What is UP with Microwaveable Protein Cakes, aka Mug Cakes?
I don’t normally upload microwaveable recipes on proteinpow.com because I don’t own a microwave in England (it’s by choice really, I’ve just never felt the need to own one and my kitchen counter is maxed out anyways). But now, here in the US, I have access to a microwave and I thought hey hey, let’s give protein mug cakes (i.e. cakes you make in a mug and cook in the microwave) a shot! Because I keep seeing these microwaveable protein recipes online that look amazing and for ages I’ve wondered, “do they actually TASTE good or is it all just a mirage? Something that looks great but tastes foul?” So I made a mug cake and the result? Well… the result was kind of… monstrous. This is what I did:
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 scoop vanilla whey
2 scoops oat flour
Blend the above ingredients together and microwave in a coffee mug for 1 minute.
The whole thing was… interesting :-/ It was really rubbery, dry, and just… strange. I cut it up and shared it with some family and they weren’t impressed, not at all. Neither was I. I added a bunch of Chocolate Almond Butter on top and then thought “hey, this isn’t so bad” because it wasn’t. But it wasn’t good either. In the words of Jesse, “it’s OK but you could’t sell this in a store… I’d eat it if I was starving but… I definitely wouldn’t buy it.” Maybe it needed a moisturizer? Some applesauce maybe? A banana? Some greek yogurt? I don’t know. But I’ll keep experimenting with the microwave and see if anything decent comes out of it, if only ‘for lols’.
I’m not sure though. I mean, a friend of mine once posted a photo of a mug cake that looked amazing. “In reality though,” he said, “it tastes NASTY… it’s so rubbery, dry, and just… blegh… I just ate it because it fit my macros but I did not enjoy it at all.” This makes me wonder, are ‘naked’ tasty mug cakes possible? I.e. mug cakes that aren’t covered in nut butter or protein fluff or yogurt or whatever, plain straight-out-of-the-microwave mug cakes. Can they ever be good? I’m just not sure, not sure at all…