I am actually not so fond of challenges ending. Especially if I enjoy participating in them, I feel a tinge of sadness. I felt it when we had to end the MFB challenges. I felt it when Sarah had ended her old challenge. I was pretty excited when she started the Fantastical Food Fighting Challenge, but unfortunately due to priorities, she has decided to give this challenge a break. I am sure it is not with a happy mind, but when life gives us some exciting challenges, we definitely need to balance out to ensure that life doesn’t get too hectic and unmanageable. Wishing Sarah all the very best for her upcoming endeavor…
Since this one is the last, I wanted to make sure I participate in it. Oh, I forgot to mention the theme! Since February is the month of love for obvious reasons, the theme she had chosen was “Red Velvet”. I have never baked a proper red velvet cake yet, except for this ice cream cake. I had also made some muffins replacing the color with beetroot puree, and it was so much loved. When the theme was declared, I really wanted to make something grand. My mind rocked between making a properly frosted red velvet cake to a red velvet cheesecake or maybe even red velvet ice cream. But then, time and my mood totally ditched me. I better not get into more details. I have been procrastinating too much of late, and then running around like a headless chicken. 😕
While feeling lost in between lots of ideas, I remembered a mason jar mousse that I had watched on an Instagrammer’s page. I had whipping cream in my fridge. I thought, why not I try it with a tinge of red to it? So I did the initial step and kept it in the fridge. I took out, added the color and shook it like crazy. 10 minutes of shaking plus a stiff shoulder and arms, yet the cream wouldn’t get whipped. What a falacy! I really wanted to get something done for this challenge, so I quickly made a mug cake to at least make sure I participate in the challenge. It actually reminded me that I hadn’t made mug cakes in quite a long while, the last one being this Blueberry Mug Muffin almost three years ago. (What??? :O) I know this deserves better pictures, but I think I am going to make a few mug cakes over the weekend including this one and upgrade all my pictures. 😀 I am just so relieved I am able to be a part of this final challenge and will surely miss waiting for the themes…
Red Velvet Mug Cake
- 4 tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- Two drops of red color
- Chocolate chips if needed
- Add the milk and the vinegar in a mug. Give it a whisk and let it sit for 5 minutes till curdled.
- Add the oil and sugar and whisk till homogeneous.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix till no lumps. Fold in the chocolate chips if using.
- Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes till done.
- Rest for a minute and dig in.