Quarto Knows – 5-Minute Mug Cakes & Peeps-a-licious! ~Giveaway!

You might remember awhile back when I reviewed a cookbook called “Dump Cakes from Scratch”, written by my new-best-friend-though-she-didn’t-know-it-at-the-time Jennifer Lee! I loved the cookbook, loved the recipes, loved that they were “from scratch” not “from box” and the rest is history! Well, it turns out that Jennifer saw my review and – get this – commented on my post! Wowzers – I was thrilled – my new-best-friend-that-didn’t-know-me read my review!! Long story short, since I had so much fun with her Dump Cake cookbook, her publisher also sent me her previous cookbook, “5-Minute Mug Cakes” as well as another book that she contributed to called “Peeps-a-licious!

Needless to say, I was thrilled to take a look at her other cookbooks! You know me well if you were already nodding your head to that one! Haha! And was I disappointed with her other cookbooks? Noooooooo, of course not! You see, if there’s one thing Jennifer is good at, it’s producing quality recipes! I’ve always seen these different mug cake recipes flying around Pinterest and was intrigued by them. However, I never got around to actually making one until the “5-Minute Mug Cakes” cookbook landed on my kitchen counter! Since there’s five of us in our family, my first test of the mug cakes resulted in four different mugs full of yummy goodness for us to share! Who wouldn’t enjoy taste testing these?

Now the first thing you need to know about mug cakes is that they’re baked in the microwave. (Good reason to keep a microwave around, am I right? Haha!) Secondly, microwaves come in widely varying wattage. Jennifer based all of these recipes on a 1000 watt microwave, so once you know the wattage of your microwave, you can adjust these recipes accordingly! I found that our microwave must be a bit higher, because at least one of ours was slightly overcooked. Therefore, note to self, reduce cooking time by 10 seconds! See! Easy peasy!

Now, if you remember from “Dump Cakes from Scratch”, Jennifer is about “back to the basics” and “keep it simple.” This cookbook is no different! She had tried mug cakes before, and found there were all manner of complaints about them – that they were egg-y, rubbery, dry, or high calorie. She set out to change that after making one mug cake and thinking that she could do better! So, in an effort to keep it simple and back to the basics, she removed all ingredients except those that were needed to focus of flavour! She starts out her cookbook with a quick overview of the different ingredients used in the recipes and explanations about the why’s or why nots! She also includes notes on the basic cooking equipment – most notably – the size of your mug! After all, while overflowing mugs might look really cute in the pictures, they’re not quite what we’re after when we’re making a single serve dessert! At least I’m not interested in the extra cleaning! Haha! Therefore, make sure your mugs are of the 12-16 oz size. She also includes tips on which mug characteristics are best!

Now what about these mug cakes, you’re asking? I’m going to list the different chapters for you, just so you can get an idea of the variety that Jennifer has included! First there are Chocoholic Mug Cakes (funny how that’s such a favourite, huh?). Then there are Fruity ones and Skinny ones (less than 200 calories!). The 4-Ingredient-or-Less ones are always of interest to me – quick and easy? I’m in! Then there are the Breakfast ones, the Coffee & Tea ones, the Nostalgic ones – like Jell-O and S’Mores! For those of you that are of age, she even has nine recipes for 21-and-Over. Oh, and if you want a cookie instead of a mug cake, you have our permission to do that as well, since Jennifer included seven different recipes for cookies! Then there five more chapters – Brownie, Spread (think PB or Dulce de Leche!), Holiday (Halloween Candy, anyone?), Gluten-Free and Savory! Since I have extended family members that are gluten-free, I really appreciate the extra effort that Jennifer puts into her cookbooks – as she tries to include everyone!

