Making a cake from scratch in five minutes (or less) might sound like a fantasy, but all it takes is a microwave and a mug. Take your favorite coffee mug (it helps if it’s extra-large), and after a couple minutes you’ll have yourself a puffy, moist cake and almost zero clean up.
Just when you thought this couldn’t get any easier, mug cakes are also incredibly customizable. You can add any nut, seed, or sprinkle — or even cookie butter — and you are guaranteed to have a satisfying and delicious dessert in minutes.
One of the keys to making the perfect cake, regardless of the recipe that you choose, is to make sure that you don’t overmix your batter. Combining a handful of ingredients in the right order may seem like a simple task, but if you keep mixing your batter after it comes together, you’ll develop too much gluten and end up with a cake that is too tough. For a perfectly tender cake, mix the cake batter just until it’s combined, unless otherwise specified by your recipe.
Also, note that there are a number of great things you can make with a mug and a microwave, but the mug cake is definitely a winner. So try one out, and if at first you don’t succeed (which is almost impossible), don’t worry because a minute of prep and a minute in the microwave is all it takes to try again!