Sunday, 29 September 2013

Review of the Exploding Spiced Orange Mug Cake

Exploding Spiced Orange Mug Cake Recipe


  • Ideal Protein Orange Drink
  • 50 ml water (about 1/5 cup)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves or pumpkin spice mix

Pumpkin Spice Mix Recipe

  •  1/3 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice


  • Put the drink mix in a big mug
  • Add the water (it should be a slightly watery pudding consistency, just enough to be able to mix easily
  • Beat the egg white until stiff
  • Add all the other ingredients to the mug and mix
  • Put in the microwave on top of a big plate
  • Microwave for approximately 2 minutes


I didn't have any pumpkin spice on hand, but really wanted to try this recipe.  I googled and quickly found a few version of pumpkin spice mix, and made the above mix (in about 1/4 of the quantity).

Having read about the explosions and mess that these mug cakes can create, I approached this recipe a bit cautiously.  I also didn't have a really big mug that I could use, so I decided to split the recipe into two, one half going into a regular sized mug, and one into a glass bowl.  I also read that it is helpful to microwave at 70% instead of full power, and open the door once or twice when the mixture looked like it was about to overflow.  Following those tips, I was able to make this recipe without any mess!

The two cakes looked moist, and the smell was divine.  It really smelled like a pumpkin pie was in the oven on Thanskgiving!  The cakes came out quite easily from the mug/bowl, although they were a bit crumbly.

My first bite was everything that I expected and more.  I loved the orange flavour mixed in with the spicyness of the cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg.  The texture was nice, moist but still crumbly.  The warm cake was satisying on a cool fall day.  The size was a nice treat, getting two little cakes for just one IP package.

However, I waited a bit to eat the second cake.  It was not warm anymore, and became quite dry.  It was very crumbly and I needed water to wash it all down.  I added a bit of Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, and this really helped.

I may try to be brave next time and cook it all at once.  And definetely to be eaten while still warm.

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