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I'm just going to say it: Sometimes I need dessert. Whether it strikes on a particularly rough Tuesday or a lazy Saturday afternoon, a regular hankering for sweets is an enjoyable fact of my life, and maybe it is for you too. Lucky for us, there's a way to whip up a from-scratch cake in nearly no time at all: in a mug, using a microwave. The meme-worthy baking hack lets you satisfy a dessert craving, not only in a pinch (five minutes!), but also in a very tidy, contained way (a mug).
If you’re thinking, But haven’t mug cakes gone the way of the rainbow bagel?, pause to consider the fact that if we stopped making everything after it was trendy, we wouldn’t have avocado toast, molten cakes, or actually-good kale salads anymore. If you’re also thinking, There are one million mug cake recipes out there, so why should I make this one? I gotta say, this mug cake takes itself pretty seriously, in a good way (it has sumac in it, after all). Add in really good olive oil, cocoa powder, and white chocolate (and maybe skip the “World’s Best Boss” mug), and you could even serve it to guests.
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It’s riffable, too. You can use canola or vegetable oil if you don’t like the olive oil flavor, milk or dark chocolate chunks if white chocolate isn’t your thing, and sub in cinnamon or orange zest for the sumac (or leave it out entirely). You can top it with ice cream or whipped cream, or strawberries and a drizzle of tahini. The beauty of the mug cake is that it can be anything you want it to be, your wildest dessert fantasy come true—all in just five minutes.