Cake Your Child Can Easily Make – Nutella Mug Cake

Nutella mug cake

Our first shot somehow got corrupted. Unfortunately, we’d already dug into the cake when the second shot was taken. One mug can be shared by two. That’s a lot of cake for one person.

As a child I was told not to play in the kitchen because it was dangerous, and I took the warning to heart, so much so that I never really learned to cook until I was in my late ’20s  and living on my own for the first time. I had to learn out of necessity, but as I got more into it, I began to find the activity quite enjoyable. Not that anybody would rave about my cooking or baking, but, still, I can do it and know enough about it to share the interest with my kids. The good thing about not having any existing family recipes to work with (I’m sure my mom has plenty of recipes, but kitchen work is not something we share) is that there are more opportunities for discovery and learning. These days, my daughter and I try many recipes for the first time, and more often than not, the first attempt is usually a disaster. However, with practice and lessons learned from the flopped version, the succeeding attempts are so much better, generally speaking. This is definitely the case for our mug cakes.

I love the idea of mug cakes. You just mix everything up in a mug, stir, and then nuke in the microwave. It takes all of 5 minutes. It’s quick, easy, and non-technical – the perfect first cake-making activity for kids. I blogged over at Spinning Lovely Days about our first mug cake adventure, the result of which was definitely underwhelming although Marguerite was still thrilled to have made cake “by herself”. It only required mixing cocoa powder, sugar, and an egg… a cake masterpiece it was definitely not. We resolved to find a better recipe and try it again. Anyway, last week I came across another mug cake recipe from Handimania. This time, it involved more ingredients, including Nutella, so I thought this would probably produce something more palatable. Marguerite and I set out to make one, and, fortunately, it was definitely much better. However, for me, it needed a little more sweetness, so I’ll definitely be adding buttercream frosting or spreading some more Nutella on top next time.

The very simple recipe is in the link above. Let us know if you tried and liked/disliked it. Do you have your own mug cake recipe to share? Drop us a comment. 🙂

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