A delicious, moist and fluffy vanilla cake which takes 1 minute to whip up in the microwave! It’s low calorie, gluten free and comes with a trialled and tested vegan, high protein and paleo version- For those without a microwave, there’s an oven version too!
It’s my (blog) birthday, I’ll use sprinkles if I want to.
So I’m a cliche. I find with fellow bloggers, when its their own birthday or their blogs birthday, they usually add sprinkles to whatever recipe they are sharing/intending to post that day.
Looks like I’m being a sheep again.
So much has changed since I first started The Big Man’s World back in July using the Blogger platform. The blog then moved to WordPress hosted (after 2 days of hell, confusion and wanting to throw my macbook at Niki) before being transferred to WordPress self hosted (after 2 days of hell, confusion and wanting to throw my macbook at Niki….again).
What started out as a hobby involving random ranting, recipe sharing and full day of eats has developed and transformed into something so much more.
If you’d asked me in 2013 what my thoughts were on blogging, I’d have said- It’s a hobby…and I love it.
If you’d asked me in 2014 what my thoughts were on blogging, I’d have said- It’s a hobby…and I love it.
Now if you ask me? It’s no longer just a hobby…and I love it.
One of the most common questions I’ve been asked recently has been ‘what do you think it takes to achieve success when it comes to blogging’ and my answer has alway been the same since day dot.
What I define ‘success’ will be different to another blogger. To them, success might be hitting a million page views a month. To others, it might be making over $10,000 a month in income. To some, it might be receiving 4 comments for each of their posts.
For me personally, I think success can incorporate a multitude of avenues but to achieve success comes down to one thing (in my point of view)– Being genuine and sticking true to your values. Granted, my content has changed over the last two years. You see more recipes on here and less random posts. You see posting less consistent that it was two years ago. However, my voice has remained constant and I endeavour to be genuine and honest with every post- Even if I know it may potentially ruffle some feathers.
In honour of my blog’s 2 year birthday, I was intending to host a giveaway but I’ll do that next week because I’ve been lazy and wanting to make it a decent one so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing one of my favourite snacks I used to make weekly in Australia- Back when I knew the ins and outs of my microwave wattage.
Off topic but it took me a good month in America to learn how to use the oven properly, how to time food in the microwave properly and how stating my weight gain in kilos over pounds sounds more complimentary.
When I first started lifting weights, one of the most common snacks I’d make were these microwave protein mug cakes which my trainer recommended. Back then, I thought they were the greatest things but after I went through that phase, I realised they were nothing more than edible hockey pocks. However, not all mug cakes or microwave cakes are created equal and over time, I played around with different flours, liquids and even add ins to create delicious variations- All healthy, all delicious and all tasting like an actual cake…not a hockey puck.
This healthy 1 minute vanilla cake is simple, delicious and healthy without sacrificing on taste. The cake is light, fluffy and filling and depending on which method you choose- Is similar to an angel food cake or a sugar cookie cake! Naturally gluten free and high in protein, I’ve also tested it to incorporate three other ways- A vegan option and a paleo option- All delicious, all fluffy, NO HOCKEY PUCKS.
I know there are some of you who don’t have access to a microwave or aren’t fans of using them so I’ve also tested it in the oven….After learning my conversions!
Make this delicious Healthy 1 minute Vanilla Cake and cheers to 2 years and many more to come- Sprinkles optional.
Healthy 1 Minute Vanilla Cake
- 1 1/2 T coconut flour
- 1 T almond flour can sub for any flour of choice but will no longer be paleo friendly
- pinch sea salt
- pinch cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice I used a paleo friendly stevia blend
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg white for a vegan version, use 1 flax egg*
- 1/4 cup dairy free milk of choice**
- Handful of sprinkles optional
For the microwave version
- In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the dairy free milk with the egg white (or flax egg) and whisk lightly. Add the mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.
- Grease a large mug or deep bowl (I used a cereal bowl) generously and pour the batter in it and microwave for 50 seconds-2 minutes (Depending on brand and wattage).
- Remove from bowl and enjoy!
For the oven version
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease a large ramekin with oil and set aside.
- Follow directions as above and once ready, bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
** You may need more depending on what flour you use
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Bloggers/readers, what is your definition of success?
Do you use your microwave often?