Lemon Cake In A Mug
School started just this past week and things have been very hectic in our home.
Among our many changes, Raizel started high school in our new town. To say she has been nervous is an understatement.
Yaffa’s bus route has yet to be finalized as well. Everyday is a new bus adventure: when she will be picked up? When she will be dropped off? And, will she even be picked up at all?
All of this in a typical day, while working and managing a household. I truly feel that God is carrying me. There is no other explanation for how so much can be done with so little time.
Dolly, from koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com suggested that we make a little celebration in honor of our new and many transitions to ease the level of tension and anxiety.
Unfortunately, I was only able to follow up with her suggestion a few hours before Shabbat last week.
With even greater time challenges than usual, it struck me as a perfect time for a microwave cake.
As I have shared before, these microwave 1 cup cakes are a perfect solution for those moments when you want something sweet, without too much fuss.
I decided to adapt the vanilla cake in a mug recipe and make it into a lemon cake instead. I substituted lemon juice for milk and added lemon zest too. I did not use lemon extract, but I think that could have worked nicely as well.
As a bonus, this cake also does not have eggs. Spelt flour can easily be substituted, for those who do not eat wheat.
I am happy to say that it came out really well!
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup lemon juice. I used freshly squeezed
Zest from 1 lemon
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (1 capful)
Optional: lemon extract could be good too.
Optional: sprinkle icing sugar over the cake, after it is baked and while it is still warm.
In a large mug, combine dry ingredients until well mixed. Add oil, vanilla lemon zest, and liquid, and mix until well blended.
Microwave for 90 seconds.
If you are uncertain about the power of your microwave, start with 1 minute and increase the time as necessary.
Sprinkle icing sugar on top if desired after it’s baked, and while it is still warm.
Here are the pictures. I am happy to say that some where taken by me, others by Raizel, and one was even taken by Yaffa, with Raizel’s assistance.
Raizel guided Yaffa to take this picture. Please forgive the mess in the background, but, you get a good idea of what preparing for the Sabbath is all about.
Getting ready to mix.
Mixing it up. Raizel took the picture.
About it go into the microwave.
Final product. Voila!
Raizel says, “it’s good! In fact it’s very good. In fact, it’s delicious!”
Yaffa says, “it’s good! I like it!” In a full sentence no less.
I am happy to say that it was eaten before the night was over. It’s not chocolate, but definitely still a hit.
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