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Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake

Baking, Cake, Muffins | March 18, 2016 | By

Hot Cross Bun Microwave Mug Cake, all the delicious flavours of a traditional Hot Cross Bun ready in minutes in your microwave

I am so excited about this Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake!  It’s the first one that I’ve created myself and it’s so good.  You get all the flavours of a Hot Cross Bun in a matter of minutes.  Hot Cross Buns are a sweet and spicy yeasted bun traditionally served on Good Friday, but I doubt if many people wait until then, as I know we start eating them as soon as they appear in the shops. 

The Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake  has a great texture and, although it took me a few trials , I think I’ve finally cracked it and got the right balance of fruit, spice and sugar, so it tastes recognisably like a Hot Cross Bun.  

The Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake is perfect for one, but you can easily double up the recipe and make two mug cakes.  Like all mug cakes it’s best eaten soon after it has been cooked. 

This Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake is really delicious with lots of butter just like the real thing.

Just run your knife around the edge of the mug cake and you can take it out of the mug, split and butter it, just like a proper Hot Cross Bun. This is my favourite way to eat this special treat. 

Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake
All the flavours of a Hot Cross Bun in a super speedy, microwave mug cake
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 15g butter
  2. 1/2 medium egg
  3. 1tbsp milk
  4. 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  6. 2 tbsp mixed dried fruit (kind with mixed peel in it)
  7. 3 tbsp self-raising flour
  8. 1tsp cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Put the butter into a large mug and microwave for 20 - 30 seconds
  2. Add the egg, milk and sugar and whisk to combine
  3. Add the mixed spice, flour and salt and mix until the batter is smooth
  4. Add the mixed dried fruit and orange zest and mix into the batter
  5. Microwave the mug cake for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds, depending on the rating of your microwave.
  6. While you leave the cake to cool slightly, make a cross with two strips of foil or paper, lay these over the mug and using a sieve or tea strainer to dust the top of the mug with cocoa. Remove the strips of foil or paper and you will reveal your cross.
Notes
  1. Tip: When microwaving your mug cake, start with 1 minute 30 seconds, then if still wet on top cook for a further 20 seconds at a time until it is just firm on top. Try not to overcook or your cake may be dry.
  2. You can make any shape for the top of your Hot Cross Bun, the cross is traditional but if you have other stencils or shapes, you can use those, a heart would be fun, or simply dust all of the bun with cooca.
  3. As an alternative to cocoa you could use cinnamon
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 Here’s how I made the cross on the top of the Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake, note different mug, during the various trials to bring you the ultimate HCB Mug Cake:

 I’m adding this Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake to a couple of Linky Parties:

Simply eggcellent

 Simply Eggcellent – the Linky Party run by Belleau Kitchen where all things eggy are welcome.

We Should Cocoa

We Should Cocoa – okay, I know there is only a dusting of cocoa on top of my Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake, but it is there!  We Should Cocoa is run by Choclette at Tin and Thyme and hosted this month by Lancashire Food who has chosen eggs as the theme. 

Hot Cross Bun Microwave Mug Cake, all the flavours of a Hot Cross Bun in a few minutes

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      Janice Pattie
      March 18, 2016

      Thanks Lindsey, I was pretty pleased with that cross myself!

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      Janice Pattie
      March 18, 2016

      Thanks Stuart, you too!

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      Janice Pattie
      March 18, 2016

      Thanks Lucy, let me know how you get on.

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      Janice Pattie
      March 18, 2016

      Oh I’m so pleased Chris. I use my microwave a lot but mainly for reheating and defrosting, it’s a whole different thing baking in it, but a bit of perseverance and I was pleased with how it came out.

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    Corina
    March 18, 2016

    I love the fact you can still butter it like a ‘real’ hot cross bun! It looks like the texture is good too.
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    Heidi Roberts
    March 18, 2016

    This looks amazing! I must try it over the weekend!

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      Janice Pattie
      March 19, 2016

      Thanks Heidi, let me know how you get on.

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      Janice Pattie
      March 20, 2016

      Thanks Kellie, you could make two, I just guessed half the egg after beating it, but I suppose you could weigh it if you wanted to be accurate, I made I
      The mug cake three times and it didn’t seem to matter if the egg amount was accurate.

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    Katy
    March 20, 2016

    Absolutely love this idea. So clever and sounds delicious x

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      Janice Pattie
      March 20, 2016

      Thanks Katy, it was fun to make

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    Sammie
    March 20, 2016

    This is such a brilliant idea. Shame on me that I’ve not yet made a mug cake. Love this and love hot cross buns so perfect combination. Great post. Sammie X.
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      Janice Pattie
      March 20, 2016

      Thanks Sammie, hope this has inspired you to have a go at making a mug cake.

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      Janice Pattie
      March 20, 2016

      Thanks Dom, my previous mug cake experience wasn’t good either, so I worked hard on this one to get the texture and flavour right.

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    yung@foodyoo.com
    March 21, 2016

    Wow… I love this. It is so cool and cute, and it is quick and easy, looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this and share with my family. I am also thinking to use cheese to make the cross on top. 🙂

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      Janice Pattie
      March 21, 2016

      Thanks yung, I guess cheese would work, although it is quite a sweet cake.

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        yung@foodyoo.com
        March 22, 2016

        I tried it twice. It is delicious, but quite difficult to maintain the shape when takes it out from the mug. Also, when adding in the flour, it forms lots of lumps, take me some efforts to make the batter smooth. I have reduced the sugar added when trying for the second time, it is too sweet for me. 🙂

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          Janice Pattie
          March 22, 2016

          Thanks for letting me know how you got on. Perhaps a little oil or butter around the mug might help get it out in one piece. The sweetness is a matter of taste I guess.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    March 22, 2016

    What a great idea, very clever. I’ve bought a couple of mug cake books but not actually made any. I love hot cross buns so this would be a great last minute treat. GG
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      Janice Pattie
      March 22, 2016

      Thanks Amanda, you should get those books out and try some recipes!

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      Janice Pattie
      March 26, 2016

      Thanks Emma, it’s just a tiny sieve really, I use it quite a lot!

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      Janice Pattie
      March 25, 2016

      Thanks Choclette. I was so pleased with the result and it simply wouldn’t have looked so good without the dusting of cocoa to make the cross. Hoping practice makes perfect with the videos!

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