The Spring issue had an intriguing article comparing haute cuisine to haute couture. The food item that they featured: molten lava cake turned mug cake. They talked about how a first lava cake was attributed to that the famous French chef, Michel Bras who patented his chocolate coulant. He was that the first one who created individual portioned lava cakes which involved placing chilled ganache inside cake batter and freezing it overnight. The result: a cake that’s cooked on that the outside with that the inside still runny. This idea made its way to other Michelin starred restaurants and after that down the ranks to chains of Casual restaurants, theme parks and now that the frozen food section of grocery stores and Wal mart.

But wait it does not end there. The latest rendition of Michel Bras chocolate coulant is chocolate mug cake. Mix the ingredients into a microwave oven safe mug and microwave oven for a few minutes. An independently sized chocolate cake with a runny centre. One made from zero – One made from Dr. Oetker Mug Cake instant powder – Taste testers: Please try a little of every one and comment on that the appearance, texture and flavour.

Which one do you like more? Would you make mug cake? My thoughts: I’m a lot more aware of preservatives and additives in canned blends and how that may effect the taste. Nevertheless, in previous taste tests, they’ve sometimes been hard to detect. The home made Version calls for eggs, milk and vanilla, therefore I think that the texture and taste will be better overall because of these fresh ingredients. But who knows? Its a mug cake.

What will they think of next? The uncover! Thank you everybody for submitting your comments. Here’s the uncover! Cake A: From a mixture – Cake B: From scratch – The results: There were mixed reviews with both that the instant and home made mug cakes. The instant one was too dry and that the home made one wasnt sweet enough. Nevertheless, neither of those mug cakes were runny in that the middle. And even as a normal chocolate cake, they both didnt look attractive. But people were floored by that the amount of calories in one mug cake 420 calories. Neither of those mug cakes looked attractive and there were problems with texture and taste.

Why settle for a mug cake which has challenges with texture and taste? My advice: Treat yourself right and spend some time to measure out that the ingredients, grab a muffin tin and bake a few nice lava cakes in the oven. Or if you prefer, just go out and get yourself a really nice piece of cake.