Mug cakes are quick and easy cakes that are perfect when you want to bake up just one or two servings of dessert instead of a whole sheet cake or batch of cupcakes. They’re mixed in a mug and baked in the microwave – which might sound like a strange way to bake a cake until you’re digging in to a tender, warm dessert just minutes after mixing your ingredients. Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth is a book that is chock full of recipes for mug cakes that will allow you to expand your repertoire from the one or two recipes that you may have tried before.
Mug cakes may be a type of cake that you’ve never tried before, or have only tried a handful of times. The rules of baking area little bit different than they are for using a traditional oven, since they’re all baked in microwaves. The introduction for the book gives you a crash course in everything you might need to know about the ingredients and techniques necessary to make your cakes turn out perfectly. The recipes themselves are divided into different chapters and run the gamut from classic yellow cake to spirits-infused adults only cakes to recipes that aren’t exactly cakes, like cheesecakes, bread puddings and even pies. The cake recipes are complimented by a chapter on toppings and garnishes, which can add a new layer of flavor or texture to one of these simple desserts, or simply make it a little more indulgent for the times that you feel like treating yourself.
The recipes are easy to follow and clearly written, but take a little bit of extra measuring since the portions are quite different than they would be if you were trying to fill up a whole pan with batter. The recipes generally make two mug cakes, though they could be halved for a single serving (or you could just bake one at a time if you want to save some for seconds). Mug cakes are fun and easy to make, no matter what your baking skill level is. Novice bakers can watch something come together quickly and easily, while more advanced bakers can enjoy indulging in a treat with a little less work than usual. The author has impressive credentials and is a Certified Master Baker, so these recipes are meant to wow you – even if they use an unexpected baking method and go from ingredients to finished product in mere minutes.