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Mug Cakes & A Giveaway

Sometimes, good things come in small packages.

Such is the case with this dessert.

Leslie Bilderback is a Certified Master Baker. She has been profiled in numerous columns and articles, authored eight books, and won season three of Food Network’s Sweet Genius.

Leslie’s latest publication, Mug Cakes, is a wonderfully photographed and detailed guide to 100 speedy microwave treats to satisfy the sweet tooth. While there is a beautiful selection of cakes featured in this book,  
Mug Cakes proves to be so much more. You will find some delicious rice pudding ideas, fruit crumbles and cheesecake.

Kids are also urged to get involved in the kitchen with Leslie’s special selection of kid proof delights. Of course though, if you are a kid at heart, then you too will enjoy this chapter that is filled with loves of marshmallows and sticky goodness, such as the Moon Pie Mug Cake.

There are seasonal recipes and decorative ideas for every occasion, from the Red, White & Blueberry Mug Cake to the Choco-Peppermint Mug Cake, this book has you covered. Leslie’s mug cakes are a festive way to serve up dessert at any party. The possibilities are endless.

It was not an easy decision for me, to choose just one recipe from this fine collection, but ultimately, I settled upon a chocolate treat. Something simple, but sure to please everyone.

The result exceeded my expectations. The cakes were moist and sticky and everything a chocolate cake should be. My family was pleased, and so was I. No hot ovens required and best of all, no big clean up. Now what’s not to love about that?

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Mug Cakes is a true treasure, and it could be your little treasure too.

Two lucky Living the Gourmet readers will win Mug Cakes and get to try each and every tasty treasure featured in this wonderfully illustrated book by Leslie Bilderback, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press.

I was given this book to review and the opinions expressed are all my own.

Devil’s Food Mug Cake (page 53)

1 large egg
3½ tablespoons vegetable oil
3½ tablespoons buttermilk
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup AP flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda (a generous pinch)
Pinch of salt

In a large mug, whisk together the egg and oil with a fork. Stir in the buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Beat the batter until smooth. Divide the batter between two mugs. Microwave separately for 1½ to 2½ minutes each until risen and firm.

Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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  1. one of my favorite quick desserts Catherine these looks amazing! WOW!

  2. Hi Catherine,
    Yes, as the old saying, best things and worst poisons come in small packets :)))!
    Fantastic devil's food cake and so easy!!
    Cheers and hope you have a great weekend,

  3. I like the mug cakes. I helps me with portion control.

    Hugs, Rose

  4. Dear Catherine, This a beautiful book!! The photos are phenomenal and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Love the small potion sizes too! I hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend. xxx Zainab

  5. I entered and now I'm hungry. These look amazing.

    Have a fabulous day Catherine. Big hugs. ☺

  6. Catherine, Looks great...and it's a perfect dessert for the two of us! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. You know they are cute and amazing. Plus for me it would be the right size for me to eat and not get tempted!

  8. DO you know that - let's see if I can explain.
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    click it
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    add it on
    and each post will have it at the bottom - like mine has
    then when i click on it i can add it to my facebook page too
    come and like me there too!
    Love and have a good weekend - sandie

  9. Simply Suzannes at Home

    Dear Catherine,

    I'm so happy you came by and visited, so that I could find you.
    Your site is beautiful and welcoming. I love your tagline "Food Family Tradition."
    I couldn't agree more!
    On to the yummy treats . . . Mug Cakes! I made these growing up because they were fast, easy and delicious! Mug Cakes are so satisfying.
    I didn't know that there was a book dedicated to them. I'll have to look into buying one.
    Thanks so much for coming by.
    Have a beautiful weekend,
    Suzanne (new follower)

  10. Chocolate would win the day for me every time. yum Yum Have a great weekend. Diane

  11. Those mug cakes are so yummy looking, but chocolate is one of my favorites.

  12. Simplemente deliciosa, me encanta hugs,hugs.

  13. I have never tried to make a mug cake but would love to.

  14. Hi Catherine, My grandson loves when I make him a mug cake. I would love to find more recipes to make with him, he's 10 and loves to help in the kitchen. I just made a S'mores Pizza with him and we had so much fun. Thanks for this opportunity.

    Have a great weekend,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  15. I keep reading recipes for mug cakes that look delicious. I really need to give it a try sometime! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

  16. Hi Catherine, I love the idea of these mug cakes and would love to try some! They look amazing! I love the idea of a chocolate peppermint cake for the holidays! Thanks so much for an opportunity to win a book - I would love to add it to my collection. Have a fabulous weekend!

  17. Love mug cakes, only ever tried chocolate though!

  18. oh my does this recipe look amazing for a chocolate-for-one craving.

  19. these look so good and i love anything that is quick to make and i love portion control

  20. I definitely agree my friend, this looks perfect to fulfil all chocolate cravings :D


  21. Hi Catherine,
    Mug Cakes book sounds fantastic! And your chocolate mug cake looks wonderful! Would love to have a copy of this cookbook!
    Thanks for organizing this giveaway!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  22. That taste and also texture must be amazing!

  23. These looks so delicious, Catherine! Always nice to see what you're up to. :) Have a splendid weekend!


  24. Never tried them. But I like that you can make enough for one person.

  25. I love the idea of just enough cake for one! I think I'm going to try this now! Mug cakes ... what a fantastic idea!
    Liz Blunt

  26. I just love mug cakes. The one I use the most is the 3-2-1 mix found on Pinterest and it sure calms my cravings. Hubby is not a cake or chocolate eater so I really love being able to make a single serving.

  27. i've only had a mug cake once but now i want one tonight!!

  28. This looks terrific. You had me at choco-peppermint!

  29. Love mug cakes. quick and easy.. the perfect late night dessert !

  30. I have been meaning to make the chocolate mug cakes since I first saw them! Now that the household size is back down to 3, these are even more appealing!!! Can't wait to try :)

  31. These look perfect. perfect. perfect!!! =D blessings ~ tanna

  32. I must try this, I am always intrigued by the desserts in a jar, and now cake in a mug! Fun!

  33. Whenever, one set of our grandchildren come over, the first request they makes, is to bake mug cakes. Now, I have a new recipe for them to use. Thanks for sharing this on My Meatless Mondays. I know that others will want to make these, also.

  34. I love mug cakes! They are the perfect little sweet treat!

  35. I'm addicted to mug cakes!! They're so easy to make and looks really yummy

  36. I love single serving cakes. I can whip one of any night of the week and have a little treat without a big ol' cake staring back at me when I'm done.

  37. I love mug cakes! But I can't find any perfect recipes.

  38. Sometimes a whole cake is just too much (I mean it's too much for my behind and too much for Hubby's waistline). I review cookbooks at Leslie Loves Veggies and I've not had the chance to review Mug Cakes so I'd love the opportunity to win this book, although I have a feeling my daughter would grab it quite quickly. Thanks for hosting such a great Giveaway Catherine!
    Leslie Loves Veggies

  39. I love the idea of mug cakes. Being able to whip up a mugcake in a few minutes to quench a craving in amazing.

  40. I often make cakes and have to invite people over or give pieces away to the neighbors because honestly I don't need so much cake! Mug cakes to the rescue!

  41. looks good and taste good. I like making cakes in a mug. tried a few myself, experimented a few myself.
    would love the book. thanks


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