Novel Baking: Welcome Winter Cocktail and 3 Minute Mug Cake!


I’m joining The Novel Bakers with

Home Made Winter.

You have to love a cookbook that starts out with a welcome cocktail!


This is one of several recipes in Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven that has charming illustrations in lieu of written directions.

Welcome Winter Cocktail

 No measuring required, just ingredients

are all you need to mix this cocktail.


Mix your ingredients in equal parts, ginger ale (I used diet), cranberry juice and vodka.


I used frozen cranberries for mini ice cubes.


Shake your cranberry juice and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in your glass, top off with vodka. Feel free to use a heavy or light hand with the vodka :)


Help yourself to some dessert!


The Sticky Chocolate Cake in Your Coffee Mug in 3 Minutes appealed to me for obvious reasons . . . microwave + 3 minutes = chocolate cake for one! Best of all, you only need pantry ingredients to satisfy your inner chocoholic.

Sticky Chocolate 3 Minute Mug Cake

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 mug-sized cake

3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar (If you don’t have vanilla sugar, use 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp sunflower oil (I used canola)
If you wish:
3 tbsp chocolate chips or grated chocolate
3 tbsp raisins
Sugar syrup, appelstroop (Dutch apple syrup), golden syrup, a dash of liqueur, or vanilla ice cream


Spray your mug with nonstick spray. Mix the dry ingredients in the coffee mug. Add the egg and whisk with a fork. Add the milk and oil and whisk some more.
Then stir in the chocolate chips or raisins, if desired. I added chocolate chips.


Place the mug in the microwave and “bake” the batter for 3 minutes on high. The cake may rise above the rim of the mug, I used an 8 ounce mug. Use a saucer under the mug as it “bakes” to catch any drips. Let it cool for a bit.


Add any syrup, dash of liqueur, or serve with vanilla ice cream. I used a generous amount of chocolate syrup to ‘frost’ the mug cake.

Dig in and enjoy!

You can find a printable recipe, here.


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  23 comments for “Novel Baking: Welcome Winter Cocktail and 3 Minute Mug Cake!

  1. poussière d'Argence
    January 28, 2014 at 5:23 am

    ça à l’air bien bon, je suis très gourmande. J’aimerais si c’est possible avoir la recette en français car malheureusement je ne comprends pas l’anglais.
    Merci de ce gourmand partage.
    Amitiés de France

  2. January 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Reblogged this on photographyofnia.

  3. January 28, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I love the ingredients in the cocktail, sounds like a tasty one:@)

  4. January 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Good easy cocktail! Not to shabby with the mug cake either! I too like the idea of a single serving.

  5. January 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    The cocktail sounds wonderful and the cake so easy! I’ve made those microwave cakes and they are a great treat when in need of a yummy treat for one! xo

  6. paula
    January 28, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Is that considered a breakfast food??!! :)
    Looks yummy MarY!

  7. January 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Chocolate Cake and a cocktail, bliss!

  8. January 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Oh dear, Mary, I could indulge in both of these right now!! This book sounds wonderful and your use of the frozen crans for mini ice cubes is very clever! Linda

  9. January 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    What could be better…a great cocktail and a personal chocolate cake in minutes!….My microwave will be getting a workout!

  10. Bonbongirl
    January 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

    What great timing of this post! The mug cake is perfect for the kids to make on their day off from school today and then the yummy cocktail for me after they’re tucked in bed tonight :) Can you share the china pattern name of the coffee mug & saucer, please?

  11. Teddee Grace
    January 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

    It was fun having this from scratch recipe for the one-serving cake in a cup…but, take it from someone with a sweet tooth…you can do the same thing with cake mix just mixed with water…if you’re desperate at 9 p.m., you know!

  12. January 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Mary, was researching mug recipes last night. Thinking ahead to Mystery Club. This one looks yummy. The cocktail looks yummy too! ‘-)

  13. January 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    oh i had planned to make this too, but didn’t have time! for a 3 minute cake?! i had run out of days, but i did want to try this one, perhaps its best i never learn how to feed my addiction so easily. that drizzle of choc on choc is kinda like porn to me, you want to look, but you know you shouldn’t!

    love your scarf tucked around the cozy moments, its just not winter here so i don’t even know how to think of props! unless its citrus…

    i know you were uber short of time this month, but isn’t it wonderful how even the quickest of recipes can add a bright spot in our day!

  14. January 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I just made the cocktail and it’s fun and delicious. I will make the cake later today. If I like these, I will request the book from library and visually scan, if it grabs me – I’ll grab the book from Amazon. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  15. January 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    hey mary- yum on both!! I love using the frozen cranberries instead of ice cubes.

  16. January 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Funny…that vodka must be good! 😊I spotted a bottle of this at Sam,s club and mentioned how pretty those bottles are. My granddaughter brought me a couple of them, that her father in law had! They are so pretty!!

    The cake looks so….nummy!


  17. January 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I always appreciate a welcome cocktail! Her drawings are delightful! What a great idea to freeze the cranberries~ I don’t know whether to thank you or not, now that I can make a personal chocolate cup cake ANY time I want! Holy wow that looks good! Stay cozy, we are snowed in :(

  18. January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I love the handdrawn recipe for the cocktail and would love to see more! I am practically licking the screen over the cake in the mug-perhaps because I’m on a diet??? Pinning!

  19. January 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Now, I KNOW I will love that cocktail as it is very much like a cosmo and that is my FAVE!!! Cake for 1 in 3 mins.???? Oh dear, this could be dangerous!!! Thank you. I am sick and feel lousy so DESERVE to indulge a little:):) XO

  20. January 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I am a cranberry and vodka person so what an easy drink. The cake is a fabulously dangerous little recipe.

  21. January 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I did a double take with the pear cake on the cover too – how stunning, but then to get to see yours from the top, it is even more gorgeous! That looks like a real show stopper. I love your doubling the butter! That was pretty funny. We were just talking about that – my newlywed daughter and I as they used Frank’s Hot Sauce – 1 1/2 C. instead of Frank’s Buffalo Sauce – 1/2 C. and couldn’t eat the sticky fingers – had to throw them out and their eyes were watering. She couldn’t believe I had ever made a mistake on a recipe! Ha ha ha!!

  22. June 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I’ve
    read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

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