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Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Paperback – August 6, 2013
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About the Author
LESLIE BILDERBACK is a Certified Master Baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She began her career as a pastry chef, and played a major role in several of California's most well-regarded and innovative restaurants, including Sedona, Postrio, Zola's, Angeli, and Georgia. She is also the author of eight books in The Complete Idiot's Guide and Everything series. Leslie has been profiled by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Culinary Trends Magazine, and was a winner in season three of Food Network's Sweet Genius.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes work and they make 2 individual sized cakes - great for those of us who are on perpetual diets and need built in portion control;
They're fast. You can have your cake and eat it, too, in less than 20 minutes. Exactly what you need for those late night "I will kill someone if I don't have chocolate now!" cravings.
Great for young kids since the oven isn't needed. Even better for college dorm denizens.
These don't sit well. Like all microwave "baked" products, they get rubbery and tough the longer they sit. They need to be eaten immediately for best results.
Any toppings, like icings, are going to melt, since, if you wait until your cakelet cools, you will have a rubbery tough cake.
You don't save much time. You still need to gather, then put away ingredients, and you still need to do dishes, although you don't need to wash anything large like a stand mixer or beaters. It just seems to me like a lot of work to get everything together, then put everything away and clean up, all for 2 tiny cakes.
I plan to try the recipes again, but this time bake them using ramekins in a regular oven and a toaster oven to see how they come out.
*Addendum: I tried them in the oven in ramekins, baked for 20 minutes at 350F. Perfect! Also, the recipes double very easily. I'm raising my review from 3 to 4 stars.
Most recipes in here use self-rising flour but the author says you can make your own using 3/4 t. baking powder per 1 c. all-purpose flour. I did that for the first two cakes I made because I didn't have any self-rising. If making your own self-rising, don't add salt to the flour. Just make sure to add a big pinch of salt to the recipe.
There are so many more I want and plan to make but time won't allow for it right now. More I'm going to try are: Apple-Rosemary, PB and J, Black Forest, Black Cherry, Deep Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Turtle, Caramel Apple, just to name a few!
I think one egg may be too much for two smaller cakes so I'm going to try using just an egg white or yolk per two cakes and see how that goes.
This book is perfect for someone who lives alone and doesn't want to make a big cake or has other people in the house who aren't into sweets so they need something smaller just for themselves. Most of the cake images on the cover aren't in the book so I'm not sure which cakes they are.Read more ›
This is such a fun book! Lots of lovely flavors with something for everyone. Many recipes for toppings and garnishes, and a section of "not exactly cakes" that includes Lindy's-Style Mug Cheesecake (can't wait to try that one!), Pumpkin Mug Pie, Lemon Bar Mug and more. Definitely a sweet little book to add to my favorites shelf!
I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Press for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great gift for a camper or boater who may want a little sweet on the road but only has a microwave in which to make it. The ingredients are easy to find. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luther-sMom
Wonderful, wonderful book. Great step by step instructions and so many recipes. Ideas I would never have thought of.Published 2 months ago by Holly
Excellent. I have a teen with a sweet tooth. He often will whip up a cake in a mug (or a cookie or soup or whatever). I thought he might enjoy the variety of options in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by apoem
I guess I didn't read the write up on this book closely enough. I was looking for some simple ideas to throw together a bit of cake for a treat but this book seems to have me... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Faeriegrandma
We have made several of the mug cakes in this book so far--our most favorite is the bread pudding, I add chocolate chips to mine and it is to die for--our least favorite is the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sabrina
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