Microwavable mug-cakes

The final result

This week at Beavers we learnt ‘virtually’ how to make mug cakes. Here is the recipe we used.

Ingredients (dry)

  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Ingredients (wet)

  • 1/4 cup + tablespoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Ingredients (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips


1/ place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together

2/ add wet ingredients into the same bowl and mix until smooth

3/ place into a microwavable mug (you may have to scrape sides of bowl to get all mixture into mug)

4/ sprinkle chocolate chips (or extra ingredients) onto top middle of mixture – no need to stir them in

5/ with a microwave of 950W place into microwave for 70 seconds or for an 850W microwave place in for 80 seconds etc.

The final result

6/ take care when removing mug from microwave as it’ll be hot

7/ if your cake does not feel ‘cakey/spongy’ place in microwave for an extra 10 seconds

8/ wait for cake to cool down before eating

BLOGMAS (day 16)

Today was another one of my friends birthdays so happy birthday to her! We also got given hot chocolate at break which was pretty nice (none of the watery hot chocolate)!

Also today at Beavers was a Christmas themed night. We decorated foam Christmas trees, played snowball egg and spoon races as well as coloured in Christmas cards. I also created a mosaic art.

I then went to a young leader meeting in the evening where I finished my modules and then we played some Christmas games. We played musical chairs, blind man’s bluff as well as table football. We got given lots of sweets for winning games and there were only 3 of us. It was a very good evening.

BLOGMAS (day 15)

Today I helped at the Beaver District Christmas Party. This was in the afternoon. There were many different activities to part take in.

Once my Beaver unit arrived, we sat and wrote letters to Father Christmas. We then played snap before creating reindeer decorations. This was followed by a one hundred piece puzzle which the Beavers completed very quickly. Next was pin the nose on the reindeer and then it was reindeer ring toss. The Beavers then had a Christmas photo shoot with different props.

During the rotation of activities, there was also musical statues and musical bumps being played as well as some food at the end. It was an enjoyable afternoon and now I am back to revising for my Chemistry test as well as completing my Mathematics homework.

BLOGMAS (day 4)

On Sunday, I returned to Beaver space sleepover after my nigh out at the ball. I arrived in time for breakfast (cereal and then bacon, scrambled egg and beans). During breakfast, I heard all about the activities the Beavers did the previous evening; they did mosaic space pictures, painted rockets, went outside and did some stargazing and saw the International Space Station fly by before they then made blanket forts to sleep in.

Rocket Pencil Toppers

After breakfast, it was time for another rotation of activities – there was a board game on launching rockets, space jigsaw puzzles and finally a bean bag toss at a space scene. These activities were then followed with space hopper races outside in teams.

Soon, it was time to go and so the Beavers gathered all of there kit together before they proceeded to be picked up. Once the Beavers had gone, there were a few more items to pack away before I headed home to catch up on sleep and to do my homework.

BLOGMAS (day 2)

On Saturday, it was the Beaver Space Sleepover. After waking up late to arrive early, I was only 10 minutes late in the end overall. Initially, we were briefed before I made Ham sandwiches for the Beavers lunch as well as cutting cucumber and carrot. It was then time for the Beavers to arrive.

The Beavers painted Solar Systems

The first activity of the day was to go on a small walk to the nearby park. The Beavers had to find laminated picture of aliens and astronauts before being allowed to play in the park before heading back. One of the Beavers thought we were in London and so politely asked whether we could go to Mayfair – we were definitely NOT in London. Once we got back to the Scout hut, it was time for a buffet style lunch.

After lunch, it was the start of activities where the Beavers painted plates black to be space and then painted the different planets in our solar system to later on stick onto the plate once a spiral had been cut out. After this, the Beavers then completed some of there Space Ranger Book whilst the next activity was being set up.

Barry the Beaver and Blue the Bear in space

The next activity was a scavenger hunt with facts and clues which would be filled out in there space Ranger book. Previously during lunch we had hidden the facts around the room and during this activity I helped to create the space scene. Barry the Beaver and Blue the bear both insisted on having there photo taken in space.

After the Beavers had completed this activity it was time for the Beavers to tell one another about a space mission. Some had facts about the first moon landing whilst others had facts to tell about the International Space Station. During this activity, all the Beavers out in paint decorator suits and had their photos taken in ‘space’.

