Sunday, January 27, 2013

Welcome our guest Sofie Kelly!

Welcome our guest, Sofie Kelly!

Sofie Kelly writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats Mysteries.

The next book in the series, CAT TRICK, will be available February 5thVisit Sofie at

Let Them Eat Cake

   Have you ever had one of those days when all you want to do is to eat a cake and wallow in a little self pity? The problem is, when those days happen there never seems to be a cake handy, or if there is, let’s face it, someone else in the house is going to notice that you ate the whole thing. Not to mention what eating a full-size, double layer cake with frosting is going to do to your thighs. Days like that are perfect for Cake in a Mug.
 Cake in a Mug is not a gourmet recipe. It’s not fancy, but it tastes pretty good and if you share it with a friend or two it’s not that self-indulgent. And it beats the heck out of standing over the sink eating Hershey’s Chocolate syrup off a spoon. Not that I’ve ever done that.

Cake in a Mug
4 tablespoons cake flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons chocolate chips

   Mix the flour, sugar and cocoa in a large mug. (A two-cup measuring cup will also work.) Add the oil, milk and egg. Beat with a fork. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on the top. You can substitute butterscotch or peanut butter chips instead.

 *Cake flour makes a finer textured cake, but you can use all-purpose flour. I use rice milk in this recipe, but soy milk or cow’s milk works just as well.

 Microwave on high power between 3 and 4 minutes. How long depends on how powerful your microwave is. Don’t worry if things overflow a little.

Slide a knife around the inside of the mug and slide the cake on to a plate.
Cut into two or three pieces—or not, depending on just how bad the day’s been—and enjoy.

I’d love to hear how you all decompress after a bad day. Any cake involved?

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  1. This does sound good but too much chocolate (and other things) and not enough exercise has led to Diabetes so I won't be able to eat the cake in a mug. I may be able to make it for the rest that live here and the smell should be fabulous. Maybe they'll let me taste it.

    I have Cat Trick on pre-order and am looking forward to visiting with them again.

  2. Sofie, this is brilliant--so easy and avoids the possibility of eating the whole cake.

    Book Dragon, you would be such a good sport to cook for the others in the house. They certainly should let you taste!!

  3. Wow that sounds neat!!I live your books. I own the 1st in the series.

  4. Sofie, love the idea of a cup of cake. It really makes the portion just the right size. And it's so fun. Bet teens would love this.

    Wishing you a great release on your new book. Cat Trick is a darling title.


    Avery / Daryl

  5. A nice treat for one! I can't wait to see what Owen and Hercules are up to next! When I get home from work I usually decompress at the computer with an alcoholic beverage! And a snack.

  6. Hi Everyone and thank you for the warm welcome.

    When I sent this recipe to Avery I told her that it can easily be shared among three teenage girls--as long as you don't mind making two more mugs of cake.

    My husband and daughter like peanut butter and chocolate, so sometimes they'll make this recipe with peanut butter chips.

    Book Dragon, you're right. Cake in a Mug does make the kitchen smell wonderful as it's cooking. And you're a good sport for even considering making cake for other people when you can't eat it yourself.

  7. "I told her that it can easily be shared among three teenage girls--as long as you don't mind making two more mugs of cake."

    Your books are delightful and it's obvious from the above quote that you are a playful wordsmith!
    A quick chocolate fix for one (or 2?). Worthy of an award for sure!

  8. Is it weird that I find the messed version (picture 1) appetizing?

  9. Libby, thank you for the compliment, however, I'm describing what really happened. My teenage daughter and her friends can eat the boys under the table.

    And no Dru, it's not weird that you like the overflowing photo. It's the one with warm, melted chocolate on the mug. (I had to taste it to make sure it was properly cooked.)

    1. I was traveling with my parents while a teenager. We stopped in a diner to eat. I couldn't decide whether to get the chili or a steak. One of my parents said to order both. I don't remember which (this was years ago, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) they brought, but only one dish arrived. When I asked, the waitress said the people in the kitchen didn't believe I could eat both. I told her to bring it on and I ate it all.
      Ah, for that metabolism.

  10. This is so cute, Sofie! And it doesn't have to be eaten over the sink. I bet it's great with ice cream, too. Not that I would ever do that.

    ~ Krista