Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake and Planning a Dream Kitchen
A sweet treat in just a few minutes…this Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake is baked in the microwave and is the perfect dessert for summer. Fresh berries and vanilla bean topped with sweetened cream are an excellent pairing in this ready-in-a-flash cake.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Kitchen PLAY on behalf of Frigidaire. Compensation was provided to The Suburban Soapbox, all opinions are my own…as always.
I spend hours a day in my kitchen. Hours. More than the average person so I get plenty of time to look around and dream about what could have been. When we shopped for a house two years ago, I searched for the perfect kitchen. The “dream” kitchen, the one with a huge center island, professional-grade appliances, gorgeous light fixtures. I had high hopes and somewhat absurd expectations on what we would actually find. Each house we toured fell flat in the kitchen department, each time I was feeling more and more disappointed.
When we finally found a house we loved it still did not have the kitchen of my dreams. The layout was closer to what I had wanted but the appliances were meh, the wallpaper hurt my eyes, the light fixtures were really dated and the sink…..oh, that sink. It was so small I could barely wash a small saucepan in it. So, we forged ahead….hastily and gave the kitchen a much needed facelift. We used the paint colors we had in our previous home and picked out appliances without doing ANY research. Mistakes were made and now I’m regretting many of the items that I look at all.day.long. So….I still have dreams of the perfect kitchen when I go to bed at night. Kitchens with gorgeous white cabinetry, stunning glass pendant lights, milky white counter tops and gleaming stainless steel appliances. The appliances….that’s where we will focus first.
This time I did my research and found that Frigidaire has partnered with Lowe’s to launch a brand new line of kitchen appliances. The Frigidaire Professional Collection is crafted from heavy-duty stainless steel and is virtually smudge-proof! Smudge-PROOF!!! I can’t even tell you how many hours I spend wiping fingerprints from all our appliances. This feature alone would save me so much time in the kitchen. The Professional Collection is also the only appliance line that I’ve found for homes that combines pro-grade design with pro-grade performance. This helps ensure much better results in the kitchen every single time. And even better, the appliances offer a simple design that fits in your current kitchen, so you don’t have to redesign your kitchen to accommodate custom sizes.
To keep my vision alive, I put together this inspiration board complete with a new kitchen sink! I even created a Pinterest board to help me realize my dream…and you know what I realized? I like white kitchens. 🙂 White and gray seemed to be a theme so I went with that when crafting my board. Lowe’s has so many options for any dream kitchen I’m sure you will not have a problem creating your own. And many of the upgrades can be done over a weekend without having to remodel, so you won’t be eating out of a slow cooker for weeks on end.
I, seriously, want to replace all my appliances with Frigidaire Professional….especially the 2-in-1 Over the Range Convection Microwave. The PowerSense Cooking Technology automatically senses the ideal time and power levels for your recipes! No more overcooked, dry chicken or mug cakes! I’m blown away. And the fact that it doubles as a convection oven comes in handy during the holidays when your range decides to take the day off! (True story.)
The large capacity Built-In Dishwasher has my name all over it, as well. With its Orbit Clean Technology, your dishes get 4 times more water coverage than other dishwashers. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to unload my dishes without having to spot clean them…or wash them again. I’m always putting my dishes back in for another round of fun in the dishwasher.
Soooo….are you now dreaming of a new and shiny kitchen?
Go to Lowes.com and try out their virtual room designer to create the kitchen of your dreams complete with Frigidaire Professional appliances. Visit the collection at Lowes for more information on the Frigidaire Professional Collection.
While I’m dreaming of working in my dream kitchen, I wanted to whip up a quick dessert that was light and…..well, dreamy. Mug cakes are a dessert lover’s dream, ready in minutes….literally, they are so simple to make. I’m a big chocolate fan and am IN LOVE with this Hot Chocolate Mug Cake recipe but since strawberries are starting to be at their peak right now, I decided to create an airy Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake. This little beauty is speckled with vanilla bean flakes and topped with a smooth, slightly whipped cream. The batter makes enough for two cakes so you can either share the second one with a friend or not…..I did not. You know how I feel about sharing.
If you double the recipe, which I did…they make the perfect quick dessert for drop in guests. They puff up so beautifully and are just as wonderful warm as they are at room temperature. Take a bite and close your eyes….and enjoy your new kitchen. And if you’re not really feeling the strawberries at the moment (or it’s middle of the frigid winter) you can whip up this Chocolate Mug Cake just as quickly!
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake and Planning a Dream Kitchen
the perfect single dessert to whip up fast and easy!
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup self-rising flour
- 3 large strawberries diced
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- In a microwave proof mug or bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Whisk in the vanilla, milk and egg. Add the sugar and flour to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Divide the strawberries between two microwave safe mugs and then pour half the mixture into each mug. (Do not fill more than halfway or the cake will overflow) Microwave on high for 1 minute 45 seconds. The cake is done when the top is firm and springs back when touched. If your cake is still undercooked, continue microwaving in 15 second increments until done.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Top the cakes with the whipped cream and serve immediately.