Cooked by TFW: Mug Cake

Howdy gang!

Man, what a wild fortnight it has been. Two weeks ago, I shared (since the post was published, my brain has constantly flip-flopped between over- and under-shared) my personal mental health journey during fight camp. This past weekend, I competed in a tough fight – and lost. And since Sunday night, I’ve been writing, deleting, rewriting, editing, deleting, and re-rewriting this post you’re now reading. My body has been the amusement park Universal’s Island of Introspection (that’s a joke for my Florida folks out there; California theme parks are trash… all of them) because I have been on the emotional roller coaster of a lifetime.

I had big plans for today’s recipe… VICTORY Cake in a Mug (previously known as just a regular Cake in a Mug). I was going to share my reflections on this past weekend’s weight cut and the fight itself. I wanted to point out how my Mental Health Awareness Week post focused a lot on how I felt during fight camp and after the fight itself; and how this time around I feel this calm I haven’t in the past. Monday morning, I was elated to share how much I’ve grown since my biggest mental breakdown on Labor Day; I had all these jokes about how I always get these chocolate meals in the week after a fight.

And then Tuesday came. Nothing horrible happened, but my mind raced. I deleted the 1,900-word post I had written – minus the recipe; y’all gonna get you some cake in a mug. Although, I’ve cut out most of the jokes. This is going to be a fairly short and to-the-point post – because I just didn’t feel great. I’m the happiest I’ve been in well over a year, but I’m also incredibly drained in all sense of the word. Friday’s weight cut was harrowing, to say the least, and changed the tone for the entire weekend for me. Maybe one day I’ll share stories… I mean, I already had… but by Tuesday afternoon, my brain was in “this is over-sharing” mode, and poof went the original post. Then I took a 3-hour nap. And so here we are at 4:30am Wednesday morning, rewriting a somewhat-somber intro to a once-hilarious recipe post about delicious cakes in mugs…

Honestly, I’m surprised I’ve written this much (385 words so far). The point is… the week after a fight is hell, even when you’re doing well. (rhyme) HOWEVER, let’s celebrate!!!! A HUGE congrats to my baby brother, Devon “The Bea… The Orangu… The uhhhh… The Beastutan???” (The kid changes his nickname more than [insert a punchline to this joke]. That was one of my favorite moments of Saturday: Watching him explain to the announcer what his nickname was) Butler… The gym’s first-ever 4-0 fighter, and the NEW Sparta Combat League Amateur Bantamweight Champion!!!! I challenged our fight time at the beginning of the year to a “Gold War” to see which of us would get a belt first. Devon busted his tail this entire 8-week camp and walked away with a belt this weekend. I could not be prouder! So let’s celebrate Devon’s win with a quick, easy, and not overly-indulgent victory treat: The Cake in a Mug!

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Water (you could go milk here, too)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (you know Uncle Tym Tym loves his dark chocolate powder)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract

Optional

  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Half a Handful of Chocolate Chips

 

Directions

1. Dry Ingredients first. In a microwave-safe mug, toss in all your dry ingredients (including cinnamon, if you’re going that route… and if you’re not… well, just know I’m disappointed in you) and then stir thoroughly with a spoon. Pro Tip: I like to go a little heavy on the salt, but follow your heart.

2. Wet next. Once your mug looks like a box cake mix, add in your vanilla, oil, and water/milk. Mix with you spoon. Make sure you scrap the sides of the mug and the spoon itself for pockets of dry ingredients. If you’re adding chocolate chips, do so now and give it a few more stirs.

3. Time to Bake/Nuke. Toss your mug in the microwave and cook for about 2.5 to 3 minutes on high. Let it cool for a few minutes before eating.

And there you have it! Possibly our final “Victory” Dessert of the year because we currently have zero fight camps schedule for the next two months… THANK THE FIGHT GODS! In 2017, we have had 24 fight campers, 22 fights, 16 wins, 5 Muay Thai Tournament medalist – 4 golds and a silver – a messload of grapplers winning things, several folks making their fight debut, a couple of us dropping a weight class, and one happy, tired, strong gym full of maulers… I’m proud of all of us! We all earned Cakes in Mugs!

Next week, we’re going to get back to basics and I’ll reveal a hole in my cooking repertoire. But in the meantime, I’m spending this upcoming weekend in Wisconsin as part of my week off from the gym. Take care of yourselves. Get the mental health help you need and deserve. YOU DESERVE A HEALTHY BRAIN! Make some mug cakes, and – as always – thank me in the morning!

LA Jennings