How to make Christmas cake in a mug

Posted on 11 December 2020

Time if of the essence on Christmas Day. Rather than spending hours making a less-than-average Christmas cake or purchasing one from the store, try this quick and easy recipe for a Christmas Cake In A Mug infused with Auchentoshan American Oak.


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Dried Cranberries
  • 2 large Fresh eggs
  • 2 tbsp Auchentoshan American Oak
  • 8 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 12 tbsp Self-Raising Flour


  • Soak the dried cranberries in the Auchentoshan American Oak for 15 minutes.
  • Melt the butter in a mug in a microwave for 20 seconds (800 watts). Pour the melted butter into a large bowl, then one by one, beat in the brown sugar, mixed spice, eggs, cocoa powder, flour, milk and half of the cranberries.
  • Divide the batter between four mugs. Top with the remaining cranberries.
  • Microwave each mug separately for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes each, until risen and firm. Serve immediately with ice cream of choice.

The urban malt born in the city of Glasgow, Auchentoshan, pronounced ‘OK-Ken-TO-Shan’, can be spotted on South African shelves debuting a new look with no compromise on the much-loved smooth triple distilled taste.

The striking new packaging has been introduced to appeal even more to its trendsetting drinkers and to inspire the sharing and mixing that Auchentoshan is already known for.

The city skyline backdrop sets the bottle apart from the category with its bold design, focusing on the urban heritage of the whisky and highlighting its succinct and clear tasting notes.  Each design cue has been meticulously considered to reinforce Auchentoshan’s unique proposition, with the packaging capturing how proud Auchentoshan is to be born and raised in the city.

Triple distilled and matured solely in American bourbon casks, the smooth and delicate American Oak offers South Africans a refreshing drinking experience to the traditional single malt. With sweet notes of vanilla and caramelized sugar, and a tiny bit of spiciness, Auchentoshan is a perfect easy-drinking Scotch for new and seasoned whisky fans alike.

Auchentoshan pays homage to the distillery’s Glaswegian city roots and is both inspired and shaped by its urban origin, with the whisky distilled into the hearts and minds of city dwellers across the world.

Auchentoshan American Oak is available in major retailers nationwide at a recommended retail price of R349. A limited edition Festive Pack will be available online and in-store at the same great price this holiday season consisting of 750ml bottle of American Oak and the signature orange mug especially for trying out the popular ‘Auch and Ale’ serve.

Enjoy Auchentoshan on the rocks or put your mixology skills to the test with the delicious “A Better Thyme” cocktail:


  • 25ml Auchentoshan American Oak
  • 30ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 60ml Lager Beer
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup


Build in a rocks glass, fill with ice and stir. Garnish with Grapefruit twist and thyme sprig.




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