter to make a very tasty cake!

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Last year I used leftover Halloween candy with a mug cake recipe, but as we enter the holiday season, I wanted to freshen things up a little bit. Today’s recipe delivers a yummy cake with a creamy, fluffy texture and then complements it with a delicious homemade lemon-berry topping.

You can top the finished cakes with strawberries and cream ice cream like I used today, or just stick to some simple whipped cream. I like to use the ice cream because it will melt down on the hot cake and warm lemon-berry topping to an oh-so-cravable dessert that will please a wide range of taste buds.

All told, this simple cake consists of only 3 ingredients and comes together in the microwave in 5 minutes!

Strawberries and Cream Microwave Mug Cake

Ingredients (for 1 single serving):

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  • ½ c. Yellow cake mix from box
  • 1 tbsp. Melted butter
  • 2 tbsp. Sour cream (full fat, NOT light)
  • 2 tbsp. Milk (2%)
  • ½ c. Fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 tsp. White granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Scoop of strawberries and cream ice cream
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions:

1) Wash the strawberries and lemon. Remove tops from the strawberries.

2) Measure out granulated sugar. Squeeze lemons to obtain the necessary juice.

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3) Cut strawberries into small diced pieces and add to a microwave safe bowl. Toss them with the sugar and lemon juice.

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4) Microwave the strawberries for 90 seconds. Carefully remove the hot bowl from microwave. Mix the ingredients with a spoon for 1 minute to help the sauce thicken. Set aside.

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5) Melt the butter, and measure out the milk, sour cream, and cake mix.

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6) Add the melted butter, sour cream, and milk to a bowl and whisk together.

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7) Add the cake mix and whisk again until the ingredients have a smooth consistency.

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8) Pour the prepared mix into a ramekin as shown.

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9) Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave.

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10) Spoon some strawberry topping over the hot cake.

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11) Place a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, and or or mint leaf on top and serve.

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Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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