They then put their trainers on to take part in a circuit activity as the astronauts on board the International Space Station have to exercise for a minimum of 2 hours a day. The Beavers did skipping, ball passing, dribbling, front crawl, star jumps and a mini bleep test as part of this activity.

Afterwards, it was time for the Beavers to paint some rockets and stick there planets to there back paper plates (as made earlier). It was then time for me to go and get ready for the Explorer and Network ball.

5 senses

Last Monday it was time for myself and my fellow young leader to run the Beaver meeting. We planned a night based on senses which linked in with their termly theme of Personal. The 5 senses are: Touch, See, Hear, Taste and Smell – and we created different activities based on these senses.

To start the evening they played a new version of NSEW but instead of shouting the instructions, I held up cards. They then were split into 4 groups to take part in a rota of activities.

At the Smell station, the Beavers were blindfolded and had different smell to sample. Some included vinegar, lemon juice, toothpaste and concentrated squash. At the Taste station, the Beaver were blindfolded again and had different foods to taste. This included: Dark chocolate, carrots, pickled onion and cucumber.

At the Touch station, the Beavers were blindfolded once again and were given different objects to touch to guess what they were. This was filled with laughter as the objects varied from being a fork to a frog woggle to a paintbrush to a jigsaw puzzle piece. At the See station the Beavers guessed cards which contained fruit and vegetables zoomed in to test whether they could figure out the food.

After the Beavers had visited all the stations, they then sat in the middle of the room for 2 minutes in silence. After the time was up, they told me what they could hear.

The Beavers fully enjoyed themselves that evening and I’m already thinking of ideas for our next meeting!

Rumble in the jungle 2

Luckily, I was one of the only ones who did not wake up to the sound of the Beavers at 4:30am. I only then woke up at 6:30 am from the alarm I set myself.

Before breakfast, the Beavers painted jigsaw puzzles until they then ate bacon, scrambled eggs and baked beans. After breakfast, they then started washing up followed by a scavenger hunt on the campsite. They then made animals masks using paper plates and pens.

After this, they played a quick game of NESW but with a jungle twist. When called out ‘Make the sound of …’ they would sound like the animal and when called out ‘Act like a …’ they would act like the animal mentioned.

Finally, it was time for lunch – a banquet of sandwiches, crisps, fruit and veg. For pudding, they had slime (green jelly), bugs (raisins) and sticks (matchmakers). After lunch, they rolled up their roll mats and stuffed their sleeping bags as well as collecting all of their kit together.

finally, it was time for them to go home. Once all the Beavers left, we helped to dismantle camp by taking down the marquee as well as packing away our own personal tents. The weekend was brilliant and was a nice break from my revision.

Rumble in the jungle

This weekend, I’m on Beaver camp as a young leader. I arrived a couple of hours earlier to help set up camp – I helped put up the Beavers tent and the Marquee.

The Beavers soon arrived and I quickly are my lunch ready to start the activities. We all got given jungle books and then we were off on our first activity.

The first activity consisted of hunting for different tracks – the Beavers had to at first spot the tracks and then understand what each one stood for. There were a few challenging tracks to look for which I did not manage to spot.

After our first activity, we then packed our day sacks to walk to the obstacle course. Here, the Beavers completed the course in multiple variations and even attempted the cargo net. Luckily, no one fell into the stream which the course took place above.

Our third activity consisted of knot tying and putting up a tent. The Beavers learnt the reef knot and a clove hitch whilst the other lodge put up the tent. This was shortly followed by swapping activities before going to wash our hands before dinner.

Our dinner was spaghetti Bolognese, but due to last Beaver camp where I broke multiple Scout laws (https://explorerscout84.co.uk/a-scout-is-to-be-trusted-but-not-on-beaver-camp), I was expecting revenge. I was told that my dinner might become chilli infested but in the end, it was normal. Everyone then helped to wash up.

Me and my fellow Young Leader, then made a string trail. Originally it was too long but we managed to shorten it. The Beavers thoroughly enjoyed this before then proceeding to sit and enjoy the campfire. They toasted marshmallows and sang traditional songs.

Finally, it was time for bed after a long day. The Beavers were read a bedtime story.

I am currently writing this enjoying the silence. I have borrowed the campsites WiFi to upload the post – which I only discovered recently.

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