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Sweet Treats In 5 Minutes! 20 Mug Cake Recipes That Get Us Drooling

Sweet Treats In 5 Minutes! 20 Mug Cake Recipes That Get Us Drooling

In the last twelve months I’ve noticed a steady rise in mug cake photos and written accolades over all of my social media networks. I really didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, especially considering that most seemed like a desperate attempt at making a quick dessert out of the few ingredients people had in their fridges.

Oh, how wrong I was.

After trying one or seven of these fabled entities myself, I was a convert. I also discovered that they can be of a far higher quality than I ever imagined, which we’re going to see through the collection of 20 mug cake recipes I’ve compiled for you. As an added bonus, they’re one thing that won’t disappoint you when they’re finished in three minutes.

1. Nutella Mug Cake

    Recipe Source: Be What We Love

    This is so beautiful that I almost shed a tear. It also puts my after school Nutella sandwiches to shame.

    2. Double Lemon Mug Cake

      Recipe Source: The Boomer Brief

      I have to admit that prior to writing this article, I always considered mug cakes as something one used primarily for chocolatey treats. This double lemon number has certainly proven me wrong. It’s zesty, fresh and the perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea. It even has the teacup to match!

      3. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

        Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

        It’s winter here in Australia, which makes it the perfect time for warm, sugary snacks. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve always equated cinnamon with cold weather, so this mug cake is particularly mouth watering to me right now.

        4. Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake

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          Recipe Source: Kurryleaves

          You guys should know by now how my heart is set aflutter by the combination of chocolate and coffee. Also, it’s in a mug, so the caffeine hit absolutely makes sense.

          5. Peanut Butter Mug Cake

            Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

            In addition to being delicious, a peanut butter mug cake is great because most of us are guaranteed to always have the main ingredient lying around in our cupboards.

            6. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake

              Recipe Source: Babble

              If anyone thinks that salted caramel has been overused in mainstream foodie society, I say try this. You’ll be back on the band wagon soon enough.

              7. Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

                Recipe source: No. 2 Pencil

                I realize that this isn’t strictly a mug cake, but … how could I resist such a classic dessert that’s still in a cup? My argument is that it comes out soft and has a texture that’s closer to a cake than a cookie, so it counts. Also, just look at it!

                8. Choc-Orange Mug Cake

                  Recipe source: Pixi Wishes

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                  Chocolate and orange is my favorite flavor combination after coffee and chocolate. As such, how was I to resist this? It’s like a soft jaffa in my mug!

                  9. Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake

                    Recipe Source: Babble

                    Perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the sun!

                    10. S’more Mug Cake

                      Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                      Seeing as it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, that makes it the perfect time for s’mores! If you don’t plan on camping anytime soon though, cheat by making a mug cake!

                      11. Banana Mug Cake with Coffee Ice Cream

                        Recipe Source: Love Swah

                        Look, I know this whole “coffee in everything!” mentality is becoming a problem for me, but at least it’s a delicious one! Also, banana and coffee are an amazing combination, so I couldn’t leave it off the list!

                        12. Vegan Sweet Potato Mug Cake

                          Recipe Source: Oh, My Veggies

                          Because cake can be delicious and healthy.

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                          13. Moist Very Vanilla Mug Cake

                            Recipe Source: Table for Two

                            Vanilla doesn’t have to be boring, especially when it’s this delectable and moist. Yes, I’ve said “moist” three times now.

                            14. Moist Chocolate Mug Cake

                              Recipe Source: Table for Two

                              Make that four times.

                              Also, just look at that bad boy. Damn.

                              15. Coconut and Lime Mug Cake

                                Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                                This tasty treat laughs at the idea that cakes are heavy, cold weather food. Seriously, it was made to be refreshing in those warm summer months.

                                16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

                                  Recipe Source: The Novice Chef

                                  We’ve had a peanut butter entry and more than one chocolate one. I simply had to bring these two lovers together, where they belong.

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                                  17. Pancake Mug Cake

                                    Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                                    Cake. It’s what’s for breakfast.

                                    I think I may be in love with this woman.

                                    18. Brownie in a Cup

                                      Recipe Source: No. 2 Pencil

                                      Brownies may be my favorite chocolate treat. I love them even more when they’re ready in mere minutes!

                                      19. Chocolate Peppermint Mug Cake

                                        Recipe Source: Yum & Yummer

                                        It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.

                                        20. Pizza Mug Cake

                                          Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                                          Yeah, you read that correctly. Who said that cake couldn’t be savory?

                                          Featured photo credit: The Little Owl Shop via 2.bp.blogspot.com

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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                          Video Summary

                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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