Sometimes there's an occasion to make a beautiful, towering strawberry shortcake to grace the dessert table. But more often we're managing a busy weeknight when the hankering for a slice of soft, spongy cake accompanied by fresh sliced berries and whipped cream hits. Even if you had the time and energy, you don't need a whole cake, and you definitely don't want to turn on the oven if it's high summer. This sweet mug cake is your single-serve solution.
The One-Dish, Two-Minute Dessert
Here's the thing about mug cakes: You're never going to mistake this dessert for a freshly baked cake, and — if we're being honest — they're not always the prettiest dessert. But that's just fine with me; mug cake is all about sweet convenience. It's a quick way to satisfy our dessert craving, while dirtying as few dishes as possible.
This single-serve version of strawberry shortcake blends a fresh diced berry with super-moist and tender vanilla cake. It doesn't sound like a lot, but one berry is just enough for added sweetness (and pretty pink color), without making for a soggy cake. Do be sure to top your cake with extra chopped strawberries and, of course, a big dollop of whipped cream. Keep things simple with store-bought whipped cream or make a quick homemade batch by shaking some in a Mason jar.
Strawberry Shortcake in a Mug
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons whole or 2% milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of fine salt
1 small strawberry, diced, plus more for topping
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Place the butter in a 12-ounce or larger microwave-safe mug and microwave until just melted. Add the milk, sugar, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and whisk until well-combined. Add the strawberry, then gently push the pieces down so they're mostly submerged in the batter.
Microwave on high for 60 seconds, and then in 15-second bursts until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the mug and the top looks set, dry, and springs back when gently touched, about 30 to 60 seconds more. Top with extra strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately.
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