Lessons from my 5 minute mug cake story

Cake in a mug
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On Monday, my sister came over. We had lunch together. After we were done, she asked for dessert but we didn’t have any. To satisfy our sweet tooth I hopped on YouTube to find a quick fix.

I found a 5-minute mug cake recipe. I quickly glanced through the recipe and decided to give it a go. Now I don’t call myself a pastry chef, but I know a thing or two about baking a cake. So, this seemed like a done deal.

I gathered all the ingredients, took out a huge mug, and without hesitating got started. I began by mixing the dry ingredients and then added the rest. A quick mix with a fork and the batter was ready.

So far so good.

I hollered my sister to come to check out the surprise dessert that would be ready in one minute. At this point, I was proud of myself for being able to quickly come up with a solution. My mouth watered as I thought of consuming this scrumptious dessert which was cooking in the microwave.

As the timer set off, my excitement took a backseat, anticipation arose and reality started to sink in. I took out the mug and to my delight, it was a perfectly risen cake.


Well, not just yet.

You see appearance is just a part of it. The taste matters the most. Alas, this is where I failed. It was cooked perfectly but the cocoa powder overpowered the sweetness of the sugar. Sister found it to be an acceptable flavor, but the mother didn’t.

5 minute mug cake: Take 2

Onto the microwave, this time a bit nervous but hopeful.

Let this be right this time, I prayed.

Well, sadly this one was even more problematic. You see, the cocoa bitterness was gone, but there was an unpleasant saltiness.

So much for the caramel richness!

If you think I was embarrassed by my failures, you are wrong.
Like I said I am ambitious and inquisitive as well. My failures made me more determined to figure out the perfect balance of ingredients. By now the YouTube recipe was down the gutter and I was steering this ship solo.

5 minute mug cake: Take 3


Lessons from baking three 5 minute mug cakes

I tasked myself with a challenge and went through the process patiently. Although I had all the necessary information, it didn’t pan out well in my favor. I had to bring in my own instincts and alter the recipe. Sometimes being familiar with something doesn’t seal the deal. You have to be adaptable to the situation and be open to the possibility of learning something new.

It wasn't my first time baking yet I failed. However, I didn't give up or lose patience. I took it as a challenge and leveled up to the trial at hand. I had to put in hard work, efficiency, and passion to achieve the desired result. In the end, it may have taken longer but I managed to get there eventually.

Our failures do not define us, but merely redirect us to be a better version of ourselves. All I will say is, it is not just a 5-minute mug cake, it is a whole experience!

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