Valentine's Brownie Lindt Mug Cakes

I’m starting my little series of Valentine’s Day meal ideas with dessert…don’t all great meals start with dessert? It’s a super easy 15-minute recipe for a Brownie Mug Cake that you make in the microwave, the best part? Hidden inside the cake is a melted Lindt truffle that oozes that delicious chocolate throughout your mug cake! I got the recipe from Tasty and I felt like the brownie cake itself didn't have much flavour, but it made up for itself when you hit that truffle in the middle, and because you only use a little bowl to mix the ingredients and a mug to bake it in, there’s barely any washing up!! 

Makes 2 Mug Cakes 

60g Plain Flour 
2 tsp Baking Powder 
4 tbsp Granulated Sugar 
4 tbsp Cocoa Powder 
1/4 tsp Salt 
4 tbsp Oil 
4 tbsp Milk 
2 Chocolate Truffles (I use Lindt because I'm obsessed, but any chocolate truffle you like will do) 

To start with, mix flour, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a small bowl until fully combined. 

Now pour in the oil and milk and mix together with the dry ingredients to form a paste. 

Pour a little mixture into your mugs, only until it’s about a quarter full, and then submerge your chocolate truffle in the mixture. 

Pour the rest of the mixture over the top of the truffle in your mugs and then put it in the microwave on medium for 70 seconds. The cake should be spongy and risen, I also gently tipped it upside down to check no mixture was running inside. 

If you want to be really fancy on your Valentine’s day you can try and prise the cake out of its mug and put it on a plate with a scoop of ice cream and some strawberries! When you dig into the cake your truffle should melt out onto the ice cream, making it look way fancier than a simple mug cake! 
I’d always heard mug cakes are easy and a great way to have a little cakey snack whenever you feel like one, but I think this super simple recipe also means you get a delicious dessert to share with the one/s you love without having to buy loads of ingredients and spend a couple of hours making a cake! 
I hope you give this recipe a try, even if it’s not on Valentine’s Day and it just becomes your pudding throughout the week for a while (that sounds good to me!). Much like other seasonal holidays lately, I know Valentine’s probably isn’t gonna be the way we planned it to be, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be good! If you live long-distance, maybe try making these together over video chat, or if it’s children you’re celebrating with, I’m sure they won't say no to a chocolate brownie cake! 
Whatever way you choose to spend Valentine’s Day this year, I hope you have a lovely day! 

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

H x 


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