Warm Sticky Toffee Mug Cakes that can be baked for a great dessert or snack for the family or entertaining, or make a single serving quickly and easily in the microwave!
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When I was given the opportunity to try the Corningware Meal Mug™ recently, I just knew I wanted to make a mug cake. Mug cakes are popular in this house. There is nothing like curling up with a warm mug of sweet, goodness :) I have also always wanted to make a mug version of one of my favourites - Sticky Toffee Pudding.
The Meal Mugs™ makes baking (or cooking) as easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s the only tool you’ll need to make everything from coffee and cocoa to soup, chili, oatmeal and of course, Sticky Toffee Pudding Mug Cakes!
Made of a durable stoneware material, the CorningWare Meal Mug™ is dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave and pre-heated oven safe. The Meal Mug™ is dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave & pre-heated oven safe. It also has a non-porous surface that doesn't absorb food, doors, flavours or stains. The patented vented lids are BPA free, microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Mug Cakes: Two Ways
The amazing ability of the Meal Mug™ to travel from freezer or fridge to oven or microwave provided a great opportunity to do both a baked and microwaved version of a Sticky Toffee Pudding Mug Cake.
The baked version (pictured here and detailed in the recipe at the bottom) is absolutely perfect and honestly, if you have the time, it's the version I would recommend. It is made with toffee sauce both at the bottom and on top, because we all know that's the best part, so it's a shame to only enjoy it once. As you get to the bottom of the pudding, you'll be rewarded with a second toffee-soaked pudding layer. It's a good thing :)
That said, sometimes, you only want one mug cake and you want it fast. I get that! So I've also included (just below here) a quick and easy single serving Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, that's pretty darn satisfying for a mug cake that's ready for eating in about 15 minutes.
Single Microwave Sticky Toffee Pudding Mug Cake (Scroll to the bottom for the Baked Version)
Makes 1 Individual Meal Mug Cake
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
2 tsp. dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp. heavy cream (35%)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dates, packed (about 7-8 dates)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. light brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. dark brown sugar, packed
6 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Pecan pieces for garnish (Optional)
*NOTE: Microwaves vary, so timing may be a bit different in your microwave. Use your best judgement to adjust time by looking at it/testing.
Measure out dates, then coarsely chop. In a medium microwaveable bowl, add 1/4 cup water and microwave on high for 50 seconds. Stir in the chopped dates and baking soda. Stir to combine, then let stand for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the butter to the bowl with the dates and let it sit in the warm liquid for another 5 minutes.
Make the sauce by combining the butter, brown sugars and cream in a medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Remove and stir for 15-20 seconds or until butter is melted. Return to the microwave and microwave a further 30-45 seconds or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Set aside for now.
After the dates have stood for the second 5 minutes, stir to combine (butter should be all melted). Add the brown sugars and stir in to combine. Add the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Stir until flour is all mixed in.
Spoon batter in to Mug. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes uncovered. Test with a skewer to make sure the cake is set. Use a skewer to poke some holes in the cakes and run it around the outside as well, to make some space for the sauce to fill down the sides. Pour toffee sauce over-top. Garnish with some pecan pieces, if desired. ALLOW TO STAND A FEW MINUTES before eating, to allow the sauce to cool a bit and the cake to set-up and the sauce to soak in. **Important that you let it stand. That sauce can be very hot!!
Enjoy warm plain or with a scoop of ice cream.
Baked Sticky Toffee Pudding Mug Cakes
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar (packed)
- 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream (35% b.f.)
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup dates (packed)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups boiling water
- 3 1/2 Tbsp butter (at room temperature)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
- Pecan pieces, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. (175C)
- Make the sauce: Combine butter, brown sugars, cream and salt in a medium saucepan on the stove-top over medium heat. Stir until butter melts and mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 4 minutes, or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Add 3 Tbsp. sauce to each of 4 Meal Mugs. Place mugs in the freezer while you make the rest of the cakes. Set aside rest of sauce.
- Make the cakes: Measure out 1 cup of dates, well packed, then remove to a cutting board and coarsely chop. Add to a medium bowl with the baking soda and boiling water. Set aside to stand while you make the cake batter.
- In a medium bowl with an electric mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer with a beater blade, beat the butter with the brown sugars until creamy. Add eggs and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add flour and baking powder, along with a pinch of salt. and mix until smooth. Add soaked dates together with the soaking water. Mix until combined. (Batter will be quite liquidy at this point).
- Remove Mugs from freezer. Divide cake batter between 4 Meal Mugs and place on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven. Use a skewer to poke holes in the cakes, then pour the remaining sauce over-top, dividing it equally between the 4 mugs. Change oven setting to broil, with rack positioned so the tops of the mugs will be about 6 inches from the heat source. Return tray with mugs to oven under broiler and broil until sauce is bubbly. WATCH CLOSELY as this can easily burn. It will only take a short time, so don't take your eyes off them. Remove from oven, garnish with some pecan pieces, if desired and let stand a few minutes, to allow the sauce to cool a bit.
- Enjoy warm with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.