Red Velvet Mug Cake

RED VELVET MUG CAKE
Leslie Bilderback
Makes 2 mug cakes

Ingredients
1 large egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon liquid red food coloring
3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup self-rising flour Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cider, white, white wine, or rice vinegar

Preparation
In a large mug, whisk together the egg and oil with a fork. Stir in the food coloring, buttermilk, vanilla, and sugar. Add the cocoa, flour, salt, and vinegar. Beat the batter until smooth. Divide the batter between two mugs. Microwave separately for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes each until risen and firm. Topping Ideas: Cream cheese frosting, Marshmallow Fluff, whipped cream, fresh berries, red sugar sprinkles, candied pecans, or chocolate shavings. Variation: Blue Velvet: You never know when you may need to make a blue cake. It’s easily done by replacing cheap red liquid food coloring with cheap blue liquid food coloring. For any other cake color, you’ll want to omit the cocoa powder, as it will give all other food colors a tinge of brown. If you make another color, replace the cocoa powder with an equal amount of flour.

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