So, I’m sure by now you’re wondering how my mug cakes turned out! As I mentioned, I’ve tried four different cakes thus far. The first was the Chocolate Lava Cake, which has four pieces of chocolate stuffed into the middle for the lava part. Mmmm it was nice and moist and produced the least amount of cake. Thus my brain says it also contains the least amount of calories, riiiiiiight? Haha! The Chocolate Quartet Cake was very chocolatey, however, this was the one that I felt was a wee bit overcooked, so will definitely adjust the time down a bit for next time! Then there was the Peanut Butter and Jelly cake! In our house you just can’t ignore PB! This one was the favourite of my girls – it had great PB flavour and was super moist! The last one we tried was the Original Chocolate Cake. I would say this one had a wee bit less chocolate flavour than the Quartet cake and I overcooked it a wee bit, but it was still a fabulous lil cake! And come on, it’s hard to wreck chocolate when you can add a bit of ice cream, right!?

I can’t wait to get my hands on some eggnog and try her Eggnog Cake – especially since I loved her Eggnog Dump Cake! There are a few others like the Chocolate-Peanut Butter cake that are also on my to-try list! My favourite part of these mug cakes is that it literally takes about 5 minutes to get one on the table! For those suppers when you feel like you want a wee sweet to finish off your meal – whip up a mug cake and set it out! My only disappointment is that I don’t have the quantity of beautiful mugs that Jennifer has – so mine won’t be near as purty!

Oh, and check this recipe out – it’s not in the the cookbook but it looks like a smashin’ good recipe to me! Going to have to try this one! Super yum!

The Peeps-a-licious cookbook is a conglomeration of 50 fun recipes made from Peeps – which are those little marshmallow creations. I had no idea there were so many versions of them – I’m thinking maybe they aren’t such a big thing up here? I believe Jennifer contributed about 6 of the recipes to this cookbook! I wish they had them listed by contributor, but instead I have to flip though to find hers. The one she contributed that I’d try first is the “Peeps-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies”. I mean, what kid (or adult) wouldn’t think it was totally fun to find a melted marshmallow inside a cake? This cookbook is actually split up into five different sections – Cookies & Bars, Cakes & Cupcakes, Gourmet, Pops & Celebrations, and Holidays. And wowzers, the variety is pretty amazing! Whooda thunk you’d be able to do so many things with these little marshmallows!?

Thanks to Quarto Knows for sharing these books with me! Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to see what’s happen in the Quarto-World!


One winner will receive a copy of the 5-Minute Mug Cakes cookbook by Jennifer Lee! Please use the entry form below, open to Canada and the US, contest closes June 30, 2017.

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  1. Lynda Cook says:

    I have made one, and I have also made an apple crisp mug cake, this would be great to win!!

  2. I’ve never made one, but they look yummy! Might have to get a microwave again 🙂

  3. I haven’t made a mug cake before buy I’d really LOVE to.

  4. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I’ve never made a mug cake. These look easy to make and delicious — going to give it a try.

  5. Allie f says:

    I’ve heard a lot about them but haven’t made a mug cake!

  6. Tara Betterley says:

    I have seen them, heard about them but, I have not attempted to make one yet.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    No, in fact I’d never heard of them before coming to Canada 🙂

  8. kathy downey says:

    I’ve heard a lot about them,would love to try them !

  9. Debbie Welchert says:

    I have made a mug cake before from a pre-mix package and it was pretty good.

  10. Tainan Lu says:

    I have made mug cakes with my mom many years ago.

  11. vickie couturier says:

    no I haven’t but plan too with the grandkids

  12. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I never had,but wanted too!

  13. I have not made one before.

  14. Lee-Ann S says:

    No I haven’t made a mug cake before!

  15. I never ever made a mug cake before but would love to!

  16. Silvia Demmy says:

    yes, but from a package mix.

  17. I have never made a mug cake. I’m thinking the teenagers would love to try them

  18. Josie Tusa says:

    I have only made the ones in the package mix.

  19. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Can’t wait to hear who won this cooking book. Hope everyone had a very special Canada Day celebration. 🙂

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