No need to snicker at this easy mug cake

It’s always a little sad, because I’ve watched them grow up from nervous little freshmen in my speech class to slightly less nervous, bigger seniors heading out into the world.

They’re a good bunch, and I keep trying to give them as many last-minute life lessons as I can before many of them embark into college life.

“Don’t just fill out that credit card application for free pizza,” I tell them.

“Make sure you go to class every day—you’re paying for it, after all,” I say.

And then I think about the stuff they’ll figure out all on their own, like the fact that a microwave can yield some of the most delicious food in the world. (And, no, I don’t mean ramen.)

So here’s another piece of advice for my seniors, other students, and anyone else who has access to a coffee mug and a microwave: Make this week’s recipe. It’s delicious.

This comes from the blog “Five Heart Home.” Find the original at I doubled the cinnamon and vanilla in my version.

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Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Cake Ingredients

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup milk (I used two percent)

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping Ingredients

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


In a small bowl, stir the dry ingredients until they’re fully combined.

Add the milk, butter and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.

In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients.

Using at least a 14-ounce coffee mug, start with a large spoonful of the batter and then sprinkle in a healthy amount of the topping ingredients.

Alternate between batter and topping until you end with the rest of the topping mixture.

Microwave for 1 to 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Be careful when serving. Both the mug and the cake will be hot.

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This cake was kind of a mixture between a snickerdoodle cookie and coffee cake, and I really liked it. Joey gave it a thumbs up, too. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be, so it would also be a good choice for those of you who don’t like too much sugar in your desserts.

And, my dear seniors, pay attention to the last bit of advice in that recipe. You’ve got bigger life lessons to learn than how to heal a burnt tongue.

Good luck, kids. I’m pulling for you.

Lindsey Young is managing editor of The Clarion, the Kansas Publishing Ventures newspaper in Andale. She can be reached at

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