Mmmm, coffee cake—this pastry/cake hybrid is usually reserved for weekend chill sessions at a local café or bakery when you're cramming for a test, hanging with friends, or simply have the time to enjoy a treat with your caffeine. But this luxury shouldn't have to wait for the weekend. Oh no, you can have your [coffee] cake and eat it, too—whenever you get a hankering for that moist cake, and crunchy, crumbly, brown-sugary topping (aka NOW).
How, you might ask? Heather from Heather Likes Food did all the hard work for you and created this recipe to DIY your own coffee cake recipe by making it in the microwave—genius.
Her recipe for Coffee Cake In a Mug has all the good stuff you'd expect to find in a traditional sheet of coffee cake—brown sugar, cinnamon, yes, even flour and butter—but in scaled-down amounts for easy-peasy stirring in your favorite mug. And don't worry—the streusel topping, which could very well be the entire point to coffee cake in the first place—is still there. You'll mix that up in a separate bowl and pour it on top of the cake mix before you place the mug in the microwave.
The result ends up being the perfectly portioned bakery treat you can enjoy any day or time of the week. Now, you can zap this decadent cake whenever the craving for something sweet hits (breakfast as you're guzzling coffee or after dinner when you're relaxing before bed). Potentially the best part? You won't have leftovers from a sheet cake sitting on your counter staring at you, whispering "Eat me. I'm delicious."