Black Tea Mug Cake Recipe

Although mug cakes became popular a few years ago, I never had the desire to try one. I mean, when I bake cake, I make a full cake because, well, I want a good bit. This past week, however, I was in the mood for it, but after baking a ton of the holidays, I knew a full cake would go to waste in my house. So, I finally broke down and decided to give mug cakes a try.

Of course, I ran into one problem: There weren’t a ton of options in my cupboard. I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate, and the only frosting I had was cream cheese. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I didn’t want vanilla cake with cream cheese. That’s a bit plain, and I wanted flavor!

black tea mug cake recipeAfter a frustrating look through the pantry, I was about to give up. Then, my eyes fell on the countertop, and on the tea black tea I’d sipped all night.

Light bulb!

That night, I attempted my first black tea mug cake. Unfortunately, it didn’t taste as I hoped. Turns out, I was too afraid to use a lot of tea, so the cake had more vanilla bean flavor than tea. It was good, but it wasn’t tea-good.

The next night, I went all in. Instead of using one-fourth a teaspoon of tea, I used a full tablespoon. This meant that there was a heap of tea in my milk, so instead of leaving it all in my cake, I removed about half of the leaves after steeping. Between the remaining leaves and the strength of the milk-tea, the flavor was just perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I had to make two more mug cakes: one for my sister and one for her boyfriend, two fellow tea lovers who’d come for our weekly TV get-together.

Try it with a bit of cinnamon, lightly dipped in hot tea, or with a light coating of frosting!

 

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Black Tea Mug Cake Recipe
This quick and easy mug cake has just the right amount of black tea flavor. It needs no icing, and it goes great with, yes, a cup of tea!
Black Tea Mug Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings
person
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings
person
Ingredients
Black Tea Mug Cake
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, heat milk to just to boiling. Remove from heat, add loose tea, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe mug, sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Add vanilla bean paste and oil.
  4. Strain tea leaves from milk, then mix into batter.
  5. Microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute and 10 seconds.
  6. Add frosting, if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • This recipe will overflow a small mug. I would suggest at least a 12 oz mug.
  • It is not necessary to remove all tea leaves from the milk. I leave in about half of the tea. (NOTE: Leaving in the full tablespoon may be too much, however.)
  • I prefer the cake plain, but it tastes great with cream cheese frosting.
  • Try it paired with a cup of tea!

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