Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake

Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”. Check out all the special treats today:

The amount of baking that occurs during the month of December can become quite ridiculous. With all the cookies, bars, and candy being made, sometimes it’s nice to whip something up that serves just one or two people. And that doesn’t mean that is has to be something boring or plain either. Go ahead and make yourself a red velvet mug cake with green cream cheese frosting! Don’t forget the sprinkles.

This recipe can serve one in an over-sized mug or two by using smaller mugs or ramekins. I decided to ration my red velvet into two portions – one now and one later. And by later I mean a few hours later. That still counts as portion control, right? Therefore I can still rationalize eating a couple of those extra cookies lying around ;-).

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CHRISTMAS RED VELVET MUG CAKE

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

CAKE

4 Tbsp all-purpose flour

4-1/2 Tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1-1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

3 Tbsp oil

3 Tbsp buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 tsp red food coloring

FROSTING

2 Tbsp (1 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Green food coloring

Festive sprinkles, for topping

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together into an over-sized mug using a fork or small whisk until batter is smooth (OR divide into two ramekins). Cook in microwave for about 1 min 30 seconds. It might need an additional 30 seconds but be careful not to overcook. Cool.
  2. For frosting, combine all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cake and top with sprinkles.

Source: Adapted slightly from My Happy Place.

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