Microwaves get a bit of a bad rap. Some people complain they ruin the texture of food. Others lament microwaves’ inability to cook evenly. And some say they’re boxes secretly designed by the government to control our minds. But in her new book, Best Mug Cakes Ever, Monica Sweeney reveals 50 excellent ways to make use of the science oven and they all involve cake.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, know that mug cakes are one of the best baking cheats around. With a handful of ingredients, a microwave and five minutes of your time you end up with a dessert that’s tasty enough to serve at a dinner party (ideally in elegant mugs), and even more appropriate for an evening of “I put on my pajamas at 6:30 and have a lot of Netflix to get through.”
The most famous mug cake is a fudgy Nutella version, but Sweeney adapts the concept for almost every kind of cake imaginable. Here, she shares four favorites and some mug cake tips for your microwaving and eating pleasure.