magic unicorn mug cakes

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“A long time ago, when the earth was still green,
There were more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen;
They’d run around free while the earth was being born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.

There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.”
~Irish Rovers

The above quote is a portion of the lyrics from one of my favorite childhood songs. I remember trying to draw unicorns and hanging my attempts up on my bedroom wall (let’s just say, when I was 8 my illustrations looked almost as good as Napoleon Dynamite’s.)

I was totally into unicorns though! I had a bunch of unicorn stickers in my sticker collection. I wore rainbow shoelaces in my Nike tennies. I had a lavender angora sweater with a unicorn on the front. If you were a child of the 80’s you’ll understand this devotion.

Anyhoo, you can imagine how happy I am that the unicorn is making a comeback. And in the foodie world no less! Yay!

I’ve seen lots of fun creations in the blogosphere. Hot chocolate, fudge, cakes, candy bark, bagels (!)… the list goes on and on. One thing I didn’t notice was a mug cake recipe. So, I decided that today was the day to rectify that problem. Gracie and I had soooooo much fun with this!
We started with a box of white cake mix, food coloring, a jar of pre-made frosting, candy, and sprinkles. It was easy peasy. You can count on this recipe making approximately 8 (6-8) oz. mug cakes.

How fun would this be for a children’s party? Each kiddo gets to decorate their own cake?

1 box white cake mix (we used Pillsbury)
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon flavor extract (almond, vanilla, butter, strawberry… whatever you like )
1 jar white frosting (any type) + 1 tube of another color (if you wish)
assorted food coloring colors
assorted candies and sprinkles
Make the cake mix according to the directions on the package. Our cake mix called for 3 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, and 1 cup of water. If yours says something different just go with that.
Once batter is fully mixed, divide it between as many bowls as you have different colors of food coloring. Mix food coloring into each bowl so you get the exact colors you like (see below)…
Oil your mugs:
Add your batter. We did it in fun patterns…
Don’t fill the mugs more than half way. Place in microwave, one at a time,  and cook for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds. The cakes are done when a wooden skewer inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean. Frost, embellish with candies and sprinkles, and enjoy!

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