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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 June 20, 2019

                                          Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                          Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                          There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                          More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                          Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                          You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                          During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                          Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                          Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                          The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                          This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                          Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                          The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                          This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                          This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                          Conclusion

                                          While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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