Mug cakes are not substitute for oven-baked cakes when you want to make an especially impressive dessert or need to bake for a crowd. Mug cakes are perfect when you want to treat yourself to a little something special without devoting a lot of time or resources to it – and when you want to do it quickly. These little cakes are baked in mugs in the microwave, no oven required, and they are just as much fun to make as they are to eat. In Mug Cakes: 40 Speedy Cakes to Make in a Microwave, you’ll find plenty of recipes that will help you get a cake fix quickly any time you need it.
The book begins with an introduction to mug cakes and the prep that goes into making them. Mug cakes tend to be easy to mix up and very straightforward, but you’ll still need to measure your ingredients carefully to get the small quantities correct. The mug that you use to bake is also important and the book suggests giving your mugs a test run to ensure that they are going to be a good fit for the job. The recipes are divided into several categories: Classics, Occasions, Happy Hour and Treats. The last chapter includes recipes that aren’t necessarily cakes, such as Chocolate Chip Cookies and Rice Krispy treats , while the other chapters provide recipes for more traditional cakes, with flavors from Black Forest to White Russian.
I enjoyed the range of recipes in this book and the fact that plenty of “fun” flavors are included. The cocktail-themed mug cakes are a nice change of pace from some of the more traditional cake options out there. The recipes are intersperced with beautiful photos of the cakes (and cute mugs) that will inspire you to start experimenting with small-batch cakes in your own kitchen as soon as you start turning the pages.