Finally, Birthday Cake

I haven’t had birthday cake on my last three birthdays. Mostly due to my hesitancy and worry about baking and cooking of any sort. The other part is due to my gluten intolerant issues.

So this year I planned ahead. I found and bought a gluten-free chocolate cake mix in advance. I was uncomfortable with the idea of making a whole cake. I kept planning on making a trial run cake in advance, but found that I was scared of doing it, kept forgetting, and then when remembering kept putting it off. It was overwhelming to me.

I looked for a good recipe for chocolate frosting, but there seemed to be far too many ingredients to research about being gluten-free and for buying. Each time I would go to the grocery store I would forget to buy any of them or wander the aisle not being able to decide to buy or not to buy. Many visits and I still didn’t make any decisions.

It was very frustrating. It was overwhelming to me. When I get frustrated and overwhelmed about purchases, especially gluten intolerant food purchases I tend to keep putting off buying things. This is exactly the same way about cooking and baking. I attribute all of those food related issues to being abused by my mother around food and her rejection and exclusion of me from “her” kitchen.

Finally I found a recipe online for chocolate cake in a mug.

Mix one cake mix and one 4 oz. pudding mix. This mix is enough for about eight or nine cake mugs.

Use 1/2 cup of this cake and pudding combination and then mix one Tablespoon water, one Tablespoon oil, and one egg white.

Use Pam or some other vegetable oil on mug. Spoon mix into mug.

Microwave mug on high for two minutes.

I thought this might be my solution for my birthday cake. I thought it would be very good with ice cream instead of frosting.

When my birthday came I found that I had not bookmarked the recipe and the evening of my birthday, after my dinner with a relative, I found that I couldn’t find it and really was too tired. Almost too tired for a candle, but I did manage that.

But on Monday night, finally, a birthday cake, in a mug. It kind of looked like a tiny muffin. Kind of funny. Kind of cute. It was pretty great.

8 thoughts on “Finally, Birthday Cake

  1. I love it that you found a solution — and it’s one you can use on future occasions, too! Everyone needs such a thing as a single-serving homemade cake … what a great invention.


    • Hi David,


      It was a wonderful thing. And I’m glad that I will be able to do it again. I had seen a recipe for mug cake some time ago on a craft site, so I recalled it and went looking for something for a mix.

      I am going to have to try a yellow cake mix with something like butterscotch pudding and a few butterscotch chips. I read somewhere as well about using a yellow cake mix and adding ingredients to make it into a pumpkin cake, yum, that is something I have to do. 🙂



  2. Hey Kate,

    What a lovely thing to do, and it sounds great. I know how these things can feel overwhelming, so I am glad to hear that you got creative, and I hope that things are going okay for you.

    Healing thoughts,


    • Hi Brittany,

      Thank you. Things are going okay. I wish that I felt completely over the sinus issues, but it is slowly getting better.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.



    • Hi Butterfly,

      I’m glad that you like the idea. I think it is a great way to have a small treat that takes very little effort or time. Let me know, please, how it went for you.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.



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