Cakes for One

Some days you just feel like having a little bit of cake with your coffee, while watching tv or just for fun.

When you've eaten your last morsel of cake and your favourite patiserrie is closed, despair not.

My friend Felix and I have created these recipes which are not only quick and easy, but absolutely delectable.

They are designed to feed one hungry person, but if you feel like sharing, just double or triple the quantities.

Banana bread for one by Felix

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

1 banana, mashed (about ½ )

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp butter, melted (plus more for greasing the ramekin)

1 egg yolk

½ tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Set aside.

Mash the banana with a fork in another bowl.

Add sugar and whip the banana and sugar together.

Add melted butter, egg yolk and vanilla and mix well.

Mix in the dry ingredients lightly until just incorporated.

Pour the batter into a lightly buttered 230g (8-ounce) ramekin or other baking dish. Bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool slightly before eating.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Mug Cake by Ida
Makes 1
You will need a 375ml capacity mug (or larger) for this recipe

4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
4 tbsp coconut milk
1 tbsp Bertolli Organic Fruity Taste Olive Oil
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
4-6 dairy-free dark chocolate squares
Icing sugar, to dust

Mix all ingredients (except chocolate squares) in the mug until just combined.

Once combined, press the chocolate squares into the centre.

Microwave on high for 90 seconds to 2 minutes or until the cake rises and is springy to the touch.

Allow the mug cake to cool slightly before dusting with icing sugar to serve. Garnish with strawberries, if liked.