Monday, July 23, 2012

The Microwave Mayonnaise Mini Cake: Revisited

There's so many things that made me come to this idea that it's not funny. For one, my microwave cakes have successful enough that I want to do more with them. How nice would it be if you could quickly whip up a little bitty cake, actually decorate it and bring it to a friend to celebrate something unexpected? Plus, there's actually regular mayonnaise around the house right now – a rarity.

To top it off, I had an Oreo doughnut last week from Dunkin' Donuts. I loved it – in fact, it's become a close second behind my favorite doughnut of all time, Tim Horton's S'more donut. It's a chocolate frosted doughnut with mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs on top.

S'mores are by far my favorite summer food – namely because I like marshmallows and chocolate. And, because inspiration comes to me like this, it got me thinking about making a s'more microwave cake.

So I whipped up the original recipe with regular mayo, saving the flour for last instead. I dumped it over 3/4 cup of mini mint chocolate marshmallows in the bottom of my new 2-cup ramekin (gotta love the excuse to use new toys!). I also cut the microwave time – it took about 2 minutes to be reasonably done. I had graham cracker crumbs at the ready as I dumped it over onto a plate:

As you can see, the results were not quite what I anticipated. So I just cut it into fourths and forgot about the graham crackers. Not to mention, the melty marshmallows made for an almost pudding like texture on top of the cake.

Still, I have to say I have discovered that, yes, regular mayonnaise makes all the difference (although you don't get the diet benefits, but because it rises more, you can decrease the serving size). Plus, ugly as it was, it still tasted good.

Plus, I also learned that marshmallows will melt completely after 2 minutes in the microwave. As the Mythbusters (my favorite TV show!) say, “Failure is always an option.”

And it's been said many times that you learn more from your failures than your successes. Now, if only Dunkin' would come out with their own s'mores doughnut...

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