Tuesday 7 December 2021

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2021

 Welcome to the Virtual Cookie Exchange and blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. This is my favorite blog hop of the year, who doesn't like to see new ideas and swap recipes for Christmas yummies and projects. 

The recipe I am sharing this year is for a Gingerbread Mug Cake. I like gingerbread but with only me to eat it, my waistline would not appreciate it. I have been trying different recipes and tweaking them to my liking. Serves one, just my size.

getting ready to make my mug cake, an essential item is a microwave-safe mug

Gingerbread Mug Cake

4 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Milk
1/2 tablespoon Canola Oil, or other neutral oil
1/2 tablespoon Dark Molasses
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug. Use a fork or small whisk to mix until smooth. 
Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute until just set.
Cool and Enjoy. Allow to cool slightly, top with whipped cream if desired!

ready to enjoy, I was out of whipped cream but it was still good

This year's Christmas project didn't go as planned. I picked out fabrics and designed a block.

turquoise fabric pull 

 I made one block of what was to be 20 and had second , okay lots of thoughts one being was I completely crazy. The block has more inset seams than I care to even think about.

inset seams
and just look at all those inset seams

 The quilt would look stunning in my humble opinion.

EQ mockup I do love the secondary pattern the blocks form

And here is where reality came in, this was going to be a lot of work and oh yeah require an awful lot of patience to make 19 more blocks.

I think one of these blocks is plenty

I am rethinking how to use the one block I did make and incorporate it into a new quilt idea. As a result, I do not have a finished project. Yes I could have made it into a pillow, but I'm not sure I really want to do that.

Take a little time to visit the other blogs and pick up some more recipes for some sweet treats and Christmas projects.


  1. Ooooh, I have to make this gingerbread. I like gingerbread, but Hubby doesn't so this looks perfect for me. I really like that block, but I totally understand the inset seams problem. I am making a quilt for my daughter and her husband that has only one y-seam per block, but there are hundreds of blocks.

  2. That gingerbread cake looks delicious! I'm with you on the block--it is gorgeous, but I would not want to deal with all those y seams either. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mug cakes are perfect, when you just want 1 piece of something, and gingerbread...yummmmmm
    You quilt block is absolutely gorgeous. I'm with you on forgetting making 19 more! LOL!! Maybe you can give one to each of your friends and ask them to put it together for you for next years Christmas gift to you! hahahahaha

  4. Oh, yum...gingerbread in a cup! I love that you've done all the tweaking to get it just right. I can't wait to try it. Your block is stunning and the fabrics make it look even more amazing! I don't think I would have made it through making even one, so 19 more would have sent me running and screaming. It would make a gorgeous quilt, though. Thank you for sharing all the goodness with us today!

  5. Mug recipes are perfect, you can have the sweet dessert without having any leftovers. Oh my gosh - that block is stunning! I can hear words that were said while you were creating it - haha!

  6. Lets hear it for mug cakes!!

    Pretty pretty block!
    Pain in the assets block!

    How about thinking of it as a center piece in a medallion quilt? Then you can use all those lovely colors and fabrics you pulled for it.

    It would also look great on the back of a jacket!

  7. The block is beautiful! EQ 8 is so much fun. I love the look of the full quilt but like you said cannot imagine doing that many inset seams.

  8. Oh my I love gingerbread. I definitely want to try your recipe. I have never made a cake in a cup before, but have wanted to. Your recipe is going to make this happen as I have all the ingredients in my pantry. And I think your block and quilt design is brilliant.

  9. Thanks for this recipe, I love gingerbread and wasn't going to make gingerbread cookies this year for my cookie trays, and this would be perfect for just me! Happy Holidays!

  10. I may have to try this mug cake-with just two of us a full cake is never a good idea!

  11. What a gorgeous block! I've never done inset seams, but I would probably rethink it too. Oh that gingerbread looks delicious, even without the whipped cream. :)

  12. You stole my heart with the gingerbread mug cake! My DH doesn’t like ginger so I never make it because a whole cake is just too much for me. I love your little block but couldn’t cope with all those inset seams either! Looking forward to seeing where this pretty block takes you next! 😉.
    Merry Christmas ⛄️

  13. Hi Cindy! Well, a gingerbread mug cake sounds right up my alley as no one else in my family likes gingerbread. YUM! I had to giggle about your plan for 20 blocks was downsized to just one. For now. I can say it has happened to me as well, although it is a lovely block. If you don't find a good use for it we're having a Stitch At Home Round Robin starting in January. It would make a fabulous center block to build the borders around. A stunning one - maybe too pretty. Just a thought. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  14. That is certainly a stunning block and would look good as a whole quilt, but I can see it would take forever! I'm sure you'll find a way to showcase it without having to make 19 more! xx

  15. Now that looks like gingerbread I can really enjoy! We served gingerbread cake at my wedding (Dec 30th), but I haven't made it much since. Thanks for the recipe! I love your block, and yes, a full quilt will be stunning, but it would also make a great center block for a round robin. Until lately, Y-seams stopped me in my tracks, but was a challenge I tried to tackle after 20 years of quilting, which I'll sew'n'tell tomorrow on my blog.

  16. Ooh, that gingerbread mug cake sounds good. My husband doesn't like gingerbread so I will have to treat myself by making this. Thank you.

    That block is gorgeous, and I can understand you not wanting to tackle another 19. How about 1 every 4 months? I know I have quilts that are years in the making. :)

  17. I love mug cakes! This recipe sounds really good. I may have to give this one a try. I agree that a quilt with that block would be stunning! I also agree with you that it has TOO many inset seams! LOL Not my thing! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I really love the EQ picture, I think quilts with secondary patterns are so interesting. While I understand that all the inset seams are just a pain, maybe you could just make one a month or so until you have enough. Maybe even for a smaller version. That finished quilt would be so stunning!

  19. I keep eyeing mug cake recipes, just right for a single person. Oh what a pretty block and gorgeous fabric. I am going to assume that it would be a dawdle along project, something fiddly if you wanted to make more blocks. I have some project like that, I will do a couple, put them away, come back to them, and do a couple more.

  20. What a brilliant way to enjoy gingerbread. Thank you for the recipe. Your block is beautiful and that quilt would be amazing. I think you should keep going. It would be a show-stopper for sure.

  21. Well you do know how much I love this block! And in those gorgeous turquoise colors, swoon! A mug cake is an excellent idea; my Brady has me chocolate ones many times.

  22. I love gingerbread, and have not heard of mug cakes. Thanks for the recipe. Yes, I also have sewn a block that was quite complicated and decided to not make many of them. Whatever you decide to do with your block. it will look awesome.


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