If you have a food blogger for a wife, chances are she won’t ask you get her a Louis Vuitton bag or Jimmy Choo shoes when you go on a business trip abroad. She’ll probably ask you for glass noodles, sauces, exotic dried fruit, and random other props for photography. And if you’re an encouraging food blogger hubby, you will do just that, although you know there’s no place in kitchen or pantry to put the requisitioned items. Grin. See where I’m going?

MK got me this beautiful tea set from Hong Kong last month. I’ve been wanting to use it since I touched it for the first time. Given a very un-nappy and over-inquisitive toddler, however, actually sitting down to tea using a tea set is a task impossible. Just this morning, she climbed up to the table, pretending to shower love, and dipped her hand in my mug of tepid tea, instead. Thank god the tea was a good 20-minute old, and the cup wasn’t exactly something to write home about.

But back to these goregous, gorgeous tea cups. I fell in love with them. Including the lovely satin-lined box that they came snug packed in. I spent many stolen moments peeping into the box, wondering when I could bring them out, what I’d pour in them.

Then, on a rainy day, I discovered Sneh’s blog. This jaw-droppingly awesome blog with jaw-droppingly awesome photographs and lovely, personal writing that invites you to sit with her over a cup of tea and talk about life. So anyway, I found this fantastic recipe for a 2-minute Microwave Nutella mug cake. (Mug cakes seem to be all the rage these days. And why shouldn’t they be? They’re super-quick, you don’t need to crank up an oven, you don’t need to use any gadgets, and they’re utterly satisfying!) One look at it, and I knew what I’d be using my new toy for.

And then, just the day I wanted to make it, Rushina posted her take on the mug cake. With these domestic goddesses beckoning you to try the recipe, why on earth would you wait? I got Avanee and her nanny to play a game of hide-and-seek, and ran to the kitchen to whip up magic. It was done before I knew it!

I made my own changes, taking a bit from both the ladies, and was very, very happy with the result. The cake rises and then falls a bit, but it is gooey and yet light, not too sweet, and had a brownie-like sheen and crust on the top.

These definitely work well for a single-person rainy day treat, but I think they would also make for super-easy, dainty little desserts for an impromptu party. Top with fresh cream (as I did) or vanilla ice cream. Or, as Rushina recommends, even custard!

2-minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe


  • 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. Nutella
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. flavorless oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. coffee(use 1 tsp. if you’re using instant powder; I used my filter coffee decoction)
  • a pinch of baking powder
  • 1 egg


  1. Measure out everything in the largest mug you own, and whip up using a fork or small whisk.
  2. Place in the center of the microwave and give it a 2 minutes on High.
  3. Stay armed with a spoon.
  4. Test with a skewer or toothpick; if it comes out clean, you’re ready to dig in!