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January 20th, 2009

January 20th, 2009

Right. So, for the past week, I've had an itch to try the cake-in-a-mug. Again. Because even though I got wicked heartburn last time, I just had to make it again. I think I may be clinically retarded for it, but I had to find out if it happens every time, or if it was just a fluke occurance. Since, you know, I am trying to figure out cooking through trial and error.

In the last update, I said I would ditch the chocolate chips, and I think that it was a wise decision. I also didn't bother measuring the amount of vanilla, as I am getting more comfortable with liquids and how much to pour for various amounts. Huzzah for experience! It was a tad bit dry, though. Not entirely certain how to fix that.

Another thing that I am trying to figure out is how to make a rainbow cake-in-a-mug, as that would just be too cool for school. I think the best way for me to figure that out would be to compare yellow cake recipes to chocolate cake recipes, and from there to the cake-in-a-mug, so I can see what to change and by how much. I think it would be a super-nifty thing to make.

Anyway, I need to get back to hacking out a short story. I don't write those often enough. Goodnight everybody, and stay safe out there.
Right. So, in looking at various recipes to try and figure out how to translate it mug-size, I remembered Alton Brown and his cupcake episode. When changing the yellow-cupcake recipe chocolate, he removed an amount of flour equal to the cocoa powder he added. Apparently, they bring the same basic thing to the table. So, I replaced the cocoa powder in the recipe with regular flour to see if that makes an edible cake.

As it turns out, it does. Not only that, but it answers why I kept feeling like the cake-in-a-mug didn't exactly taste like a regular cake. From what I can tell, this recipe is basically pancake-in-a-mug. At least flavour-wise. That, and the need for milk to drink wasn't just because of the chocolate. These cakes are asoundingly dry. Which is what you get for using the moisture boiling away as your primary method of rising, I suppose.

It's also horrendously dense. I'm not sure why, but this thing is far denser than the chocolate one. Not certain how I can fix that, but I have hopes that it may be solved in future iterations. It wasn't quite to the point where I needed a knife in order to eat it, but it was quite close. I expect to make the rainbow variant either tonight or tomorrow night. There will be pictures.
Right. So, I finally made a rainbow cake-in-a-mug. Now, I don't have to think about it anymore! Time to find a new recipe to obsess about for the next few days.
Pictures and methodology inside!Collapse )
Goodnight everybody, and stay safe out there.
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