With summer rapidly approaching, you're probably looking for recipes that are fast, easy and won’t heat up your kitchen. So we've got some quick microwave dessert recipes to get you started!
Note that the most frequently used microwaves are 1,000 watts, and so most of the following recipes are based on that wattage. If your wattage is different, you may have to adjust the cook times and/or settings.
1. Let Them Eat (Microwave) Cake!
This cake, from Instructables.com, has only five ingredients and is simple enough for you to make with your kids. The recipe makes two mini cakes. Double it for four.
- 1/4 cup melted butter (50 g)
- 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
- 1/2 cup flour (50 g)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Ramekins, cooking spray, plastic wrap
Melt butter in medium bowl. Add sugar and whisk until well combined. Add baking powder, flour, eggs and milk and whisk until smooth and creamy. Spray ramekins with cooking spray and add mixture a little over halfway, lightly tapping on counter to remove air. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving an edge unsealed to vent. Cook for 55 seconds in 1,000 watt microwave or 60 seconds in a 600 watts). Once cooked, run butter knife around edges, pop out, and top with your favorite toppings—let your imagination run wild!
2. Guiltless Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake
Even if you're gluten sensitive, you can have your very own cake and eat it too! This is a little cake from Gluten Free On A Shoestring.com is for one; just double it for two.
- 4 Tbsp (35 g) gluten-free flour
- 2 Tbsp (10g) Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp (24g) sugar (1.5 tsp for less sweet)
- 2 Tbsp milk, and kind, room temp.
- 3 chocolate chips or wafers, any kind
- 4 ounce, microwave safe mug, mason jar, or bowl, cooking spray
Spray a mug with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add butter and milk, mixing until lump-free. Batter should be smooth and thick but pourable. Pour half of the mixture into a mug, jar, or bowl, add chocolate chips or wafers, then add remainder evenly. Cook in 1,000 watt microwave for one minute. Insert toothpick after one minute. If it comes out clean, you're finished; if not, microwave up to another 20 seconds. Cool briefly and serve topped or untopped. Enjoy!
3. Cheater’s Cake With Flour
Here’s a slightly different version of the above recipe, with flour, from she who eats.blogspot.com. This is for a 950-watt microwave so, adjust accordingly (you might need a few seconds more cooking time). Use a toothpick, after two minutes, to check for doneness.
- 2 Tbsp butter or vegetable oil
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp plain soy or almond milk, or 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose, or unbleached, white flour
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
Melt butter in 4” square, microwave safe container. If using oil, measure into container but do not heat. Add sugar, stirring well, then soy/almond milk, then dry ingredients, stirring well after each addition. Heat in microwave, lid on but not closed, two to two and a half minutes. Allow to cool. Can cut into four squares or enjoy alone, topped or not.
4. They’ll Never Know It’s Microwaved Bread Pudding
Whenever you have unexpected guests, this bread pudding from Food Network.com is quick, easy and certainly pleasing! The recipe makes six servings.
- 4 slices cubed bread
- 1/2 C. brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 C raisins
- 2 C milk
- 1/4 C butter or margarine
- 2 beaten eggs
- 8” round dish
Arrange bread cubes in baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar, nutmeg, salt and raisins. Measure milk in measuring cup, add butter, and microwave until butter is melted and milk is warm. Whisk eggs, add to bread cubes. Microwave pudding on medium (power 7) for 9 to 12 minutes. (Nine minutes, in 1,000 watt microwave, works well in a test kitchen). The center might be slightly soft but will set as it cools. It will be delicious served warm or cold.
5. Oh Say Have You Seen My (Microwaved) Praline?
You can make candy anytime right in your microwave! This 1,000 watt recipe is courtesy of All Recipes.com.
- 1.5 C brown sugar
- 2/3 C heavy cream
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp margarine
- 1.5 C Pecan halves
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In large microwave safe bowl, combine sugar, cream, salt, margarine, and pecans. Microwave nine minutes on high, stirring once. Let rest one minute. Add vanilla and stir three minutes more. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto buttered, or oil sprayed, wax paper. If mixture is runny, allow to cool 30 seconds longer and try again.
6. New Wave Southern Peanut Toffee
Here’s a new, microwave twist on an old fashioned, Southern treat: peanut toffee. Shared by Southern Living Magazine at My Recipes.com. (Note, as this recipe is for a 1,100 watt microwave, increase cooking time by approximately 40 seconds if yours is 1,000 watts).
- 3/4 C finely chopped, unsalted peanuts, divided
- 1/2 C butter or margarine
- 1/4 C water
- 1 C peanut butter and milk chocolate morsels
Spread 1/2 cup chopped peanuts into 9” circle on lightly greased baking sheet. Coat top 2” of 2.5 qt glass bowl with butter (or margarine), place remainder in bowl. Add sugar and water but do not stir. Microwave on high for eight minutes (for a 1,100 watt microwave) or just until mixture begins to turn light brown; pour over peanuts on baking sheet.
Sprinkle with chocolate morsels; let stand one minute. Spread melted morsels evenly over peanut mixture and sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup peanuts. Chill until firm. Break into bite-sized pieces. Store in airtight container.
7. Micro Mochi
Mochi is a sweet, glutinous rice dessert (typically in cake form) popular in Japan. Now, you can have this sweet treat at home, thanks to your microwave (and All Recipes.com)!
- 1.5 C mochiko (glutinous rice flour)
- 1 C white sugar (+ 1/4 C for topping)
- 1.5 C water
- 2 drops white vinegar
- 1/2 C potato starch
- 1/4 tsp salt
In a medium, microwave safe bowl, mix the mochiko, one cup sugar, and water until blended. Add two drops vinegar to soften. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave eight to 10 minutes on high. Remove, cool enough to handle. In small bowl, combine potato starch, 1/4 sugar, and salt. Turn mochi out onto plastic wrap and cut into pieces with plastic or wooden knife (metal knives stick). Roll the pieces in the potato starch mixture then enjoy as a part of an Oriental meal or anytime!