Monday, 23 December 2013

Chocolate peppermint mug cake

Merry Christmas!

I can't actually believe it is Christmas Eve tomorrow. Where has December gone? 

Believe it or not, I actually had tonnes of Christmas recipe ideas to make and share over the holidays, I even scribbled them down in my journal. But I've been super busy at work, plus I've been taking a few extra horse riding lessons because I'm loving riding more than going to the gym right now, and time just seems to have run away with me this December.

In fact, this whole year has gone by in a flash - getting my first job in journalism, getting my second job in journalism and moving to Scotland, passing my driving test, moving in my with boyfriend...this year has been kind a of crazy whirlwind.

I know I haven't blogged as much as I wanted to this year. I love my little corner of the Internet and I want to give it the love and attention it needs and deserves next year. My readers are incredibly supportive, which was evident when I posted my weight loss and quitting dieting story, and quite frankly, they're pretty darn amazing. I mean you guys tune in to read my ramblings and that's amazing in my eyes.

There are loads of recipes that I didn't get around to sharing with you this year. I promise to bombard you with lots of delicious and healthy eats in the new year. And to say sorry for my lack of holiday eats and treats...I baked you a cake. But not just any cake, a cake that you can make from start to finish in less than 10 minutes.

I am now officially addicted to mug cakes.

A cake that I can make two minutes and cook in two minutes? I think I'm in love.

The first few mug cakes I made were a total disaster. I used too much flour, the wrong kind of flour, too much liquid, not enough liquid. They were all epic fails. I had just about given up on the microwavable single serve cakes, then I the idea for this chocolate and peppermint mug cake popped into my head, and I wanted one last shot at perfecting a mug cake.

And much to my amazement, it turned out perfectly. It wasn't too dry or too soggy like previous attempts. It held together and didn't crumble at the touch of a spoon like others I'd made.


I was about ready to share the recipe, then I needed to do some last minute Christmas shopping and was unable to take the photos last weekend due to lack of light when I returned home from Aberdeen with a lighter purse and arms fuller from carrying with lots of shopping bags.

Plus I'd come across Heather's peanut butter mug cake where she recommended adding vinegar or lemon juice to make mug cakes fluffier. I just had to try this.

So. glad. I. Did. My mug cake transformed into this flooooooffy (also known as fluffy) little sponge cake. So after doing some more recipe testing, which was so hard of course, having to try cake for breakfast was incredibly difficult, I'm ready to share the recipe with you.

The chocolate and peppermint green smoothie was just the start of my current addiction with all things chocolate and peppermint. I'm usually big on mince pies and Christmas cake at this time of year, and not say that I'm not still loving them because Christmas isn't Christmas without mince pies and Christmas pudding in my eyes, but after seeing lots of US blogs going crazy on peppermint, I'm totally hooked on the combo. 

This cake has all the richness and density of a good chocolate cake, but is is soft, light and spongy. It will satisfy any chocolate cravings with little peppermint kick for a festive touch, but if you wanted to have your mug cake straight up chocolate, just omit the peppermint extract.

And like most of my recipes it's sneakily pretty healthy, there's no refined sugar or flour and there's even some superfood raw cocao powder (although you could use unsweetened cocoa powder). I've tried this recipe with both wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and both work. If you want to keep the recipe gluten-free, opt for the buckwheat.

You can eat this cake for dessert or as a snack or even for breakfast...go on, it's Christmas.


This mug cake is delicious on its own, but if you want to make it to the next level and go the extra mile, it is the holidays after all, then drizzle on some homemade chocolate and peppermint sauce, which can easily be whipped up while your cake is cooking in the microwave.

Chocolate peppermint mug cake

by Nikki Mitchell
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Keywords: microwave breakfast dessert snack chocolate peppermint buckwheat Christmas cake mugcake winter
(Serves 1)
For the mugcake

  • 3 tbsp wholegrain buckwheat/spelt flour (gluten-free if using buckwheat)
  • 1 tbsp raw cocao powder/unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp natural peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar/lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder (use gluten-free if you want recipe to be gluten-free)
For the chocolate peppermint sauce

  • 1 tbsp raw cocao powder/unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp natural peppermint extract
  • Mix milk and vinegar/lemon juice together and set aside for 2 - 3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, coconut sugar and cacao/cocoa powder.
  • Add the unsweetened apple sauce, vanilla and peppermint extract, egg white and milk mixed with vinegar/lemon juice.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients together thoroughly.
  • Pour the ingredients into a mug or small microwavable dish and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • While the mug cake is cooking, mix together 1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder with 1 tbsp water, 1/2 tsp coconut sugar and a little vanilla extract and a little peppermint extract.
  • Once the cake is cooked, serve in the mug or turn out on onto a plate and drizzle with the chocolate peppermint sauce.
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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of merriment and joy.

I'm driving home for Christmas tomorrow to see my folks. Well, James and I are driving down to my uncle's, which is a shorter drive than to my parents house. It's still going to be a five to six hour journey, but totally worth it to spend the holidays with my family.


  1. This looks absolutely delicious! So delicious in fact that I'm going to have to avoid trying it :D

  2. Your cake is SO cute!
    Have a fantastic Christmas with James and the family xx


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