“Mug Cakes: Made in Minutes in the Microwave!” by Joanna Farrow, Spruce, $12.99, 64-page hardcover
Craving a slice of cake now but have no time to spend in the kitchen?
Joanna Farrow has the solution for you — mix a simple and quick cake, pudding or cheesecake in a cup and microwave. The result will be a sweet, one-person treat.
Farrow, a home economist and food writer, offers 32 recipes in “Mug Cakes: Made in Minutes in the Microwave.”
While mug cakes, what Farrow terms “the latest craze in quick cooking,” appeal to all ages, students and teenagers particularly like being able to whip up quick, sweet creations. And, she notes, mug cakes are “a great way to get children involved in cooking without the hazards of hot ovens and pans.”
In the introduction, Farrow explains how to choose a suitable mug for use in a microwave. Some of the “Mug Cakes” recipes require 12-ounce mugs and others, 7-ounce ones. She also provides baking tips.
Recipes include Pistachio and Raspberry Sponge, Winter Warmer Cake, Cherry Chocolate Brownie Pudding, and Cherry and White Chocolate Clafoutis. There are vegan, gluten-free and low-sugar recipes, too.
The attractive little book, illustrated with full-color photographs of completed dishes, would make a nifty gift for a student living away from home or for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and columnist. Contact her at email@example.com, and follow her on Twitter, @CheramieSonnier.