Something strange has been been going on at our house over the past few weeks. After a few months of flat out refusing to have a sleep during the day, our newly turned three year old big boy has suddenly decided he wants to ‘have a rest so I will grow big’ during the day. The even bigger shock is, he announces this shortly after we put his baby brother to bed – unbelievable I know! Now that I’ve suddenly found myself with a new found freedom as well as a couple of hours (yep they both sleep that long) to myself. After actually sitting down and eating a proper lunch for a change and doing a few jobs around the house, I’ve been using the time to have a little fun and experiment with different recipe ideas that I’ve been thinking about for awhile now and have been part of quite a lengthy ideas list sitting in the back of my planner.
I haven’t experimented a lot with mug cakes in the past – aside from my Chocolate and Nutella Mug Cake and I was curious to see how one would turn out with the addition of chopped up chocolate bars – and the Mars Bar Mug Cake was born!
This recipe is based on my Chocolate and Nutella Mug Cake recipe, and I just played around with the amount of ingredients used. This recipe makes enough to fill two large teacups, so you can either share the Chocolate and Mars Bar love with someone else, or do what I did and hide the other one in the fridge to reheat the next day!
Mars Bar Mug Cake
- 4 tablespoons of self raising flour
- 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1 Mars Bar
- Cut the Mars Bar into small pieces
- Place all of the ingredients - apart from the Mars Bar into a small bowl and whisk together.
- Add the Mars Bar pieces and stir through.
- Divide the mixture evenly between two mugs - or tea cups if your prefer! Make sure the cup/mug is no more than 1/2 full as it will rise.
- Place in the microwave and cook on high for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes depending on your microwave and cup size. My cakes took just 11/2 minutes.
- Allow cake to cool slightly before adding a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and enjoy!
This Mars Bar Mug Cake tastes AMAZING! The cake itself it pretty rich but the melted Mars Bar pieces throughout and when served with vanilla ice cream really help to balance it. It’s certainly not a dessert for those watching their calories, but as for a special occasion – e.g two children asleep at the same time, it’s perfect!
What have your kids done to surprise you before?
What kind of mug cake do you think I should try next?