This mug cake is a matcha made in heaven!
(Puns! Sorry. Don’t leave! It’s a good recipe, I SWEAR.)
I am a supertaster; we find such things as coffee and green tea to be extremely bitter. Matcha, however, I love. I do not taste that bitterness that I find if I drink a mug of brewed green tea. With matcha, depending on its grade, I will find grassier or creamier notes. I keep a small bag of it in my pantry for those mornings when I want a hot or iced matcha latte, though I usually will willingly and unabashedly spend $5 a pop at MatchaBar, Chalait, or Indian Road Cafe. (Ahhh, New York City. You can provide me with most anything.)
More and more, I see matcha being incorporated into foods, such as cakes, popsicles, dessert sauces, and even pasta. Matcha pasta may be a bit to advanced for me at this juncture, but if there is one thing I can handle experimenting with, it’s a good ol’ mug cake.
I am not a microwave-using kind of gal. At the end of this past August, I acquired two new roommates. (It’s the New York City way.) When I told them that, one, I didn’t have a microwave, and two, that I’ve rarely use one whenever I’ve had one available to me, they looked at me as though I had two heads. One bit the bullet and bought one for the apartment about six weeks ago. While creating this recipe, I used it for the first time. I felt so bad, like I was cheating on my oven. But, at the same time…it felt so good to cook a individual-sized dessert in sixty seconds.
Here’s hoping that my oven is fine with me having an occasional side piece. 😉
Matcha Mug Cake
– 1 tablespoon matcha
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 3 tablespoons milk (dairy or non-dairy)
– 4 tablespoons flour, leveled
– 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Before We Get Started…
– Using a non-dairy milk will make this a vegan dessert. (Stating the obvious? Ha!)
-Adjust matcha to taste, depending on grade of matcha or taste preference.
– Use a microwave-safe mug that can hold at least eight ounces, as the cake will rise.
1.) Combine all ingredients in a mug until batter is smooth and uniform.
2.) Place in microwave and cook for one minute. Check doneness of cake; cook for additional fifteen seconds, if necessary.
3.) Allow cake to cook for five minutes before eating.