Author Notes: One of my deepest, darkest secrets (and perhaps the greatest evidence of my self-sufficiency) is this peanut butter and jelly mug cake. I make it for myself whenever I'm in the middle of a Grey's Anatomy episode and need something sweet to tide me over until Meredith's closing monologue, which always makes me cry. It gives me that little boost of energy I need to really let it all out and just bawl. And if some of my tears go into the cake, all the better; the salt helps brings out the peanut butter flavor.
Special thanks to Ella Quittner, mug cake expert, for her help developing this one. —Eric Kim
Food52 Review: Featured in: A 5-Minute Peanut Butter & Jelly Mug Cake (That Happens to Be Gluten-Free). —The Editors
Prep time: 4 min
Cook time: 1 min
cup peanut butter
tablespoon brown sugar
teaspoon baking powder (see Note below)
tablespoon grape jelly (or whatever you have on hand)
- In a 12-ounce mug, whisk peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, baking powder, and salt together until smooth. Then plop in the jelly, swirling it into the batter with a knife.
- Microwave mug cake on high for 45 to 60 seconds, or until just set.
- Note: If you want a fudgier, gooier cake, then leave out the baking powder.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!