You can make homemade sweet treats in only a few minutes with the new cookbook, "Mug Cakes" by Leslie Bilderback.
One hundred recipes let you use a coffee mug, some ingredients you probably already have in your house and your microwave to cook up sweet treats for two (or don't share and eat them both yourself!)
With gorgeous photos of the lovely treats and a great variety, this book will get you cooking in no time!
The book is divided into 12 chapters: Mug Cake Basics, Classics, Fancy-Schmancy, Kids' Stuff, Adults Only, Choc-o-Rama, A Little Fruity, Nuts to You, Celebrate, For the Sensitive Ones, Not Exactly Cakes and Toppings and Garnishes.
Mug Cake Basics offers you a primer of ingredients. Most of the recipes use self-rising flour, but the book also gives you a recipe to make your own.
Classics are recipes for individual cakes like Yellow cake, Brown Sugar cake, Red Velvet cake and Carrot cake.
Fancy-Schmancy has recipes for Victorian Rose, Apple-Rosemary, Green Tea and Sticky Toffee mug cakes.
Kids' Stuff has recipes for the kid in all of us with Fluffernutter, Root Beer Float and S'Mores.
Adutls Only has some "spirit" with Ameretto, Pina Colada and Pink Champage cakes.
Choc-o-Rama is devoted to chocolate with Devil's Food, Mexican Chocolate, Chocolate Turtle and White Chocolate cakes.
A Little Fruity adds fruit to the mix with Black Cherry, Strawberry-Rhubarb and Persimmon cakes.
Nuts to You gets nutty with White Chocolate-Macadamia, Hazelnut-Nutella, Coconutand Marizpan-Almond cakes.
Celebrate are cakes for any occasion like George Washington (cherry) cake, Passover Flourless Chocolate cake, Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice.
For the Sensitive Ones are recipes for those with allergies like Cocoa-Banana, Sesame-Ginger, Almond-Lavender and more.
Not Exactly Cakes are treats like Lindy's-Style Cheesecake, Bread Pudding, Rice Pudding, Apple-Cheddar Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Blondies and Lemon Bars, all made in a coffee mug.
You can even make frostings in Toppings and Garnishes with recipes for Fruit Sauces, Cream Cheese Frosting, Sweetened Whipped Cream, Caramel Sauce and Chocolate Ganache.
After a trip to Tennessee, my youngest fell in love with Moon Pies, so one night we made Moon Pie Mug Cakes. While I have to admit they look a bit of a mess in a mug, they were delicious! Using some basic cake ingredients, cocoa powder, graham crackers, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, we had quick little cakes in a minute each that were rich and delicious. The recipe made two cakes, but we could have easily made do with one, there was more than enough. My youngest loved helping make it and watching the cake bubble up to the surface of the cup in the microwave. And putting it all together really wasn't that difficult that she probably could have done it on her own.
For a quick way to satisy a cake craving, check this book out!
"Mug Cakes" is published by St. Martin's Press. It is $22.99.