Cake In A Cup Variation

Here are some great variations to the cake in a cup idea.Do you remember 2 years ago when I wrote about making a cake in a cup? My student employees absolutely loved making these fun little cakes.  I did, too.  (And we all loved EATING them, too!)

Well, the other day in the newspaper, there was an article about coffee cup cooking. The article had 3 recipes that I knew I just had to share here.

One was for a coffee cake, one was a quiche, and the last one was a chilaquiles. Yum, yum, yum.

What the heck is a chilaquiles? you ask.

Well, I didn’t know either so I checked the mother-lode of all knowledge — Wikipedia. Come to find out, this is a traditional Mexican dish of lightly fried corn tortillas topped with salsa and cheese and sometimes scrambled eggs or chicken. Sounds yummy!

Here are the recipes.

Coffee Cake in a Cup

For the crumb topping, mix:

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon soft butter
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt

For the cake, mix:

1 tablespoon soft butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 egg (1 egg lightly beaten and divided)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon maple syrup
a few drops of vanilla
1/4 cup self rising flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon apricot preserves

Mix the crumb topping in a small bowl. Set aside. For the cake, mix butter and sugar together in a large measuring cup. Add egg, sour cream, syrup, and vanilla. Beat until blended. Add flour and cinnamon. Beat until smooth. Pour half of the batter into a buttered coffee cup. Drop preserves into center and top with remaining batter. Top with crumb topping.

Microwave about 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Quiche in a Cup

1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoon milk
salt, pepper
1/4 bagel (or similar amount of French bread)
2 teaspoons cream cheese
1/2 slice ham
fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives

Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into dime-sized pieces. Stir in. Add cream cheese. Stir.

Slice ham into small pieces. Add to mixture. Stir. Microwave 1 minute 10 seconds. Garnish with mustard and fresh thyme or chives.

Chilaquiles in a Cup

1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
salt, pepper
1 tablespoon grated cheese
5 tortilla chips
1 tablespoon salsa

Beat egg and milk with a fork in a coffee cup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cheese. Break tortilla chips into small pieces to fit into the cup. Stir into the mixture. Add salsa. Microwave 1 minute 10 seconds. Garnish with sour cream, more salsa,and  guacamole.

These three recipes would be so fun to make with grandchildren. They are quick and easy to make and the clean up is minimal.  (That’s a key issue, I think, when cooking with grandchildren!)

And, I think that grandchildren — and grandma — would love eating them, too.