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Easy Beef Bourguignonne Pot Pie in Corningware Meal Mugs

Chocolate Orange Mug Cake

Chocolate Orange Mug Cake - a dark chocolate cake soaked in a little orange liqueur and layered with whipped chocolate orange ganache, then topped with whipped cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup soured milk just add a tsp lemon juice or vinegar to milk and stir
  • 1/2 cup brewed black coffee
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Orange Ganache Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips I use 50% cocoa chips
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • zest of 1 orange finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream whipped to soft peaks

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup additional whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar powdered sugar

You will also need

  • 3-4 ounces orange liqueur optional

Instructions

o prepare the cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease the insides of 3 meal mugs with butter and dust with flour. Circles of parchment paper in the bottom help with easy release when baked.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour evenly into the prepared meal mugs. place the mugs on a cookie sheet
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in mugs for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Orange Ganache Filling

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the 1/3 cup whipping cream and orange zest until hot.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and stir constantly, just until the chocolate is melted. You just want the chocolate to be at the melting point and just lukewarm. Be careful not to let the chocolate overheat, transfer it to a bowl so that it is not in contact with the heat of the bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Whip the 1 1/2 cups whipping cream to soft peaks.
  4. Gently fold the melted chocolate through he whipped cream until completely combined.

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Combine the additional 1 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 2 tbsp icing sugar. The icing sugar is important because the small amount of cornstarch in it really helps to stabilize the cream.
  2. Whip to firm peaks.

To assemble the mug cakes

  1. Cut each of the cooled mug cakes into 3 separate layers.
  2. Place one layer of cake in the bottom of each meal mug. Sprinkle each one with a little orange liqueur; 2 tsp or so.
  3. Take half of the chocolate mixture and divide it evenly between the 3 mugs, spreading it evenly over the cake.
  4. Add another layer of cake, sprinkle on a little orange liqueur , another layer of chocolate mixture, another sprinkle of orange liqueur, the last layer of cake and the final sprinkle of orange liqueur.
  5. Finally top with the vanilla whipped cream and a few shavings of grated chocolate to garnish.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.