One-Bowl Baking

Peanut Butter & Jelly Mug Cake

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February 14, 2019
Photo by Bobbi Lin
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

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: A 5-Minute Peanut Butter & Jelly Mug Cake (That Happens to Be Gluten-Free). —The Editors

  • Prep time 4 minutes
  • Cook time 1 minute
  • Serves 1
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (see Note below)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon grape jelly (or whatever you have on hand)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. Microwave mug cake on high for 45 to 60 seconds, or until just set.
  3. Note: If you want a fudgier, gooier cake, then leave out the baking powder.

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Eric Kim is the Senior Editor and 'Table for One' columnist at Food52. Formerly the Digital Manager of FoodNetwork.com, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson Kim. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway.